Halloween DIY

Want to make some cheap and easy Halloween decorations?

Here are 4 ideas to get you started:

1. Hanging ghosts

Materials for ghostie

I got this idea from Simply Designing with Ashley http://www.simplydesigning.net/2011/10/pb-knock-off-hanging-ghosts.html

All you need is some large, Styrofoam balls, a vivid, cotton, thread cheese cloth and hooks.

The cheese cloth only cost $2.50 a metre and the Styrofoam balls you can pick up at any $2 shop.

Draw two big eyes on the balls.

Cheese cloth

Cut the cloth so it’s approximately 1 x 1m and then cut strips the whole way round the edge (see picture),

Run your thumb nail along the ends to rough them up

Next,  drape the Styrofoam ball with the cheese cloth

Screw the hook into the top of it’s head

Hang with thread

Voila!

2. Candy bag garlandHanging candy baskets

If you’re pressed for time then this is super easy.

All you need is twine/ribbon and a few candy baskets. I picked these up for a few dollars at Spotlight then strung them up outside.

3. Paper lantern

This a bit more time consuming but a lot of fun and looks really cool

Lantern silhouetteYou need black card stock, ribbon, a craft knife and a few lantern templates.

You could even put orange or yellow cellophane behind them so they look like they’ve been lit.

I used a template supplied by Country Living at http://www.countryliving.com/cm/countryliving/data/lanterns.pdf

4. Halloween garlands

I say start with something really simple, like the garlands you might do when you were a kid. You know, the ones where you fold the paper/cardstock concertina-style.

I made the one shown here on the right. The template was from http://www.countryliving.com but a quick search online and you can find all manner of styles, bats, jack-o-lanterns, skulls, cats…

You can see my garland on my previous post Rocking Halloween in the Southern Hemisphere. I attached it to my chalkboard in the kitchen.

And that’s it! Now go forth, and create…

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