DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath

As soon as Target put out the Halloween things in the Dollar Spot, I was all over it.  I found a nice size unpainted wooden bat, and the idea for this wreath was dreamed up almost entirely in one thirty minute Target trip.

I need to post this disclaimer, though — For this wreath, initially I used hot glue.  It is important to let everything on the wreath settle overnight before hanging it — I didn’t the first time, and things fell of of it.  And another disclaimer — I hot glued the spiders to the wreath and because they are pretty smooth on the back, a lot of them fell off.  You’ll want to use E6000 for all gluing — especially if you live in a hot climate.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

So guys…this is what we are making.  Put your crafting hat on!

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Supplies Needed:

-Grapevine wreath (I used a 24″)

-Wooden bat (Target Dollar Spot)

-Paint sponge brushes

-Picture hooks

-Floral wire

-Black craft paint

-Black glitter paint

-1-2 bags of creepy crawlies (Target Halloween section)

-Hot glue gun and glue sticks (for moss only)

-Not pictured: E6000 — don’t use hot glue like I did for anything but the moss!

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Glue your picture hooks to the corners of the bat.  You will need 2.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Turn the bat over and paint the edges of the bat with the black craft paint.  His face was the most difficult part — I didn’t have smaller brushes so I smudged on a bunch of paint with my finger.  I also smushed the brush into the crevices and just tried to coat him.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Then paint the front of the bat.  I did two coats.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Once the bat dries, brush over the top with black glitter craft paint.  This will give him a nice shimmer.  🙂  He’s a fancy bat!

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Next you’re going to wire Mr. Bat into the wreath using the picture hooks.  Cut off about 5 inches of floral wire, then loop it through the hook and wrap around some of the twigs in the wreath.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Start adding your spiders, snakes, and other creepy crawlies.  I didn’t bother gluing the wormy-type creatures.  Those I just tucked underneath twigs in order to make it look like they were crawling through.  Glue the spiders, though.  Put a spider on each side where the floral wire is to conceal.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Next, add moss in clumps.  You are fine to use a hot glue gun for this part — I haven’t had any moss fall off of my wreath.  Add some spiders on top of the moss.

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath {Details Blog}

Let me know if you end up making this, too!  🙂  I would love to see.  This took me about 3-4 hours, just FYI.  It can be done in an afternoon.

6 thoughts on “DIY Creepy Crawly Halloween Wreath

  1. natashalh says:

    Do you have a high temp glue gun? Once I made the switch to high temp I started having fewer projects fall apart. I totally had a wreath fall apart a while ago, too, and it was so annoying! I’m not using E6000 right now because I’m pregnant and trying to be cautious, so I was determined to find a way to make it work.

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