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Cheap Halloween Wreath

Cheap Halloween Wreath

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Today, I thought I’d show you how to make a super easy, cheap Halloween wreath using pipe insulation, feather boas and dollar store floral picks.

Wreath of the Living Dead

For the last two years, my only decorating nod to Halloween consisted of two feather boa wreaths I threw together. In Ohio, we lived out in the country, three miles from the local village. We didn’t get trick-or-treaters and you couldn’t even see the doors to our house from the road.

This year is a different story. We live in a Utah neighborhood and rumor has it I could have upwards of 200 kids at my door, come Halloween night. Hubs and I have always loved to decorate for Halloween. Having only one door to this house, though, I thought my feather wreaths needed some sprucing up.

To make your own Wreath of the Living Dead, you will need:

  • Pipe Insulation (6′ length), pool noodle, or Styrofoam wreath form
  • 3-4 Feather Boas
  • Straight Pins
  • Black rose, crow and other black floral picks
  • Duct Tape
  • Black Wire
  • Wire Cutters

Pipe Insulation Wreath and Feather Boa Wreath

Since I didn’t take any pictures of this project last year, I stripped one of the wreaths to show you what I used. We had some leftover pipe insulation from the hardware store that we used on a house project. I’d missed the boat on buying end-of-the-season pool noodles, so I thought this would be a good substitute. If you don’t want to do this step, buy a ready-made wreath form in the size you want.

I wanted my wreath a little bigger than the old ones. The feathers ended up so close together in them, it was hard to see the middle of the wreath.

Pipe Insulation Wreath Form

I figured out the new size for my wreath and then cut it to fit. A bag of the pipe insulation will run less than $10 if you buy it from Walmart. You can make a couple of wreaths out of one bag, so that is certainly cheaper than the $8 you’d pay for a foam wreath form from craft store/aisle. You can also buy a 6′ length of pipe insulation (foam) from Lowes or Home Depot for around $5. Depending on the size you want, you could also get a couple of wreaths out of that.

At any rate, cut the foam to the size you want and using some duct tape, join it together, like so.

Pipe Insulation Wreath Form with Duct Tape

Using the straight pins, I attached the feather boa to the wreath form. There is a knot at the end of the rope inside the boa, and I just stuck the pin in the knot and then into the wreath form.

Attaching Feather Boa to Foam Wreath Form

I wrapped the boa around and around the form, going inside the wreath and back out. When I got to the end of the boa, I just secured it to the wreath with a couple of straight pins.

I had four feather boas to use on this one wreath, so I kept my wraps pretty close together. Depending on the fluffiness of your boas, you could probably get away with spacing the wraps further apart. I wrapped on of the boas and then added my floral picks.

I bought some black floral picks from Dollar Tree. These were $1 each and I bought 2 crows and one of the roses and the berry looking things, so I spent a total of $4 on the picks.

Dollar Tree Black Floral Picks

Using my wire cutters, I sniped off each of the stems, leaving about 2-3″ of wire.

Cutting Floral Picks

Once they were all cut apart, I just started poking the stems into the wreath form. First, though, I attached a second boa to the form and did a couple of wraps and then added in my picks. I wrapped my boa between the picks as I placed them so there would be fluffiness all around.

To attach the crows to the wreath form, I cut a 2″ section of black wire, bent it into a U-shape.

Black Wire for Securing Floral Picks to Wreath

I then used it over the feet of the crow to hold the bird in place.

Attaching Crow Feet to Wreath Form

The crow feet actually came with a very thin wire poking out of the bottom of the feet, but they broke off on one of the birds when I was taking the bird off the cardboard it came on from the store. I had some wire in my stash, but a wire twist tie from a bread bag would also get the job done.

After the picks were all in place, I just added the rest of the boas. In all, it took me about 15 minutes to make. Super quick and easy.

Black Crow Halloween Wreath

I already owned the foam and the feather boas, so this wreath cost me $4 to make. If I had to buy all the materials, it would cost about $15 to make, depending on if you found feather boas at your local dollar store.

Spooky Halloween Wreath

I love how it came out. I think it makes a fun addition to my autumn decorating. It was an inexpensive way to add some Halloween decoration to my door.

Speaking of autumn decorating, have you checked out all the fun ideas in the Autumn Tour? I met this group of gals this summer when I attended Haven. They are all amazing women and they have some great ideas for how to add some fun autumn décor to your home.



  1. I love your stuff. It’s been a while since it’s come up on my fb feed. Glad to be seeing it again.

  2. I have always wondered what the cheaper alternative to the Styrofoam or other wreath-making materials is. . . brilliant.

  3. Cool looking wreath. Reminds me of Hitchcock’s The Birds.
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  4. Wow! When I first saw this wreath I could have sworn you took hours putting it together! I never thought about using a feather boa! Genius! Looks spooky! Enjoy your trick or treaters!
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    • Thanks, Christine! It really does look like it’d take a lot of time to do. Years ago, my daughter had us buy the feather boas for a dance routine she was doing in high school with some friends. She assured us that everyone was buying their boas. Obviously, that was not the case and I held onto the boas for far too long knowing that some day I’d put them to use in a project. She grew out of the feather boa stage before I could do anything in her room, but I finally found a way to use them that we both now love.
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  5. I think you are a genius. You’re so imaginative and so talented.

  6. Suesan, your wreath turned out awesome!! You had me a boa…lol. I love anything with boas and how fun to add the roses and crows and other fun spooky things and even better that you found them at the Dollar Store. That place is amazing. What a fun Halloween it will be this year with lots of little ones coming up to say “Trick or Treat”. xo Lisa

    • I’m SO looking forward to having kids at the door this year. It’s one of my favorite things. Hubs is not done in the yard yet. He’s got tombstones and a zombie garden out of old dolls he wants to work on.
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  7. What a cute wreath to welcome your trick or treaters this year. I totally know what your talking about when you live in the country. We are 20 minutes from town and 1000 ft off the road. If your down our road you either live out here or are lost. I decorate our front door and porch only for my enjoyment when I come home each day. Dollar Tree has some amazing holiday decoration you can repurpose.

    Shannon ~
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    • I know your house well! That’s pretty much us. Our house is actually close to the road, but the side of the house faces the doors, so you just really can’t see them. I usually put something up at our house just to make it more festive for all of us, but the last two years I was remodeling, my efforts were poor indeed!
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  8. This is really quite wonderful! I’m not really a Halloween decorator, but you have inspired me to run to the dollar store and check out some of their Halloween crafting supplies. Great job.

    • Karen, now that my kids are older, I limit my Halloween decorating to outside the house. Inside, I like to do basic Fall decorations. I’ve been seeing a lot of fun crafts with the crows for the last couple of years, though, and have wanted a project I could do that uses them.
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  9. I love the wreath! I love how you used the things you had on hand! I love Frugal!
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    • I’m always trying to use what I have. It scares me sometimes, though, just how much crap I have! I’m definitely trying to put it to use or get rid of it. I find, though, that my creativity blossoms when I impose some sort of restriction on myself, such as only spending $10 or less on a project, or using what I have or making it all one color or something along those lines. When I give myself parameters, I can stop focusing on all the endless possibilities of what I can buy and focus instead on what I have that I can put to a new or better use.
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