Y’all, Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday to craft for! I just love having fun with all the colors and creatures that are available. Today, I’m showing you how to make a DIY Halloween wreath using deco mesh and a friendly ghost!
When it comes to Fall, the things that I look forward to has nothing to do with pumpkins and spice. It has everything to do with ghosts and goblins, witches and creepy creatures! I show you step-by-step how to make this spooky DIY Halloween wreath that sports some fabulous ribbon and an adorable ghost.
DIY Halloween Ghost Wreath
I’ll be honest with y’all, this Halloween wreath takes a little longer to make than some. But, here’s the thing. Wreaths that are more complex to make look AHH-mazing when they are done! If you sell your wreaths, every project you make cannot be this in depth because there just aren’t enough hours in the day. However, these wreaths look so good on your business page and sell for a much higher price point. What you want to do is offer a number of products that vary in cost and complexity. That will allow you to appeal to a different range of customers while also making sure you have plenty of products available in your line-up.
I make the festive Terri bows for this wreath using the Pro Bow. You get to watch the entire bow making process in this video but if you want a more detailed Pro Bow tutorial I have a whole post for that too. One of the reasons that I love the Terri bows is that you can use such a large variety of ribbons. There are so many fun Halloween ribbons out there! And I have such a hard time narrowing it down to only a few. When it comes to Halloween wreaths there is no such thing as too many patterns. Therefore, this is a great opportunity to have fun with variety and make a Terri bow!
In this video I also give some advice about starting out in the wreath making business. I love to help people build their businesses! The most important thing to do is find out who your perfect customers are so you can create the wreaths they want. Watch the video for some good tips! Also, for more information, check out the post we have on wreath making for beginners. That post covers what supplies you need to get started as well as information about the business end of things.
Making a Terri Bow
- Start by measuring out a piece of 24-inch wire. You’re going to need to cut and have 2 of these per bow.
- Next, take your first ribbon of choice (start with your 1.5" ribbons then move to your 2.5" ribbons after that) and set it aside. Grab one of the wires that you just cut and fold it in half. Measure the ribbon out about 6 inches, give it a pinch, and tie it off with the wire.
- Take that ribbon and wrap it around your center peg. Give it a little pinch on the bottom then tie it with the wire and wrap the wire around the bottom peg. Tie if off on the top. Doing this gives you a center loop.
- Now it’s time to add your second wire. Take the second piece of cut wire and fold it in half. Work it through the bottom of the ribbon that is the newly created center ribbon and twist it off using the wire.
- Take your ribbon and loop up and around the center ribbon and around the next pegs on the left and right of the center ribbon. Then, tie it off at the bottom.
- At this point, you’ll do the same with your remaining ribbons as well. Follow the same steps of grabbing your third wire, folding in half, circling around the bottom center loop and around the next two pegs on the left and right that are currently empty.
- For the final step of using up the four cut wires, do this exact same process again with the fourth ribbon and fourth wire.
- Do these steps over and over again until you’ve come to the end of the pegs. On the final peg, I like to use two ribbons at a time (instead of just one) and loop around the bottom and tie it off just to get it a bit of extra pizzazz.
- Once tied, pull off the pegs and you’ve created your very own wreath bow!
DIY Halloween Ghost Wreath
- Attach your deco mesh to wreath form. Start with an 8" poof at the top then work your way around the wreath form attaching a 10" poof at each anchoring spot.
- Take your 2.5" ribbon and cut 18 ribbon tails, 14 inches each. Using a ribbon tail board will make this easier. Next, dove tail trim the ribbon tails at both ends.
- Repeat this process with the 1.5" ribbon but make 36 ribbon tails instead of 18.
- Place two 1.5" ribbon tail on top of a 2.5" one. Fold them in half and pinch at the center point. Attach at anchor point of the wreath form. Repeat at all anchor points of the wreath form.
- Now it's time to attach the ghost! Secure the mounting squares to the back side of the ghost using a staple gun. If the ghost is thin and the staples will pop through the front, add a layer of foam to the back before attaching the mounting squares. Attach a pipe cleaner to each mounting square. Use the pipe cleaners to attach the ghost to the right side of the wreath.
- Attach your three Terri bows starting with the top, then bottom, then left side opposite your ghost.
- If you used different color ribbon in your bows than in your ribbon tails like I did, balance out the side with the ghost by adding in the missing ribbon(s). Do this by cutting 24 strips of the ribbons that are in your bows but that you didn't use for ribbon tails. Dove tail trim the ends and add these tails to the anchor points around the ghost until the colors in your wreath are balanced.
- Take the spider web mesh and cut 6 8" strips. Scrunch it in the center and add it around the wreath at anchor points.
I am so excited that it’s finally Halloween crafting time! I love the way this ghost wreath turned out and I can’t wait to get my hands into some more Halloween projects. Grab yourself some hot apple cider and your favorite spooky supplies and have fun creating y’all!
If you need any help with centerpiece-making, bow-making, wreath-making, or crafting in general, be sure to check out more of our tutorials on How to Make Wreaths.
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