by Noreen Doll.
The idea for this skull wreath came to me one day when I was wandering around the dollar store and came upon a mesh bag full of skulls.
In Mexico the Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. This skull wreath would make a perfect Day of the Dead wreath.
I like to do quick and easy inexpensive crafts so I decided to recycle items, as well as use craft supplies I already had.
I scrunched up newspaper squares and glued them to a paper plate with the center cut out – then spray painted the whole thing black.
What You Need
Black Spray Paint
Ribbon for Bow – I used a piece of lace I had.
What You Do
1. Cut the center out of a paper plate, leaving a ring.
To make a sturdier wreath base, glue 2 or 3 of these plate rings together. The glue plus the plates will be quite strong.
2. Cut lots of 2 inch squares from newspaper – they don’t have to be exact in size or shape.
3. Apply some glue to a section of the plate.
4. Scrunch a square of newspaper around your finger and stick the center of it into the glue on the plate.
5. Continue adding squares fairly close together, using more glue as needed.
If you find too large a space between squares, just add another scrunched piece there.
7. Let glue dry.
8. Outside, spray the newspaper with a couple of coats of black paint.
I allowed the newspaper to slightly show through in places because I liked how it looked.
9. Turn the plate over and spray the back with a couple of coats of paint,
Spray around the edge to cover any bright white areas. Let dry.
10. Lay the bow and skulls on the wreath until you find an arrangement you like. Then glue them down.
11. Carefully punch a hole through at the top and use a wire or black thread for hanging the skull wreath.
Or you can attach a picture hanger to the back.
I used light coats of paint and didn’t try to cover the Day of the Dead wreath too thoroughly with black.
If the glue on the plate dries before you can use it, just add more glue.
Kids could easily make this skull wreath or Day of the Dead wreath.
Try decorating it with pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns instead of skulls.