Decorating for a Handmade Halloween
There are few holidays that bring out the creepy crawlies like Halloween does.
It is the perfect holiday for letting the ghosts, goblins, spiders and bats abound in your interior decor. Purchasing things can get expensive, so this year, why not have a handmade Halloween that will have your house looking spooky in no time. Use the simple tips and ideas below to get you started.
Decorate your ceiling fans with a rush of white ghosts. This simple craft is perfect for even the smallest toddler fingers. You will need a bag of large lollipops, white tissues, white yarn, and a permanent marker. Wrap a tissue around the head of each of the lollipops and tie it on with a length of yarn. The yarn should be long enough on one end to be tied to the blade of the ceiling fan. Do this for each ceiling fan blade making sure that the ceiling fan is turned off before attempting to tie the ghosts on. Once the ghosts have been securely tied to the blades, turn the fan on low. Your ceiling will look frighteningly cheery with the group of ghosts swinging to and fro.
Paper Mache Pumpkins
Real pumpkins are perfect for decorating, but if you want something that is going to last from the beginning of autumn until Thanksgiving, a real gourd is not really a viable option. Instead, use balloons and strips of newspaper to create a paper Mache pumpkin. You will need the normal paper Mache items of glue, a balloon, and newspaper strips, as well as orange and black paint. Once you have blown up the balloon to the perfect pumpkin size and have covered it with the newspaper, let it dry completely. Then paint it orange while detailing it with black stripes. You can add an artificial green leaf to the top to finish the look if desired.
Scarecrow and Mummies
Gather up your old overalls and plaid, flannel shirt for a scarecrow in the making. Use an old pillowcase for the head and stuff if with straw. Secure it to the collar of the flannel shirt which has also been stuffed full of straw. Old gardening gloves can be used as the hands, while jeans or overalls can be stuffed and used as the legs. Place your scarecrow by your front door, inside on a hallway chair, or on a bench next to the television. Just be careful to keep him far away from the fireplace and candles! For variation, rip up an old white sheet and use it to wrap around a body form that has been created using hay stuffed into trash bags and tied off for the head, arms, legs, and torso to create a mummy. Secure the strips of cloth with pins or hot glue.
Decorating for Halloween does not need to be an expensive endeavor. There are plenty of wonderful handmade holiday decorations that can be created with things that you have around the house. Think outside the box to break forth with your inner Halloween decorator.
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