Don’t want to commit to a full costume for Halloween? You can easily dress in anything that embraces the holiday’s spooky energy. Here is our take on a simple and hauntingly beautiful skeleton. The main component in creating this DIY skeleton costume is this gorgeous black rose head wreath. With this head wreath, you can add small accent pieces to pull the costume together.
We wanted this head wreath to make a statement without being distracting. So we limited the design to only three colors of crepe paper. We used black, cypress, and gold extra fine crepe papers for a perfect combination of darkness and intrigue. Browse the papers in “Shop this Project” below to gather your materials for this black rose head wreath. You will also need paper covered floral wire to form the base of the head wreath, which you should be able to find at any craft store. Download the printable instructions for the full list of materials.
How to Make This Head Wreath for Your DIY Skeleton Costume
The first step in starting this black rose head wreath is cutting out your crepe pieces. Print the PDF template below as a guide for cutting your crepe, and be sure you are cutting the crepe with the grain. Head over to my Craft School Crepe Paper 101 lesson if you want to learn more about crafting with crepe.
Once you have cut your petals and leaves, follow the step-by-step photo tutorial here for a visual reference to assemble the roses with 20-gauge floral wire. We used the template crepe garden rose template but left out the largest petals and made the blooms a bit tighter. The great thing about creating crepe paper flower head wreaths is that you can design them in any way that you would like. We chose to align our flowers in a row, but you can also make a gorgeous flower crown by bunching the blooms. Check out the tutorial from our paper flower crown for the technique to building your black rose head wreath.
After adding your flowers to the crown, arrange the leaves randomly to look natural. My trick to making the leaf placement look natural is to have them pointing away from the blooms. Here is where we added in our metallic accent. We chose gold, but you can create beautiful head wreaths using silver or copper too.
I would love to see how your DIY skeleton costume comes together, so feel free to share your photos on Instagram using #MadeWithLia. You can also add the hashtag #crepepaperrevival specifically for your crepe creations. Browse all of our crepe paper flower projects or pop over to our shop for more crepe inspiration. Enjoy! ~ Lia