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How to Make a Scary Halloween Wreath for Your Door From Scratch

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L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who makes prize-winning Halloween decorations. Learn how to make them from scratch at home.

How to make this scary Halloween wreath from scratch.

How to make this scary Halloween wreath from scratch.

How to Make a Creepy Snake Wreath

I make all my own outdoor creepy Halloween decorations every year. This is how I made a wreath covered in snakes. It really looks very scary. It is going to be attached to the door so the kids will have to get up close to knock for their trick-or-treat. Here is a step-by-step guide with lots of photos so that you can make one yourself for the holidays.

These are the toy snakes I used for my Halloween wreath.

These are the toy snakes I used for my Halloween wreath.

Materials Needed

  • Wreaths: 1 large and 1 small
  • Snakes: I used 4 but you can add more if required.
  • A few lengths of string or ribbon
  • UHT glue
  • Paint to use as an undercoat
  • Black spraypaint
  • Clear varnish spraypaint
  • Old plastic sheet
Attach the rubber snakes to the Halloween wreath.

Attach the rubber snakes to the Halloween wreath.

How to Make a Creepy Halloween Wreath

  1. Place the smaller wreath inside the larger one and tie securely together with some string or ribbons.
  2. Arrange the snakes around the wreath until you have a display that you like.
  3. Take the largest snake and using some glue attach it to the circle.
  4. Tie some string or ribbon around it too so it remains secure.
  5. The snake will look better if you can wrap it around the edges with the head falling away from the main part.
  6. Do the same with the remaining snakes.
How to make this snake wreath Halloween decoration from scratch.

How to make this snake wreath Halloween decoration from scratch.

Painting the Wreath

  1. Paint the wreath all one colour as an undercoat.
  2. Allow the paint to completely dry overnight.
  3. Put on some rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  4. Place the wreath on to a plastic sheet and spray paint it black.
  5. For a better 3D look leave some of the undercoat visible on the scales of the snakes.
  6. Leave to dry overnight.
  7. Do the same again on the other side.
  8. Give it a second coat if you think it is needed.
  9. Leave to dry overnight.
  10. Spray paint with clear gloss varnish on both sides. This protects it from the bad weather.

I find it is a lot cheaper to buy the spray paint online and it is of better quality too.

Hanging the Wreath

  1. Wreaths come with hoops of wire on the back to hang it on the door.
  2. Screw a hook on your door where you want to place it. Mine is going to be right next to the doorbell for the desired creepy effect.
  3. Attach the wreath onto the screw and then use a pliers to bend over the screw opening until it closes.
  4. This will make it secure and prevent anyone taking it away from your door.

My Outdoor Halloween Display

Every year I have been adding to my scary garden display by making a few things from scratch. The kids love it and so do lots of the adults too. I bought everything I needed to make this wreath in charity shops or at car boot sales. The snakes cost me only 10 cents each. I am always on the look out during the year for bits and pieces that can be used for something I make for Halloween.

Other DIY Halloween Decoration Ideas

Each year I create something new for my Halloween display in the front yard. This year I have been very busy. Here are the other things that I have made so far. Each article includes step-by-step instructions and original process photos.

The kids love these decorations when they come trick or treating. Sure, some of them get a little scared, but that is what this October night is all about!


L M Reid (author) from Ireland on September 11, 2018:

Hello Casangel, Yes it is one of the easiest Halloween decorations I have made so far. I can't wait for the kids to get up close to it when they knock on the door trick or treating.

Casangel on July 26, 2018:

Brilliant wreath , ill try that first the coffin is great but a bit to much for me i think . thank you , i love all your articles .