Do you remember the monster finger puppets from when you were a kid? My mother used to run a children’s museum gift shop and I’m guessing that’s where I first encountered them. Either there or during one of our many shopping excursions, which I always thought were about buying me gifts but were really about my mother’s competitive research.
They found their way back into my life recently when my guy suggested they would make a smashing Halloween wreath. Delighted not only by the idea but also by the fact that he was taking part in my craft making, I set about realizing his genius idea. Little did I know when I began this endeavor that it would take well over 200 little monsters, many sticks of hot glue, and more patience than I am ever known to possess.
In the end, it turned out great. I have a unique Halloween wreath that reminds me of two my most important people.
If you end up making this wreath or one like it, I would love to know. It turned out so well and my guy has given it his seal of approval too! I can’t wait to see what all the little trick-or-treaters have to say!
DIY Halloween Monster Wreath
No joke, this took me at least five hours over the course of several sessions. It’s all just gluing so binge on some Netflix to make it worthwhile.
- 220 or more monster finger puppets (like these)
- 12 or more hot glue sticks
- 12″ diameter foam wreath
- 10 yards or more 1 1/2 inch ribbon in a complimentary color for the base (I chose purple)
- 2 yards 1 1/2 inch ribbon in a complimentary color for the tie (I chose neon yellow)
- Glue gun
- Disguise the wreath. Wrap the wreath in your base ribbon color. The wreath will peak through between the monsters and this will help it look nice.
- Save on monsters. Place them only on the front and sides–not on the back (it helps for hanging too.)
- Buy even amounts of each color. I got most of my monsters at Party City and unfortunately while orange and yellow were readily available, the remaining colors were slim pickings.
- Distribute colors evenly. Arrange the monster by spacing out the colors.
- Create chaos. Place the monsters in a variety of directions. It makes it feel more chaotic, which is how I imagine a crowd of monsters would behave.
- Give yourself time. This is not going to be a pleasant craft if you try to cram it into one session. Spread it out over several days and queue up Netflix.
- Wait for a sale. Plan ahead and look for an end-of-season sale. At 25 cents each, 220 monsters becomes a pricey investment.