Halloween Eyeball Wreath with Deco Mesh
When it comes to Halloween decorations, I like having a mix of styles. From sinister blood splatter on the windows to cute ghosts dangling on the front porch. From classic pumpkins spread around the lawn to a unique wreath to greet guests when they enter my home.
This year, I really wanted to make a wreath that had some elegance, but also some kind of spooky element to really bring a pop of Halloween spirit! With that in mind, I created this deco mesh Halloween eyeball wreath!
The wreath features deco mesh to create a full, fluffy effect in the traditional black and orange colours of Halloween. I also wove a fun, sparkly ribbon through it for some pops of colour, and then incorporated eyeballs to make it more festive!
I love how it turned out! And keep your eyeballs out (pun intended) for an upcoming blog post on how to make a corresponding garland to wrap around your front door to match with the wreath!
If you’re interested in how to make this Halloween eyeball wreath, then check out the tutorial below.
- 18″ wire wreath frame
- Orange pipe cleaners
- Orange and black deco mesh rolls
- 2.5″ wired ribbon
- Hot glue gun
- White ping pong balls
- Googly eyes
Deco Mesh Base
Before you use the deco mesh, you need to create what’s calling a working wreath.
This is how you will attach the deco mesh to the frame and create the large fluffs. To make this working wreath, wrap your pipe cleaners at their centre around the wires of the wreath. You want to have two pipe cleaners in each section of the wreath–one at the top wire and one at the bottom wire. Space them out so they’re not right on top of each other.
With the 18″ wire frame, you will need 18 pipe cleaners. Depending on the size of the wreath you create, you will need more or less accordingly.
Take your first deco mesh colour (I chose orange) and begin folding it like a fan so that it creates a pinch like this. You only want a small tail at the end, approximately 1 inch.
You will be starting your wreath at the top wires. Take one of the pipe cleaners on your top row and put the pinched deco mesh in between the two arms, then twist them tightly to secure the deco mesh inside.
Unravel your deco mesh and measure out approximately 10 inches. You can measure a length shorter or longer than this, but I found that 10 inches made a good sized puff.
Where the 10″ mark is, fold it like a fan again to create a pinch. Follow the same process as before–place the pinched section inside the next pipe cleaner on the top row and tightly secure it. This is how you create your big loops!
This is what your Halloween eyeball wreath will look like with one layer of deco mesh loops. At this point, you can adjust the loops so they’re all even and spaced out nicely.
Do not cut your deco mesh here! You can immediately continue onto the lower ring of the wire frame. Simply make another 10 inch poof and attach it to the next set of pipe cleaners on the lower ring.
Here is the wreath with both the upper and lower rings completed using the orange deco mesh. Cut the deco mesh, leaving another small tail. Tuck both the tails (from the beginning and the end of the wreath) into the wreath. You can use your glue gun to secure them even further if you’d like.
Next, we will follow the exact same steps using the black deco mesh.
Create a pinch in the black deco mesh, again only leaving a small tail, and attach it with the pipe cleaners directly above the orange mesh. You don’t need to unravel the pipe cleaners! Just create another twist on top.
Once you finish the outer ring of the frame, continue into the inner ring immediately, just as you did with the orange mesh!
Once all four layers of the Halloween eyeball wreath are complete, this is what it should look like!
Secure the tails of the black deco mesh into the wreath, as well.
Adding Ribbon and Cleaning Up
Adding the ribbon to your Halloween eyeball wreath is very similar to how the deco mesh was added!
Attach the end of your ribbon (leaving a small tail) into one of the pipe cleaners. It doesn’t matter if you start at the outer ring or inner ring because we will be alternating between the two. Again, you don’t need to unravel the pipe cleaner–just create a new twist to secure your ribbon.
I started at the inner ring, so in the next section of the wreath I attached the ribbon to the pipe cleaners on the outer layer. Continue the alternating pattern all the way around.
Once you have gone around the wreath once with the ribbon, cut a small tail and tuck it away just as you did with the deco mesh.
To begin clearing away the pipe cleaners so they are out of sight, turn over your wreath so you are looking at the back.
Taking the ends of your pipe cleaners from the front, bring them around back and twist it around the wire frame. This further secures your loops, while also hiding the pipe cleaners from sight.
There isn’t really any rhyme or reason with how I twisted the pipe cleaners around the wires. This is just to clean up the appearance of the front of the wreath!
Adding the Final Touches
Your Halloween eyeball wreath should be looking something like this now. However, one thing is missing–the eyeballs! To create these, you need the ping pong balls, googly eyes, and hot glue gun.
I bought a pack of googly eyes that came in various sizes. I glued on both the medium and large eyes to see which size I preferred, and ultimately went with medium. You can use whatever size of googly eyes you prefer!
I had 12 ping pong balls, so I glued on googly eyes on all of them and then placed them approximately where I wanted them around the wreath. I suggest doing this before gluing them all down so you can adjust your pattern as you see fit.
Once I liked the layout, I began gluing them on top of the deco mesh and ribbon.
Once the eyeballs are all glued in, you’re finished your Halloween eyeball wreath!
This wreath is simple to make, and is a fun and unique addition to your Halloween decor! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! For more Halloween DIYs, check out my Pinterest page for ideas & click here for more wreath tutorials!