Are we really almost there?! Is it really nearly Halloween season? Some of you may have been ready since August, but I try to enjoy the seasons in their entirety. Since fall technically didn’t begin until just recently, that means I’m holding off on any Halloween decor for just a bit longer. I tend to put it out just for the month of October…
But who am I to tell you what to do in your own home?
This easy black branch wreath DIY is so affordable and perfect for making with the kids. It definitely adds an element of eeriness into your normal decor.
I personally love all the dark, gloomy Halloween decor over the cutesy, cheesy kiddo stuff. I find wreaths like these to be a bit more authentic to the holiday. Besides, black goes with practically anything!
I want people to see this wreath and think an old witch from the middle of nowhere made this wreath… definitely going for some Blair Witch vibes with this one. Spooky, haunting, and a little unfamiliar.
I love that it’s so rustic and real looking–chillingly imperfect.
Of course, you can absolutely add your own touch to this basic black branch wreath, but even in its simplistic form it adds just enough darkness.
Here is a side by side of the original inspiration and my dupe… Not exactly spot on, but a nice take on an expensive piece of decor.
Now, let’s get into making this spooky halloween wreath. I’m certain you’ll love it!
Spooky Halloween Wreath | Black Branch Wreath DIY
Where do I hang this?
Hang this spooky Halloween wreath on a front or side door, in a window, or on any open wall in your home. You could even use it as part of a tablescape if you lay it flat on a table and decorate inside and around it. The style is so simplistic, it could look natural in just about any of these places. How fun is that?
What kind of branches work best?
I recommend using smaller branches. You need them thick enough to create a solid foundation for the wreath. You also don’t want to use just twigs or it can end up looking really puny. Be sure all foliage is cleaned away from the branches before beginning and you’re good to go.
Supplies/Materials | black branch wreath diy
Medium-size branches, about ¼-½” thickness in diameter
1. Start by gathering 10-20 small-medium branches from outdoors and clean the extra foliage off. Leave small twigs growing off the main branches, but remove any dried leaves.
2. Arrange branches into the shape of a wreath, overlapping the ends. You may need to trim some of the branches to fit the size of the wreath you desire.
3. Cut some string about 3 inches long and wrap it around the branches to tie them together. You may need a second pair of hands to hold the branches as you tie and secure them into place.
4. Repeat around the circumference of the wreath until you’ve secured all branches into a round shape. Trim extra string from the wreath to disguise it better.
5. Lay the wreath on top of newspaper and begin to spray black spray paint all over the wreath. Cover it entirely in black, according to spray paint instructions. Allow to dry.
6. Turn over and repeat on the other side, covering completely in black paint.
7. After drying and curing for several hours, hang in the desired location.
Tips for Success | black branch wreath diy
To create an aesthetic wreath affect, try to angle twigs branching off of larger branches all in the same direction. Otherwise your wreath can look like a big mess. Be mindful of trimming any excess twigs branching off the main ones to create an evenly landscaped look.
If you must make it cute, add some glitter or sequins to the black branches by spraying with Mod Podge and then sprinkle with your favorite glimmery confetti. Allow to dry before handling and hanging your spooky Halloween wreath.
For an even spookier effect, hot glue a miniature black crow or bat to the wreath. Allow to cure for several hours before hanging.