Halloween Trash Bag Wreath

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If you like hanging wreaths on your front door for each holiday or season, here’s an idea that’s sure to save you money. This black 12” circle Halloween wreath was made with just a bit more than one 33 gallon plastic trash bag from Costco. The core of the wreath is inexpensive hose from Lowe’s that’s sturdy enough to keep the wreath shape, yet it can be cut to the length you need with a craft knife or box cutter.  If you’ve made wreaths before and used expensive Styrofoam, wire or other pre-made wreaths you will appreciate the fact that this one cost less than $3. I added ribbon and card stock decorations to complete my wreath. After Halloween, the hose can be stripped of it’s black plastic and used for another holiday...if you can stand to part with it!

Directions

step 1 - Use a craft knife to cut the hose to the length you want. Make the ends as straight as possible.

step 1 - Use a craft knife to cut the hose to the length you want. Make the ends as straight as possible.

step 2 - Wrap tape around the hose ends to hold them together and form a complete circle.

step 2 - Wrap tape around the hose ends to hold them together and form a complete circle.

step 3 - Use a craft knife, or scissors to cut the trash bag into strips that measure 9” x 3”. It will take a little more than one bag to cover a 12” round wreath.  Save cutting time by layering pieces when practical.  When you have cut up one bag, fringe all the short ends using a craft knife, regular scissors or Martha Stewart’s fringing scissors pictured above. Cut the fringe to about .75” long.

step 3 - Use a craft knife, or scissors to cut the trash bag into strips that measure 9” x 3”. It will take a little more than one bag to cover a 12” round wreath.  Save cutting time by layering pieces when practical.  When you have cut up one bag, fringe all the short ends using a craft knife, regular scissors or Martha Stewart’s fringing scissors pictured above. Cut the fringe to about .75” long.

step 4 - Wrap each strip around the hose and pull tight stretching the plastic slightly. This will keep the tie from coming undone.  Before you tie each strip, slide it close to the previous one. Continue doing this until the wreath is full. Finish the wreath by attaching fun Halloween theme items.

step 4 - Wrap each strip around the hose and pull tight stretching the plastic slightly. This will keep the tie from coming undone.  Before you tie each strip, slide it close to the previous one. Continue doing this until the wreath is full. Finish the wreath by attaching fun Halloween theme items.

NOTE

My ghost and orange “BOO” letters were created in Photoshop. A black lace design was layered over the letters then printed and cut out with a craft knife. The letters and ghost are attached with jewelry wire.

 

Supplies

At Costco

  •  two 33 gallon black plastic trash bag

At Lowe’s

  •  clear .75” round hose

At Craft Stores

  •  scissors
  •  craft knife
  •  tape

At Amazon

  • Martha Stewart fringe scissors

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