Upcycled DIY Halloween Spooky Monster Wreath Tutorial

Upcycled DIY Spooky Monster Wreath Tutorial

Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the spooky spirit than by crafting a delightfully eerie monster wreath for your front door? This fun and creative DIY project will not only add a touch of Halloween charm to your home but also provide a perfect opportunity for some family crafting. 

 I made most of this with materials you can easily procure at a crafts store, but I have also included sustainable suggestions on how to upcycle AND save money.

So, gather your supplies and let's create a monstrously good decoration!

Upcycled Halloween DIY Spooky Monster Wreath Tutorial

Materials You'll Need:

  • 10” Wreath Base: Instead of a conventional Styrofoam wreath, consider more sustainable options. You can create a wreath base by bundling together fabric scraps or old clean clothes in a ring, secured with twine or raffia.
  • 2 Rolls of Precut Tulle Spools: While polyester tulle is commonly used for its fluffy appeal, it's not eco-friendly. You can explore sustainable alternatives like upcycling an old ballet tutu or sourcing tulle from fabric reuse stores, like the ones listed here: https://swoodsonsays.com/a-creative-reuse-center-near-me-map-resource/
  • Cardboard: Save clean cardboard boxes or find free cardboard from USPS.
  • Eyeballs: Skip the toxic choices like ping-pong balls or styrofoam balls. Instead, repurpose old plastic Easter eggs. For a unique touch, craft one giant eyeball in the center of the wreath using papier-mâché over a rounded form like a bowl.
  • Bonus Decorations: Raid your craft stash for spooky decorations like plastic spiders, snakes, and other creepy-crawlies. Consider using small plastic body parts salvaged from old dolls, such as fingers and eyes, to enhance your monster's ghoulish appearance.
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks: A glue gun is essential for securely attaching decorations to your wreath. Consider using both low and high-temperature settings as needed.
  • Felt: Upcycle existing materials or cut up old garments intended for donation. Different colors and textures can enhance your monster's facial features and other embellishments.
  • Scissors: You'll need scissors for cutting fabric, plastic, and paper/cardboard.
  • X-Acto Knife or Other Blade: If your cardboard is thick, a blade may work better for cutting.
  • Twine or Ribbon: Choose a suitable twine or ribbon to hang your wreath.

Upcycled Halloween DIY Spooky Monster Wreath Tutorial

Step-by-Step Instructions:

I followed both of these tutorials to understand the base foundation of how to do this- and improvised the rest- like the legs, arms, horns and giant mouth palate (inspired by my costume work on Crank Yankers!).

How to attach the tulle:


Upcycled Halloween DIY Spooky Monster Wreath Tutorial Tulle

How to assemble the wreath:



Upcycled Halloween DIY Spooky Monster Wreath Tutorial

Finally, attach a Halloween-themed ribbon to the top of your wreath and hang it proudly on your front door. Stand back and admire your spooky creation!


  • Don't be afraid to experiment with colors and textures for your monster's features. The more unique, the better!
  • If you're doing this craft with kids, let them get creative and come up with their own monster designs.
  • Consider using battery-operated LED lights to add an eerie glow to your wreath, especially if you're going for a scarier look.

Crafting a spooky monster wreath is not only a fantastic way to get into the Halloween spirit but also an enjoyable activity for the whole family. Your one-of-a-kind monster wreath will surely be the talk of the neighborhood, and it's a wonderful decoration that can be cherished year after year.

Happy Halloween crafting!

Upcycled Halloween DIY Spooky Monster Wreath Tutorial

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