Halloween Swag for Your Front Door

6 Materials
$35
45 Minutes
Medium

I wanted to create a bold decoration for my front door for this Halloween season. I have boxes of various Halloween decorations, so I got out the boxes and started digging through them. I didn't want a traditional wreath, so I decided a swag was the way to go. You can see more details and photos on Celebrate & Decorate at: Halloween Swag DIY.

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I didn’t have to buy anything for my Halloween swag, I had all of this and more in my stash of Halloween decor.
Begin with a block of styrofoam. Mine was 1 15/16" x 3 7/8" x 11 7/8" . Any block about this size will do fine.
I pulled a wire through the styrofoam and secured it over a piece of paper wrapped wire bent into an M shape so that the wire will not pull all the way through the styrofoam and cut it. For more details on this process check out the tutorial at Celebrate & Decorate.
Begin building your swag with branches of leaves.  I selected light brown leaves and some gray-green leaves to begin forming my shape. 
Take a plastic skull, mine was $1 from Dollar Tree last season. Make a hole in each side of the skull. My holes were leftover from my skull garland last year, but I would suggest you put the holes a little bit closer to the back of the skull. Feed a heavy duty wire through the holes and pull both ends to the back of the skull and twist them together tightly. If you have difficulty getting the wires to stick in securely, use a wood wired stick attached to your twisted wires to make it secure.
Use the wire on the back of the skull to push it firmly into the styrofoam about one quarter of the way down your styrofoam.  Then add some more leaves around your skull and add some long black accent pieces.  The spiders you can see came from the Dollar Tree in clusters that I cut apart to add.  I found these great stringy black pieces at Michaels.  
Next is the fun part!  Gather up whatever picks, pumpkins, ribbon and other fun things you want to add to your Halloween Swag.  I glued a small orange witch hat to the top of my skull and tied a big orange and black bow beneath his chin.  I had all of the rest of these items on hand.  The purple berries are from The Dollar Tree.  The rest of the Halloween picks all came from Michaels.  I had spotted the black ostrich plumes in my craft closet and decided to add those, too!  
My swag will be all ready to hang on my front door!  This swag would be best displayed where it will be protected from the elements, like a covered porch. 

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  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=styrofoam+blocks&sprefix=Styrofoam+block%2Caps%2C292&crid=2UZRG2B82F46G&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Astyrofoam+blocks&_encoding=UTF8&tag=kissimmeecreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=08658ca08b5fd5f4e7c21af0f31ac47c&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Styrofoam</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Craft-Wire-Gauge-SILVER/dp/B002TXJEH6/ref=sr_1_8?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1503064324&sr=1-8&keywords=wire&_encoding=UTF8&tag=kissimmeecreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=04dbb3adc326b5fbde31466ee033b571&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wire</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Loftus-Skulls-Halloween-Decoration-Props/dp/B01KRAK214/ref=sr_1_9?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1503064386&sr=1-9&keywords=plastic+skull&_encoding=UTF8&tag=kissimmeecreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=be20f0af676272774a16c440b8032329&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skull</a>
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