The Perfect Addition To Your Monster Birthday Decorations
This adorable monster wreath doubles as birthday AND Halloween decor. (It’s so cute you’ll love pulling it out each October to make your door festive and happy.) But first, the birthday prep! Monster parties are a favorite around here. Two years ago I made a handful of fun monster wreaths using different materials to hang up for Halloween. When my son’s birthday rolled around later in December, I added a simple party hat to our favorite wreath for the perfect monster door decoration!
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The total time to make the wreath and hat is about 15 minutes. I found the foam wreath and the fur at Joann which frequently has half off coupons. With my coupon I spent under $10.
How to Make a Furry Monster Birthday Wreath
- Foam wreath (mine is 12″)
- Fur (a quarter yard should be plenty)
- Foam balls for eyes (1-3)
- Black paint
- White foam sheet for teeth
- Toothpicks, one per eyeball
- Super glue
- Floral pins (8-10)
- Scrap ribbon, around 5″ for hanging
- Felt for hat (6″x4″ for the hat and a small scrap for the number)
- Vacuum (optional if you don’t mind fur everywhere)
1. To cut down on the mess, vacuum your piece of fur first, especially along the cut edges. I ran a handheld vac up and down my whole piece of fur and dramatically cut down how much was left flying around my office.
2. Make the eyeballs first so they can dry. Paint black dots onto your foam balls. You can use any number of eyes though I recommend odd numbers to look the most monster-like. (Tip: Place them on cups or cut up toilet paper rolls so they stay still while drying.)
3. Cut your fabric into 3″ strips. I used 3 strips total on my 12″ wreath.
4. Secure the end of one strip to your wreath with a floral pin at the back of the wreath and wrap the strip tightly around, pinning the end to the back. Repeat, pinning both ends, until your wreath is covered. Try to keep the fur going in the same direction and all pins in the back of the wreath.
5. Lay your foam sheet inside the wreath and sketch how you’d like your teeth to look. I used one sheet for two different wreaths so I only used a scrap for this wreath, thus the two baby monster teeth.
6. Cut out the teeth and then attach to your wreath with a floral pin.
7. Attach the ribbon for hanging to the back with a floral pin.
8. Poke one end of a toothpick into the back of a foam eyeball. Add a little super glue at the juncture to help secure them. After it dries, poke the rest of the toothpick into the wreath. Repeat for all eyes.
9. Now you’re ready to make your birthday hat. Cut your big piece of felt to 6″ x 4.” Roll the top two corners so they overlap in the back by about an inch. Staple or hot glue those together.
10. Cut out the birthday kiddo’s new age (or initial) from a scrap of different colored felt. Hot glue in place.
11. Pin the hat to the wreath using a floral pin or thumbtacks. Be careful where and how you pin it so that you can easily remove the hat to save the wreath for more uses!
12. Admire your handiwork!
If you make this wreath, tag me in a comment on Instagram so I can check it out! Looking for a monster birthday shirt to match your theme? My shirts show off your little one’s new age and can be worn all year long!
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