Last week I went looking for Halloween inspiration - just anything different and quirky - and I found so many awesome wreaths. I wasn't even looking for wreaths, you guys, but after my 5th or 6th "Whaaaat, THAT IS BRILLIANT!" I switched gears and just started compiling a list of all my favorites to share.
Starting with this so-perfect-I-bet-you-want-to-make-one-with-me Maleficent wreath:
All we need is a spray-painted wreath, glittery craft foam, some ribbon, and a cute googly eye! I'm itching to go buy the stuff and make one right now.
I love non-traditional wreaths, and this felt ball design is so sweet and cheerful:
By My Sister's Suitcase, click for the tutorial!
Or how about using the wreath like a shadowbox frame, and making a little scene inside?
By Manal Aman for Martha Stewart
There are lots of cute owls in the shops right now, so this is another easy DIY that packs a big punch.
This next one is not a craft tutorial - it's for sale - but Nancy Freeman was an INSTA-FOLLOW once I spotted her Little Shop of Horrors wreath:
How fabulous is this?! I'm in love.
Nancy also makes headband versions of Audrey and this faaabulous Demogorgan hair flower:
I know I'm veering off the wreath path here, but I think you'll agree the detour is worth it. Go check out Nancy's Etsy shop for more - it's all so, SO GOOD.
It would never occur to me to sculpt a Halloween wreath, but that's exactly what artist Zachary Jackson Brown did:
SO CLEVER - and all built on a base of a Styrofoam ring! Someone should do a traditional man-in-the-moon in this style, right? I like how bright Brown's design is, though, and how it rides the line between cute and creepy with that realistic eyeball. ::shiver::
That one obviously takes an artist to make, but here's something more doable for us mere mortals:
By Lisa Soto
This thing is so spooky, and such a smart craft. I bet you could even make one on top of your regular door wreath, so you don't have to buy a new base! Just wrap your old wreath in "creepy cloth" from the dollar store, stick in a bunch of skulls and hands, and finish off with cotton spider webs. BOO. Done!
Another one that's not a DIY, but too lovely not to share:
Linda Ray says she found this stunner at Michael's, then added in the butterflies. So raise your hand if you're now planning another trip to Michael's. ::raises hand::
Elegant Designs By Lulu is another professional wreath maker, so her account is full of eye candy like this:
This one's already sold, but I had to show you guys for her brilliant use of that picture frame. The next time I see a cheap oval frame at the thrift store, I am totally snapping that thing up.
Ashley Garcia Zenteno crafted up the perfect wreath for horror fans:
And look how clever: by using a Christmas wreath base, Ashley has a foresty background to fit her murderous theme! I also spy some dollar store chains and creepy cloth in there, so this looks like a SUPER fun build.
Here's a similar idea for you Freddy fans:
I love this idea of using costume accessories! I think I need to hit up Spirit Halloween again just to look at all the hats and masks and whatnot; I bet you could build fun wreaths around all kinds of characters.
Another diorama idea: HelloTifni made this mossy graveyard wreath for only $13:
Check out her post for process photos - she MADE those fabulous gravestones! And I'm loving the moss, it adds so much.
And finally, who says Halloween can't have rainbows?
By Kara of A Kailo Chic Life, click for the tutorial & to see it on her fabulous TEAL front door. (OoooooOOoooh.)
I hope you had as much fun looking at these as I did, and maybe found some new crafty ideas to try! Of course if you're looking for more DIY goodies, then head over to the Craft Page to see all my tutorials: over 150 projects and counting!