Can you believe Halloween is only about a month away?! If you’re like me, you like to change things up without spending a lot of money. So this year, I’m keeping with the Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead theme I did last year, but brightening up the colors AND repurposing some of the old decorations.
Since I always try to have a front door wreath, my first spooktacular project is a Day of the Dead Halloween Wreath. For this wreath, I used a few items from last year and added Dollar Tree flowers to add some color and brighten up the look.
Read more about this celebration on the University of New Mexico’s website,
- Tinsel wreath form* (I used a purple/black combo from Michaels)
- 5 different flower sprays (I used purple, orange, red*, white*, and yellow)
- 2 glitter branch spray (Optional – I used orange)
- decorated sugar skull* (last year’s Dollar Tree skull decoration, but is optional)
- hot glue/glue gun*
*Decorations from last year or items I already had in my craft supply stash.
Putting It Together:
Gather up the supplies. I used several items from my craft stash – red roses, white flowers, a tinsel wreath form, purple wired ribbon (came from a wrapped gift), and last year’s Dollar Tree decorated skull. New items bought for this wreath ($5 total) – orange glitter sprays, yellow flowers, orange flowers, and purple flowers.
Fluff up the wreath.
Cut each flower off the spray at the bottom of the stem if you want to reuse the flowers for other crafts. If you don’t plan on reusing the flowers, you can cut the flowers off the stems and glue them directly onto the wreath.
Dry arrange the flowers onto the wreath, leaving an empty space for the skull/ribbon placement.
Once you have a flower arrangement you like, wrap the flower stems around the wreath form. You will have to hold the flower in place with one hand and wrap with the other. Do this until all the flowers are attached to the wreath. Set aside.
Make a large ribbon bow to fill the space between the flowers. I made six loops (three on each side). Take a wire flower stem or wire and glue it to the back of the ribbon bow. Once the glue is dry, attach the bow to the wreath form. You can stop here or continue on to add a skull, white flowers, and glitter branch spray.
To prep the skull for a flower crown, I removed the stems and the plastic back from a large yellow flower, two purple flowers, and two orange flowers. To ensure the flowers did not fall apart, I also placed a dot of glue between each petal layer. Next, I glued the yellow flower in half to create a fuller look for the crown.
Glue the large yellow flower on the top of the skull. Glue two orange flowers directly behind the yellow flower and add purple flowers onto the side of the skull.
Drill two holes in the back upper portion of the skull (holes too low will make the skull tip forward). Thread a wire through the holes. Attach the skull to the wire form over the ribbon by twisting the wires together to keep the skull in place.
Final touches – add small white flower accents and orange glitter twigs. The white flowers are individual groups of flowers cut from a hydrangea spray and hot glued into place. The glitter twigs were sprayed with hair spray to control flaking. Then individual twig stems were cut off the spray and hot glued into place behind the center skull (6 stems total).
And now I have a totally new look for my Day of the Dead Halloween Wreath. What do you think? Do you use flowers to decorate for Halloween?
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