Halloween is almost here! So today, I’m featuring four simple DIY décor projects you can do with your kids that will leave your home or yard super spooky for party guests or trick-or-treaters.
Put that collection of milk jugs in your recycling bin to good use by creating this lovely ghost-lit walkway!
- For this project, you need several milk jugs, some black construction paper or a black Sharpie and enough artificial candles to fill the jugs. (You can also use white twinkle lights!.
- Wash and dry each milk jug.
- Once dry, use a knife to cut a small hole in the bottom of each jug.
- Make ghost faces for each jug by cutting out a pair of eyes, a nose, and a mouth from the black construction paper.
- Turn the jug so that the handle faces the back. Glue the faces onto the front of the jug and place an artificial candle inside.
- Line the jugs along your walkway and turn the candles on. The jugs light up, illuminating the faces.
Pro Tip: You can also use white Christmas lights to light up the ghosts. Simply line the ghosts along the pathway, and insert a handful of the string lights inside each jug by cutting a hole in the back.
Gather up your old canning jars and convert a table into a mad scientist’s lab. As for what to put inside each jar, use your imagination and then top it off with some water and different shades of food coloring. Look online for plastic fingers, eyeballs, and other body parts to fill your specimen jars. Make the jars and the rest of your decor seem even creepier by adding some glow sticks! Turn off overhead lights or switch them out with colored light bulbs, to increase the creepiness factor in your home.
- Collect a few glass jars in different sizes, such as mason jars, spaghetti jars, or old baby food containers.
- Find an object to place in each jar. For example, you could pop the head off an old Barbie doll and stick it inside one of the jars. Gummy worms are also a great option!
- Last, fill the jar with water and drop in two drops of food coloring.
Pro Tip: Around the Halloween season, craft stores sell small, plastic party favors. These party favors, including miniature skeletons, eyeballs, and severed limbs, all work well in specimen jars.
Spiders fit right into a spooky Halloween theme. You can transform a few black trash bags into a giant spider that fits on your front porch, or up in a tree. You can also make multiple giant spiders and cluster them across the front and sides of your home.
- You need nine black trash bags and stuffing such as newspaper, left over packing materials, or even leaves.
- Fill one trash bag with stuffing and tie it closed to create the spider’s body.
- Hold the second trash bag on its side and fill the length with stuffing.
- Wrap the empty bag around the stuffing several times, so that it looks like a spider’s arm, and secure it with a tie. Repeat this for the other seven legs.
- Use a glue gun to secure the legs to the body.
Pro Tip: You can cut off the bottom of red Solo cups and then glue them onto the body to make eyes. Use as many as you want!
Project #4: Vampire Pumpkins
I first saw this project on MarthaStewart.com, but then I found a fellow WordPress-er who attempted the project, so I decided to feature her tutorial instead. Click HERE to go to her blog, Shelter, where you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to turn cute miniature pumpkins into blood-thirsty vampires with beady red-eyes and a mouth full of fangs!
Here’s how mine came out: This project was fun, cheap and easy! I got my pumpkins for $1 each and purchased a 10-pack of plastic fangs for $2 at Target. When pumpkin shopping, I recommend getting a variety of sizes and colors. For the eyes, I used pearl-top long pins and painted them with a cheap bottle of red nail polish I grabbed at the drugstore. I’m still debating whether or not I should add blood to the vampires mouth and fangs… thoughts?
Let me know if you attempt any of these fun Halloween décor projects. In the meantime, what’s your favorite item to decorate with for Halloween? Candelabras? Cobwebs? Let me know in the comment section below. Happy crafting!