Rat’s Nest Halloween Wreath

October 8, 2013Allison Murray
Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

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Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

I spend a lot of time at Dollar General because I can get there and back home in about 40 minutes. Yes, I live in the sticks. And if I need to run to the grocery store, I’m looking at probably 40 minutes drive time one way, so having the DG nearby is such a blessing.

When I was working out exactly what I wanted to do about a Halloween wreath this year, I trolled up and down the aisles checking out the Halloween supplies at Dollar General when I came upon a box of lots and lots of black plastic rats.


Now I hate rats.  I hate them so much. When I was in high school I had gotten in trouble for something or another and my punishment was to clean the shed room that had been added to the side of the house. Let’s start off by saying that I also HATED that room. I had long informed my parents that there was a RAT that lived in there but there was no way they were going to believe me.

I’m being punished and dragging this big, very heavy roll of tar paper left over from roofing the house when something comes running out of the hole in the center and comes at me. And I mean AT me. I don’t even know if it touched me because I passed clean out. And you know what? Those jerks STILL didn’t believe that a rat lived in that room!

The saying “rat’s nest” also strikes fear deep in my heart. My Mimmie liked me to go around town with a head of fresh curls every day. So every night she’d scrub my hair and set it in foam rollers. But during the day, I’d be this little curly headed girl climbing trees, chasing dogs and jumping on trampolines and basically knotting up my hair. After the big hair wash while I laid on the kitchen counter with my head in the sink, Mimmie would have to detangle my hair and it. was. painful. She’d call it my “rat’s nest” UGH!

Let’s go ahead and start whipping up this horrifying decor:

For this project, everything you need is available at Dollar General!

  • Tinsel wreath (in the Christmas section)
  • creepy cloth, 3 packages
  • back of cobwebs
  • plastic toy rats, 6
  • black spray paint (optional)
  • glitter pack (optional)
  • hot glue gun (found mine on an end cap near the housewares)

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Isn’t that wreath just so Christmas-y? We’re going to actually remove the tinsel and use the frame. They have several colors of wreaths, pick out one that matches your winter decor so you can plan on recycling the garland!

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

The tinsel is just wound around some protruding bits of plastic on the frame. Pull a bit loose and then you can easily unwind it from there. Pay attention to how it is wrapped on, because we’re about to mimic that with our creepy cloth.

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

And this is what your frame looks like! If you’re worried about the frame peeking out, you can hit it with a bit of black spray paint. It should be fine without it but I’m a better safe than sorry type of gal.

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

And this is the creepy cloth I spoke of – cats really like them. Out of the package it is kind of tighly wound up. Carefully separate and loosen the cloth up.

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Take your cloth tie it on to the frame and begin wrapping it as the tinsel was attached. It took me a few tries before I was getting good coverage, so be patient at first.

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Keep tying on and wrapping your cloths until you’ve gone all of the way around. Trim any excess and use it to fill any weird holes you might have. And don’t worry if things are hanging off or not perfect… this is a creepy wreath afterall.

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Take your spiderwebs and pull out just a little bit and stretch it all around making it thicker in some areas and thin and wispy in others.

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

To make my rats creepy red eyes even more prevalant and creepy I made a little daub of hot glue and got some red glitter on there. The evil glint is much more visible from a distance, now!

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Attach the rats with hot glue, position how you’d like them. I made sure that the tails were noticeable because it’s the thing that freaks me out most about rats. That. Tail.

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Be sure when placing that the toy has significant purchase on the frame. I made sure that each rat could be directly glued onto the frame in at least two places so I can be sure that they will stay.

Take the creepy cloth and spiderwebs and pull up and around the feet so the rat looks nestled there rather than stuck there.

Rat's Nest Halloween Wreath Tutorial

And there is my creepy rat’s nest Halloween wreath! Everything came from Dollar General and only cost less than $20!

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Comments (9)

  • nanci ring

    October 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    OMG! This is the most deliciously creepy Halloween decoration I have EVER seen !!!

    1. Allison

      October 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Thanks so much, Nancy – totally stealing that phrase by the way – deliciously creepy!

  • Sasha

    October 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Ah! So creepy! I love it!

    1. Allison

      October 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Thanks so much, Sasha!

  • Ниакрис

    October 9, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    It’s just crazy and cool idea. We do not have the tradition of celebrating Halloween. But I would suggest this project to my friend that follows the gothic inside.

    1. Allison

      October 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Thanks so much! I love the idea of this being plain old decor rather than just seasonal :)

  • Kim~madeinaday

    October 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Stopping by to let you know I featured you today in my Spooktacular Linky Features! Have a great weekend!

    1. Allison

      October 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Thanks so much Kim! :)

  • Wendy Kellman

    September 29, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    We love to celebrate a fun Halloween at our house. It’s a tradition to decorate to the extreme! This “Rat Wreath” is just cute and clever! I totally LOVE IT!!!!! You did a Great job!!
    B.T.W… I love Dollar General!! Wish there was one in Southern Cal!

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