In recent years, Halloween companies have taken advantage of everyone’s desire to deck out their homes in the scariest decorations possible, pushing expensive, gaudy Halloween home decorations into the market. However, this wasn’t always the case, and it’s still easy to fill your home with scary yet simple Halloween decorations without giving your wallet a fright. Here are five easy Halloween crafts that you and your children can make without a hassle for your home and front yard.
Beach balls don’t have to go into hibernation just because summer is over. Blow up a beach ball, throw a white sheet over it and run a line of twine through the top of the sheet to create an eerie, large ghost for your front porch or trees. This cheap, homemade Halloween prop is great because it lets kids decorate the ghosts however they want, with eyes or mouths or anything. Just grab a Sharpie and let their imaginations run wild!
These inexpensive Halloween decorations take advantage of all the paper towel rolls you usually throw out. Instead of just discarding the rolls, turn them into these neat mummies. Cover one end of the roll with self-adhesive wrap (found in the first aid section of your local store) and tape the wrap to the tube. Fill the roll with something that will last, such as hard candy or paper towels, and tape a piece of wrap to the top. Roll more self-adhesive wrap around the entire roll, glue some googly eyes to the front, and voila! You have a paper towel roll mummy. You can also glue paper towel strips or toilet paper to the roll instead of using self-adhesive wrap, but the wrap is easy for kids to use without creating much of a mess. Like the ghosts above, your kids can decorate these mummies however they want and you can easily tape string or twine to the top to make them hanging decorations.
Origami crafts are one of the best ways to make cheap, quick Halloween decorations, and these bats are sure to turn out great. For each bat, you need an 8- by 8-inch square of black paper, preferably construction paper. Fold the square in half, to make a triangle. Next, fold down the top two inches of the triangle, at the base, not the point. Fold each of your side flaps in, and then back out slightly above where you folded them in, to create dimensional wings. Cut a notch along the top, between the wings, to give your bat some ears. Finally, flip the bat over and add eyes, with googly eyes or glow in the dark paint. Make a vertical crease down the center to give the bat a more 3-D look, and you have your origami bat! This homemade Halloween decor can be replicated many times to fill your house with bats. Hang them from your ceilings and walls to really create a haunted house.
With just pipe cleaners, a small suction cup and a pom-pom, you can make a creepy spider. Wrap 4 pipe cleaners around the suction cup to create the legs, then attach a pom-pom on top of the suction cup to make the spider. Glue googly eyes or small red stones to the pom-pom to give your spider eyes. These easy Halloween crafts are great because they can be made in any color your child desires, and they hardly take any time to make.
Milk Jug Ghosts
This easy Halloween decoration gives you another opportunity to repurpose something that would otherwise just sit in your house, as well as use an item you usually just recycle. Save up your gallon milk jugs. When you have enough, use your spooky creativity to decorate the jugs with ghost eyes and mouths in any design you want. This is easier if you leave the cap on, so the jugs keep their shape. Next, cut an inch-wide hole in each jug for the lights. Set up the ghosts close to each other on a path or windowsill, and line some low-wattage holiday lights between the jugs, stuffing some bulbs in each one to illuminate them. These spooky ghosts are the perfect homemade Halloween props for a walkway, on a front porch or in a dimly lit haunted house.
As you can see, it’s easy to decorate for Halloween without spending tons of money. Halloween DIY projects are a fantastic activity for you and your children, and you end up with plenty of frightening homemade Halloween decorations to spook your visitors.
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