It is had to believe that September is nearing the end and it’s about time to breakout the Halloween decorations. Nick has actually been watching his Halloween DVDs for a few weeks now, and we’ve already pulled out the Halloween books as well. We have a lot of fun decorations that we put up every year. Our porch looks really fun after the addition of the DIY Halloween Garland that I made last year, but it’s missing a wreath, so I set out the other week to create a Halloween tinsel wreath.
Years ago I had a Halloween tinsel wreath that I had bought. I had gotten it my first year of college and it proudly hung in my dorm room. I continued to decorate with it for years. Once I had a home of my own I hung it on the front door, but the front door from our last house eventually ruined it.
Our last home was a town house that faced east and west. Our front door faced east. Since our town house was part of a co-op there were rules we had to follow. One of those rules was that by mid October we had to change the screen on the storm door to the glass cover. In many ways the change was nice because the sun through the windows would create a lot of heat and I could open the main door to the house and there would be heat and bright sun streaming in. The problem was that over time the extreme heat melted the tinsel on my wreath. The tinsel pieces started to drupe and pieces fell out every time I touched it.
I loved that Halloween tinsel wreath, so our first year in our current house I put it out on our front door. It looked so sad though, so I eventually just threw it away. For quite a few years I have wanted to replace that wreath, and this year I have finally done it! They still sell the pumpkin tinsel garland that my original wreath was made with, but I found a ghost tinsel garland at Michael’s as well, so I decided to make my new wreath with both of them! I love how it turned out, and now I can’t wait to get out the other Halloween decorations as well!
What You Need:
- 18in Wire Wreath
- 2 strands of Pumpkin Tinsel Garland (The one I got was 12 feet, but these are only 6.5ft each, so you’ll need more than one strand)
- 2 strands of Ghost Tinsel Garland (I can’t find my actual strand online to share. This was the closest that I could find. They call it ghost tinsel garland, but they look more like skulls and crossbones to me. If you don’t like this one you can always do the wreath in just pumpkin garland)
How to Make a Halloween Tinsel Wreath:
This wreath is so easy to make and it hardly takes any time at all. I’d imagine most people could put it together within 45 minutes. It probably took me more time to drive to the store and buy all of the supplies!
You start by threading the pumpkin tinsel garland around the outer two rungs of the wreath. Weave it over and under. You continue to do this until you are out of tinsel. I even continued to weave the tinsel over the other the starting tinsel until I had used everything up. That way I didn’t have to trim it and worrying about the tinsel unraveling. If you need two strands than just start weaving a new strand a little bit before where the first one ended. You want to use a weave that’s tight enough to keep everything in place, but loose enough that the garland doesn’t look pinched.
Once you’ve finished with the pumpkin tinsel garland take the ghost tinsel garland and start weaving it over and under over the bottom two rungs of the wire wreath. You’re weaving the garland the exact same way you did before but on the inner part of the wreath. This one is a little harder since the previous tinsel is already there, but I didn’t find that it got in the way too much. I did accidentally pull the end of the garland off the strand while pulling it through though, so be careful!
That’s it! It’s so easy to do. You could easily do this while watching your favorite T.V. show, and you likely would be done about the same time that it is. I can’t wait to put the Halloween garland up and to see it all together!