DIY: Frugal Halloween Trash Bag Wreath

Looking for a Halloween decorating project that is easy, inexpensive and looks great?

Halloween WreathTry making a frugal Halloween Trash Bag Wreath-not only is it “all of the above” it will also last for years!

For those of you without the time (or patience) to watch a 3 minute video (*pthhth!*) here is the written tutorial:

Halloween Trash Bag Wreath

1. Bend a wire coat hanger into a circle.

2. Cut 4 Great Value large black plastic trashbags into 2″ x 5″ strips. I found it easiest to cut off all the sealed portions (sides & bottom) and the top if it’s a drawstring, cut it along the fold lines, then keep halving those until you had your strips. (see the video for a better description)

3. Tie the strips onto the hanger with a simple knot.

4. Continue to tie, push together and fluff your strips until the entire wreath is covered. I recommend doing this while watching TV :)

Note: Try different color bags.  White or Clear would make a lovely winter wreath.

Viola! That’s it.

One of the things I really like about this wreath is that it will last for years and still look great.  When you are a frugal minded decorator you don’t want to buy new items every year-instead you want to, over time, carefully purchase or make the items that you truly love and then use them over and over.

Thanks to Walmart for challenging me to show you all some budget friendly Halloween ideas & decor! For more great decor ideas make sure you check out the “Budget Friendly Decor” article on, and of course check out their great online Halloween store!

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with Walmart to share budget conscious Halloween ideas.  Walmart has provided me with compensation for this posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.

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  1. says

    I’ll have to think about this for next year! I actually already have a wire wreath form I got cheap at a garage sale, but Halloween is only a week away and I’ve already started Christmas gift making. I did a similar wreath with torn up rags for Fourth of July, so I know this is easy to do!

  2. Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says

    Rhonda-Glad you liked the idea! I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make it out of red plastic for Valentines day-but have no idea where I’d find red bags. . .

    • AJ says

      Biohazard bags from your local hospital, clinic, or your doctor.
      Or the red plastic flags @ the home center store, available by the tie it on your car area.


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