Looking for a fun homemade Halloween wreath to make with your kids? This Monster eyes wreath is just as cute as it is spooky and will look great hanging on your door this October. I first saw this wreath a couple of years ago in a Halloween crafts magazine. I knew immediately that I wanted to make it. I did a few things differently from the original instructions so I thought I would share how I made mine.
- 1 yard orange Faux Fur fabric
- a 12-16 inch Wreath Form. The original directions called for styrofoam, but I found a 16 inch straw wreath that was less expensive and works just as well.
- 10 Ping Pong Balls. My local Dollar Store had packs of 12 “Zombie Eyes”, which are ping pong balls decorated to look like bloodshot eyes. So I got a pack of these and am using the plain backside.
- Black Sharpie Pen
- Duct Tape – whatever you have on hand, it won’t show on the front of the wreath.
- White Glue
- Quilter’s T-Pins, 1 3/4 inch, package of 40
- 12 inches of 1 inch black ribbon
Monster Eyes Homemade Halloween Wreath Instructions
Start by laying out your wreath on the back side of the faux fur. If you are using a straw wreath, don’t be alarmed if it sheds a little. The entire thing is going to be covered up so it doesn’t matter. Use your sharpie to draw a circle that is 5 inches larger than the outer edge of the wreath. I just measured out 5 inches at regular intervals around the wreath and marked it with a dot. Then I connected the dots to draw the circle. This does not have to be anywhere close to perfect so don’t spend a lot of time getting it perfectly round. Cut this circle out.
Now lay the wreath in the backside of the faux fur circle, making sure it is centered. Draw a circle about an inch inside the inner edge of the wreath. In this inside circle, draw a “+” then an “x”. Cut these lines to separate the inner circle into wedges.
Draw a circle about 1 inch from the outer edge of your wreath. Now you are going to cut the outer ring into manageable strips so you can fold the fabric around your wreath form. I think my sections were about 3 inches wide. But again, don’t stress over getting everything exactly the same size. This is a very forgiving project!
On your ping pong balls, draw a black circle and fill it in. This will be the eye pupil.
Measure the size of your ping pong balls. Mine were about an inch and a quarter in diameter. So this is the size that I want to use to cut slits in the fabric for the eye holes. Evenly space 10 of these slits around the ring. I found it easiest to put one at the top, one at the bottom, and then evenly space 4 more on each side. I used a ruler to draw 1.25 inch lines before I cut any of the slits.
Now pop your eyeballs halfway through the fabric and secure with duct tape on the wrong side of the fabric. I used 3 inch strips of duct tape, cut in half lengthwise and then criss-crossed 2 strips per eye to hold it in place.
Put your wreath on top of the wrong side of the fabric and begin pulling the faux fur tabs up over the wreath form and pin them into place with the T-Pins, using one pin per tab. The original directions called for ball-tipped pins. However, since I was using a straw wreath form, I went with T- Pins so it would be a little more secure. As you are pinning the tabs in place, periodically check to make sure the wreath is still centered.
Fold your ribbon in half and use a couple of T-pins to pin the ends to the wreath to form your hanger.
I wanted to make absolutely certain that the ping pong balls would stay in place, so my last step was to run a ring of white glue around the edge of each eyeball where it poked through on the front of the wreath. White school glue dries clear, plus you can fluff the fur up around the eyes so you won’t see it.
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Want a spookier homemade Halloween wreath?
I like my Halloween decor to be on the cute side. To make this wreath a little bit more scary, try a few of these tips…
- Use black fun fur.
- Use the other side of the Zombie eyes ping pong balls. (Or if you can’t find them at your local Dollar Store, use a red sharpie to make it look like the eyes are blood-shot.)
- Use Glow in the Dark Ping Pong Balls.
- Insert fake plastic fangs at the bottom of the wreath to make it look like your Monster Eyes Wreath has a mouth. (I mean those fake teeth sets that people sometimes give out as party favors or Halloween treats. You can probably find them at the Dollar Store too.) You could even use red sharpie on the tips to make it look like the fangs are bloody!
So tell me… What are you creating for Halloween this year? For even more ideas like this Monster Eyes homemade Halloween Wreath, be sure to check out the rest of my Halloween Pinterest Board.