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Here are some Halloween door decorations which will literally throw you off of your hinges! All you need is a door, and some ideas. Oh wait, we’ve got that one covered for you. 😉

Use these terrifyingly brilliant ideas to decorate the outside of your home in order to prepare for visitors this Halloween – and let them know whether they’re in for a trick or a treat…

https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/diy-halloween-door-decoration/

We love the Tim Burton ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ spin on this design, an ultimate spooky classic! Do you recon your neighbours could handle it?

https://www.michaels.com/monster-door-d%C3%A3%C2%A9cor/B_82014.html

This monstrosity is sure to be bagging a few frights and giggles.

http://twindragonflydesigns.com/jack-skellington-door-free-printable/

This design only uses only one sheet of black paper, and is high on the scare scale, easy as pie!

https://alwaystheholidays.com/mummy-door-decorations/

Can you wrap your head around how this one was done? Don’t knock it till you try it.

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/halloween-googly-eye-door

The key is to make sure that people think they are being watched…

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/13/welcome-trick-or-treaters-9-easy-diy-front-door-decorations-for-halloween_n_8285058.html

This creepy number is not exactly what we’d call a-door-able. Also this door is not a door since it’s slightly a-jar?

http://www.homejelly.com/how-to-make-a-halloween-paper-bag-door-monster/

Shut the front door! You mean, that’s not a real monster?

https://davelowe.blogspot.com/2014/10/countdown-to-halloween-day-28-zombie.html?spref=pi

If there’s a zombie apocalypse I wouldn’t trust this boarded up door. They’re practically dying to get to you through those gaps!

We hope that instead of shutting out the idea of decorating your door, your brain is wide open to the potentials of door decorations! If you wood catch my drift…

If you have a go yourself, please use the hashtag #ManoMaker we would love to see some of your ghouly transformations. 🙂

 

6 Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations

DIY Pumpkin Planter and How to Grow Your Own

 

Growing your own pumpkins for Halloween couldn’t be easier, and after this quick garden project this October you will be ready to Grow Your Own next year! If you’re looking for cool pumpkin ideas, look no further. Do something different, easy and fun with your pumpkin this year.

Materials:

Tools:

Cost, time and difficulty

Buying a pumpkin can be as cheap as £2 and can go up to £15, with the flowers to go in them costing as little as £3. The most cost effective is to buy cheap, as after this project you could be growing Free pumpkins for life! The project itself is so easy it only takes 10 – 15 minutes, although a little longer when involving children, taking care with knives.

Making your Pumpkin-plant

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Step one.

Cut a large hole into the top of the pumpkin. When using a knife take your time and cut into the flesh of the pumpkin opening it up so you can see the orange flesh inside.

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Step two.

Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin. With a spoon or trowel scoop out the inside of the pumpkin flesh, but be sure to keep hold of it.

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**TIP: KEEP HOLD OF THE INSIDES OF THE PUMPKIN – YOU’LL NEED THIS TO GROW YOUR OWN**

Step three.

Add compostAny multipurpose compost will keep your plants looking and feeling great while they live in the pumpkin.

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Step four.

Plant your flowers or plants into pumpkin.

Into the compost plant up your plants. I’m using Heathers in this case as they are super easy to look after and look great crazy hair for a scary pumpkin, but you can also use pansies, flowers, grasses and even succulents.

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Step 5.

Add detailing and water wellTurn it into a Halloween planter by carefully etching a scary face into the front of your pumpkin removing the outer skin.

Now your planter is ready to go, place it at your front door for all to see and water regularly. Be prepared for some, “oh that’s different” comments.

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Next let’s look at how we can recreate this year on year, growing our own pumpkins for free! For this you will need the insides of the pumpkin from the above project, plus some kitchen paper.

Growing Your Own Pumpkin

Step one.

Remove and discard the flesh from each seed.

This is quite time consuming, but well worth it. Remove all the orange flesh from around the white seeds.

Step two.

Use the kitchen roll to dry seeds and place in paper bag.

Dry these seeds off well, place in a paper bag and store somewhere nice and dry.

 Step three.

In February sow pumpkin seed. This is where your pumpkin adventure begins.

Place one seed in a pot with compost and water well. You can grow these on a window sill where there is plenty of sunlight and is nice and warm. As the plant grows you should increase the size of the pot it is in.

Step four.

Transfer plant outside. After the last frost, around end of April/ start of May, you can now transfer your plant outside in the ground or in a trug.

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Step five.

Care for your pumpkin. As your pumpkins grow you will need to give it plenty of water and keep the pumpkin off the ground so it doesn’t rot away.

Step six.

By September/ October your pumpkin will be ready to harvest!

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You now can do this each year having free pumpkins for life, and something amazing decorating your front door!

We hope this helped you on your hunt for cool pumpkin ideas. If you’re looking for more ways to decorate, why not check out these 6 easy and effective (not to mention cheap!) decor ideas. Want a break from all the Halloween decorations and to have a theraputic garden break? We have a list of your essential gardening jobs for October.

This article was written by our guest contributor, professional gardener Skinny Jean Gardener. He’s passionate about getting all the family involved in gardening and is Blue Peter’s resident gardener!

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

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  1. 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.
  2. Take out the pumpkin innards and put them aside in a bowl – you don’t want to throw these away.
  3. Carve out your pumpkin face in any pained or repulsed expression you choose, remembering to leave the mouth wide.
  4. Put the pumpkin a place of your choice, and position the pumpkin innards you removed in the most gruesome way you can manage!

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2. Throw in the towel

You’ll need: an old towel you don’t mind ruining, some red paint and a brush – that’s it!

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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.

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.

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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)

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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!

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5. Creepy Crawlies

You’ll need: yarn, tape, fake spider

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  1. Start by creating two X shapes that meet at the middle. Tape each end to the wall
  2. 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.
  3. Tie your fake spider onto another piece of yarn, and tape this so it either hangs from your net or off the ceiling

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6. Dripping Candles

You’ll need: kitchen or toilet rolls, small LED candles, glue gun, paint, fisherman’s string (optional)

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  1. Use your glue guns to put ‘wax’ drips around one side of your cardboard rolls
  2. Paint your candle to make the wax look realistic
  3. Glue in your electric light to the top of your candles
  4. If you like, you can use fisherman’s string to hang from the ceiling

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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