DIY Halloween: Create ghoulish wreaths from inexpensive and found items

[image-1]Basic supplies:

Grapevine wreath (a great source is Val's Basket Warehouse)

Copper craft wire

Hot glue gun

Satin ribbon

Plastic leaves

Glittery fake foliage (try the Christmas section at the craft store)

Artificial black roses (or real, dried ones)

Old dolls and doll heads (thrift store)

Small plastic skulls and skeleton hands

I started with the string of plastic leaves. Cut it to fit the circumference of the wreath and attach with pieces of co[image-2]pper wire, twisting it to secure the leaves in place. Add the fake foliage and roses by threading the stems through the wreath and securing with more wire. After this step anything goes. Using your hot glue gun and your imagination, attach creepy doll heads, skulls, skeleton hands, etc. to the wreath. Finish by tying bows with various widths of ribbon, and make one large loop at the top of the wreath to hang it. You could also ad wreath lights -- a tiny string of white lights that are battery operated would look great (look for them in the Christmas lights section of the craft store).

Happy Halloween!

I love to decorate for Halloween. I am at Halloween what Clark Griswold is at Christmastime. There are never too many purple string lights, cobwebs, flashing pumpkins or skeletons for me to display.

This year my "punk rock Martha Stewart" crafty side came out in full effect. Using some supplies I had on hand and a trip to the dollar store inspired me to create these Halloween wreaths. If you have any creepy Halloween odds and ends this is a great way to use them, as well as any leftover craft supplies and kick-nacks found at the thrift store.

These wreaths are easy, inexpensive and quick to put together and make great gifts for all of your ghoulish friends. So forget shelling out big bucks for Halloween decorations — get crafty and make your own!

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