I love fun Halloween décor, and take a pass on blood, guts and gore. My new Halloween Ghost Wreath, with a cheerful sprinkling of polka dots, is just right for my upbeat Halloween décor. After all, how could you find a pair of mini, polka dot ghosts scary? If you’re like me, and prefer your Halloween cheerful and not at all fearful, then DIY this Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath. It’s scary easy, too!
To make a Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 12” x 2” wreath
- Two, 1” balls
- 5” cube or other scrap
- 1/3 yd. white with black polka dots
- 1/8 – ¼ yd. each of five – six different polka dot prints
- Plastic eyes or googly eyes
- Ribbon (for hanging wreath)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; bamboo skewers; disposable bowl; straight pins
To make a Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath:
1. Make ghosts:
- Insert a skewer into each foam ball, and insert other end of skewer into a 5” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, or other scrap piece.
- Cut two, 10” squares from white fabric with black polka dots.
- Squeeze several tablespoons of thick, white craft glue in a small bowl. Mix in ½ c. water.
- Dip fabric squares in glue and water mixture, and let fabric becaome thoroughly saturated.
- Run fabric through fingers to smooth out and remove excess glue mixture.
- Drape fabric over balls and arrange folds.
- Let dry.
2. Cover wreath with fabric:
- Cut fabrics into 1-1/2” wide strips.
- Pin and glue the end of one fabric strip to the back of the wreath.
- Wrap fabric strip around wreath, and pin and glue other end to the back.
- Continue wrapping wreath in assorted polka dot fabric strips till covered.
3. Trim skewers on ghosts and insert into the bottom curve of the wreath. Remove the skewers, add a dab of glue to the holes, and insert again. If the skewers won’t insert through the fabric, make a small hole first using a scissor point. Trim fabric on ghosts as needed. (I cut down the size of one ghost to make him smaller.)
4. Glue plastic eyes or googly eyes to the ghosts and the wreath.
5. Loop ribbon through the wreath, knot ends together, and hang!
A couple of years ago, I made a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath with mini, cheesecloth ghosts and duct tape.
Here’s another easy wreath idea. I used the same fabric wrapping technique on my Fall Succulent Wreath, but with different fabrics for a completely different vibe.
What’s your Halloween style? The more spirited, the better? Lots of gore? Or are you like me and embrace more of the “rainbows and unicorns” style?
Happy crafting (and Halloween decorating)!
P.S. Guess who stopped in last week on her way across the country on her next Paper Trail tour . . . Sizzix designer and paper artist Eileen Hull! Eileen and her vintage camper Scotty are on their way to the Bella Crafts Connections in Minneapolis, and Eileen is teaching classes along the way. Our visit was too short, but I’m hoping we’ll see her again when she travels back home . . . Travel safe, Eileen!