DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Ghosts and Jack-O'-Lanterns Wreath

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

halloween wreath The diameter of the completed wreath is about 15 inches. 

This craft is fun for older children (and adults!) - Age 6+.  There are quite a few steps that younger kids (Age 2+) can help with, but they won't be able to do the craft independently.  This is a good family project!

This fun Halloween wreath is made with, you guessed it, TP ROLLS!!  Everyone in my family has been collecting them for me and we ended up with a whole bunch of extra ones.  I was stumped for a way to use them!


  • Wire coat hanger
  • 14 to 16 tp rolls
  • Optional:  Halloween color paint like white, orange or black
  • white and orange construction paper (you could also use craft foam or white paper painted or colored... )
  • tape,
  • glue,
  • scissors

Craft Instructions:

  • ADULT:  Take each tp roll and cut a slit HALFWAY through.
  • Optional:  Paint tp rolls a neutral color.  You can see from the finished craft that not much shows through, but my kids have fun painting, so we painted them all brown.
  • Let dry.
bend coat hanger
  • ADULT:  Bend the coat hanger to form a circle.
  • Using the slits cut halfway through the rolls, slide each of your tp rolls onto the hanger to form a big circle of tp rolls.
  • Optional:  Take a bit of masking or scotch tape and tape the tp rolls together.  (tape the openings of the tp rolls on the inside of the circle together).  This will keep the rolls from spinning around while you're working.  If you choose not to do this, the paper leaves will keep everything from spinning on the finished craft 
assemble wreath
  • Cut out many ghost and pumpkin shapes.  We folded the construction paper in half and in half again and traced our shapes onto the top.  Then we cut out the shape from the folded paper and got 4 at a time.
  • I've provided a template you can choose to trace.  We just freehand cut our own!
  • One person can be doing this part while another is assembling the tp roll wreath base.
halloween wreath
  • We drew faces on the ghosts with black marker.
  • We glued green construction paper leaves and stems on the pumpkins and drew faces on with marker.
  • Glue all the characters onto the tp roll base, overlapping so it's nice and full.
  • Tie a bow on the top if you want to.

If you're like me, right now you're envisioning all the different types of wreathes you could make this way... Halloween with jack-o-lanterns and ghosts, Christmas with holly leaves and berries, Valentine's Day with hearts, St Patrick's Day with shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold, etc, etc.  I'm sure you'll see templates/instructions for various wreaths made along these basic lines pop up on the site over the next year or two!

Craft Templates:

Template   (color)   or   (B&W)



Printable version of these instructions