How To: Make a Tulle Wreath {Halloween Edition!}

It’s here it’s here, it’s finally here!  Fall weather has officially arrived in my city and I couldn’t be happier.  I broke out my fall decorations a little later than usual this year but things are finally coming together.  I posted a bunch of pictures on The Scoop today, so click here if you want to check it out. (And see the end of this post for an explanation of what “The Scoop” is!)  For all of you craft-haters, go browse this section today and find something delicious!

You all should know by now that I need a wreath for every occasion.  I keep a wreath hanger on the inside of my front door, so I like to switch it out all the time.  I have a fantastic feather wreath that I love for fall, but I wanted something just for Halloween that wasn’t too goofy/juvenile/corny/etc.  I saw this black ribbon wreath and fell in love, but when I went to look for ribbon I quickly realized that was going to turn into one pricy little wreath!  But then I noticed the giant spools of tulle for half price so I grabbed a bunch of black and decided to do something similar.  I love how it turned out, and you could really do a lot of fun variations of this same style, but I’ll show you what I did for Halloween.  The bonus is, you don’t have to be crafty at ALL to pull this one off.  If you can tie a knot, you’re set!  This would be super cute and fun to do with a kids group even, with little mini wreaths!

There are a few optional supplies, but really the only things you have to have is a styrofoam wreath form and some tulle.  Normally I use 12-18″ wreath forms, but for this you’ll want a small 8 inch one.  It looks tiny, but in the end it will appear much larger, so it’s better to start out with something small!  I had 2 spools of tulle that were 50 yards each and I used almost all of it.  That sounds like a lot, but tulle is pretty cheap and it comes with a ton!  I also double layered it, so if you don’t do that it might stretch a little farther.  Find tulle at craft or fabric stores, or even at Walmart with the Wilton cake decorating/wedding supplies.  I actually love the texture of the Wilton brand tulle.

Start by cutting strips of tulle.  I will tell you, it’s easier to try out a few and then determine a length you like.  Cut them all the same length and then you’ll have less trimming to do later, and your wreath will be nice and even.  I wanted a little more coverage, and found that it worked well to do a double layer of tulle for each tie.

Just start to tie the pieces right around your wreath.  Easy peasy.  Messy knot, square knot, whatever.  I did this while watching TV (how happy am I that fall tv is starting up again?!  So happy.)  This is a great tv project.

Then as you finish ties, you’ll push them all together.  You can make this really full and tight, or a little looser.  Obviously the tighter you push the ties together, the more tulle you’ll need.  I found I liked mine pretty tight.

This is why you start with a tiny wreath form; the tulle adds about 3-5 inches all the way around.  Look how awesome it looks when it’s all full:

You could definitely leave it at this point; it would be super cute tied up with a big orange bow.  Or I think it would look awesome in a little girls room with a bright pink bow and a pink flower or something.  Sort of like an edgy tutu.

But you know I have a slightly problematic addiction to accessorizing.  So I can’t leave it like that.  I went to the craft store and grabbed a bunch of random things in the color palette I was working in:  Black, orange, and purple.  I think gray would look good in there too; and even green and/or teal.

I absolutely love this ribbon.  Super wide, wire edged, and shimmery orange and yellow.

So I whipped up some quick ribbon flowers using this tutorial.  As I was doing that I was imagining a Rosette Wreath covered in just these orange flowers and tied with a black ribbon- that would be so gorgeous!

I think the trick when doing a project like this is to mix a lot of different textures and materials for visual interest.  Silk flowers, for example, can go from stunning to tacky in a heart beat.  But these gorgeous purple ones look awesome when placed among ribbon and feathers and all sorts of other things.  You can usually find black roses around this time of year too; I’m loving those for this project!

I knew I definitely wanted feathers, so I was really happy to find a purple and black feathery thing (check the floral section of the craft store), and doesn’t the black thing on the left look like a hairy spider??  Guess where I found that?  In the hair accessory department.  Totally serious.  Little fake birds with real feathers are sort of creepy and sort of cute all at the same time so I grabbed a couple of those.  How I could I turn down one that had a purple glitter tummy??  (Also, as a side note, the photo below looks like the little creepy cute bird just witnessed the demise of his creepy cute parents, doesn’t it?)

From there, just start playing around with things and place them on your wreath.  Definitely place before gluing!

When you’re sure where things are going, then grab a hot glue gun and have at it.

And hopefully you’ll end up with something that’s sort of frilly and fun, yet edgy and classy at the same time.  Like Gwen Stefani.

I totally love mine!

And the tulle is super easy to trim up if you get all finished and realize one side is totally longer than the other.  Like mine.

 

Happy Crafting!

 

 

117 comments

  1. This is so amazing. I love pops of color against black, and this is perfect! I might actually make a wreath now. About how long would you say a beginner should set aside for this project?

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Heather, I did mine a little bit at a time over a couple of days. Maybe a couple of hours? I’m timing via TV here and thinking you could probably have it done in the time a movie is over, lol. Once you get your tulle cut it goes pretty fast.

  2. Oh my goodness, I cant tell you how much I love this. If i lived any closer you would have to watch out. i would be snagging that from your front door. ( T-P Bandits on the Prowl ) Off to Michaels, i am going in the morning! Darling!

      1. The ones from the Dollar Tree are super small, I would think your finished wreath would only be about 10 inches.
        I have never seen tulle at ours.

  3. OH I LOVE THIS IDEA! Ribbon is so expensive and fiddly, this tuille idea is easy and really effective (I love while-u-watch-TV craft). I’m tempted to make versions for all sorts of different festivals. You’d just need different colour tuille.

  4. Love it, Sara! Have you seen papermart.com? Dangerous place 🙂 Check out their ribbon section.. Or packaging… 🙂

  5. Love this! Thanks for the great How-To. Can’t wait to get started!

  6. I love that! I’m so making that this year.

    Okay, wait. I thought the home improvement giveaway winners were posted today….? Did I miss it in the post?

  7. I am totatlly loving this wreath. I am sure you could make one for each season/holiday?!?

  8. Oh My Word Sara! How stinkin’ cool is that?!!! My girlfriends and I are stamping this weekend, but I’m thinking we may be making some Halloween wreaths now! I just found one of these wreaths in my storage cabinet the other night, and had no idea why I had bought it, SCORE! Thanks so much for sharing all of your fabulous ideas!!

  9. Oh my cuteness!!! I am so not a crafty person but I’m getting more interested in doing things and this looks like something I could totally do! I’m even thinking about doing one for different holidays. How cute would a Valentines Day one be?? ADORABLE!!

  10. I literally just finished one of these last night. I made mine with black, orange, neon purple and neon green tulle and I put a painted wooden witch hat, frankenstien and ghost on it. It turned out super cute. I love the all black on yours though.

  11. I’m totally going to make a fall version. Have brown and orange tulle already!! Thanks for the inspiration!! Hobby Lobby here I come!

  12. That is the most gorgeous thing I’v ever seen. So lush and pretty. Can’t wait to stop at Hobby Lobby tomorrow!!

  13. Definitely my favorite Halloween craft idea so far. So much fun to customize (the birds are awesome) and so easy. Thanks!

  14. Love it!! I am going to make one of these!! Where did you get all of your cute ribbon/flowers/birdie??? 🙂

    1. You did!? I went there today and didn’t see ANY black roses or awesome orange ribbon like that. (crosses my arms) Humph!!! Haha!

      1. Ohhh wait- I totally lied! I got *almost* everything at Hobby Lobby. But I picked up the black rose, the birds, and the purple feather at Michael’s Craft Store. Sorry- I forgot about that!

  15. How fun! I’ve been about to make a curtain valance for my kids’ bathroom with tulle tied around a rod, but hadn’t quite ventured there yet because it was all just loose imaginings in my head. But after seeing your demo, I think it might work after all and I’m excited to get going on it. Thanks for sharing your cute creations!

  16. Can you estimate what length you cut the tulle? And, what do you mean when you said you used a double layer of tulle? I’m imagining two pieces of tulle per each knot?

  17. Love this, Sara! Are you planning this as a one-year decoration, or do you have a plan for storing it so the tulle doesn’t crumple up?

  18. First, I am the LEAST crafty person ever. But, I do think I might be able to do this. That being said, I am looking online for tulle, and it comes in all different widths. What width do I want?

    1. Hmm, it seems to come in a standard width at the store; I’m thinking it’s about 6 inches? In reality though, it wouldn’t really matter- it would work with any width, a wider tulle would just make wider ties, ya know?

  19. Oh, this is SO pretty and cool looking! What a great idea. I actually like it better than the ribbon one that you linked to. I love decorating for holidays but we don’t have a lot of storage space for decorations, when we buy a house I will definitely have to make wreaths for all seasons though 😀 This one and the birthday balloon one you made are my favorites!

  20. Anyone else thinking of the Edgar Allen Poe poem, “The Raven”? Just wondering. I love the wreath.

  21. This is the first wreath I have ever made and I love it! It was easy and looks awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  22. I can’t stop thinking about your wreath since you posted it. I think brown tulle with some red and orange mixed in on the top half only then adding a turkey face/head to the center. So the top looks like tail feathers for a custom turkey wreath. it looks awesome in my head. I’ll never get to it this year but if anyone tries it out I want to see a picture!

  23. Made this by taking apart two old bath scrunchies (cleaned) worked just as well and added decorations. Wish I could upload a picture but, alas, the demon children broke it. lol

  24. I loved your wreath so much my daughter-in-law & I each made one today. Couldn’t find any spools of black tulle so bought yardage & cut into 6″ strips. It was 54″ wide, so cut 13.5″ pieces. Each wreath took 6 yards of tulle. We are so happy with ours. Thanks bunches for the idea. Wish we had a Hobby Lobby in our city!

  25. Love love love this!! I just got my own place and I am obsessed with wreaths and crafty decorations! Will have to try this out 🙂

  26. Thank you so much for sharing, completed mine tonight! Made it in black and purple, couldn’t find any orange I liked. Our hobby lobby and michael’s Halloween selections were very picked over already, glad I didn’t wait! Love it!

  27. What a super neat craft idea!! I really want to make one now! Please make a tulle wreath for Christmas, so we can see the differences in color and styling!

  28. I made this last night with a friend and I am totally in love with it. It’s fits for Halloween and October, but isn’t super in your face Halloween! Love Love Love it!!

  29. This is such a cute idea! I also love wreaths for all occasions (just made a crazy one out of 130+ fabric yo-yos, and am excited to give this tulle wreath a try! Thanks!

  30. Making one next week. My sister & I bought all the stuff & we’re going to have a GNO! I cannot wait to make it! This wreath is DARLING!

  31. I love this wreath!! I have been searching youtube for a ribbon rosette like yours and can’t find anything similar. How do you make these, or do you have a link?

      1. thanks for the link! That is a lot easier than I thought it would be. Just as a side note is the wreath stand in the link with the vine wreath a Zions Mercantile/ Deseret Book one? It looks just like one I purchased for my mom and grandmothers

  32. How much did you spend on your flowers and ribbon? and what store? I can’t find anything nearly as cute in ribbon, and flowers are expensive!

  33. ok – this is AWESOME! The accessories totally bump it from cool to fabulous….and THANK YOU for including measurements and details…I had seen another tulle wreath with no measurements, and ended up having to trial & error it – wish I had read your post & comments first!

    Here is a helpful hint for you…I ended up cutting my tulle to 12″ (my wreath form – used an embroidery hoop – was thinner) – I took my 12″ paper trimmer (you know those ones you use in all your scrapbooking? :)….) and just wrapped the whole bolt of tulle around it and then chopped through the whole chunk at each end – voila, instant 12″(ish!) pieces! I also have an 18″ plastic ruler in my sewing “stuff” that I use when I make tutus, nice length………hope this helps – I figure anything that makes a craft quicker & simpler is a good thing!

  34. Thank you so much for this post! I made two wreaths to decorate my apartment and absolutely love them. I never thought I was a crafty person but it appears that I can do okay when I have great directions. Thanks again!

  35. OMGoodness! This is gorgeous, been thinking of a Halloween wreath…just have a fall leaf one. I am gonna have to replicate this ASAP.

  36. Thank you so much! I just finished one in light pink, light purple, and white for my niece who’s due Nov 1. I am so in love with it! I couldn’t find spools of tulle at my local stores so I had to buy it off the bolt and cut it down into strips (UGH! and I’m kicking myself for not finding papermart.com sooner). Cutting into lengths for tying are easy, though. I cut a piece of cardboard to the length I wanted, wrapped the tulle strips around it, and cut it on the ends. It was like making a pom-pom but cutting both ends instead of just one. The next one will be in black for my own daughter’s room, which is decorated in black-and-white damask and yellow. Awesome!

  37. I loved your wreath so much that I made one. The neighbors loved it and now I want to make another one for Christmas, maybe in burgandy I loved making it.
    Thanks for the beautiful idea

  38. I had a question about when you are tying the tulle: You said you liked it fuller and did a double layer of tulle. Does this mean you put two pieces together and then tied them togeher, or tied 2 different ones on top of each other? thank you for this, it is a beautiful wreath!

  39. I made a Christmas wreath inspired by this one. Yours is beautiful. I just changed the tulle to red and white and used green ribbon to make flowers. It turned out great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. Thank you for the idea, I made one with blue and white tulle and put a football on the bottom with BYU letters. My husband thinks it is cool!

  41. Cant wait to do this! I am going to do an Easter version, with a very similar layout! Your language and directions are so clear and read so naturally! Fabulous. Thank you.

  42. Love this wreath, have all the tulle, hope it comes as nice…got colors for a fall wreath!! Thanks for the instructions

  43. Just wanted to let you know that I made my own version of your Halloween Wreath. I’m not normally a crafty person, but the wreath looked so cute and easy. I’m glad I decided to make it, turned out great! Thanks!

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  45. I was actually pinning something else, got sidetracked–but so glad I did. Hobby Lobby here I come!

  46. Thanks so much! My wreath turned out awesome and I get so many people asking where I bought it! hee hee hee

  47. Hmmm!!!! this is looking a real gorgeous halloween dress with perfect matching color combination and doesn’t sound bad at all.

  48. I love this wreath! I am very interested in how you made your ribbon roses? They look a little different than others I have seen…can you please send me an email and quick tips on how you made them. Did you use the folding method? I am currently making a baby wreath and would SOOOO love to make some flowers like those, I love the vintage two-toned ribbon like that! Love, Love, Love!

    Thanks so much!
    Sheila Allen
    [email protected]

  49. Do you have to use a fairly stiff tulle? I was going to make a harvest wreath and bought a bunch of the $1.99 tulle at Jo-anns, but now I’m worried it might be too light and be more flimsy than stick-out-ie.

  50. Absolutely LOVE the black and purple Halloween wreath. How wide did you cut your tulle strips? I want to go get the stuff tonight – it’s so unique and very classy.
    Thanks!

    1. I don’t remember exactly, just experiment until you get a look you like!

  51. How long were your lengths of tulle that you cut? I’d rather not take the time and use the materials trying to determine what length to cut. I like how your wreath looks and would like to cut the same lengths that you did. Do you happen to recall? Thanks so much.

  52. I love this pattern. Its a great thing that I work at Michael’s Craft Store, I can get most of these items on a discount. Next paycheck I’m making one of these. Change up the color of the flowers I think… ^_^

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