When it’s 90 degrees and humid as heck outside it’s hard to believe that fall is right around the corner, but as the stores are already reminding us (most have had Halloween stuff out since July – whaaaaat?!), fall is right around the corner! With that being said I want to get a jump start on sharing some of my fun DIY Halloween décor that I didn’t get around to sharing last year. Since I’m a little wreath obsessed, I want to begin by sharing this super simple but a bit unconventional Halloween skeleton wreath with you. It’s a little something I came up with when I was pressed for time (and cash!) last Halloween but still wanted to get a fun wreath up on the door. I hope this jumpstarts your Halloween creativity and inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to your front door décor!
1 plastic skeleton – I purchased mine at Micheals in September and believe it or not it was already 60% off not even close to Halloween! It was originally about $11.99 but I was able to snag it for under $5. I don’t have the exact product escription or dimensions but something like this would work just fine and I’d imagine you could find the same one in Michaels or your other local craft store this year.
Twine or fishing line – I thought that twine looked a little more spooky and haunted-house/pirate-like and I already had it on hand so that was my string of choice but in a pinch any weather-resistant string will do!
Step 1: Begin by separating your skeleton into pieces. Doing so at the joints will work best because you can just pop them out where they are attached. As you can see, I left the torso in tact and removed the head, legs, arms, feet and hands but the way you decide to break up ‘ol lazy bones is totally up to you!
Step 2: Form a rough circle using your torso, arms and legs, then tie them together using the twine (or string of choice). It may take a little manipulation and re-tying but eventually the skeleton will resemble somewhat of a circle.
Step 3: Lastly, tie your skull, hands and feet to the “wreath” wherever you see fit. You can also go a step further and add cobwebs, spiders or even splatter red paint to look like blood (eek!).
That’s it! Sometimes the clearance rack is a real gold mine when it comes to last-minute décor and in my case it got me to think outside the box when it came to an October wreath 🙂
So as I’ve mentioned, last year I made a commitment to myself to keep up with my holiday and seasonal decor. As a kid my Mom always put a lot of time (that she didn’t have) and effort into decorating my childhood home for the holidays and I’d like to do the same for baby P and any other future children I may have. Since in my opinion it’s a tad early for Halloween decor (it still feels like summer!) I thought I’d get my decorating started with a few easy fall themed pieces that compliment our regular home decor. This pennant banner is super easy to create and is both fun and elegant and most importantly – cheap! Mine cost about $3.00 to create. Happy fall, now go make a cute pennant banner to celebrate 🙂
This project was inspired by my DIY Rustic Pennant Banners that I use for party decor, follow this link to see how you can jazz up your next event!
My fall version!
Burlap – the amount you need depends on what you would like your banner to say and how many letters it will contain, but you will likely need less than 1/4 of yard which will cost you about $1.00-$2.00.
Step 1: Begin by creating a pattern out of scrap paper (I just used a piece of computer paper out of my recycling bin) in whatever shape you would like your pennants to be. I chose a square shape with an inverted triangle at the bottom which measured about 7″ wide by 10″ long.
I made sure that my letter fit atop the pattern.
Step 2: Once you have your pattern, use it as a guide and use a marker to trace as many as you need onto the back of your burlap then cut them out.
Step 3: After all of your pieces have been cut. Use your stencils and acrylic paint to apply your letters to the tops of the burlap using your small paint brush. Use a generous amount of paint. Set aside to dry.
Step 4: Once your letters have dried use your scissors to poke a small hole in either end of each of the tops of the pennants through which you will thread a piece of twine. At this point if you wish you can dab some mod podge on the ends of your pennants to keep them from fraying but since mine was going to be up high out of tiny finger reach (lol) I didn’t bother.
Step 5 (optional): If you want to add little fabric tassels to the ends to jazz it up use the same method I used in creating my Scrap Fabric Banner but instead with a few pieces knotted together.