How to Make a Halloween Wreath

Wreath on door

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Project Overview
  • Total Time: 1 - 2 hrs
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $20 to $30

Even adults get to have fun at Halloween, so when it comes to making a DIY Halloween wreath, don't miss out on an opportunity to get spooky. Thanks to a plethora of pre-made supplies, it's as easy as picking your favorites and attaching them to a simple grapevine wreath. Don't forget, this is the first thing that little ghouls and goblins will see when they get to your doorstep. Once Halloween is over, it's easy to swap it out for a more autumnal fall wreath that will still work with your collection of pumpkins.

Close up of decorated wreath

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The beauty of using a grapevine wreath as a base? Its creepy tendrils make it look extra wild, and the tight weave lets you work pieces like the dried florals, ravens, and cobwebs on the wreath without needing glue. For small pieces, you'll need to fire up your glue gun!

Get creative and customize this DIY Halloween wreath design as you see fit. To get the nature-inspired, subtly spooky look of our wreath, follow the below steps.

Supplies for wreath.

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What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Glue gun
  • Paint brush (optional)
  • Scissors


  • Grapevine wreath
  • Artificial cobwebs
  • Small birds
  • Fake bugs
  • Extra wire
  • Dried florals, pods, and/or moss
  • Ribbon
  • Craft paint (optional)


  1. Add Paint and Cobwebs

    If there are any accessories that you're adding to the wreath, be sure to paint them first, so they'll have time to dry. Plastic bugs or even dried pods can look more visually interesting when they're covered in black paint. It all depends on if you want a more monochromatic look or not.

    When you're building a wreath, the most important thing to remember is to work in layers. Don't try to add everything at once because it can quickly get messy.

    Start by pulling apart the cobweb and gently draping it over the surface of the grapevine. All of little branches and brambles should catch it and keep it on the surface. Then add on the larger items like the birds; play with their positioning before you weave them into the wreath. We like the look of the sitting birds moving in a direction, while the interior or top of the wreath is the perfect perch for sitting ravens.

    Add cobwebs to the wreath.

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  2. Add the Second Layer

    This is when you add any of your finishing pieces, so maybe a few oversized bugs or a few sprigs of dried flowers, whatever feels like it will finish the look. If you're worried about the plastic bugs being too heavy to stick on with super glue, you can coil the end of a piece of wire, hot glue it to the bottom of the bug, then use the wire to secure it to the wreath.

    Add the first layer to the wreath.

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  3. Finish With a Ribbon and Style

    Instead of topping the wreath with a bow, make it easy to hang by looping a piece of velvet ribbon around the top. Cut the ends at an angle with sharp scissors and you're all set.

    On its own or paired with pumpkins and fall foliage, this wreath is sure to stop all of the trick- or-treaters in their tracks.

    Add the ribbon to the top of the wreath.

    The Spruce Crafts / Caylin Harris

Hang your fresh, homemade Halloween wreath on your front door. We recommend an over-the-door hook, but you can also use a nail through the door or a removable, no-damage hook. No matter how you hang it, your Halloween wreath is sure to catch a few eyes. And, best of all, because you used a dried base, your wreath can be used year after year: Simply swap out the smaller decorations on it to give it a fresh look next Halloween.