Homemade Halloween Decorations
Posted 19/10/2015 by BrightHouse Team
The nights are drawing in, Halloween is just around the corner, and things are starting to get spooky! This is the perfect time to have a go at some homemade crafts, and make some easy and fun Halloween decorations to add some fright factor to your home.
There are lots of different ways to make spooky ghost decorations, but this is an easy and adaptable version that can make use of everyday things around your house.
What you’ll need: white fabric, newspaper, string, black marker
Cut a piece of fabric to the size you want, and poke a small hole in the centre. Scrunch a sheet of newspaper into a ball to make the head, then thread a piece of string through the ball and through the hole in the fabric. Tie a chunky knot in the string so it doesn’t slip all the way through when you hang it up, and tie another tightly under the newspaper ball. Draw on eyes and a mouth with the marker. You could also add pipe cleaners or bits of wire to make arms to hold up the fabric in a spooky pose.
(No, not that Batmobile.)You can hang these bats wherever you like, but they look really effective hung from a natural branch - like a Halloween version of a Christmas tree.
What you’ll need: black card, scissors, string
Fold a piece of card in half and use a bat template, or make your own, to trace a shape onto the folded edge. Carefully cut it out and unfold it to reveal your bat. Make a small hole in the centre of each bat with a skewer so you can thread a piece of string to tie it up.
Wooden Spoon Witch
Create your own witch puppet using a wooden spoon. You could also make other spooky characters with different decorations for the kids to put on a show.
What you’ll need: wooden spoon, green paint, black wool, black and green craft foam, black felt or card, glue, googly eyes.
Paint the spoon green, leaving the handle unpainted. Cut a quarter circle of black felt and trim off the inside corner. Paint glue around the base of the spoon handle and stick the felt to it, forming a cone to make the witch’s dress. Glue along the seam to secure it. Alternatively you could use a piece of black card. Cut a rectangle of black felt or card and glue it to the back of the dress to make arms. Use the green foam to make hands and glue them to each end.
Cut some strands of wool to make hair, and cut out a triangular piece of foam to make a witch’s hat. Glue the googly eyes onto the spoon, and complete the face with either with foam shapes or a marker pens.
These wands are the perfect addition to any wizard or witch outfit, and are great fun to make. They can be customised however you like, too.
What you’ll need: sturdy sticks, colourful acrylic paints, glitter, colourful wool
The kids can start by choosing their sticks - it’s best to go with something fairly sturdy so they don’t break easily – and allow the sticks to dry out if they’re a bit damp. Once dry, paint them brightly, and sprinkle with glitter while the paint is still wet. When the paint has dried, wrap some brightly coloured wool around the bottom of the stick to make a handle. You could also varnish the sticks before binding the wool to stop the glitter from falling off.