Haunt your house with these spooky Halloween decorations
Use an X-Acto blade to cut eyes out of two large sheets of black construction paper. Back each with orange wrapping paper, then affix to windows.
Tuck homemade truffles into coffin-shape boxes for a spooky takeaway.
YOU'LL NEED • Small coffin-shape boxes (skeletons included) • Black or silver spray paint • Glue gun and sticks • Tiny rhinestones • Silver glitter glue • Plastic spiders • Scissors • Construction paper • Craft glue • Wax paper • Ribbon
1. Spray skeletons with black or silver paint. After skeletons have dried, glue on rhinestones as eyes. Smear glitter glue onto spiders. Let dry.
2. Cut paper to fit top of each box, leaving a ¼-inch border on all sides. Attach to box tops with craft glue.
3. Hot glue a skeleton or spider to each box lid (allowing skeleton arms and legs to dangle). Embellish top of box with rhinestones, if desired.
4. Line each box with wax paper and fill with truffles. Replace lid and tie with ribbon.
Give a dining table or mantel a festive touch with stamped votive holders. Cut strips of vellum to fit around basic water glasses, and then embellish the vellum with a spider stamp. Secure the paper around the glass with double-sided tape and place a votive candle inside.
A wreath for Halloween? Why not? Start by spray-painting it black. Then stuff fake moss from a craft store into several spots and glue on a large rubber spider. Finish it off by attaching smaller, plastic spiders all over and dangling more from black thread. Use the finished piece to dress up the wall behind a buffet table.
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.
YOU'LL NEED (FOR 1 CONE) • Styrofoam cone (find cones in various sizes at joann.com) • 1" wide ribbon (about 1 yard for a 12" cone) • Hot-glue gun
• Assorted candy (candy corn, gum drops, black licorice, jelly rings, etc.) • Packaged cobweb
1. Wrap cone in ribbon. Glue to secure.
2. Starting at base of cone, glue on candy. Create a striped effect by alternating rows of different types of candy. Continue until cone is completely covered.
3. Wrap a fine layer of cobweb over cone.
YOU'LL NEED • Bottles of lime and orange soda with paper labels • Water • Dish soap • Sponge • Opaque paint markers (markersupply.com)
1. To remove labels from bottles, place them in a sink filled with warm, soapy water and let soak for 15 minutes. Use a sponge to scrub away leftover adhesive.
2. Wait until bottles are completely dry to start drawing. Draw witches, vampires, spiders, webs, ghosts or words like boo on bottles. Let paint dry completely before placing bottles in refrigerator.
Decorate a vase and fill it with boo-tiful blooms to create a perfectly creepy bouquet.
See instructions: Create spooky Halloween crafts
YOU'LL NEED (FOR 1 SPIDER) • 1 8" to 9" round balloon • String • Newspaper • Mod Podge • Shallow bowl or pie tin • Drop cloth • Black tempera paint
• Paint brush • Hot-glue gun • Thick, black pipe cleaners • 1 pair of rhinestones • Tuft of feathers • Acrylic paint in red
and orange • Glitter paint
1. Inflate balloon and knot. Tie a 2' to 3' piece of string around knot.
2. Tear newspaper into strips. Pour Mod Podge into bowl. Dip in a few strips of newspaper at a time and smooth onto balloon. Repeat until balloon is completely covered.
3. Find a cool, dry place and hang balloon to dry. Cover floor with a drop cloth.
4. Pop balloon and carefully remove remnants from papier-mâché shell. Apply two coats of black paint to shell, allowing time to dry in between.
5. Use glue gun to adhere pipe-cleaner legs, rhinestone eyes and feathers for hair. Decorate spider body with acrylic and glitter paints.
Write spooky, foreboding messages on note cards for your guests and use them to keep your silverware together.
YOU'LL NEED • 4" × 6" note cards • Black pen • Narrow ribbon
INSTRUCTIONS: Write funny fortunes for your guests on note cards. Roll them around silverware and tie with ribbon.
YOU'LL NEED • Hot-glue gun • Assorted black buttons • Pumpkins (artificial pumpkins available at funkins.com) • Black pipe cleaners •
1. Glue buttons to pumpkin to create face.
2. Wrap pipe cleaners around a sharpened pencil to create corkscrew curls.
3. For "girl" pumpkins, poke holes around crown of pumpkin with sharpened end of pencil and insert pipe cleaners.
4. Secure pipe cleaners with dabs of hot glue.
Spark some excitement early with these fun craft projects. The easiest ones can be made safely even by young children. Visiting
trick-or-treaters will go away with unique sacks of sweets, and your children will have bags to fill with loot. You'll need
only a few supplies and an afternoon to spend together.
See instructions: Make fun treat bags with your kids
Customize a plain tablecloth with spider-adorned ribbons, which can be removed right after the party.
YOU'LL NEED • Silver glitter glue • 2" plastic spiders • Ruler • Scissors • 1.5" wide silver ribbon • Glue gun and sticks • Plain tablecloth
1. Smear silver glitter glue onto each spider to add shimmer. Let dry.
2. Measure diameter of your tablecloth (this project works best on round or oval tables), then add 12 inches to that number. Cut 4 lengths of ribbon to that final measurement.
3. Space spiders 2 to 3 inches apart on ribbon strips and secure spiders using glue gun. Lay tablecloth on your table and arrange ribbon strips on top in a spiderweb pattern.
Use spray paint to dramatically transform silk flowers and a clear glass vase.
YOU'LL NEED (For Flowers) • Rubber gloves • Assorted silk flowers • Black spray paint • Glue stick • Paper plate • Silver glitter • Fake rhinestones and jewels • Glue gun
1. Find a well-ventilated space (backyard or garage), put on a pair of rubber gloves and spray flowers with paint. Let dry standing up or on newspaper.
2. Dab sections of each flower with a glue stick, then dip them into a plate of glitter.
3. Attach rhinestones or fake jewels with a glue gun, if desired.
YOU'LL NEED (For Vase) • Clear glass vase • Masking tape • Newspaper • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint
1. Thoroughly clean vase inside and out; let dry completely. Tape off outside surface of vase with masking tape and newspapers to protect it.
2. Spray interior of vase following label instructions; let dry. Remove tape and paper from outside of vase. (Inside of vase will look dull, but exterior will be reflective.) Let vase dry for 1 hour before using.
Make mini bats from clay, then tie them around your napkins as place settings.
YOU'LL NEED • Black oven-dry modeling clay, such as Sculpey • Wax paper • Rolling pin • Bat cookie cutter • Baking sheet • Wooden skewer • Small rhinestones • Silver marker pen • Ribbon
1. Preheat oven to 275°F. Knead a small piece of clay (2" × 2" × ½") into a ball; place between sheets of wax paper and roll out with a rolling pin to about ¼" thickness. Cut out bat shapes with cookie cutter.
2. Place bats on baking sheet. Using wooden skewer, make a hole in each bat at the top of a wing. Press 2 small rhinestones into each bat for eyes.
3. Bake following package directions; do not overbake. Remove from oven; let cool and harden.
4. Write a name with silver marker pen. Cut ribbon and feed through holes. Position a bat on top of each napkin and tie ribbon.