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DIY Haunted House Decorations

DIY fancy dress is a Halloween staple, so why not apply the same creativity to your spooky decorations? It’s the one time of year when having a few creepy-crawlies and ghostly spectres around the house is actually a good thing. Getting the house into haunting shape is even more important this year, as many children may be missing out on their classic trick or treating fun. By getting them involved in these cool craft ideas, you can still have a Monster Mash at home.

Boxy Bats

Another fun way to recycle materials you may have acquired from your recent Ocado order is to turn leftover egg cartons into these boxy bats. Hang them from the ceiling to get your family’s Halloween bash off to a flying start.

Materials needed:

  • Empty egg carton
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ribbon
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

How to:

  1. First cut out three cups from an egg carton.  Then cut the bottoms of the two outside cups to resemble bat wings.
  2. Paint the egg carton with black paint.
  3. After the paint is completely dry, glue two googly eyes onto the middle cup.  Then attach ribbon to the top of the middle cup and hang.

Spider Web Wreath

Wreaths are not just a Christmas decoration now that this webby wonder exists. Give your eight-legged friends a place to hang by hanging one of these on your wall or door. All it takes a bit of skill with the scissors to get that arachnid aesthetic you’re after.

Materials you (arac) need:

  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to:

  1. To make this clever wreath, fold 2 sheets of black paper accordion-style (about 1.5″ inch folds), and then fold each in half lengthwise. 
  2. Cut the top of the fold diagonally, so you’ll have a pointed end when it’s unfolded. 
  3. Then, cut three rectangles out of the paper, about half an inch apart, on each segment.

Pinecone Spiders

Spooky supplies can even be found in nature. Bring a little bit of the wild woods indoors with these chilling conifer configurations. Just make sure you brush off any real spiders before you bring your materials home! And when it comes to applying the eyes, there are no rules. Most spiders have eight, some have six and other ground-dwelling spiders have no eyes. In this case, ‘spooky’ is in the eye of the beholder.

Materials needed:

  • Round pine cones
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue 
  • Cotton butcher’s twine
  • Brown pipe cleaners

How to:

  1. Wrap 4 full-length pipe cleaners around the pine cone to make a total of 8 legs. Shape the pipe cleaners into spider legs, adjusting the length with scissors, if necessary.
  2. Next, attach the wiggly eyes with hot glue to the bottom of the pine cone.

Ghostly Lanterns

These DIY Halloween decorations are cheap and cheerful. Draw spooky faces on empty, clean plastic milk pints, then fill with white holiday lights to decorate your porch or walkway with a ghostly Halloween glow.

Materials needed:

  • Empty plastic milk pints
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Fairy lights
  • Batteries

How to:

  1. Rinse out an empty milk jug thoroughly.
  2. Cut open the top of the jug slightly.
  3. Draw or stencil on Halloween-inspired faces using the permanent markers.
  4. Add the battery-operated fairy lights into the jugs to give your lantern a nighttime glow.

Spooky Silhouettes

The Halloween conundrum:
You want to host a party that’s more chilling than cute, but you also don’t want to scare pint-size party guests half to death. 

The solution:
Throw some shade. Spooky silhouettes cut from black craft paper add character to Halloween parties. Stick them on mirrors or above the Halloween spreads to add a little contrast to your haunted home scenery.

Frankenstein Windstock

Materials needed:

  • Large tin can, clean with label removed
  • White paint
  • Black paint
  • White ribbon
  • Glue
  • String
  • Paperclip

How to:

  1. Paint the cans white. Once dried, make a small hole in the centre of the can bottom.
  2. Paint a spooky face ( we chose Frankenstein)  with black paint (feel free to add other features such as googly eyes ! 
  3. Cut the ribbon in varying length (cut them at an angle to keep them from unraveling).
  4. Then glue the ribbon all around the can. Top tip: Start at the back so, if you have to overlap, your last piece is not as noticeable
  5. Cut a 12 inch piece of string and tie it in a loop. Thread on the paperclip as a stopper.
  6. Pull the loop through the top of the can and hang your spooky Frankenstein.

JAR-ingly Spooky Faces

One easy way to add a little spook-factor to your window sill is by turning a common jam jar into a jarring feature. These frighteningly fun faces can also work as a month-round substitution for the classic Jack-o-Lantern. The best part is: it’s safe for all ages to get in on the crafting fun, as long as they are being supervised!

Materials needed:

  • Tissue paper
  • Black craft paper
  • Paint brush
  • Glue

How to:

  1. Start by cutting your tissue paper into strips about 1-2 inches wide. Brush a thin layer of glue on the glass jar and stick a strip of tissue to it. Work one strip at a time until you cover the entire jar. We recommend covering the bottom and rim of the glass jar too to ensure no plain glass peaks through.
  2. As your jars are drying, work on your faces. Cut out faces from black paper and use a glue stick to glue them onto the jars, though we recommend waiting until the jars are dry before gluing on the faces.

Love the idea of DIY decorations but don’t have the time? Don’t worry. We’ve still got plenty of ghoultastic goodies for decorating in our Halloween shop.

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