I’ve been sitting on this awhile but was trying to wait until after the ‘pumpkin spice lattes are back’ frenzy had run its course before letting loose this cuteness to the world. After having seen all kinds of Halloween stuff popping up all over the net however, I’ve decided to finally share this fun and easy monster wreath!
Our 2.75 year old designed this year’s Halloween wreath and you want to know something? It’s absolutely perfect for a fun, child-friendly front door wreath!
Ya’ll – you know I’m excited if I resort to my ‘southern’ language – I am truly amazed with my kiddo right now. I never write up posts for the crafts we do until weeks later but I am not waiting to write this one up. I just don’t want to forget even the tiniest detail of the morning we just had.
It is early September and the craft store we visited this morning is in full Halloween mode. We’d just stopped in to get some fabric for a friend’s gift and Elise surprised me with, “Mommy, I want to make a Halloween craft for the door.” We have her artwork on almost every door in the house, so I thought she meant just a craft like we do every day. Nope.
When I got ready to checkout, she said, “Mommy, we can’t leave yet! I still needed a circle and googly eyes and feather fabrics for my door craft!” It took a little while for me to figure out that the circle was a wreath frame and the feather fabric was a boa. We wandered around aimlessly for a bit while she thought about what she wanted to do and tried to tell me about it. I was having such a good time watching her that I didn’t suggest anything.
I was very excited to see where this would go and you know what? I think it’s too cute! It’s absolutely adorable and even though she needed help putting it together, she picked out everything herself!
Is everyone else sharing in my excitement right now?!?! Okay, I’ll stop and just tell you how we put this together in 10 minutes, immediately after returning from the store. This cost us $8.22 but we did use some stuff we had on hand in the craft cabinet.
Supplies for Our Easy Monster Wreath
- 12 inch wreath form
- BIG googly eyes (ours are 4″)
- tulle (or fabric) scraps
- feather boa from the craft store
- 2 x 5″ pieces of wire/floral wire/bamboo skewer See the assembly section for construction details to help give you an idea of what else you could use.
- scrap of poster board (or cardboard) for the mouth
- straight pins, hot glue gun, wire cutters (if using wire for the eyes), scissors to cut the tulle (duct tape is pictured, but I ended up not using it)
- felt (not pictured); ribbon for hanging (not pictured)
Assemble the Little Beastie
As you can imagine, this is pretty simple. I cut 3 strips of tulle about 3 inches wide by 40 inches; I was using scraps left over from our TinkerBell dress up apron, so it wasn’t an exact measurement. You can use anything you have on hand. I didn’t have anything other than the tulle that would match the lime green boa she picked out from the Seahawks section of the craft store.
It. Is. Blindingly. Bright. Green.
Elise wrapped the tulle around the wreath form (most of it got covered) and I pinned the beginning and end of each strip. Even the small pins stay in if you put them through the tulle at an angle.
As you might have guessed, the next step is to wrap the boa around the wreath form. We had so much fun during this part – feather pieces were flying everywhere and we took a break to run around like crazy women and try and snatch them right out of the air. Good times and a water break were had by all.
I needed to adjust the boa Elise wrapped on after the tulle was secured. Because I had to move it so I could get some pins into the rope that runs through the boa, Elise watched me very closely so that I wouldn’t ‘mess up’ her monster. She was so very proud when she finished wrapping the wreath. Maybe even as proud as I was of her.
This next part was a bit of a buzz kill for both of us. Elise wanted the eyes to be up off the monster but I wanted them mostly contained. I figured that if this was going to be smacking against a door, I didn’t want the eyes to be swinging around. Not that they’d be capable of doing much damage, but we do like our pretty, new front door just the way it is.
My OCD regarding door protection aside, the buzz kill part was that I couldn’t keep the eyes from swinging around in the wreath using the duct tape. I had to get out the glue gun and because I have a tendency to burn myself every time I turn it on, there was no way that Elise was going to be near me when I was using it. She did, however, patiently wait, staring up at me while I glued.
Tip: the 4 inch googly eyes we bought were sticky-backed. The glue didn’t stick to that surface so I removed the cover paper, glued the wire pieces to the sticky back, let it dry, and then covered the back again with the same paper.
I put a tiny little dollop of hot glue on the end of the wire pieces before I stuck them into the wreath. Better safe than sorry, right?
Next, we did the mouth. Well, it was mostly Elise shouting, “Bigger! Bigger!” for about 5 minutes while I cut some poster board scrap. I then traced that poster board onto some black felt, leaving about a 1/4 inch border to fold over the sides. We also cut a small tongue, but no teeth. “My monster will have no teeths, okay Mommy?” Okay, baby.
While I was busy gluing (and burning the tips of my fingers), the little one entertained us by singing (to the tune of There Was a Crooked Man), “My monster has no teeth, my monster has no teeth…” Without asking her permission (a mommy faux pas on my part), I made the tongue ‘interactive.’ To do this, I faced the tongue up, turned over the straight end by about half of an inch, and then hot glued that tab down to the black felt. I snipped the corners on the tab so they would not show.
Before I took it off the counter, I affixed the ribbon she chose to hang her silly monster wreath. She screamed in delight when I lifted her monster wreath off the counter – the waggling tongue was a hit!
Isn’t he just adorable? How cute would this be with a number in the center for a monster birthday party? I can also see some glitter somewhere. Sadly, glitter wasn’t in the cards for this one, but hey – you never know. She’s already asked to cut him some teeth tomorrow, so she might turn him into a her and grace her with a sparkly hair bow! The mind of a toddler is a wondrous thing, isn’t it?
If you think this wreath is as cute as I do, would you mind sharing it with your friends and followers on social media? We really would appreciate it – almost as much as we appreciate you hanging out with us today. Here’s a tweet if you feel so inclined:
And, if you’re in the mood for more little beasties, check out some other fun we’ve had with monsters.
Where we party: our list of link parties where we’ve shared Ruffles and Rain Boots’ playful creativity.