Originally celebrated as a prelude to All Saints’ Day to ward off ghosts and evil spirits, Halloween has today evolved to be a celebration in itself.
This much-anticipated day gives people of all ages a chance to get their most whacky costumes out of their closets and let go of all inhibitions to celebrate wildly. But, there is very little the modern-day enthusiasts know about the legacy and customs of Halloween.
Every aspect of the modern Halloween celebrations has a mythical belief associated with it. Little do people know today that the famous trick and treat was originally done to appease ghosts roaming on the streets at that time of the year.
The symbolic carving of faces with smiles out of pumpkins too is aimed at inviting good spirits home and turning away the bad ones.
Likewise, the famous Halloween wreath too comes with its own little legacy.
For the uninitiated, this article will help you understand the significance of a Halloween wreath, do-it-yourself (DIY) steps to make one and how this seemingly simple Halloween door decoration actually brings so much more to a family as a craft item!
Why Is A Wreath Part Of Halloween Door Decorations?
Have you ever thought why wreaths are circular, and not square or angular? Well, therein lies the secret of wreaths being hung as a tradition during Christmas, Halloween, Anzac Day, commemorative ceremonies, memorials and almost all other significant days.
It represents eternity and endlessness. From the perspective of Christianity, it represents the Circle of Life.
Another belief suggests that wreaths are hung on doors during Halloween, it is an invitation for the good spirits to visit their home and for the evil spirits to steer away.
So if you are looking to celebrate Halloween in all its splendour, you certainly cannot do so without that good ol’ wreath!
Where Can I Look For Inspiration In Creating Halloween Wreaths?
We all know Halloween wreaths are a far cry from those colourful and cute ones we hang up on Christmas. Hence, it’s only fair that the inspiration for wreath ideas too needs to be off-beat and murky.
Think Disney’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ or ‘Monster House’. The idea is to have an element of scary, a dash of humour and a sprinkle of quirky all rolled into one!
How Can I Create My Own Halloween Wreath?
Half the fun and enthusiasm associated with Halloween is in preparing for it. Just as you ponder upon your outfit weeks before the big day, so should Halloween door decorations be something you think about.
No, we don’t mean walking into K-Mart and loading up on all the Halloween door decorations that come dime a dozen. Creating your own Halloween wreaths isn’t as difficult as it seems!
There’s a lot you can do with a simple craft and home items to create stellar Halloween wreaths and other Halloween decorations! Here’s a simple DIY Halloween wreath that’s simple, easy and oh so fun!
Here’s what you will be needing:
- A glue stick
- Googly eyes (you can find them at an arts & craft store or even online)
- Crepe paper in bright colors
- Leftover bits of the net from fruit baskets (alternatively you could pick up some burlap fabric)
- Cardboard (cut a circular piece off your cereal box or any storage carton)
- Some old lace in bright colors
- Black paint
- Old black wires (without any electric elements to it)
- A line of string
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Cut a circular piece of cardboard out of a carton or your cereal box. Paint both sides of this circular piece completely black. Allow this to dry for a few hours.
Carefully cut out a circular piece from the middle of this painted cardboard, such that the thickness of the remaining tube-shaped portion is about 4-5 inches.
Cut your crepe paper in different colours into different shapes. These could include a leaf-shaped design, stars, straight tube-like shapes or even randomized crushed shapes. Stick a few of these cut-outs all over your painted cardboard piece in a random manner.
Next up, stick the googly eyes in random places across your soon-to-be ready Halloween door accessory. Stick these in sets of 2 unless you want to create a really scary Halloween wreath that portrays 3-eyed creatures!
Use your old bits of lace strips and net from fruit baskets or old dresses to make a couple of bows. It would help if these strips are of bright colours such as purple, red or black. Stick 2-3 bows in random places on your Halloween wreath.
Twirl old bits of black wire into odd protruding shapes that go around the Halloween wreath and stick out at odd angles to give a spooky look to your entire Halloween door creation. You could go around multiple circles of your Halloween wreath if you have that long a wire with you.
Finally, decide the shape in which you want to hang your newly created Halloween wreath and make two small pin-sized holes in appropriate places. Tie a string from one hole to another, leaving room enough for it to hang comfortably on your front door.
Voila! You’re ready to flaunt your very own personalized hand-made Halloween wreath!
Get Your Kids Involved In Creating Your Halloween Wreaths!
Not only is this wreath idea perfect to get your curious little one involved and keep them busy, but it also helps you introduce the spirit of Halloween wreaths and other celebratory gear to them with ease!
Every activity can be a day’s play for your child, while you’re sticking around knocking off daily chores.
This wreath idea helps them develop their interest in painting, craft, and decoration all at once!
So the next time you’re sitting down to create these, get your kids to chip in and help them enjoy Halloween door decorations in all their glory!
There’s always room for improvisation, and you can keep getting better at creating at your Halloween wreath to entertain your family, neighbors, and friends!