DIY Day of the Dead Wreath


Materials

  • Polystyrene wreath ring
  • 4 mini plastic skulls
  • White spray paint (optional if your skulls aren't pure white)
  • Coloured spray paint
  • Permanent coloured markers e.g. Sharpie
  • Wire cutters
  • Various silk flowers
  • Hot glue gun & glue
  • Ribbon
  • Drill with small drill bit (optional)
  • Craft wire (optional)
  • Curved needle (optional; available in haberdashery stores)

Step-by-Step

Start by spray-painting the wreath ring in a colour that will compliment the colours of your flowers. I already had orange paint, so that's what I used.

Spray paint the plastic skulls all white to create a blank canvas.

Then comes the fun part! Use the coloured markers to draw on your favourite Day of the Dead motifs. 

I have to confess that I was quite nervous about drawing onto my pristine white skulls with permanent markers, especially since I'm not very good at drawing. However, this was way easier than I feared because the motifs are very simple, the kind of things that a child draws without giving it a second thought: flowers, hearts, leaves etc. 

You could get away with just using hot glue to stick the skulls onto the wreath ring, but I wanted to be sure they wouldn't budge, so I also used wire to secure them. To do that, I started by drilling two holes in the base of the skulls in a front-to-back (not side-to-side) orientation.

Then I threaded the craft wire through the curved needle and fed the wire in through one of the drilled holes and out through the other.

I wrapped the wire around the wreath ring and twisted it tightly to secure it in place.

I used the wire cutters to trim the loose ends of the wire, then applied hot glue around the base of the skulls to make them extra secure.

Repeat for each of the four skulls, placing them equal distances apart.

Now is the time to add the flowers. For this, I went around to my local discount stores and purchased the cheapest, most gaudy, brightly-coloured plastic flowers I could find! I also ordered a couple of plastic flower garlands online to add more colours to those I was able to find in the bricks-and-mortar stores. I chose all roses to give the wreath some consistency.

Use the wire cutters to cut off the flower stems, leaving just enough to stick into the polystyrene ring.

Arrange the flowers around the wreath ring by sticking the nubs of the wire stems into the polystyrene. I also added a dab of hot glue to each to make sure they were secure.

Continue adding the flowers until the polystrene wreath ring is completely concealed.

Finally, tie a ribbon around the wreath ring so that it can be hung.

For somebody who doesn't particularly like a lot of colour in the house, I am totally smitten with this wreath! It is just so much fun and a great way to use cheerful colours to decorate for Hallowe'en.