Inside: Scary skeleton wreath ideas that are perfect for your fall home + simple DIY.

As sad as I am to see summer come to a close, I am filled with an uplifting emotion that I can only call Fall Uphoria. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. The longer days, the sun, the heat…what’s not to love?

But by the end of it, all I want to do is crawl into a beautifully autumnal-decorated safe haven. Cool nights call for cute candles, a roaring fire, and some decor that really sets that fall mood.

Moss wreath with skeleton

Normally, I would decorate for fall before Halloween, but I recently had the realization that Halloween just doesn’t get enough time. So I am going to jump in with both feet! Starting out with epic skeleton wreath ideas and an easy DIY that I am going to share with you today!

Pair this with a dollar tree pumpkin wreath and you are all set.

Skeleton Wreath Ideas

I really don’t think there is anything cuter than Halloween decor. As soon as I saw these skeleton wreath ideas I knew exactly what was going above my mantle. You can get creative when making your own, and create something that is exactly what you want!

1. Moss Skull Decor

2. Skull Wreath with Red & Black

3. Vampire Skeleton Decor

fall wreath with skeleton

Fall Skeleton Wreath with Autumnal Leaves By asdoan1992

4. Skeleton Sitting On Moon

5. Man & Wife Wreath

6. Pink Pumpkin Wreath Idea

Pink wreath with top hat

Pink Wreath Idea By wreathsbysilvia

7. Light Blue Roses

8. Perfect Fall Skeleton Idea

9. Fluffy Pink Design Idea

Light pink wreath with skeleton and pumpkin

Pumpkin and Skeleton Wreath By ___peoniesandco___

10. Adorable Simple Wreath

Spooky Skeleton Wreath Ideas

The best part about having a wreath is that you can really put it anywhere and it adds a layer of class and fun. That’s right, wreaths are not only destined for the front door. Where in your home would you want to hang one of these?

11. Halloween Inspired Wreath

12. Spooky Black Wreath

13. Bubbly Cauldron Skull

red and black wreath idea

Red and Black Wreath By hensons_wreath_treasures

14. Painting of Skull on Wreath

15. Purple Ribbon Wreath

16. Sugar Skeleton Decor

open mouthed wreath idea

Open Mouthed Skull Idea By something4ucreations

17. Skull Face Paint Wreath

18. Full Sized Skeleton Design

19. Huge Wreath Design

Bubbling wreath idea

Bubbling Cauldron Idea By harteywreath

20. Trick or Treat Wreath

21. Day of the Dead Wreath

Skeleton Wreath Ideas: Easy DIY

Now that you have a good idea of the many ways to decorate it, I’m excited to share with you how I created a spooky and fun skeleton wreath for Halloween. It’s a perfect addition to your festive decorations, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. So, let’s dive into this step-by-step tutorial!

How to Make a Skeleton Wreath?

To make a skeleton wreath, you need to gather your materials and build from the base up. There are many different routes that you can take with this, so I am going to walk you through a classic one. You can spruce it up if you feel so inclined!

Materials You’ll Need:

As I said before, I am going to walk you through a simpler version of a skeleton wreath, that way you can build it up however you see fit. So if there is anything on this list you don’t need(like the spray paint), then feel free to leave it out.

  • Styrofoam wreath form (any size you prefer)
  • Plastic skeleton parts (I found mine at a local craft store)
  • Black spray paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black ribbon or twine
  • Small black plastic spiders (optional)
  • Scissors

Step 1: Prepare the Skeleton.

Lay out all the skeleton parts you’ve gathered. Make sure they are clean and free from any dust or dirt. If needed, give them a quick wipe with a damp cloth. This may seem like an arbitrary step, but we are going to be spray painting them, and the last thing you want is a shotty spray job.

Remember to take your time with this craft. Put on some spooky music, sip a PSL, and enjoy the entire process, from cleaning bones to hanging your wreath in your home.

Step 2: Paint the Skeleton Parts

Take your plastic skeleton parts and place them on a protected surface outdoors. Spray-paint them with black paint to give them a dark, eerie look. Allow them to dry completely. This usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

While this is happening, you can head inside and lay out all of your other materials and start getting creative. Think about all the ways you could lay everything out. You may be surprised by what you come up with.

Step 3:Attach the Skeleton Parts

Once the painted skeleton parts are dry, it’s time to start attaching them to the wreath form. This is where your creative planning in the step above becomes useful.

Use your hot glue gun to secure each piece in place. You can arrange the skeleton parts in any pattern you like. I went for a scattered, spooky look with mine.

Step 4: Add the Ribbon or Twine

To hang your wreath, cut a piece of black ribbon or twine to your desired length. Create a loop and attach it to the top of your wreath using hot glue. This will be used to hang your skeleton wreath on your front door(or anywhere else in the home).

Make sure that you are using a ribbon that fits the overall vibe of your skeleton wreath. If you opted for red accents, then maybe a red ribbon would be better.

Step 5: Optional Spider Accents

For an extra creepy touch, you can glue some small black plastic spiders onto your wreath. Place them strategically among the skeleton parts to create a more sinister look.

For those of you who hate spiders out there, feel free to skip this step. I thought it would be hilarious because my sister hates spiders with a passion, but in reality, she ended up terrified while knocking on my door.

Admittedly, I found it hilarious, but she wasn’t so happy about it.

square skeleton decor idea

Purple Wreath Idea By rubysrheaths

Step 6: Final Touches

Take a moment to check for any loose or unsecured skeleton parts. Make sure everything is securely attached. The last thing you want is for one of those spiders to jump ship and then scare YOU.

You can also adjust the ribbon or twine loop to your preferred hanging height. Make sure that your peephole is not covered, or the number of your house either.

Step 7: Hang and Enjoy

Now, your DIY skeleton wreath is ready to be displayed! Hang it proudly on your front door or anywhere else you want to add a touch of Halloween spirit. Get creative with your decorations by adding some spooky lights or cobwebs around it.

This is just the beginning of a long and amazing spooky season!

orange and green halloween wreath

Ribboned Wreath with Skulls By jayneswreathdesigns

So yes, summer is over…but it’s the beginning of fall. This means making your home extra cozy, indulging in your favorite pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks and, yes, creating some festive crafts.

This is my favorite time of year, so I may be a little biased with my excitement. If you feel less than enthused about this season change, then I suggest adding a few more crafts to your schedule!

I would recommend perhaps some more skull wreath ideas; you can never have too many, after all. Or if you want to jump to the next holiday, then these thanksgiving wreath ideas are it!