Decorating & crafting… Halloween!

This is the time of year when things start to get a little spooky…. Bats, carved pumpkins, ghosts, goblins, mummies…Oh my!

Here are some fun crafting & decorating ideas I’ve come across on the interwebs:

Spider Hatchlings

Spider Hatchlings
This is one egg that trick-or-treaters will scramble to get away from: an orb of hatching spiders hanging from an entryway ceiling or a door frame.
Total Time Needed:
2-3 Hours
  • White glue
  • 2 bowls
  • Plastic spoon
  • Balloon (or buy a white lantern if you aren’t into paper mache!
  • Cheesecloth cut into 12 or so 3- by 18-inch strips
  • Pin
  • Clear fishing line
  • Plastic spiders
  1. Spider Hatchlings - Step 1 Empty the glue bottle into a bowl. Then fill the bottle halfway with water, shake it to dilute any remaining glue, and add the contents to the bowl. Stir the mixture well.
  2. Inflate the balloon to about 9 inches tall and set it aside in another bowl.
  3. Step 3 - Spider Hatchlings Individually dip the cheesecloth strips into the glue, gently squeeze out the excess fluid, and spread the strips flat on the balloon. Cover the balloon this way, leaving 3 or 4 small gaps (as shown) and a 1 1/2-inch opening around the knot for tying on the spiders later. Let the glue dry, rotating the balloon occasionally to speed the drying process.
  4. Pop the balloon with a pin and remove it.
  5. Tie a loop for hanging the egg at one end of a long piece of fishing line. Near the top of the egg, insert the other end of the line through the cheesecloth, then reach inside and pull it out through a nearby gap and tie a spider to it. Gently pull the line back until the spider comes to rest against the inside of the egg, thereby securing the line.
  6. Use more fishing line to create strings of spiders. To tie them to the egg, thread one end of the line through the cheesecloth and out a gap, knot the line, and pull the knot back inside the egg. Attach more spiders directly to the egg simply by poking 2 or 3 legs through the cheesecloth.

Instructions & photos from: 

Spirit Jugs

This is a craft project that really makes me groan, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”  It’s using recycled materials & sooo easy!
Total Time Needed:
30 min -1 Hour
  • Cleaned plastic gallon milk or water jugs
  • Black permanent marker
  • Knife
  • String of clear holiday lights
  1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the jug caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
  2. Use the knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug.
  3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs through the hole in the back.Tip:Cut a small hole in the bottom of the jug & put a battery candle inside, instead of using the string of lights & the hole in the back.

Owl A Glow

by Amy Kaldor-Bull From FamilyFun Magazine

Owl A Glow
Not sure if this little guy is spooky enough for Halloween…oh man he’s cute!  Maybe add some Dracula fangs? 
Total Time Needed:
1 Hour
  • Paper globe lantern (available at party stores)
  • Paper
  • Scrapbooking or construction paper
  • Glue dots
  • Jute twine
  1. For the ear tufts, fan-fold an 8-1/2 – by 6-inch piece of paper and insert it under the center bar of the lantern.
  2. Cut facial features and wings from scrapbooking paper, then secure them with glue dots.
  3. Cut talons from paper, and secure them to the lantern with jute twine tied to the center bar.
  4. Hang the lantern from an appropriate light fixture with a low-wattage bulb.

Some other ideas….

Friendly Frankenstein

Materials: Coffee can, permanent marker, googly eyes, 2 screws, wooden knob (found at most craft stores), black felt, green paint & paint brush

Tin Can Black Cat
Materials: Black paint, paint brush, coffee can, felt (black, pink, yellow, white) & glue gun

Paper Plate Ghost
Basic Materials: Paper plate, streamers, construction paper, markers, yarn.

Happy Decorating!



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10 responses to “Decorating & crafting… Halloween!

  1. Lupe morin

    Love this fun Halloween art projects can’t wait to share this great projects with my preschool children.

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  4. I pinned the spirit jars a few weeks back, even shared the link with SJ at Homemaker on a Dime, but also today…highlighted it on my blog with a backlink to the post. Awesome stuff.

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