Make this DIY Halloween decoration with a few sticks, some scrap lumber and coffee filters. Cheap, easy, and so spooky! Complete the project in less than 30 minutes. It’s a fun project to do with the kids, just wear gloves and masks when painting or you may end up looking zombified long after the season has lost it’s charm.
Spooky Halloween Stick Wreath
1. Make Flowers
Start by making coffee filter flowers. There are a million tutorials, but my favorite is https://twoshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2012/04/coffee-filter-flowers-and-video.html.
We tried to dye the filters a dark grey/green, but they turned out more of a cheerful green/pink, so I spritzed them with some flat black spray paint. I let some of the green show through for a little dimension. Tip: wear gloves for this or your hands may turn a spooky color too.
2. Make Base
Cut a ¼ inch piece of plywood into a base, don’t worry about perfection just something that is generally round and the approximate size that you want. I made mine roughly 9 inches in diameter. and spray painted it black. Then drill 2 holes to attach a string for hanging.
3. Attach Sticks.
Collect sticks, and begin hot gluing them to the base. We wanted some of our branches to resemble spider legs so we tried to use branches that mimicked that shape. Next fill in with shorter sticks and keep adding until you are happy with the overall shape. Tip: Branches can be scratchy so use some sticks or pieces of wood around the perimeter of the wreath to lift the sticks up a bit while their glue is setting. Then when you hang your wreath the sticks wont scratch your paint.
Tip: measure the door or area where you will hang the wreath so that you don’t make it too big. It’s much easier to cut/break the sticks during assembly than when you go to hang the wreath and it doesn’t fit in your space. Start with the longest branches spaced around the wreath.
4. Hide Glue.
Once the wreath is covered to your liking, spray paint the center and all of that glue, as well as the sticks if you want your sticks to be black. If you want to leave the branches natural don’t worry about the center being black it will blend after you add the flowers.
5. Add flowers.
Use a glue gun to attach flowers, be generous with glue so that flowers are secured to the base as well as the sticks.
6. Hang Wreath and Enjoy!
Anne Boykin says
Hi Sanda, Totally spooky and totally cool! Thanks for the how-to.
Feral Turtle says
This is awesome! So creative and I must say I love your hand shot. hehe