Easy and Frugal Halloween Wreath Tutorial
Looking for cute, inexpensive Halloween decorations to make? Learn how to make this pretty, fluffy Halloween wreath for a couple dollars at most! I got this idea because of an "easy wire-hanger crafts" article I saw. Within that article, I saw this 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! Here's my version of the wreath for Halloween.
You will need:
- 2 plastic tablecloths- 1 orange and 1 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.
- 1 wire hanger
Take the wire hanger and bend it into a circle shape.
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 its 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 approx. 1/2 of each tablecloth for this wreath.
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.
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 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 is so thin!
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 then 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!
The above video is the 2nd video that I have made and uploaded to YouTube for the public...so I'm a bit nervous!
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 3 in a row of one color and 3 in a row of another color to break up the color a bit and make it look more striped if you wanted.
- Try tying a 2 to 3 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!