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{Happy} Halloween Wreath Tutorial

 Have I mentioned that I love Halloween – lol?

I do — but I don’t really care for the gruesome, bloody side of Halloween decor. I like to keep my Halloween cute and lighthearted. I was trying to come up with a new Halloween Wreath and really wanted to make something with polka dots — you know how I love those. Plus some glitter — nothing says Halloween like glitter :)

I had a Dollar Store wreath form laying around, so I got out my stash of ribbon and started to experiement. And then I thought a big “31” would be a fun touch so I picked up a couple of numbers from my craft store.

This is a fun, easy and quick way to add some Halloween cheer
without all the Spoooooookiness!

Here’s what you need:

  • A wreath form (dollar store)
  • Ribbon (one 15 foot section to wrap around your wreath form. And TEN (or so) 5 foot sections of coordinating ribbon.
  • Numbers and glitter (I used PK Glitz)
  • Craft Paint (for numbers and beads) I used DecoArt Black and Tangelo Orange
  • 1″ wooden beads or something about that size to put under the numbers.
  • Hot Glue
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Decoupage Glue {Mod Podge}

Here’s what you do:

  • Wrap ribbon around your wreath form. Secure with hot glue or Gorilla Glue using a pin until it dries.
  •  Cut ribbon into 4.5 inch lengths. For a 12 inch wreath form I used 12 different coordinating ribbon into 12 pieces = 54 inches of ribbon in each pattern.
  •  Fold each ribbon in half and sew each one closed. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hot glue each one closed.
  • After you have sewed all of the ribbons, they will be in a long strip. cut each ribbon apart so they are separate. Then at the bottom of the ribbon loop, under the stitching you can separate out the two pieces of ribbon and hot glue the ribbon onto your wreath form.
  • Glue the loops on in sections, making sure to use all of the different colored ribbons equally.
  • Paint the 1″ beads and let dry.
  • While the beads are drying, paint your numbers. Then spread a layer or decoupage glue {Mod Podge} on the numbers and then glittered them up. The people from PK Glitz sent me some beautiful glitter, so I used that. So pretty! And I have these really cool Painters Pyramids from Rockler that let you paint both sides of something without having to wait. It was great to get the glitter all the way to the bottom of the numbers.
  • Then I used Gorilla Glue to glue the beads onto the wreath. Let dry for a few hours.
  •  Once the beads had dried on the top of the wreath, I figured out where I wanted the numbers on the wreath and traced around the bead so I would know where I wanted to number on the wreath. Then I flipped it over and spread a good layer of Gorilla Glue around the bead to secure the bead to the numbers. Let dry overnight.
  •  The last thing to do is cut two 30 inch sections of coordinating ribbon and tie it at the top. Hang up your {Happy} Halloween Wreath!
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  1. Hi Jen! Thanks for the great tutorial. I followed all your tips and loved the idea for the painted number! I used a painted number for a 2nd birthday party wreath. Adding the wooden number helped make it all come together. Here’s what it looks like. http://laurellanecrafts.com/2013/09/02/minnie-mouse-ribbon-wreath/

    Thank you!

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  3. HI I love your wreath it inspired me to do my own….here http://www.theclassycraftymom.blogspot.com/ with credit back to you for the inspiration of course

  4. Great tutorial! I changed the theme a bit and gave you credit on my blog http://randomactsofglitter.blogspot.com/2012/10/heart-wreath-cowgirl.html?m=1

  5. Please explain the use of the wooden beads. I don’t quite understand. Is is support for the heavy wooden numbers? And why do you need to trace around the wooden bead?


  7. Love your wreath!! Could work for many themed…. holidays to sports and more! Just wanted to let you know I pinned it on pinterest! Something this awesome should be shared!!!

  8. BuggysMom says:

    This is so great! It’s my first wreath to make. My mom and sisters have been making wreaths but nothing like this! I’m struggling with the gorilla glue because it doesn’t dry as quickly as I had hoped. Also I stapled my ribbons instead of glue or sewing. I tried the glue but it wouldn’t hold. Years ago I swore off glue guns….looks like I’m going to have to purchase one today. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. This is so cute and looks like something I could pull off. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. lcornejo312 says:

    I just made two wreaths for Easter, an 18" for me and a 12" for my girlfriend! The 18" took tons of ribbon to cover the form as well as loops, but it's so pretty! Overachiever!!

  11. The Traveling Wife & Mommy says:

    Well I could have sworn I had commented on this months ago…but I havent. Just another big thank you again for being my inspiration to make my own ribbon wreath :)

    My Cute Ribbon Wreath

    Thank you again doll.

  12. NANA R NASSAR says:

    you rock ! tkx for sharing! xoxoxo from Brazil!

  13. I think this is so pretty. I would love to share this post with my readers.

  14. Hey Jen,

    I loved how cute this wreath was so I decided to make one myself, following your tutorial! One of the girls I work with said this would be cute for Christmas too!! Here's the link to the wreath I made: http://aprincess4ever.blogspot.com/2010/09/halloween-wreath.html! Thanks again!

  15. Hey, great post, very well written. You should blog more about this. I’ll definitely be subscribing.


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  16. Just love your wreath. Those colours are fab !

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  18. Lori@Paisley Passions says:

    I absolutely adore this wreath!!! It is darling!!! I really need to get going on some of my Halloween decor!

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  19. this is so original and fun!

  20. Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says:

    This is absolutely adorable! Love the addition of the numbers!

  21. Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty says:

    I tried it out! You can see it here on my blog! http://sheskindacrafty.blogspot.com/2010/09/halloween-ribbon-wreath-update-on-frame.html
    Thanks for all the great ideas and ispirations!!

  22. I was SO inspired by this wreath. I'm working on my version right now (and I've already run out of ribbon twice…oops!). This is such a fun project, and I can't wait to share my final product. As always, you are full of great ideas! :)

  23. This is so cute! Thanks for posting that we could glue instead of sew. I haven't met a sewing machine that likes me yet.

  24. This wreath is soooo cute! I love decorating for Halloween, so this would be a great addition! Super cute blog! I am a follower. Stop by when you get a chance:

  25. Such a beautiful wreath! Great job!

  26. This is so cute..and could be easily adapted for other holidays/seasons. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Great idea. My granddaughters will enjoy express our own personalities with this one. Thanks lots!

  28. The DIY Show Off says:

    So cute Jennifer! I don't decorate much for Halloween but this is so cute I might have to start! Great job!


  29. Oh, I am so in love!! Really, this is adorable – especially love the glittery 31!!

    I posted a link: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/09/halloween-ribbon-wreath.html

    Thanks for sharing!

  30. Seriously the best craft I have seen in a long time, though I my ribbon-lover heart may be biased.

    I'm not really into Hallowe'en (though certainly appreciate your "cute" taste as opposed to the spookier ones) but I am SO going to make this for the Christmas season.

    Every year I have to do a little (or huge) decorating project at Christmas and I'm always on the hunt for something not too complicated but tasteful. Throw in a craft that uses ribbon and I'm powerless to resist.

    I can also see myself doing something similar for Fall and Spring. Ooo, I could be the "Ribbon House" of the neighbourhood.

    Okay, I must stop now.

    Brilliant. Truly brilliant. I bow to you!

  31. Oh my goodness, this is too too cute! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Natalie@Endless Crafting says:

    Oh my! This is SO cute! I love decorating for Halloween almost as much as Christmas. It's a toss up. Going to have to try this one out.

  33. What an adorable wreath!
    I love the bright cheery colors.
    Paula in Idaho

  34. Alison Ward says:

    So so so cute!! Gonna have to try this one out, thanks again for all your fantastic ideas!

  35. So cute! I love your tutorials!

  36. I LOVE this!! I adore Halloween anyway…and recently have fallen in love with wreaths…so this is perfect! :)

  37. jennykate77 says:

    OH, wow. That is the MOST adorable wreath ever!! I'm sure it takes a really long time to make…all that ribbon!!! I'm sure it's totally worth it though, because the results are so cute.♥

    Hope you're having a great week so far!♥

  38. Adorable!! I love it!

  39. Love this! I'm saving this link in my "craft ideas" folder in my email to use for other holidays, baby showers, etc. The possibilities are endless just by changing up the ribbon! Thanks so much for sharing!

  40. I love it! Looks gorgeous, I am definitely going to try this one out.

  41. BigBearswife says:

    Im featuring this on my blog! :)

  42. Marie {Make and Takes} says:

    Halloween is probably my favorite holiday too!! What a fun wreath!

  43. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    This turned out so cute. I would never have thought to add that bright blue, but it works! Very clever.

  44. This is so amazingly adorable! I really love the ribbon loops!

  45. That looks fantastic! I love the '31' on it :) I made one last year but just tied them all on – I bet you used a lot less ribbon than I did!

  46. You had me at "polka dots."

    And how similar are we on the not liking Halloween grossness? (okay, you don't know if we are…well…we are. I hate grossness)

    Man, what is it? You really want me to long to put up a wreath, don't you? Even though, once upon a time, I vowed against it.

    That "31" is a stroke of pure genius. I love it.

    I feel like I were Dorothy…on a journey toward the "crafting emerald city" Polka Dots, and Glitter, and Ribbon…..OH MY!!

  47. Mormishmom says:

    OOh! This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us!

  48. this blessed nest says:

    i swear ALL the trick r treaters will be wanting to come to your adorable home!

    this is amazing. YOU are amazing. too too cute.

    thank you for linking up. you are so supportive, i appreciate YOU so very much.


  49. Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} says:

    I love it. Goodness, how many Halloween decorations do you make in a week. I just finally finished my subway art that I've been working on since last week. Inspired by you. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  50. theUngourmet says:

    Such a darling wreath. I'm loving the polka dots!

  51. That wreath is SOOOOO cute! I love Halloween as well and this is definitely going on to my to-do list! Thanks so much for sharing your project! Love it!

  52. LOVE this one!!!

  53. A Little Bit of Everything! says:

    That turned out super cute!

  54. really really cute wreath, makes me want to go make a wreath (or 5) right now……..feeling so creative.

  55. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    Each time I see one of your fabulous wreaths, I have all good intentions of making one….maybe this will be the one :)

  56. Melissa Miller says:

    Jen it is precious and so colorful! :)

  57. That is so fun! I did a ragamuffin wreath for Halloween last year with ribbon, but I love the look of the loops!

  58. Georgous! I agree…I don't like the creepy side of Halloween! Your wreath is so fun!

    I also agree with Mimi…Etsy shop?? Advent calendars?? I know I will not have time to make one now and would love to buy one from you! I love you my friend!

  59. House of Smith's says:

    I love it :)
    Once again… talented lady, you've done it! :)
    SO fun. This is a great idea for a birthday party wreath too!


  60. Positively fabulous! Love the colors, the choice of ribbons, everything came together so perfectly. I'd love one of these!

  61. Beth's Blog says:

    That is awesome! I Love it! :)

  62. Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! says:

    so darn cute. you totally had me . . . until I saw the sewing machine. ; )

  63. Girl, that is so.dang.cute. Love it. I have tons of ribbon, maybe I will make some of these myself!! Thanks!

  64. Blessed Mommy of 2 says:

    Super cute!

  65. Holy Crap Sista!
    This is amazing!!!
    Totally adorable.
    You are so creative.
    I am so jealous.

  66. That is so cute – love the polka dots

  67. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says:

    Super cute Jen! Love all the colors – so cheerful and fun. I almost want to paint my red door brown so I can make super cute wreaths like that! Fabulous as always =) Stephanie Lynn

  68. Jen, this is FANTASTIC!!!! Yes, I did just shout at you, but holy cow adorable.

    I just made a wreath and now I am sitting here trying to think of how I can affix numbers to it…

  69. The Answer Is Chocolate says:

    Too cute! I need to get busy on some Halloween stuff. Not that I need more Halloween stuff mind you! But there are too many awesome projects out there like this one!

  70. Jen. You are killing me. Literally KILLING me with all of your cute Halloween ideas!!

  71. why must you always have great ideas that i have to add to my crafty to-do list? this is definitely on my list. i love it. my husband doesn't like halloween, but i can get away with cute stuff. thanks!

  72. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says:

    this is too cute! I LOVE the "31"!!

  73. Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry says:

    Jen I love it… VERY cute!

  74. Adorable and what a great way to use up scrap ribbon! And anything with glitter is a winner to me!

  75. Jenglamgirl says:


  76. I totally agree about the cutesy Halloween vs. the spooky-gross Halloween. So Cute!!!

  77. northern cottage says:

    Seriously darling…so creative…I never would have thought to sew them in one long strip…probably because I don't sew (well – not really anyway)!! :) I can see this done in SOOO many different colors/seasons!

  78. Candace@craftysisters-nc says:

    Oh, that's great! I love your crafts!!

  79. Girl. Do you still have an Etsy shop?? You should.
    Also. Remember those adorable cookie sheet advent calenders?? Are you gonna make some this year??

  80. Jessica Radick says:

    I really love love this idea. I love that you don't have to just do a holiday themed one, but even one that suits your everyday house decor would be fabulous on the door… I am definitely going to try this one! Thanks for sharing!



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