Dress up your door this Halloween with an easy DIY grapevine wreath. The “just dead” skeleton bride and groom also make this a perfect October wedding gift!
I told Jared last week that we might need an entire storage room in our next house, just for holiday wreaths. (He responded “Why? You only have one front door.” Silly Jared.) Luckily for Jared (and our ever-diminishing storage space), I didn’t make this DIY Halloween wreath for us–though, I was really tempted to keep it when I saw it finished. Instead, I made this wreath for my brother-in-law as a wedding gift. It may be a little macabre for some, but I think it turned out pretty cute. But you could just as easily swap out the bride and groom for a generic skeleton, pumpkin, crow, or any focal point you’d like. In fact, I used this same process to create this Halloween wreath a few years ago:
I love the traditional orange and purple in this crow wreath, but decided on a romantic “haunted mansion” feel for the skeleton wreath (mostly because that’s the ribbon I liked best at Michaels this year 😂). These wreaths may look complicated, but are actually super simple! It’s definitely my go-to wreath-making style.
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What you need to make a bride and groom skeleton wreath
- 18 inch grapevine wreath form*
- black spray paint
- Halloween or fall ribbon
- bride and groom skeleton
- various Halloween or fall floral picks
- fabric scraps and thread for sewing
- fabric marker (this is similar to the one I used, but there are many different brand and color options)
- Fray Check (this is also available at Joann)
- hot glue
- pipe cleaners or wire
- fishing line or invisible wire
- clip-on spider (optional)
*you can often find these regular price at Michaels (which is great, because then you can use a 40% off coupon). (Coupons are always available online and many craft stores accept competitors’ coupons. The last time I was at Michaels, I was able to get 25% off my entire purchase with a Joann coupon! Don’t ever shop without coupons!)
How to make a Halloween skeleton wreath
- Spray paint the wreath form black. I did this outside on a tarp. Grapevine wreath forms take multiple coats to get in all the cracks and spaces–be sure to paint from all angles.
- Begin wrapping the ribbon around the wreath. Choose a starting point on the back, tuck the end of the ribbon under some of the branches, and hot glue in place.
And there you go! Not so bad, huh?
And who wouldn’t want to be greeted at the front door by this adorable couple?!
You’ve still got plenty of time to make your own wreath before Halloween! Share it on Instagram with #aubreemademedoit. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Looking for more wreath-making ideas? Check out my post on making a Simple Fall Wreath made from a thrifted picture frame–easily adaptable for any season!6