A wreath isn’t just for Christmas – it can be a spookily charming Halloween decoration, too.
Halloween, a time of celebrating all things ghostly, ghoulish, spooky and pumpkin related, is vastly becoming more of a trend in the UK. Though hanging a wreath on your door is often seen as a Christmas tradition, there’s no reason why it can’t work at this time of year.
Halloween wreaths are a fairly new tradition that has taken hold in the US and is now making its way to the UK. There are plenty you can buy but if you want to give making your own a try, all it takes is a plain wreath and some colourful ribbons.
You’ll soon be in the mood for celebrating Halloween with this simple tutorial. Made with ribbons in ghoulish colours such as oranges and blacks, this DIY project is seasonal, fun and on-trend, too. Any type of ribbon can be used and different ones will give a more unique look, so it’s worth mixing it up.
You will need:
- Polystyrene or wire wreath
- Ribbons of your choice in a variety of Halloween colours – oranges, blacks and purples
- Hessian or fabric offcuts (optional)
- Arrange your ribbons in colour order and, beginning with the first colour, wrap the ribbon around your wreath once and tie the ends into a knot to secure in place. Then cut the ends so that there is about two inches each side to spare. You’ll want it to be fairly tight on the wreath and the knot on the outside with both ribbon ends positioned outwards.
- Carry on tying ribbons around the wreath in intervals until you’ve covered about a third of the wreath in the first colour.
- Continue with the second and third colours and build up your layers so that no wire or polystyrene is showing through.
- Once all your ribbons are attached and you’re happy with the arrangement, hang it up on your door.
Ribbons of all sizes and designs can be used or your Halloween wreath. It looks more uniform to use ribbons of the same width but this is entirely up to you.
You can also use fabric offcuts cut into strips and add little touches such as hessian or mini fake pumpkins to add a little texture to your wreath – your wreath can be as unique as you are.
You can even hang a mini chalkboard in the middle of your wreath to send your trick-or-treaters a creepy message.