I love the nightmare before Christmas, because it is a frightfully way to incorporate Halloween into Christmas in which I am all for it. It is by far my favorite movie of all time, so here is a DIY project for the man eating wreath featured in the movie. The tutorial instructions came from Kristie's blog DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Props where I found the instructions on how to make mine.
What you will need is:
- 2 strands of wired garland - 6ft
- 2 plastic spoons
- Scrap foam core board -white
- Red Christmas bow
- Red holly berries
- Hot glue
- Acrylic Paint- yellow & black
- Scissors / X-acto blade
Most of the stuff I bought the day after Christmas and at the dollar tree and the 99 cent store.
- Buy wreath and garland. I found my wreath the day after Christmas clearance sale at Michaels. A good size for the wreath is 18 inches in diameter. Try to find a garland that measures 6 feet long each and that it has wire running through them.
- Remove any unneeded decorative items the wreath may have come with. Fluff and shape your wreath to the desired fullness and shape.
- Flip your wreath over. You want the front facing down. Unravel the garland and twist the two strands together near the center so they become one piece.
- Make a slight bend in your garland and shape it to the wreath. With the wreath still face down: You want the garland to extend across the wreath and stick out like tentacle arms, but not show through the mouth opening of the wreath.
- Secure the garland to the wreath. With the wreath still face down: Use some of the wreaths wire branches to twist tightly around the garland. I have highlighted the garland in lime green, and where it is secured to the wreath with red. Flip wreath back over and complete the project with the wreath face up:
- Measure & Make the teeth. Lay the wreath's mouth opening on a piece of white foam. Draw the size and shape of the teeth.
- Remove the wreath and cut out the teeth shapes with an exacto blade out of the foam piece.
- Make the eyes. Use two plastic disposable spoons for the eyes. They are the perfect shape for the Disneyland version. Cut the handles from the spoons with sharp scissors.
- Glue in the teeth. Use hot glue to glue the teeth into the "mouth" of the wreath.
- Attach a red Christmas bow. I found my bow at the 99 cent store and it came with a twisty-tie attachment on the back.
- Paint Eyes. Using acrylic craft paints, paint the eyes yellow. After it dries, use black acrylic paint for the "eyeliner" and black pupils. Attach eyes with hot glue .
- Attach assorted holly berries with hot glue .
- Last but not lest arrange and bend the tips of the garland to look like out-stretched fingers.