This giant wreath, which we named
Wreathzilla, is a full four feet across and is great for hanging on a garage door or large
wall. All of the materials were found at local craft and departments stores and it only
took an hour to put together. Total cost was under fifty dollars. We
purchased a large grapevine wreath at a local arts & crafts store. We
also bought a six foot garland of autumn leaves and wrapped it around
the grapevine wreath. We added a giant spider web to the center and got
a light-up spider to stick on it.
We picked up some artificial pumpkins and hot
glued them on. We picked out some wide Halloween ribbon with wire edges and made a bow and glued
that on as well.
This commercially made wreath
was distributed by Mr. Christmas in 1993 and unfortunately is no longer available. We were
fortunate enough to buy two of them. This black plastic wreath is good sized, measuring
fourteen inches across and came with a motion-detecting, ceramic Witch mounted in the
center. When activated an audio sound effects track is played for the visitors. To this we
added two battery powered Halloween light sets, pumpkins and ghosts, the little broom and
some plastic harvest garnishment. It looks great on the front door!
Store bought wreaths like these are available in
craft and department store craft sections at this time of the year and can be used as is on
your doors and walls. But they can also act as a base wreath that you can customize by
adorning them with your own Halloween ornaments, trimmings and lights.
With the wreath on the right, we plan on repainting
the sign so it says "Happy Halloween" instead of Harvest. Save time
buying a pre-made wreath and doing a small customizing job on it!
Designing and making your own Halloween
wreaths from scratch is a fun and entertaining project for the entire family. During the
Halloween season you can find all sorts of Halloween craft materials in the stores. Twist
ties and a hot-glue gun are great for attaching the ornaments to the wreath base.