Wreath

DIY Haunted Mansion/Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath

It was September 17th, and I was ready for Halloween. I figured I should put some of my Michael’s coupons to use and start my first Halloween project. I have always loved when Disneyland transforms the Haunted Mansion for Halloween and Christmas, so I decided to attempt to make the wreath from the ride. I figured I could use it on both Halloween and Christmas (Self justifying my purchases, because I may have a bit of a crafting hoard already).

I do not consider myself an artist in the slightest. I consider myself “crafty”. This project is definitely a crafty project. As long as you can paint some circles, you will do just fine!

Here’s what you need to complete this project:

  • A Plain Christmas Wreath
  • Some fake holly
  • 1 package Wired Pine Garland Ties
  • 1 package Styrofoam eggs (assorted sizes)
  • White Foam Board
  • 1 foam sheet
  • Monster Wiggle Eyes
  • 3 Red Fake Sunflowers
  • Black & White Striped Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Acrylic Paint: Red, Green, Yellow & Black
  • X-Acto Knife

 

Step 1: Cut 1 larger egg and 3 smaller eggs in half. Paint both sides of larger egg yellow, and 1 side of each of the smaller 3 eggs yellow and set aside to dry. Paint the other side of the smaller 3 eggs green and set aside to dry.

Painting Eggs
Painting Eggs

Step 2: While the painted eggs are drying, cut pieces of holly and find a center place for the “nose holly”. Glue holly for nose and additional holly where you desire. Cut stems off of red sunflowers and glue them on the bottom portion of the wreath.

Gluing Holly
Gluing Holly
Gluing Sunflowers
Gluing Sunflowers

Step 3: Cut teeth from Foam Board using X-Acto knife. These don’t need to be done in any specific fashion. I just cut random fangs. Once cut, glue to the back of the wreath, and reinforce the hold with a piece of the foam sheet. I cut 14 teeth total. 7 for the top and 7 for the bottom.

Attaching Teeth
Attaching Teeth

Step 4: Once the yellow paint has dried, paint the black dots on the large eggs for the pupils and set aside to dry. Paint the inside of the smaller eggs red, and set aside to dry. Mix yellow and red paint together to make the color to use for the mini monster’s lips. Use that paint to paint a strip of the foam sheet and set aside to dry.

Painting Red
Painting Red
Painting Eyes & Lips
Painting Eyes & Lips

Step 5: Once the paint has dried on all pieces, take the green side of the mini-monster mouths and paint yellow and red dots on them and set aside to dry.

Painting Dots
Painting Dots

Step 6: While the paint is drying on the dots you may now cut thin strips of the foam sheet you painted and begin gluing it to the yellow part of the mouths. Also cut small pieces of the foam sheet into teeth for the mini-monsters (about 1/4″ or more big) and set aside).

Step 7: Once the paint has dried on the dots, begin attaching the foam sheet teeth to the bottom portion of you mini-monster mouth and lips(to bottom and top) with your glue gun. Then glue the 2 sides of the of the mouths together and reinforce the hold with an additional piece of foam (pictured on the left).

Teeth and Lips
Teeth and Lips

Step 7: Glue on the large yellow eyes, mini-monster mouths and monster wiggle eyes.

Mini-Monsters
Mini-Monsters

Step 8: Once the glue has cooled, tie the black and white ribbon into a bow on the bottom of the wreath. (I actually tied the bow around a piece of the wreath). Attach arms by using the the wired pine garland ties. Simply twist and attach to make arms.

 

If you make one of these, please comment and let me know how it turned out.

 

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