DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Monster Wreath

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:

  • Wreath 
  • 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. 

  1. 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. 
  2. Remove any unneeded decorative items the wreath may have come with. Fluff and shape your wreath to the desired fullness and shape.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:
  6. Measure & Make the teeth. Lay the wreath's mouth opening on a piece of white foam. Draw the size and shape of the teeth.
  7. Remove the wreath and cut out the teeth shapes with an exacto blade out of the foam piece.  
  8. 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.
  9. Glue in the teeth. Use hot glue to glue the teeth into the "mouth" of the wreath. 
  10. 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.
  11. 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 .
  12. Attach assorted holly berries with hot glue .
  13. Last but not lest arrange and bend the tips of the garland to look like out-stretched fingers.