It’s October, the days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and all those spooky demons surpressed for 364 days a year are preparing to show themselves on the creepiest night of the year. If you want to join in with the festivities but don’t want to spend lots of money, or you want to spend time making something with the kids for the house, we’ve put together these 6 Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations to get you suitably spooked.
1. Puking pumpkin
You’ll need: a pumpkin, tools to carve the pumpkin and scoop out the excess
- Start by carving out a pumpkin as you would usually – cut a circular hole around the stem and remove this portion, and then scoop out the inside of the pumpkin.
- Take out the pumpkin innards and put them aside in a bowl – you don’t want to throw these away.
- Carve out your pumpkin face in any pained or repulsed expression you choose, remembering to leave the mouth wide.
- Put the pumpkin a place of your choice, and position the pumpkin innards you removed in the most gruesome way you can manage!
2. Throw in the towel
This DIY is SUPER simple and quick, but can be pretty impactful for any unsuspecting guests. All you need to is take your paint, then press down firmly onto the towel. Repeat with your other hand, and add a few splatters of paint by flicking the paint brush towards your towel.
3. Cheesecloth ghost
You’ll need: cheesecloth, some sort of stand for your ghost (either a bottle with a round top or something straight – eg. a bottle or kitchen roll and a balloon), wire or coat hanger, scissors, tape, liquid starch or elmers glue.
- Firstly, you’ll want to put together a form for your ghost. If you’re using a bottle with a rounded top – you’re all set. If not, you’ll want to either tape your balloon to the top of a bottle, or attach it to a long cylinder like a kitchen roll
- Take your wire and wrap it around the ghost’s ‘body’, with excess sticking out from each side. Manipulate these how you want to be the arms of the ghost. If you don’t want arms, just leave this step out
- Mix up your glue substance. If you’re using liquid starch, the ratio should be three parts starch to one part water. If you’re using glue and water, mix equal parts of both.
- Cut up your cheesecloth and submerge this into your glue mixture. Make sure the cloth is properly saturated – moving it around in the liquid and then wringing it out a little so it’s not gloopy
- Drape the cheesecloth over your form, and keep layering up until your happy. Make sure there’s excess cheesecloth at the bottom – this is what will keep your ghost standing
- Once they’ve fully dried (we recommend leaving overnight), remove your form and voila! Little ghosts! If you fancy, you can add in extras like black felt eyes, or even googly eyes.
4. Bloody Handprint
You’ll need: Elmer’s glue, red and blue food colouring, cling film, wax paper, tape, gloves (optional – will protect your hands from dye but also make it harder to give accurate prints. Without gloves, put lotion on your hands to reduce the dye stain)
- Prepare the area you’re working in for the inevitable dye and mess. Take a chopping board, wrap in clingfilm, and secure tightly at the back with tape.
- Pour out 30ml of glue with one drop of blue food colouring. Mix, then begin adding red colouring, stirring between each drop, until you reach the shade you want. Remember it will darken a little when dry.
- Taking your hand, paint on a layer of *only* glue – this will act as a base. Press your hand onto the clingfilm. Wait until it dries, and then repeat several times, until it’s about 1/8th inch thick
- Once this is done, cover your hand in the red ‘blood’ mixture, and press this on top of your glue. Go back and fill in any gaps once dry
- Once this is dry, peel carefully from the clingfilm. If yours isn’t thick enough, simply go back with more coloured glue layers. Now just to stick them in spooky places around the house!
5. Creepy Crawlies
You’ll need: yarn, tape, fake spider
- Start by creating two X shapes that meet at the middle. Tape each end to the wall
- Knot a piece of your yarn close to the centre around one of the spires, and then work in a circle, looping around each spire as you reach it. Continue this until you’ve worked your way out to the end.
- Tie your fake spider onto another piece of yarn, and tape this so it either hangs from your net or off the ceiling
6. Dripping Candles
- Use your glue guns to put ‘wax’ drips around one side of your cardboard rolls
- Paint your candle to make the wax look realistic
- Glue in your electric light to the top of your candles
- If you like, you can use fisherman’s string to hang from the ceiling
We hope these 6 Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations help you get your house suitably prepared for Halloween, whether you’re throwing a party, going trick or treat
ing, or curling up on the sofa pretending you can’t hear those kids knocking on your door and hoping they leave soon. If you try out any of these, we’d love to see! Just send us a photo over to our Facebook page (we promise we’ll be suitably impressed). Not into the whole Halloween thing and want to have a relax instead? Why not try your hand at a killer DIY combo – your own hammock and personal bar!
Sources: craftylumberjacks (blogspot) and feltmagnet