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Easy and Frugal Halloween Wreath Tutorial

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DIY Halloween wreath. Easy and inexpensive to make!

DIY Halloween wreath. Easy and inexpensive to make!

DIY Halloween Wreath

This fluffy Halloween wreath is very easy to make and barely costs a couple of dollars! I got this idea because of an "easy wire-hanger crafts" article I saw. Within that article, I saw a video that shows you how to make a wreath using a wire hanger. The video shows you how to make a heart-shaped wreath, but I started thinking about how cute a round one would be for Halloween....

What struck me about this project was how stunning the finished wreath is, yet it was so simple and inexpensive to create. Now that's my kind of craft!

So here's my version of the wreath for Halloween.

Materials Needed

You will need:

  • Two plastic tablecloths, one orange and one black. I couldn't find plain orange, so I got an orange one with black pumpkins on it. You can pick these up for $1 at places like Dollar General and The Dollar Tree.
  • One wire hanger
  • Scissors

That's it!

Supplies needed for Halloween wreath

Supplies needed for Halloween wreath

Step One

Take the wire hanger and bend it into a circle.

Round wire hanger

Round wire hanger

Step Two

Take one of the tablecloths out of the package. You will need about half of it, so don't completely unfold it. Just unfold it enough to where you know it's half, and cut it in half on the fold. You will now have two halves. Sit one of those aside. Now you have 1/2 of the tablecloth. It really doesn't matter how you do it, it just needs to be cut into strips. I left mine folded and cut multiple layers at the same time.

Since I cut within each fold (see photo below), my strips were a little over an inch wide and about six inches long, and that turned out to be a good size, but I am sure you could make them a bit more narrow or wider if you wanted and the wreath would still look great. Be sure to cut off any folded edges as well when you are cutting the strips. I actually cut all around each edge to get rid of any folds and then cut my strips. I used approximately 1/2 of each tablecloth for this wreath.

Folded tablecloths. Sorry about the crooked lines. I cut my strips neater than that. I just wanted to give you an idea of what I was talking about.

Folded tablecloths. Sorry about the crooked lines. I cut my strips neater than that. I just wanted to give you an idea of what I was talking about.

Step Three

Now take the other tablecloth and do the same as you did on the first one. Don't sweat it too much...the strips do not have to be cut perfectly. Just make sure that they are all around the same width and length. When you are done, you should have a pile of orange strips and a pile of black strips.

Orange and black strips cut from plastic tablecloths

Orange and black strips cut from plastic tablecloths

Step Four

Now, starting on either side of the hook on the wire hanger, take one of the strips, tie it on the hanger and then push it up next to the hook. Then take the other color, tie it around the hanger and push it up toward the hook next to the last strip you tied. You basically just keep tying these plastic strips in alternating colors all around the hanger.

After you have tied for a bit, you will start to see the wreath taking shape! Push the tied plastic strips together tightly to form a more full and fluffy wreath, or if you don't want the wreath to be as full, don't bunch them up as much. I wanted mine to be as full as it could be, so I bunched them up as much as I possibly could.

Tying the strips to the wreath can take a while.... It's easy to do, it just takes a bit of time. I started mine at night and did about 1/3 of the wreath and then finished the rest the next day while watching TV. So be patient. You will get there.

Tip: When you are picking up each strip to tie it onto the wreath, be sure you are tying on a single strip. I noticed when I cut my strips, they had a tendency to stick together because the plastic was so thin!

Step Five

Once you are finished tying your strips on the hanger, fluff it up a bit, and then stand back to look at the beautiful wreath you just made. Bend the hook of the hanger in and use that to hang your wreath, or you can add a pretty ribbon to the hook and hang it by the ribbon. Either way, it's going to look awesome!

Tips and Ideas

  • You could try having one color of strips a little wider than the other color or use all different widths. I bet it would still be very cute!
  • You could try this using tablecloths that have designs or print on them. Try mixing a solid color with a print.
  • You could make one of the colors of strips a tad shorter, this may change the look and texture of the wreath or make one color stand out more, but I'm sure it would still look great.
  • Want to add more colors or use different colors? Use as many colors as you want! Purple and green are more great colors for Halloween.
  • How about one with rainbow colors?
  • You can make these wreaths for any holiday or occasion in any colors you choose... the possibilities are endless!
  • You could also tie three in a row of one color and three in a row of another color to break up the color a bit and make it look more striped if you wanted.
  • Try tying two to three strips on at a time and then fluffing it up. This will create a different look!
  • You can do these wreaths in different shapes. Just shape your hanger into a heart, oval, etc., before you start.
  • You could do this type of wreath with strips of ribbon, fabric, old sheets, old curtains or shower curtains, plastic bags, trash bags, yarn, jute, etc.—basically out of anything you can tie.

Well, that's about it. I hope you have enjoyed this article.

Happy crafting and Happy Halloween!


Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 02, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan- Oh my goodness.. thank you so much for letting me know that :) I am hooked on the wreaths lol.. I have one more started and plan to do a few more. To me, it's relaxing just sitting and tying on the strips. I can see why they enjoyed it. Wow, thanks so much for taking the time to let me know that. You have made my night :)

Claudia Porter on November 02, 2012:

Made this today with a group of special needs seniors that I volunteer with every week. They loved it and every wreath turned out great and each one was different too. We did Christmas versions. Thanks again!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 02, 2012:

Jackie Lynnley- Indeed... you could make these in any color you would like for any holiday. I think one with browns, yellows and oranges would be really pretty too for Thanksgiving... those wheels are turning in my head..I might just have to do another one.. in fact I already have one started with just orange on it. I would be really easy to add the other colors to finish it off. Thanks so much for the idea and for dropping by!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 01, 2012:

I am a little late to make this now but I will keep the well it wouldn't be bad for Thanksgiving too though would it? The colors are right. ^

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 27, 2012:

Hayley- You are welcome and thank you for dropping by my tutorial! So happy you have found this useful for your students :)

Hayley on October 27, 2012:

This is perfect to show to my Spanish students in English. Simple, quick and very effective. Thank you for sharing it. Have a nice day.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 18, 2012:

agusfanani- Thank you :) It is, without a doubt, one of the easiest and most economical crafts I've ever done and was so pleased with the finished wreath! Thank you for dropping by... I have always appreciated your support so very much :)

agusfanani from Indonesia on October 17, 2012:

Hello Jamie Brock,

I don't have tradition in making wreaths but I admit that you've shown us how creativity can be done using economical and easily available materials and described in easily understood instructions.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 17, 2012:

Rose, Thank you for sharing your wire crafts hub.. or else I would have never thought to do it! It's all I've been thinking about for the past three days LOL! I want to make one for every holiday :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 17, 2012:

What an awesome simple wreath! Thanks for sharing this tutorial and for linking to my article. I love that you can customize this concept for many different holidays.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 17, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan- I'm so happy you found this useful! Thanks for dropping by and for the vote up :)

Claudia Porter on October 17, 2012:

What a great inexpensive craft! I have the perfect place to use this!!!! Thanks! Voted up!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

kashmir56- Great to see you! This wreath was so easy it was mind boggling.. I love it! Thank you for the votes up and more :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

Crystal Tatum- Thank you..I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for dropping by and for the votes up!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

RobinGrosswirth23- You are so welcome.. thank you for stopping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

Gypsy48- Thank you :) I'm just so happy with how it came out.... now I want to make about 10 more! Thank you for the votes up :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

wordscribe43- This would be a great one for your kids for sure! So happy you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

cclitgirl- Thank you :) This is the coolest project I've done in a while. So cute, yet costs about 2bucks! Thank you so much for the vote up and for tweeting :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

Sunny- You are welcome:) It's gonna look super cute... can't wait to see the pics!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

vocalcoach- Hi! I'm so happy you are inspired to do the wreath :) It really is super easy and you will definitely be proud of it! Thank you so much for the votes up and for sharing :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 16, 2012:

suzettenaples- Thank you for dropping by, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! I bet you had fun making those wreaths for your family... I loved doing this wreath so much, I just had to do a hub on it! I'm planning to make one for every holiday :) Thank you so much for the vote up and for sharing!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on October 16, 2012:

A great Halloween craft to do and so easy. Your step by step instructions were so well explained and easy to follow. Well done !

Vote up and more !!!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 16, 2012:

Great idea, cute and looks simple too! Voted up and awesome.

Robin Grosswirth from New York on October 15, 2012:

You really simplified this process. I thought the diagrams were great. I even like the alternative ideas. Thanks!

Gypsy48 on October 15, 2012:

What a creative and inexpensive idea. Really looks cute. Thanks for sharing:) voted up and awesome

Elsie Nelson from Pacific Northwest, USA on October 15, 2012:

This is an awesome idea. Just happened to see it while taking a break from Halloween decorations. My kids would love doing this- thanks for the idea. Great hub, by the way!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on October 15, 2012:

Awesome idea! Who knew that you could make something so cool without spending a fortune? Voted up and tweeting. :)

sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on October 15, 2012:

Doing this today!! I have a solid orange plastic tablecloth leftover from my son's bunny/carrot themed bday party and your tips got me trash bags! I also have the Paper Doll Dress Up cricut I can make a cute embellishment for the wreath when I'm done. I'll email you pics when I'm done...THANK YOU for the inspiration and tutorial!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 15, 2012:

Oh boy! Something that I can do (at long last.) What great instructions Jamie. Can't thank you enough. I'm really excited about starting this project and shouting to the world, "I made it myself."! Up and more and sharing.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 15, 2012:

Great hub! I used to make these types of wreaths when I was a child. I made so many Christmas wreaths using green tissue paper that all my relatives have one made by me. This is an excellent article in that you easily explain what and how to make one. Your photos are wonderful also. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us. Voted up and shared!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 15, 2012:

Sharkye11- Oh my gosh.. I haven't been this excited over a craft in a while! This wreath is so easy it's mind boggling... and you are right.. it's comparable to anything you would find in the store. I know what you mean about tools walking out of the house.. good thing about this and like you said- you don't need them! I still can't get over the fact that it cost me 2 bucks to make! I'll be making plenty more of these for sure :) Thank you for the vote up and for linking it to your Halloween tutorial!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 15, 2012:

Hi Bill.. hehe.. I think you could make a mighty fine one but it's not your thing and understandably so :) Be sure to show Bev this one though, if she's into crafts, she should love it. It's easy, costs 2 bucks and anyone can do this!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 15, 2012:

carol- This wreath may be my favorite craft so far.. I was stunned at how easy and cheap it was to make. Like you said, even though it takes a bit of time, its SO worth it. I just couldn't help but do a tutorial about it. I'm excited to make more of them... I'm thinking about doing a few Christmas ones! Thank you for sharing, for the votes up and for pinning!!!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on October 15, 2012:

This is awesome, Jamie! When I first saw the picture I thought "No way is that gonna be easy!". Then I read the instructions. Wow, that is VERY easy. And still the wreath looks super professional and store-bought.

I love that the hanger doesn't have to be opened and reshaped with tools. My fella keeps taking the house tools out to the shop and I never have never have pliers handy!

Great hub! Voting it up and linking to my Halloween tutorial.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 15, 2012:

Darn near easy enough for me to do it.....NOT! :) Good job Jamie; they are cute ideas and if I was still teaching I would have done this in my classroom.

carol stanley from Arizona on October 15, 2012:

This really looks cute. I always love things that are easy..even though this takes a bit of time. And today when we can make things cheap and turn out a great product...Voted UP and sharing for sure. Great instructions by the way. Forgot to mention pinning.