Give trick-or-treaters the creeps with the scariest haunted house on the block.
Affix a button-face witch to your doorbell and give guests a fright.
YOU'LL NEED: • Scissors • Black foam sheet • Craft glue • Large button • Black and natural raffia • Large toothpick • Marker • Orange paper • Double-sided tape
INSTRUCTIONS: Cut witch's cape and hat out of foam sheet. Glue button as head to top of cape. Cut short lengths of black raffia for hair; glue to button. Glue on hat. Cut natural raffia for broom and glue onto end of toothpick; glue toothpick to witch. Write, "Push if you dare," on orange paper. Cut out and glue in place. Measure your doorbell and cut its shape out of cape. Place hole around doorbell and attach with double-sided tape.
Paint a metal planter and add a chalkboard message.
YOU'LL NEED: • Painters tape • Tall flower bucket (from a gardening store) • Orange and black spray paint • Orange chalk • Small chalkboard • Black and orange crepe paper or ribbon • Assorted brooms
INSTRUCTIONS: Tear painters tape to give it a jagged edge and wrap it around bucket in uneven stripes. Spray with black paint, let dry completely and remove tape. Repeat taping process, covering black paint, and spray orange. Write sign on chalkboard; tie to bucket. Wrap and tie crepe paper or ribbon around brooms and arrange in bucket.
Pave the way with big cat paw prints cut from contact paper.
YOU'LL NEED: • Scissors • Black marble contact paper • Orange and black spray paint • Scrap wood for sign • Painters tape
INSTRUCTIONS: Decide how many paw prints you'll need to lead up your walk to your door. (You'll want to space them about a foot apart.) Cut out paw pads and toes from contact paper. Remove backing paper and arrange cutouts on walkway. For sign, paint entire piece of wood orange and let dry completely. Rip tape off roll, leaving edges jagged, and tape off words "cat walk." Tape a border around sign. Spray-paint entire board black and remove tape once paint is dry.
Cut jack-o'-lantern paper plates to frame your doorway with lights.
YOU'LL NEED: • Exacto blade • 10" black and orange paper plates • Orange vellum • Tape • Hole punch • Raffia • Rope • Mini outdoor lights
INSTRUCTIONS: Cut jack-o'-lantern faces out of plates and then cover backs of plates with vellum, taping securely. Punch a hole ½" from top of each plate. Thread raffia through hole and tie to rope, spacing each face about 14" apart. Wind lights around rope and hang.
Recycle cans with a drill and candles for magical lighting.
YOU'LL NEED: • Tin cans • Drill with 1/8" bit • Black, white and orange spray paint • Wooden stakes (from a hardware store) • Screws • Candles
INSTRUCTIONS: Wash cans and remove labels; fill cans with water and freeze. Drill holes through side of cans and one in center of bottom. Remove ice. Spray-paint cans. Drill a hole in top of stakes. Hammer stakes into ground. Place cans on top of stakes, aligning holes, and screw cans to stakes. Drop in candles.
Snip and glue lunch bags into a feline treat.
YOU'LL NEED • Lunch bags • Pencil • Scissors • Orange paper • Craft glue • Black marker • Toothpick • Raffia
1. Starting 6" from bottom of bag, use pencil to draw shape of top portion of a cat's head so ears are at sides of bag. Cut off top of bag along pencil line.
2. Cut a small triangle from orange paper for cat nose and glue to center of face. Draw eyes and a mouth with black marker.
3. Using a toothpick, poke 3 holes on each side of nose.
4. Cut 3 pieces of raffia into 8" lengths and then feed raffia through the holes to form whiskers across each face. Trim whiskers if needed.
Transform plastic water bottles with scissors and black spray paint.
YOU'LL NEED: • Scissors • 12 empty (9 oz.) water bottles • Drill with 1/8" bit • Black spray paint • Black string or raffia • Craft glue • 24 mini googly eyes
INSTRUCTIONS: Cut bottom off each bottle, leaving 4" to 6" for legs (length can be different on each bottle). Cut 8 leg strips, up to top, near cap.Drill hole through top of cap. Spray-paint bottle; let dry completely. Cut 12 lengths of string. Tie a knot on one end and then slip unknotted end into bottom of bottle and through hole in cap. Glue 2 eyes to each cap to make spider head.
Attach foam pumpkins to a screen door and add printed letters.
YOU'LL NEED: • Exacto blade • Orange foam core • Awl • 18-gauge wire or small sharp point • Wire • Computer with printer • Craft glue
INSTRUCTIONS: Cut pumpkin shapes out of foam core with Exacto blade. Score in ribs of a pumpkin with nonblade end of Exacto blade. Punch a small hole through top of pumpkin and slide wire through. Then thread wire through screen door to secure in place. Print letters and stick to foam with glue.