Boo! It’s A Monster Of A Wreath Tutorial

For the last few years, I’ve proudly hung my original TuTu Halloween Wreath on our front door to get into the Halloween spirit, but since I made-over our blah white front door into a “boom!” black one, I knew I’d have to come up with something a little more colorful this year.

And since the kids are getting older, it’s fun to put up something with a bit of whimsy… and teeth.

I made this Tulle Monster Wreath using the same concept as the TuTu Wreath, but added a few touches that brought him to life.

Here’s what you’ll need if you want to make your own:

1 styrofoam wreath (mine was 14″)
2 styrofoam balls (size of your choice, depending on how big you want the eyeballs)
100 yards of tulle on a spool (I grossly overestimated how much of this I’d need and bought 200 yards/2 spools)
black paint and paint brush
1 sheet of white foam
scrap fabric and ribbon for a bow-tie
hot glue gun
2 toothpicks

The first thing you want to do is paint the eyes. Just put a little circle of black paint in the center of each styrofoam ball and then set them to dry on some cups. This set-up looks like it could also double as a college drinking game of some sort.

Next, cut your tulle. I was smart this time, and wound the entire spool of tulle around a box I had laying around. I swear, Mr. Postman, I’m not abusing your supplies! This box will surely ship something… at some point…maybe.

This is SO. MUCH. EASIER. and wayyyyy faster than the previous methods I’ve used to cut the tulle strips. I cut the tulle down both sides of the box, making the strips about a foot long each.

Next, I tied the tulle to the wreath just like I did with my original TuTu Wreath. Click through for the tutorial and pictures.

I managed to squeeze all 100 yards on it, and it was quite fluffy when I was done.

The eyes should be dry by now because it’s probably taken you at least 45 minutes to tie all that on…. or 4 days if you get distracted easily. Use two tooth picks to attach them to the wreath.

It’s alive!!!

Next, lay it face down and cut down the foam pieces to fit inside it’s “mouth” with enough room to glue it around the edges.

Before gluing it down, cut out the teeth. I just freehanded this part and made some basic triangles.

I also used a small scrap of fabric and a piece of scrap ribbon to make a giant bow tie for him and hot glued that to the front.

He looks quite lovely on our front door. I’ll have to get the kids to help me name him today.

Several people have pointed out to me that this could easily double for a Muppet-inspired wreath. Turn this guy into Elmo or Cookie… or even Oscar if you’re hosting a Sesame Street themed party at your place. I’d skip the teeth.

  


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  1. This is so cute! I am heading to Hobby Lobby in a minute to get supplies so my step-daughter and I can make one this weekend. I was also thinking of how cute this would be to make a white one for Christmas and make the abominable snowman from the old Rudolph movies from the 1960’s. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Did you wrap the wreath with tulle or ribbon? I checked back to your previous post and it looks like you used ribbon. Just wondering what you did here. We are making a purple monster.

    • Nope! Not this time around since I used a styrofoam wreath. If you tie enough tulle around it, you won’t be able to see the wreath under it anyway. Have fun!

  3. Alessandra Gatti on

    Very cute and easy. I’m having five 12-year olds over on Saturday and I have now found how to occupy them. Thanks and wish me luck with the tweens :0.

  4. What was the width of your tulle? I saw different widths at the craft store wanted to make sure I picked up the right size! Thanks, super cute!

  5. Shanda Leffelman on

    Where did you get your Tulle? I can’t find this color or this size spool in our town so I am going to have to order. :/

  6. I made two of these, one for my front door and one for my classroom door. I saved at least 50% by cutting the foam wreath form in half which made bases for TWO wreaths. I also cut the styrofoam balls in half and hot glued felt to the backs of them to cover up the messy backs of the eyes. Thanks for the great tutorial and adorable idea!

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  8. My grandaughter, who is now a young mother of a new baby, was nicknamed “Monster Baby” long time ago. This due to her ability to getinto one mischief before our ability to get her out of another, very busy child. Now she will haave her own “Monster Baby to hang on her front door. I intend to make her “seasonal” Monster Baby” wreaths, for year round. Thank you for sharing this, it really hit my heart.

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  10. I made my Monster Wreath over the weekend using your tutorial and wrote about it (see link is posted too)! Everyone who sees it compliments me on it. Your instructions were spot on!

    I wanted to name ours Henry but Charlie declared that was unacceptable. He wants to name it Mr. Ghost Vampire.

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  12. Mine looks like the yup yup uh uh aliens on Sesame Street. Which I guess isn’t terrible. I think my tulle was too long. Gonna try again with black instead of purple and no glitter this time. I will be cleaning up glitter forever!!!

  13. I got ALL of the supplies for this project on sale at Hobby Lobby tonight. They have the green tulle in like FIVE different departments, in different amounts, at different prices, but the Christmas 100 yd one is the cheapest. Normally $9.99, on sale for 50% off.

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  16. I absolutely fell in love with this moster when I saw it on Pinterest. I just KNEW I had to have one of my own. Of course, I had to make mine Purple. And I painted both the teeth and eyes with glow in the dark paint instead of just leaving them white. He turned out so cute!! Thanks for the tutorial. The versatility of different colors for different occasions, even just as wreaths (without teeth and eyes) has gotten my wheels spinning. I can see me doing many of these.

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  22. Hi, Jill

    I’m an EFL teacher in Taiwan. I just saw your post of Monster wreath and really love this great idea! I am wondering if it is welcome that I share this monster wreath tutorial on my facebook page with a photo and a direct link to your blog with other EFL teachers? It will certainly inspire most of them!

    best,
    Kate

  23. I am having a monster themed baby shower for my little man. This is perfect for the front door. Im goint to also make a welcome sign to hang from him. I can also justify spending the money on it becase i can save it for halloween. 🙂 Thank you for the idea!

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  30. Patti Blankenship on

    I used ping pong balls for the eyes, cheaper than the foam. This is adorable! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  39. I have a question. When ur wrapping ur Tulle to cut. DO you cut at both ends of the box. Or just the one side. I dont want my Tulle to end up too long and waste. Thanks for any help.

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  45. just cut all my tulle using a box as a guide and it is too short at 14 inches a strip! i purchased the straw wreath since the store didn’t have the firm styrofoam circles and that leaves about 3 inches of tails. even if i find a much thinner foam ring, the strips are still going to be way short. that’s $20 of tulle down the drain. bummer.

  46. FIGURED OUT a work around-using a small hula hoop which makes for a bigger wreath overall and gives the pieces bigger tails. but now I need one more roll of tulle to complete the circle. will have to wire on the foam eyes.

  47. Alexandra Flecker on

    i can see the knots on mine but have only tied on about 4 is there a special technique or will the knots disappear in the tulle after putting them all on? please reply im struggling.

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