6 Simple but Boo-tiful Ideas for Halloween Decorations

      Halloween Decorations

October is here and Halloween is near, which means you need to prepare for home decorating. Whether you choose a gory route or a jovial trail, it’s important to plan your arrangement. Here are some ideas to inspire you and make your neighbors jealous:

1. Ominous Wreaths

halloween wreaths

 

Photo Credit: http://www.katydidandkid.com/2010/09/nevermore-halloween-wreath-tutorial.html

 

What you’ll need:

  • Dark Crepe paper
  • Foam Wreath
  • Fake Bird, preferably a crow or Raven
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots or Hot Glue

 

Using the black crepe paper cut a long strip, about one yard long, and make 3-4 inch folds in the paper throughout the length of the strip. While holding the stack of folding crepe paper, trim the paper into the shape of a bird feather. Repeating these steps, make a stack of slightly smaller bird feathers, which helps to create variety in your wreath. In order to fill the wreath, you may need more stacks, but repeat this process with a stack of smaller feathers to create variety. Lastly, create a crepe bow and affix your bird atop the paper wreath using its wire feet.

 

2. Illuminated Ghost Garland

halloween ghost garland

This idea is perfect for both indoor and outdoor decorations. While serving as a decorative piece they also double as actual lights, which will aide trick-or-treaters come Halloween night.

 

Photo credit: http://designdininganddiapers.com/2012/10/illuminated-ghost-garland/

You’ll Need:

  • Set of White Chinese Lantern Lights
  • 2 Yards of white cotton fabric, twill weave
  • Large spool of white twine rope
  • Scissors
  • Black/Red Sharpies
  • Ruler

 

Cut ten 14” squares and folding them into a triangle. Cut a small hole in the fabric and push one of the lantern light bulbs through it. Attach the lantern shade. Decorate the fabric with your markers and attach over the lantern shade. Tie a 12” strand of white twine underneath the “head” to create your ghost. Repeat.

3. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

To ward off pesky intruders or perhaps intrigue visitors, you could welcome them to your home with a glowing pumpkin at your doorstep. For this craft, you can choose whether to use a real or fake pumpkin.

glow in the dark pumpkin

Photo Credit: http://swelldesigner.blogspot.com/2013/10/glow-in-dark-pumpkin-diy-tutorial.html

To ward off pesky intruders or perhaps intrigue visitors, you could welcome them to your home with a glowing pumpkin at your doorstep. This simple craft is the perfect touch to both fall and Halloween. As well, you have the option of using either a fake or real pumpkin, depending on whether you want to decorate a pumpkin every year or have one that you can reuse.

 

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkin (real or fake) from either a grocery store or farmer’s market or a fake one from a craft store, like Hobby Lobby or Michaels
  • Newspaper
  • Foam paint sponge brush
  • White Spray Paint (optional)
  • Glow in the Dark paint
  • Wide Masking Tape (optional)

You can skip a step by purchasing a white pumpkin (real or fake), however if you are unable to find one, white spray paint works just as well on an orange or other colored pumpkin. The masking tape, which is optional, will be placed on the pumpkin before spray-painting it to create a face if you would like to do so, otherwise paint the pumpkin white. Once you are done, let the pumpkin dry for at least 30 minutes. You can use your foam sponge to cover the pumpkin in the glow in the dark paint or you can freehand a design using just the paint tube. Let it dry for a few hours and voila, you’ve created a glowering beast…or perhaps a cute decoration.

 

4. Ghastly Looming Eyes

You’ll need:

  • Glow sticks or Christmas lights
  • Scissors
  • Old cardboard tubes from either toilet paper or paper towels

halloween eyes glow in the dark decoration

 

Photo Credit: http://www.thriftycraftygirl.com/2011/10/31-days-of-halloween-eyes-in-bushes.html

halloween eyes decoration

 

Photo credit: http://mrfrights.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/halloween-2012-glowing-eyes-from-the-darkness/

You’ll need:

  • Glow sticks
  • Scissors
  • Old cardboard tubes from either toilet paper or paper towels
  • Clear or colored plastic Wrap
  • Tape

This quick craft is such a fun way to decorate your yard, house, or windows for Halloween. By tracing eye shapes onto the cardboard tubes and cutting those shapes out (varying shapes are scarier), you can tape cellophane over the eyeholes and stick the glow sticks through the tube. Or, you can you pop a glow stick in the tube and let it blaze in the dark.

 

5. Peeking Ghosts

halloween ghost decoration

Photo Credit: http://www.improvementscatalog.com/RoomForImprovements/halloween-window-decorations/

Window decorations are a perfect and easy way to be festive without working too hard to decorate your yard. If you are looking for a fast way to get in the Halloween spirit, these ghosts are a fast and fun way to spook everyone.

 

You’ll need:

  • White or black poster board (not the stiff versions)
  • Tape
  • Pencil or pen for outlining
  • Scissors

Using the pencil or pen, outline the shape of your ghost as well as any facial details. Use the scissors to cut along the outline as well as the eyes and mouth. Using tape (either double-sided or plain adhesive) apply the ghost to windows. Use as few or as many as you’d like! Bonus points on using a lamp near the window for illumination purposes.

 

6. Spooky Table Legs

This last craft is creative and slightly spooky with simple household items. It’s an easy way to prepare for the holiday.

spooky legs table halloween

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You’ll need:

  • 4 non-matching shoes
  • 4 non-matching socks

Bring your table to life by placing a sock on each table leg and a non-matching shoe afterwards. This simple yet creative craft will bring humor and surprise to your houseguests. For added effect, try adding red food coloring on the socks as fake blood.

 

 

There are so many ways to prepare for Halloween, and these are just a few possible ideas to use this Hallows Eve. Share your own craft or idea in our comments below!

 

 

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