Easy to Make Halloween Wreath

This homemade wreath is easy to make and sure to be everyone's favorite Halloween decoration. Only a few materials are required and the project is fun for the family to do together.

Easy to make wreath Halloween decoration

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When store aisles are bursting with Halloween decorations, the choices can be daunting - or should I say haunting

You can save money and put recyclables to good use by making your own decorations.

This Halloween wreath is a great place to start. It's easy to make with recyclables and basic craft supplies.

This craft is sure to be a winner with kids and grownups. It's a great activity for engaging fine motor and sensory skills, and there are lots of options for finishing touches.

And the process for making it isn't scary at all! 

Halloween wreath craft

We used screening left over from a screen door repair kit. You can substitute any fabric with a bit of stiffness to it and some transparency, such as a lace or mesh fabric.

Materials for Halloween wreath


Supplies for a wreath craft for Halloween


  • cardboard circle
  • black paint
  • paint brush
  • door screening or other mesh fabric
  • stapler

The donut shape measures 11 inches (28 cm) diameter with a 6 inch (15 cm) diameter circle inside.

This project was done with a stapler but you could use a glue gun if preferred.

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Instructions for wreath decoration

1. Paint the cardboard circle with black craft paint and allow to dry.

2. Cut screening in a strip 2 inches (5 cm) wide.

  • The length you need will depend on the size of the cardboard circle you start with. I had  a very long piece to work with since we trimmed around the door, but one long piece isn't essential - you can join shorter pieces together as you make the wreath.

Here is an illustration of how the screening is folded and applied to the wreath.

  • Experiment with a few folds to observe the size and placement of folds before securing in place with staples.



Make a wreath with cardboard and mesh fabric.


Lift a portion of fabric at the end of the strip approximately 2 inches (5 cm) to make a fold as shown in the photo.

Roll it over onto the strip then roll a second piece onto the first piece, and so on.

The second fold should overlap the first, leaving at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the first fold exposed.



Cardboard wreath craft Halloween decoration


You'll staple the first fold in place, then overlap the first one with the second fold.


Now you're ready to make the wreath.


Make a wreath with recyclables for Halloween


3. Cover the painted wreath with the strip of screening.

  • Staple the first fold you make in the screening to the cardboard base. Roll the second fold onto the first and staple in place. Continue with this procedure until the frame is covered.

4. Touch up any visible staples with black paint.



Halloween decoration homemade wreath

5. Decorate the wreath.

Finish the wreath with Halloween cutouts or a bow. Here are a few ideas.

  • Make a bow with some of the screening.
  • Cut a pumpkin shape from glitter foam. Glue eyes, nose and mouth to make a jack-o-lantern.
  • Add ghosts or jack-o-lanterns made from scraps of felt.


DIY wreath with pumpkins and ghosts cutouts

This is a fun project for home or the classroom. Kids can help paint the wreath and add the decorations. 

(Younger kids may need help applying the mesh fabric to the wreath frame.)

Reuse some items that might otherwise go to the landfill and end up with a fabulous Halloween decoration!

You can proudly display the wreath inside or outside your home or classroom.

Happy Halloween!    

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