Monday, October 17, 2011

How to Make a Halloween Ghost Wreath

So I hadn't actually intended to make a wreath; I set out to simply needle felt a ghost. After I had made the needle-felted acorns, I thought that it might be fun to make something specifically for Halloween.

I had some black and white alpaca roving (the same kind as the brown that I used here). 

I started with the white, and felted it into a ghost shape. This is part way through the process:

Then I took three small bits of black roving to felt the eyes and mouth right onto the white part.

Once I was finished, I took a small piece of silver ribbon and sewed it through the back of the ghost near the top, so I could hang it.

It was at that point that inspiration struck (as I was trying to think where exactly I was going to hang this small ghost ornament). I remembered that I had a wreath form that I had gotten ages ago, which was languishing in the back of a drawer in my craft room. And as I was wondering what yarn to use, I remembered this skein of black mohair leftover from a(n unfinished) knitting project. It seemed perfectly Halloween-ish as its texture is rather cobwebby. I also grabbed some sparkly silver pipe cleaners.

I wound the yarn around and around the wreath. I was quite generous with the yarn, and went over the whole thing twice, and I still had probably half the skein left (the wreath form is an 8" one).

When I was done wrapping the yarn around, I partially wove the end in, tied the ghost on, and finished weaving in the end.

Then I started at the top, and wrapped the silver pipe cleaner around, attaching each new one to the previous one at the back. I used 6 pipe cleaners for this. There was just enough of the last pipe cleaner left when I had made my way back up to the top to make a little hoop for hanging:

And there it is! A cute little ghost wreath for Halloween.

I think this would be a fun project to do with kids, too. If you were worried about them needle-felting (depending on their age), the ghost could be cut from regular felt, or you could make those kleenex-ghosts to hang from the middle.

Are you making anything for Halloween?


  1. Wow Katherine, again such a detailed and inspiring post today!

    Thank you so much, I wanted to make a yarn wreath for a long time but always hesitated. Now I definitely gonna give it a try!

    Have a lovely day,
    and warm greetings from Holland,
    xxx Sas

  2. Super cute felted ghostie! :-) Between job and family I don't have time to do as many things as I would like. I was planning to make another penny rug, for Halloween, but I started up on Christmas crafting instead. There is always next year!

  3. How great! I do not know how to felt but my MIL does :) Maybe I'll suggest this project to her.

  4. Hi :) Your wreath is so cute. Love that little ghost!

    Loulou @ Loulou Downtown

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