Do you feel like you’re being watched? Looking for an easy and inexpensive DIY Halloween wreath that’s sure to add a spooky touch to your front door? This wreath covered in googly eyes will be sure to get your trick-or-treaters’ attention! It’s a real treat!
I am always looking for fun new decorations for Halloween. I’m a big wuss myself, so I didn’t want anything too scary, but just creepy enough. I prefer “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” over “Nightmare on Elm Street” any day. I had some great coupons burning a hole in my pocket, so I came home with 2 wire wreath frames and a roll of sparkly orange ribbon from the dollar store, a package of assorted googly eyes, a skein of black yarn and a skein of fuzzy black yarn from Joann Fabric, and 2 awesomely creepy eyeball flowers from Michael’s craft store that I knew I HAD to use in a Halloween decoration somehow. My total cost for all of this was $20 and it made 2 wreaths (since I have double front doors). Note: I used my glue gun instead of the fabric glue, and I actually used a different package of googly eyes. You can see them farther down the post.
So, here’s how I made my spooky Halloween wreath.
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Wrap the frame with thick yarn.
I picked a nice thick yarn because I wanted it to completely hide the wire frame. This is what I used. First I tied the end of the black yarn to the back of a wire wreath.
I kept the skein whole, and just wrapped the yarn around the frame. I wrapped about an inch at a time, keeping the yarn pretty taut.
Otherwise when you bunch it together to close the gaps, it will sag (which I found out the hard way when I got about halfway around).
It really didn’t take that long once I got a good rhythm going.
When it was covered, I left a piece about 6 inches at the end and cut it from the skein. I wove the end through the frame a few times and knotted it to one of the loops already on the frame.
The black yarn should make a nice tight covering for the frame without any gaps.
The fuzzy “spidery” yarn.
I love this yarn! I have a scarf made out of this, except it is blue. It was one of my few successful knitting projects. It is so soft and fuzzy and adds just enough warmth without strangling me. How’s that for a Halloween reference? 😉 Sorry, for the sidetrack, but I really do love this yarn! So, anyway, I tied the end of the fuzzy yarn onto the back of the wire frame, just like the other yarn.
Then I very loosely wrapped the frame again, right over the black yarn.
Do this until it seems fuzzy enough for you. I thought I would need the entire skein, but I really didn’t. I actually only used about half a skein. It worked really well, and all I did was fluff up the strands a bit.When it is fuzzy enough for you, tie it off the same way as the black yarn.
Once the yarn is on, it’s time for the eyeballs!
First the eyeball rose.
Here they are on Amazon. (Sorry, the only link I could find was for a case of them!) I started with the larger flower first. First, I snipped off the leaf stems.
Since it was on a very long stem, I clipped the stem way down, using my needle-nosed pliers.
Then I poked the stem through the yarn and simply hot glued the flower to the wreath, centered at the bottom.
Next, I hot glued the leaves to the underside of the flower. Well, it looked okay, but I felt it was missing something.
It was hard to see the black leaves against the black yarn, so I added purple-lidded eyeballs to each leaf for the purple flower and orange ones for the orange flower. THAT was what it needed to give it some extra oomph! 🙂
Attaching the googly eyes.
I think the key is to have different-sized googly eyes. And I was lucky enough to find ones with different-colored eyelids, too. Here is the package I got.
I think it makes the wreath more interesting to have those different sizes.
I tried to stagger the eyes, so that there were large pairs, and then smaller pairs near those. And then, I glued on a few single ones randomly here and there, too. I used hot glue to stick them all on. It worked great and they will not blow off in a breeze. Be creative and glue on the eyes whichever way you think looks best. I must admit, gluing on the eyes was the most fun part of this project! 🙂
Finish the Halloween wreath by adding a colorful ribbon hanger.
I simply cut 2 pieces of orange ribbon the same length so the wreaths would hang at the same level.
After looping one piece of ribbon under a wreath, I tied it securely in a knot, so the wreath wouldn’t slide and hang crookedly.
After that, I simply tied a knot at the top and trimmed the ends. And, it was ready to be hung up!
Here are the finished eyeball wreaths!
Final thoughts on making a spooky Halloween wreath.
This was such a fun project to do. The total cost to make 2 wreaths was $20 in supplies. I already had the needle-nosed pliers that I used to cut the stems and my hot glue gun. I still have about half a skein of each type of yarn left over, but I know they won’t go to waste. Maybe I’ll have to dust off my knitting needles and make a black scarf this time…
Anyway, I hope you liked the wreaths. They really are easy to do and they certainly are unique! 🙂 When you make one, let me know! I’d love to see the way you decorate yours!
Here’s what they look like on my front doors.
Bonus project: Elegant Fall pumpkin topiary.
A few weeks ago, I created the pumpkin topiaries you see on either side of my front door. The pumpkins at the top have a face on one side, so they can be turned around for Halloween, but left blank for the rest of Fall, like the picture below. Here is how you can make your own Fall pumpkin topiaries!
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