Hooray…Halloween is just around the corner again! This fun and spooky celebration can cost you oodles if you are not careful. Stores have a vast selection of costumes, props and decorations for sale. Why not have some fun and save some cash by creating your own? The kids will love to help out with these fun projects. You will be able to transform your house and yard in no time!
DIY Halloween Decorations
This fun craft reuses your toilet paper rolls! Have your kids design the spooky eye shapes on empty toilet paper rolls, [you] use the X-acto knife to cut out the spooky eyes. Then tape glow sticks (available on the cheap at the Dollar Store) inside and perch inside a tree or bushes in your yard to look like scary eyes peering out at passersby. It can’t get any easier than that!
Milk Jug Ghosts
Super fun and ridiculously easy, create some homemade ghosts from your gallon plastic milk jugs. Simply rinse out the empty container and draw on a face. Cut a hole in the bottom of the milk jug and insert some LED white or colored Christmas lights. Arrange down your stairs or driveway or staple gun to your bannister to provide an extra eerie glow. If you don’t have any exterior lights handy, use a glow stick or battery operated tea light. Here you can find about 75 easy FREE templates to use as guides.
Homemade Salt Dough
Make your own salt dough by combining 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and approximately half a cup of water. Some recipes call for a teaspoon of Cream of Tartar, but this is optional. If you have it on hand, great; if not, don’t worry about running out to the store to buy it. The kids will love mixing the ingredients together and trying out their skills with the rolling pin. Flatten the dough out to approximately 1/2″ thick.
Use your Halloween cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Freehand your creations if you don’t have any cookie cutters on hand. If you are going to hang up these decorations, be sure to poke a little hole in the top while the dough is raw. Set on wax paper and let it air dry for a few days (flipping it over) or place on a cookie sheet and bake at 150* until golden brown. Have fun painting your salt dough creations and hang them up when you are finished.
Tissue Paper and Garbage Bag Ghosts
Raid your wrapping station and look for some left over white tissue paper. Alternatively, you can use Kleenex for baby ghosts or white kitchen garbage bags to hang outside. Simply stuff the head with newspaper (you should have plenty of those on any given Sunday <ahem>) or plastic grocery bags and secure with a ribbon, twist tie or elastic band. Draw some creative expressions on your ghosts. Use fishing line or thread to hang them up.
Homemade Scarecrow or Witch
Go through your closet and find an old pair of jeans and plaid shirt. You may also have a black “Witchy” dress on hand. Simply stuff your clothes with old towels, sheets or other clothing. Prop your character up in a spooky position and have fun scaring and entertaining your trick-or-treaters. Accessorize with straw, corn husks from the garden, straw hats, brooms, scarves, bandanas and whatever you have on hand!
Our windows are essentially blank canvasses on our homes. Have fun cutting out simple spooky shapes and hanging them up with the kids. A multitude of stencils and ideas are available for free online. Popular shapes include: bats, gravestones, ghosts, pumpkins, Witches’ hats and black cats. Be creative and have fun!
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