As soon as the cooler temperatures start to make an appearance I start getting in the mood to decorate for Halloween. This Halloween tinsel wreath is a very easy DIY if you’re looking for ideas of how to decorate a wire wreath frame for your front door for Halloween.
Easy DIY Halloween Tinsel Wreath
Years ago I had a Halloween tinsel wreath that I had bought. I had gotten it my first year of college and it proudly hung in my dorm room and I continued to decorate with it for years.
Our last home was part of a co-op and one of the rules we had to follow was that by mid October we had to change the screen on the storm door to the glass cover. Our storm door faced east. When the glass cover was on, and the sun was shining, the space between the screen and the main door could create a lot of heat. In fact it could seriously cook. Do you see where this story is going?
At the start of every October I would hang my Halloween tinsel wreath on that door. Years of hanging in the extreme heat ended up ruining that wreath. The heat literally melted the tinsel and eventually pieces of it would fall off every time I touched it.
I held on to that wreath for as long as I could. When we moved to our current house though I finally gave up and threw it away. I had really loved that Halloween tinsel wreath, and I was so sad over it’s loss.
For the first few years in our current house I didn’t hang anything on my front door at Halloween time. I hated having nothing on the door though, so I decided it was time for a new wreath.
I really wanted the same type of wreath. I couldn’t find a similar one in any store though, so I decided that I would make it myself. To spice things up I went with two different types of tinsel garland.
I love how it turned out, and now I can’t wait to get out the other Halloween decorations as well!
Halloween Wreath Supplies
- 18in Wire Wreath
- 2 Different Halloween Tinsel Garland Strands approximately 12 ft each – It has been several years since I made my Halloween tinsel wreath. Just as I had a hard time purchasing a wreath like my original it seems to be hard to find the same type of tinsel I used to make this one. I have tried finding like items on Amazon, but they seem to constantly change. This link will take you to a search page on Amazon showing different current Halloween tinsel options for purchase. I used two different tinsel garland strands that were 12 feet each. The sizes offered on Amazon’s page differ, so you might need to buy multiple strands to have enough. While this Halloween tinsel garland pack doesn’t include a ghost strand it will give you multiple garland designs to work with, and includes 2 strands of each design so you won’t need to purchase extra. Plus the price for what you get is very reasonable.
How to Make a Halloween Wreath with Tinsel
I have really gotten into making wreaths over the last few years. None of the ones I make are hard, but I have to say this is the easiest one I’ve ever made.
It also takes very little time to assemble. In fact it could probably be made in as little as 3o minutes. It honestly took me longer to drive to the store and buy the supplies than it did to make it!
You’re going to start making your wreath by attaching the tinsel to the outside area of the wire frame. For my wreath that meant I was working with the pumpkin tinsel garland.
Start by threading the tinsel garland around the outer two rungs of the wire wreath frame. Weave it over and under. Continue to do this until you are out of tinsel. When weaving you want a weave that’s tight enough to keep everything in place, but loose enough that the garland doesn’t look pinched.
If you didn’t have enough tinsel to get all of the way around the frame then you’ll need to add an additional strand of tinsel garland. You’ll want to weave the new strand a bit over the first strand to prevent a gap from forming between them.
Once I had made my way all of the way around the wreath frame I continued to weave the tinsel over the tinsel where I had started. I did this until I had used the entire strand of tinsel up. That way I didn’t have to trim it and worry about the tinsel unraveling.
I was lucky enough to find a 12 ft garland. If you have to use smaller strands you probably will have too much left at the end of the second strand to keep weaving until you reach the end of it. In that case you’ll probably want to trim the tinsel after overlapping a little. Once you’ve trimmed the tinsel I suggest putting a little glue at the end to keep the tinsel from falling apart.
Once you’ve finished with the outside tinsel it’s time to add the inside tinsel. For the most part you’re going to add it the exact same way that you added the outside tinsel. Weave it over and under and overlap some at the start and end of the strands.
While the process is the same this part can be a little trickier since the outer tinsel can sometimes get in the way. I accidentally pulled the end of the garland off the strand while pulling it through. Luckily I was able to easily hide that.
Even though though the inner garland is a little more difficult to add it really isn’t all that hard. Just make sure that you’re paying attention to what you’re doing, instead of working on autopilot, and you should be fine.
Once you’ve finished adding the inner piece of tinsel you’re done. I hope you like your Halloween tinsel wreath as much as I like mine. It looks adorable on my porch along with my DIY Halloween garland!
How to Store a Halloween Wreath
After taking the time to create your wreath the last thing you want is for it to get damaged in storage after Halloween is over. There are a lot of different ways that you can safely store your wreath after Halloween. Here are just a few suggestions.
Add to Your Halloween Decor
Besides this DIY Halloween wreath you can add more spooky fun to your Halloween decorations with these items found on Etsy!
More Halloween Fun
- Free Halloween Printables (Spoooooooky!) – From CarrieElle
- Halloween Mousse
- One Simple Hack that will Make Pumpkin Carving Easier
- Pumpkin Halloween Cookies Your Kids will Love
- 18 inch Wire Frame
- 2 Different 12 ft Halloween Tinsel Garland Strands (or multiple smaller strands if you can't find 12 ft)
- Starting at the outside of the wreath weave the tinsel in and out until you've made it all of the way around. Overlap the tinsel a little once you've reached the place you started. If you need to cut the tinsel when you're done be sure to add a little glue to the end to prevent the tinsel from falling apart.
- Do the same on the inner part of the wreath with your second tinsel type.