Halloween is creeping ever nearer, and it’s time to get your haunted house in order for the big day! You should already have your pumpkins picked out from one of the pumpkin patches we recommended in our past post. Now it’s time to build on that monstrous motif and get your ghoul on. Here are some easy and fun DIY Halloween decorations to make your home a haunted haven.
Spooky Spider Welcome Web
This is a fun way to welcome trick or treaters to your home, and it can mostly be made from items you would find at a dollar store. Here’s what you’ll need:
1 large black picture frame
2 bundles of yarn, one orange and one black
1 package of spider web cotton
10-20 plastic spiders
Stretch the orange yarn in random zig-zagging patterns across the opening of the frame and secure it using the thumbtacks. Next, do the same with the black yarn, making sure to make the patterns different than the orange. Use about half as much black yarn as orange. Pull the spider web cotton and weave it between the yarn strings in random places to create a web effect. Then scatter the plastic spiders in various places on the yarn. Finally, cut the letters of the word Welcome out of black paper in a spooky font and tuck it into the yarn. Hang the completed web near your front door and wait for little costumed kiddos to come along.
Coffee Can Luminaries
This one comes from the arts and crafting days of elementary school, but when something is a classic, it’s usually for a good reason. Here’s what you’ll need:
1 large coffee can
Black spray paint
Pumpkin Carving design paper
Hammer and nail
Remove the label from the coffee can if possible. Then paint the outside of the can black. Next, fill it almost to the top with water and place the can in the freezer until the water turns to ice. Once frozen, take the can out and place the design paper around the can. Tape it down so it stays secure. Now, follow the pattern on the design paper and punch evenly spaced holes along the lines with the hammer and nail. Once the design is complete, remove the paper and wait for the ice to melt. Dump out the leftover water and you are ready to turn your can into a luminary! Light your candle and place it in the can, and stand back and admire your handiwork.
Try out one of these quick decoration ideas to spruce up your home and bring the Halloween spirit around. Hopefully, that will be the only spirit that visits you! Show us your decoration exploits on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to follow our blog here for more ideas!