DIY Fall Wreath Ideas

Halloween Wreath

There’s nothing quite like a pretty wreath on a front door to welcome visitors and celebrate the season.  One of the reasons why I like wreaths so much is because they are great craft project for anyone to make.  It doesn’t matter how talented or experienced you are at doing crafts.  You can keep your wreath as simple as you’d like, or get carried away and adorn it with anything you can think of.  This makes it a fun project for kids too.

Another reason why I enjoy wreaths so much is because these decorations are ideal for any climate or location.  It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or house.  Everyone has a door, so a wreath always has a place to call home.  But let’s say that you don’t have the ideal door for hanging a wreath, you can also put these creations in a window, or hang it on the wall.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for making your own holiday wreath.

Halloween Wreath

Image courtesy of Shards of Blue CC 2.0

This yarn wreath was created for Halloween, but the technique is one that you can use for any holiday.  All you have to do is choose yarn that goes with the holiday you’d like to celebrate and and then choose appliques and accessories that go with it.

How to Make a Yarn Wreath

  1. Start with a Styrofoam, foam, or wicker wreath.
  2. Wrap yarn around the wreath, taking your time to place the yarn close together with no holes showing.
  3. When the entire wreath is covered with yarn, cut the yarn and glue the end using a hot glue gun.
  4. Start adding accents, appliques and decorations to the wreath to create any style, or holiday theme that you’d like.

Another strategy with wreaths is to have a “base” wreath that you use for a couple of holidays and simply change out the accent pieces that go on top.  The Halloween wreath above is a good example of that.  You could create a yarn wreath in a fall colored yarn that will look good for months.  For Halloween you can add white yarn to create a cob-web look and then add Halloween appliques like the ones I highlighted in my post about about Free Halloween Crochet Patterns  Add a ghost, felt flowers, felt bat and you’ve made a spooktacular Halloween wreath.
Layered Felt Designs

Image courtesy of roland CC 2.0

When it’s time to switch to a Thanksgiving theme, simply remove the Halloween items and swap them out for some fall leaves, pilgrims or turkey. The felt designs above are the perfect color combination for a fall wreath.  Here’s how to make these easy accent pieces.

  1. Choose several different colors of felt.
  2. Cut out any shape you’d like.  Use the same shape for each color.  You can either make them all the same size, or make each layer slightly smaller than the one beneath it.
  3. Using a needle, thread yarn through the center of each piece of felt, layering one piece of felt on top of the other.  You can tie knots on the ends of the yarn to make it look like the center of a flower.  You can also leave the tail coming out the back side of the “flower” if you’d like to attach them to the wreath using the yarn.

Just remember that if you are going to swap out the appliques and details on top, you want to use velcro or something that allows you to change the accent pieces without ruining the wreath below.  You can always use glue if you want, you’ll just have to be careful removing the old accessories and the new ones will have to go in the same spot so that it covers up the old glue.  Or, wrap a few more strands of yarn around the wreath to cover up the old spots and blend with the existing wreath.

Here are some Thanksgiving accents and appliques ideas to add to your wreath.



Pattern for Fall Crochet AppliquesPattern for Fall Crochet Appliques

Pattern for Crochet Maple LeavesPattern for Crochet Maple Leaves

Pattern for Crochet Oak LeavesPattern for Crochet Oak Leaves

Free Pattern- Crochet Flower & LeavesFree- Crochet Flower-Leaves

From Halloween to Thanksgiving, fall wreaths are full of color and fun.  I hope you enjoy making a DIY Fall Wreath to brighten-up your home, or to make as a gift.

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DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bucket

DIY Halloween Bucket

Halloween just wouldn’t be as much fun if you didn’t have a fun bag or bucket to carry your candy. Sure, the older kids are partial to a pillow case because it can hold so much. But for the younger kids, a cute little bucket is a must-have accessory for any Halloween costume.

Here are some of my favorite DIY Halloween treat bags and candy containers.

DIY Silly Halloween Bucket

DIY Halloween Bucket

This cute bucket is so easy to make.  All you need is a cheap orange pail that you can buy at the dollar store, party store, hardware store or Home Depot.

Use styrofoam balls for the eyes, pipe cleaners for the eye lashes and the silly mouth is an upside down picture cut out of a magazine.  Add whatever additional accents you’d like for hair, or to give it your own personality.  This cute craft was created by belen junquera

Painted Halloween Candy Bucket

You can also use paint to decorate an orange bucket to create a cute trick-or-treat bucket.  This is a fun Halloween craft idea for kids.  In addition to painting, kids can also decorate the bucket with stickers, washi tape or stencils.

DIY Halloween Bucket

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Free Halloween Crochet Patterns

Crochet Pumpkin Bean Bag Pattern

The leaves on the trees are bursting with color and now is the perfect time to make some Halloween crafts for your home and family.  From round pumpkins to decorate your table, to adorable hats to keep the kids warm in the cooler weather, there are plenty of fun crochet projects to make with yarn that you already have on hand.

Here are some of my favorite crochet patterns for Halloween.  All of these are free patterns, so grab a copy and get hooking.  These all make great gifts too.

Crochet Pumpkin Beanbag Pattern

Pattern for Free Crochet Bean Bag Decoration

Halloween Crochet Appliques

Pattern for Free Crochet Appliques

Halloween Crochet Pumpkin Hat

Pattern for Halloween Crocheted Pumpkin Hat

Crochet Witch Pattern

Free Pattern for Crochet Witch

Crochet Spiderweb Pattern

Free pattern for Crocheted Half Spiderweb

I hope you enjoy crocheting these fun Halloween crafts to decorate your home and get in the holiday spirit.

Halloween Crochet Patterns

Here are a couple of crochet patterns that I couldn’t resist sharing.  I think that these are both so cute.  The patterns aren’t free, but for only a few dollars, I think that they are still a bargain.



Crochet Scarecrow Hat PatternCrochet Scarecrow Hat Pattern

Pumpkin Lantern PatternPumpkin Lantern Pattern

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Halloween Mason Jar Candles

Bat Candle for Halloween

Candles are a fun way to decorate the inside and outside of your house for Halloween.  You can make your own Halloween decorations using glass jars and a little creativity.  Add a spooky ghost, or witch on a broomstick to the mason jar to create a Halloween mason jar candle that will add just the right touch of spookiness to your decor.

Halloween Mason Jar Candles

Supplies Needed to Make a Flaming Glass Jar Halloween Candle:

  • Any clean glass jar.  This can be a mason jar, food jar, or jelly jar that has been thoroughly cleaned and dried.
  • Mod Podge
  • Food coloring
  • Masking Tape
  • Tea light or candle

Instructions for making a Glass Jar Halloween Candle

  1. Paint the inside of the jar orange.  You can do this easily by mixing a little bit of mod podge and food coloring in the jar.  Mix it right in the jar and then swirl it around to cover the inside of the jar.  Let dry overnight.
  2. Rip of pieces of masking tape (varying the length and width of each piece) and attach to the outside of the jar.   You’re trying to make it look like flames.  Place the tape along the bottom half of the jar, with the masking tape placed vertically to resemble the flames.
  3. Paint the outside of the jar with black spray paint.  Let dry.
  4. Remove the masking tape.
  5. Insert a battery-operated tea light, or candle, into the jar and you now have a candle that has the black and orange colors of Halloween, plus it looks like flames.  Very cool!

You can also add some ribbon to the top of the jar, or any additional design elements that you think jazz it up a bit.  I’ve outlined the basic steps, but you can get really creative with this one.

Here are a few pictures to show you how easy it is to make this flaming Halloween candle.

Here is a video from expertvillage that shows you all of details for how to make these great candles.

Here are a few more of my favorite Halloween candle ideas.

Halloween Jar Lanterns

Halloween jar lanterns photo courtesy of frykitty on Flickr.

Mummy Candles

DIY mummy candles photo courtesy of Cy-V on Flickr.

Bat Candle for Halloween

Image of bat candle courtesy of slgckgc via Flickr.

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Ghost Milk Jug Craft for Kids

Milk-Jug-Ghosts

Light up your walkway this Halloween with cute Halloween luminaries made with milk jugs.  This is a fun Halloween craft for kids.  With recycled milk jugs and a little creativity, these outdoor decorations are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holiday.

Milk-Jug-Ghosts

How to Make a Milk Jug Ghost Luminary

Supplies Needed:

Steps Involved:

  1. Rinse out the milk jug and let it dry.
  2. Use a black marker to draw a ghost face.
  3. On the back of the milk jug, right underneath the handle, cut out a hole to insert the tea light.
  4. Turn on the electric tea light and insert into milk jug.

The face, or decoration, on the milk jug can be any design.  So kids can get creative and design a black cat, a jack-o-lantern face, or any Halloween picture they like.  Just be sure to use an electric tea light for this project, as a real candle would certainly be a fire hazard.

Happy crafting and Happy Halloween!

Video Tutorial for Milk Jug Craft

This video by BunnieClaire walks you through all of the steps for creating these Halloween decorations.

Supply Ideas

Battery Operated Tealight CandlesBattery Operated Tealight Candles

Remote Controlled Rechargeable Tea LightsRemote Controlled Rechargeable Tea Lights

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