October 3, 2012

DIY Halloween Ideas!

Why buy Halloween decorations when you can create adorable one-of-a-kind decor yourself? Make your house the best on the block with these fun craft ideas
The above picture I made myself. I got the inspiration from Tim Burton. Below is a cool idea similar to mine. Instead you get to carve and paint the pumpkin! These are fun activities to do with your children. You will have to carve of course but have them join in and paint! You can find paints at your local AC Moore or Michaels for $0.78!

Photo Credit: AllYou
  • Serrated knife
  • White pumpkin or Fun-Kin
  • Large metal spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Washable marker
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Tweezers
  1. Working carefully, use knife to cut around pumpkin stem. Remove lid; use spoon to scrape away pumpkin seeds and strings.
  2. Dry pumpkin exterior with paper towel. Use marker to draw skeleton face onto pumpkin. If you make a mistake, use paper towel and all-purpose cleaner to erase.
  3. Once design is complete, cut out eye sockets and nostrils.
  4. To create mouth, cut a horizontal line (going against pumpkin ridges) below nostrils to desired length. Cut a parallel line 1/8" below first line. Make two small vertical cuts at either end of mouth to connect lines. Using tweezers, carefully remove thin pumpkin slice.
  5. For the teeth, cut out slender triangular shapes above and below mouth, using tweezers to pull out pieces.
Photo Credit: AllYou

  • Eye template (click to download pdf)
  • Printer and 10 sheets plain white paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Measuring tape 
  • 4 to 6 yards black fake fur (find at fabric or craft stores), depending on door size 
  • Transparent tape
  • White marker or crayon 
  • 10 sheets 8½" x 11" paper in neon colors 
  • Duct tape
  • 1 or 2 sheets black construction paper
  • Double-sided tape 
  • 8 3M Command strips
  1. Download template; enlarge to various sizes (largest is 400 percent), then print. Cut out eyes from white paper.
  2. Measure door; cut fur to size.
  3. Place fabric, fur side down, on flat surface. Position eye templates on back of fabric (leaving room to accommodate door handle); temporarily tape in place.
  4. Outline each eye template on back of fabric with marker; remove templates and discard. Use scissors to cut out eyes. Discard any fur that sheds.
  5. Cover back of each eye opening with neon paper; secure with duct tape. Turn fabric over, fur side up. Cut circles for pupils from black paper, varying size and shape for each eye. Use double-sided tape to secure a pupil to each neon eye.
  6. Trim edges of fur to make ragged. Use fingers to fluff fur.
  7. Turn over so nonfurry side faces up. Apply two strips of duct tape along top edge near each corner; repeat along bottom edge. Apply two strips of duct tape along each side edge. Apply 3M Command strips on top of each strip of duct tape. Holding top edge of fur, position over door. Press to securely adhere.
  8. Cut a hole in fabric to accommodate door handle.
For more ideas head over to AllYou.com!

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