For the last few years, I’ve proudly hung my original TuTu Monster 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 monster wreath:
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
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.
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.