Easy (and fun!) DIY ideas to spookify your home this Halloween
Halloween, the spookiest celebration of the year, is almost upon us. Whether you are hosting a Halloween party or just want to delight trick-or-treaters, here are some incredibly easy and fun DIY ideas to make your home look eerie.
Your new ghostly friends can be as spooky or as cute as you want them to be. Blow up a small balloon and rest it on something fairly stable, such as a plastic cup. Take a square of cheesecloth material, cover it with some fabric stiffener and drape it over your balloon. Once completely dry, pop the balloon and glue on some black fabric eyes. Fray the ends of your material a little before using some clear fishing line to display your new friends.
They are watching you!
One of the easiest DIY ideas involves some kitchen roll tubes and a packet of glowsticks. Take your kitchen roll tubes and cut out the shape of a pair of eyes in each. Place a glowstick inside every tube and hide them in dark places around the house.
Print off some old family photographs or stills from films/TV shows, make some small holes where the eyes are and thread through some miniature battery-operated LED lights. Add frames, decorate with cobwebs and arrange them on top of the mantelpiece or on a side table. The addition of vampire fangs is optional.
Paint your pumpkins
If carving creepy designs into pumpkins is not quite your style, paint them instead! A fun personalised option is to paint silhouette profiles of family members surrounded by an ornate border - and don’t forget to include your pets! A great way to get children involved is to paint pumpkins in advance with chalkboard paint. You are then free to give each child a chalkboard marker, without having to worry about cleaning up lots of paint.
If there are lots of children in your neighbourhood, place decorated pumpkins outside to indicate that trick-or-treaters are welcome. Paint your pumpkins black and use gold pushpins to spell out ‘Trick or Treat?’.
You could even skip the spooky theme altogether by painting some patterns in the same colour palette as your existing décor, or press some leaves and decoupage them onto your pumpkins. If bright colours are your thing, arrange different coloured crayons on the top of your pumpkin, grab a hairdryer to melt them and let the colours drip down the sides. After all, there is no right or wrong way to take part in the festivities!
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