Halloween Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial

Make this gorgeous 🎃 wreath for $4!

By now you know that I love everything to do with wreaths: making them, hanging them, having them, and especially sharing their tutorials with you! Today I’m going to share how to use a Dollar Tree form to make a Halloween pumpkin wreath. Everything I used in this project came from Dollar Tree! This Halloween wreath looks amazing on our balcony door! I went ahead and made another one for the other door, and I couldn’t be happier with the look.

To make a Halloween pumpkin wreath you need:

  • Halloween themed scarf
  • Pumpkin wreath form
  • Sign from Dollar Tree that has pumpkins in/on it
  • Halloween metal words- They come in a 3 pack; Haunted, Spooky, & Beware.
  • Ribbon (optional)-I used a 2.5″ black plastic sequin ribbon.
  • Black acrylic paint & paint brush
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Scissors
  • Clothespins
  • pipe cleaner

Prep & Paint the Pumpkin

I used the football and pumpkin sign pictured above for my pumpkin on the front of the wreath. Dollar Tree has other signs with pumpkin shapes on them, so if your local store doesn’t have the football one, go with what they have. You need to remove one of the pumpkins from the ribbon it’s hung on. They are just held on by a staple, so it’s easy to remove and keep intact. Flip the sign face down and hold one pumpkin in your hand, and lift the ribbon out and away. It doesn’t take a big pull, it just pops right off. Lightly sand the area where the staples were. It’s not a must do step, but it helps diminish the mark a bit.

Pumpkin removed from Dollar Tree sign being sanded before it's painted and placed on the Halloween pumpkin wreath.

Dust the pumpkin off and paint it black.  It only takes one coat to cover it well. Set it aside to dry.

Wood pumpkin from the front of the Halloween pumpkin wreath  being painted black.

Pin the Scarf on the Form

Next you need to pin the scarf to the wreath form. Start at the bottom on one side of the form, draping a bit of the fabric over the edge of the bottom wires (about 2″ or so) and the edge of the sides. Place a clothespin over the fabric on the wire, holding it in place. Pull the scarf as tight as possible, then place the clothespins every few inches to hold it on before it’s glued. You won’t be able to pull it really tight yet because the clothespins will slide around some. Don’t worry too much about it at this point.

Clothespins are being added to hold the scarf on the Halloween pumpkin wreath form.

With entire bottom half of the pumpkin covered, you will need more fabric to cover the top. Leave 2″ of the scarf to glue around the wire, then cut the rest off. Clothespin the part you just cut from to the form.

Cutting the excess scarf from to part that will be clothes-pinned to the Halloween pumpkin wreath.

Glue the Scarf to the Halloween Pumpkin Wreath Form

Now you’ll begin hot gluing the edges over the edge of Halloween pumpkin wreath. Start where you placed the first clothespins. Remove one, pull the edge taunt, then place a strip of glue along the back of the outside wire on the form. Don’t touch the fabric to press it down onto the glue. It is extremely hot and the scarf fabric is very thin, almost sheer. It will burn you. I have the bubbled burn mark to prove it! Place the clothespin back on the wire to hold the scarf in place while it dries.

Pull the scarf taunt, remove the next clothespin, squeeze hot glue on the next section of the wire, and use the clothespin to hold the scarf in that section. Continue with this until you have completely glued the bottom half onto the wreath. Make sure you have the fabric pulled tight because it does not look good sagging.

By the time you have finished gluing bottom half of the fabric on the wreath, the glue should be dry. Take off the clothespins to use them on the top of the form. Attach the scarf just as you did on the bottom. For the “stem” section put one clothespin right at each side. The stem has a slope on each side, creating a “V” in the center so it’s harder to glue on without something holding each side.

Front of the Halloween pumpkin wreath showing the top section with the scarf clothes pinned to the edges of the wreath form.
View of the front of the wreath.

Now glue the top section on just as you did the bottom. If you have a lot of extra fabric on the back when you’re finished gluing, cut it off. Just leave about 2 to 3 inches all around.

Front of the Halloween pumpkin wreath with the top and bottom half of the pumpkin covered with the Halloween print scarf, glued on the edges Clothespins have benn removed,

Add the Wood Pumpkin

Now the form is finished so it’s time to add the accessories. Pick one of the metal Halloween words to glue to the black pumpkin. I used “Beware” on one of mine. The word is longer than the pumpkin, but that’s fine. Center the word on your pumpkin and glue it on. Center the pumpkin on the front of your wreath and glue it on.

Next you need to cover the “stem” of your pumpkin with a black pipe cleaner. You could also use twine, ribbon, or anything you have around that would look good on it. Wrap the beginning of the pipe cleaner around the bottom of one of the stem wires, right where it meets the wire that forms the main part of the pumpkin, and put a dab of hot glue on it to keep it in place.

Wrapping a black pipe cleaner around the bottom of the left side of the stem where it meets the wire that forms the pumpkin shape. The pipe cleaner will cover the stem of the Halloween pumpkin wreath.

Wrap the pipe cleaner around both wires and upward. When the pipe cleaner runs out, glue another one on and begin it just as you did with the first. I ended up using about three and a half. When you reach the top, glue it across the top of the stem, so that none of the stem wire is showing. Cut off any extra that’s left.

Gluing the pipe cleaner across the top wire of the "stem" of the Halloween pumpkin wreath.

Make a Bow for the Wreath

Finally make a bow to glue in the middle of the stem. I used a black 2.5″ black wired ribbon that’s covered in sequins that I bought a few years ago. I made a simple four loop (double loop bow) with it. Pinch the ribbon about half an inch from the beginning. Loop about 4″ of ribbon (making the loop 2″ across) and bring it back to where you have the ribbon pinched.

Making a bow with black 2.5" wired ribbon. Shows the first loop pinched in what will be the middle of the bow. This will be glued on the stem of the Halloween pumpkin wreath,

Next make another loop the same as the first, and bring the end of it back to the center.

Two loop bow being pinched in the middle; This is what I added to the middle of the stem of the Halloween pumpkin wreath.

Twist the ribbon and begin a third loop behind them first one. Make this loop with about 4.5″ of ribbon and bring it back to the same pinch in the center. Make the final loop on the opposite side, another 4.5″ and again pinch in the center. Cut off the extra ribbon. Twist a pipe cleaner around the middle to hold your bow together.

To create the tails of the bow, cut two 5″ pieces of ribbon. Pinch the top of one and glue it to the back of the bow, angled slightly to the right so that it will drape that way once it’s done. Now do the same to the other tail, just angle that one slightly to the left.

Cut a 3.5″ piece of the ribbon to cover the pipe cleaner in the middle. Fold the piece until it’s only about an inch wide.

A piece of black sequin ribbon about 1.5" long, folded to about 1" wide. This will be used to cover the center of the bow, for the front of the Halloween pumpkin wreath, where the pipe cleaner is.

Glue one end on the back center of the bow. Wrap it around the front center, then glue the other end on top of the other end on the back. Now you’re cute sequin bow is finished.

Completed bow before it was added to the Halloween pumpkin wreath.

Fold the tails length wise and cut the ends diagonally to create a “V” at the ends. Glue the bow onto the middle of the pumpkin stem and you’re wreath is complete!

Another way to make the bow tails:

I now make my bows a little differently (most of the time). I make the loops all the same, but when I get to the tails, I create them before twisting the pipe cleaner around it. It is a little easier, and can look a little better if you’re bad at gluing the tails on. This Christmas wreath tutorial will show you a more detailed tutorial for this method, but I’ll try to explain it here just a little. You can see pictures in the other post.

Once you’ve made the fourth loop, make another loop extending from the bottom of it, about 5″ long (using 10″ of ribbon). Bring the ribbon back up to the bow and pinch it off. Twist a pipe cleaner around the middle of the bow to secure it. Cut the bottom “loop” in the middle which will leave you with 5″ tails. Fold them in half and cut a half “V.”

Your Halloween pumpkin wreath is complete!

Complete Halloween pumpkin wreath hanging on the wall.

I just love the look of this! I had the Halloween scarves for years, and I am glad I kept them. Here’s a peak of our Halloween balcony. I had different scarves, and they were similar so I didn’t feel the need to go buy two more. You can of course buy the exact same scarf to make two if you would like.

Halloween Wreaths & Other Decor

If you love wreaths and decorating for Halloween, you will like these posts and tutorials: this Halloween witch cauldron centerpiece, this elegant Halloween hoop wreath, this Dollar Tree sign upcycle, and this DIY gravestone for table top decoration. You might also want to check out my Halloween master bedroom decor from 2020.

It’s fall and Thanksgiving is on the way so you might enjoy these posts: Thanksgiving DIY Dollar Tree doormat, a family thankful journal for Thanksgiving to use year after year, this beautiful fall wreath with matching door hanger, and this elegant burlap and lace pumpkin wreath. Of course there’s a lot more than these, so please hang around and check out all there is to see!

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