With Halloween coming up soon, I figured it was about time to get our front door decorated for the holiday! As I was browsing the Halloween aisles at my local craft store I came across a fake witch hand and some creepy crawly bugs, and I knew they would be perfect. So I grabbed them and a plain grapevine wreath and made this awesome DIY glow in the dark Halloween wreath! It even looks pretty cool during the day when it’s not glowing. 🙂
P.S. Some blogger friends and I have rounded up a bunch of our favorite Halloween wreath tutorials at the bottom of this post! So if glow in the dark creepy crawlies aren’t your thing, scroll down to see a ton of other DIY Halloween wreath ideas!
This wreath is so quick and easy to make; once the spray paint was dry, it only took me about ten minutes to put it all together. I love how the little bugs are crawling in and out of the grapevine! And the best part is, if you wait until nighttime, the bugs glow in the dark!
DIY Glow In The Dark Halloween Wreath
Here’s what you need for this project: (the links below are affiliate links to the products I use and recommend)
- grapevine wreath
- fake witch hand (I found mine at my local Michaels)
- fake rubber cockroaches (also from Michaels)
- glow in the dark spray paint (or you can find it on Amazon here)
- gray spray paint
- hot glue gun
- wreath hanger
Start by spray painting the grapevine wreath gray. Or, if you like the natural look, you can leave it; I just thought the gray color made it look a little creepier in the daytime!
Set out your rubber cockroaches on a piece of cardboard (make sure their backs are facing up!) and spray them with a light coat of glow in the dark spray paint.
Once the paint is dry, start hot gluing the bugs onto the wreath. I tried to tuck them into the grapevine to make it seem like they were crawling in and out of the wreath.
Once you have your bugs in place, hang the wreath from the wreath hanger. Then lay the fake witch hand over the wreath hanger, position it so that the arm covers the wreath hanger, and hot glue the fake witch hand in place. I like using hot glue for this piece because it will definitely hold everything together, but if I want to, I can pretty easily pull the witch hand off and use the wreath hanger for something else later.
I added a second bit of hot glue up near the top of the wreath hanger to hold her sleeve in place, and I was done!
Set your wreath outside in the sunlight so that the glow in the dark spray paint on the bugs can soak up some light, and then your wreath is ready to go!
Once the glow in the dark paint has been exposed to enough light, it will glow the next time it gets dark outside!
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If you liked this project, check out these other Halloween projects!
And if creepy crawly wreaths aren’t your thing, check out these amazing Halloween wreaths some of my blogger friends have made!
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Sam // DIY Just Cuz says
Wow! So cool 🙂 You always see lots of cutesy seasonal/holiday wreath – which don’t get me wrong, I love – but I appreciate seeing a more “gruesome” version of a Halloween wreath. This would definitely be up my alley, I can’t wait to show this to my husband, maybe we’ll make something inspired by this (if we blog about it, expect a ping back to you!). Thanks for sharing as always, Jessi! Pinning 🙂
My kids would love this! The glowing cockroaches add just the perfect touch!