Create a grapevine Halloween wreath with unique ghost and pumpkin decorations you make from pipe cleaners.
Materials and Supplies
- 14" Grapevine wreath
- 1 Yard ribbon; 2 1/4" wide
- Artificial leaves and berries
- 1 Green pipe cleaner (chenille stem)
- 2 Orange pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
- 2 White pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
- Small amount of cheese cloth
- Small amount of artificial cobwebs
- Elmer's glue (white glue)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Orange acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Optional: White and/or orange glitter
Note: You can change your finished wreath size simply by using a different size grapevine wreath. Also, feel free to make more or less of the ghosts and pumpkins to decorate your wreath.
1) First you need to make two pumpkin and two ghost decorations* for your wreath:
- Cut out an 8" square of the cobwebs. Stretch the cob webs out before cutting it to size.
- Dip the cobweb into Elmer's glue making sure it is completely covered. Then, open it up and lay it on a piece of aluminum foil, wax paper or a disposable plastic plate to dry. As it dries the cob web will stiffen.
- Cut out a piece of cheesecloth approximately 8" x 4". Lay this piece of cheese cloth on a piece of foil or a plastic disposable plate and paint one side with orange acrylic paint. This will not only color the cheesecloth but will also stiffen it a bit. Let dry completely.
- With each of the white pipe cleaners, make a ghost shape starting and ending at the bottom point of the ghost. Cut off the excess pipe cleaner and twist the ends together. We have provided a guide for you to follow for the shape. (see the printable instructions page for pattern)
- Apply glue to one side of the ghost and lay it glue side down on the stiffened cobweb. Repeat with your second ghost shape.
- Optional: Apply glue to the other side of the ghost shape and sprinkle white glitter over the glued area.
- Let the ghosts dry completely then, cut off the excess cob web from around the shape. When complete, only the center will have cob web.
- With the orange pipe cleaners, make two circles approximately 2 1/4" round. Twist the ends together and cut off any excess. Gently squeeze the circle so that the top gets a little smaller than the bottom and it is more of a pumpkin shape.
- Make a stem from a green pipe cleaner by attaching the beginning and end of a 3 1/2" piece of pipe cleaner to the top of the orange circle.
- Apply glue to one side of the orange circle. Do not apply glue to the stem. Lay the pumpkin outline on the orange painted cheese cloth. Let dry completely. Cut the excess cheesecloth off so that only the cheesecloth inside the pumpkin remains.
- Optional: Apply glue to the other side of the orange pipe cleaner and sprinkle it with orange glitter.
2) Make a bow with the ribbon and either cut the ends on an angle or fold each end in half and cut diagonally upward to the fold line. When opened up this will give you a V in the bottom of the ribbon as pictured.
3) Cut the leaves off their stems and cut the berries into small group.
4) Lay your bow, leaves, berries, pumpkins and ghosts on the grapevine wreath and rearrange them until you are happy with their lay out.
5) Using a hot glue gun, attach all of the decorations to your wreath.
*Consider making additional ghosts and pumpkins to decorate other areas of your home. Attach them to plants, hang them from the ceiling or attach them to a gift or goodie bag.