I love Halloween. What other holiday can you dress up in a fantastic costume, run around and demand candy, and everyone smiles and laughs at your antics? As an “adult” (and yes I use that term loosely), my antics now include decorating my house and making sure the kids in the neighborhood have a fun, safe and yes, spook filled night. Here are two of my favorite DIY projects to get into the “spirit” of the season.
Even if you don’t have any candy left, the local trick or treaters can still enjoy your windows. Not only will these window silhouettes add a nice spooky vibe to your home, but they are so easy to make. So grab your family, some black poster paper, a pair of scissors, some Halloween-y templates, a few markers, and some double sided tape.
Start by printing out your spooky templates and cutting them out. Use them as stencils on the poster paper to create some hauntingly perfect window decorations. Remember to make it your own. Does that haunted house need a nice eerie green glow? Why not break into your child’s paints? Or perhaps that spooky tree needs to have a scary face in the trunk. Let your kids have a field day. When everything is all done, simply take your double sided tape and attach it to your windows. Bonus- if you don’t want to have sticky tape residue on your windows cut a piece of wax paper to fit the window pane and attach the wax paper to the frame via tape and then attach your silhouettes to that. Not only is clean up a breeze, but the wax paper gives your windows need “foggy window” effect at night.
If you have a few mason jars to spare, one of the easiest spooky decorations to do with your family are terrariums. Terrariums, generally speaking are small containers used to house small animals or plants. Everything the plant or animal to live is contained within the system. In this case, however, you and your family are creating spooky scenes. All you need is a few mason jars with some screw top lids, scissors, some cotton balls, a few twisty twigs, some moss and/or sand, a few pieces of black string, some small Halloween trinkets (Spiders! Worms!), cardboard, black paint, and some glue.
Start by unscrewing the lid to the mason jar and place it face up on the table. Using a hot glue gun or regular glue start attaching pieces of moss, sand, strands from the cotton balls, or even a plastic spider or two into the inner surface of the lid. This will create a “base” for your terrarium. Then cut your twigs to fit into the mason jars and paint them black if you want. Also feel free to cut out spooky shapes out of the cardboard. Remember to use your imagination. Paint the shapes black if desired, but there are really no rules as far as that goes. Finally, using your hot glue gun again glue the various twigs, cut-outs and spiderwebs onto the lid and carefully screw the mason jars back onto the lid. Keep them upside down and let the glue dry. Voila! Instant decorations.
These are just two of the many Halloween themed DIY projects that you and your family can tackle this season. The sky is truly the limit, so use your imagination!