By: Isabelle W.

It is never too early to think about the fun we could have this fall. So, in that spirit, I thought this would be the perfect time to share some ways to make different Halloween decorations. Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday and together with my family, we create different little decorations every year! Here’s a list of some decorations and instructions on how you can make your own. 

  1. Bat Wreath

Step 1: Gather these supplies.

  • Old magazine pages

  • A pencil

  • Black card stock

  • Black ribbon 

  • A wreath form

Step 2: Wrap the ribbon around the entire form and secure the ends with hot glue. 

Step 3: Cut 3-inch round circles by hand or use a handheld circle punch. Flower-like edges are recommended but are optional.

Step 4: Wrap each paper circle around the pencil's eraser end to create a cone, dot the bottom of the paper with hot glue, and press it into the wreath form. Repeat until the front of the wreath is covered.

Step 5: Cut out bats (varying in size) from card stock. Hot-glue each onto the wreath. If you’d like you can add more details to the bats like little red eyes or white fangs! 

Step 6: Find an awesome place to display your wreath. 

  1. Trash Bag Spider Webs

Step 1: Gather these supplies

  • Trash bag

  • Sharpie

  • Scissors 

  • Tape

Step 2: Lay the trash bag out on a flat surface. Trim off the side and bottom seams so you're left with two big rectangles of plastic. 

Step 3: Cut each piece into a square. It’s fine if it's not perfect. Each square will make one spider web. 

Step 4: Fold one of the squares in half diagonally to form a triangle. Fold that triangle in half two more times too narrow it. If needed use a few pieces of tape to fasten the layers together where the loose folded edges come together. It will help hold the shape together when you're cutting.

Step 5: Use a black Sharpie to sketch some guides on the plastic. For example, draw a "stem" from the folded point out to the end of your triangle. Then sketch some scallops that come off the stem.

Step 6: With scissors, cut out the design and unfold your web. You can tape several webs together and add extra strips of plastic to connect them if you’d like.

  1. Mummy Door

Step 1: Gather theses supplies 

  • White crêpe paper -  I got my crêpe paper from a dollar store.

  • Tape

  • Poster board

Step 2: Take out your white crêpe paper and layer it on to the door. 

Step 3: Fasten it with tape to create the mummy base.

Step 4: Take out your poster board and trace out the eyes and mouth for your mummy. You can style it any way you want but I trace a mouth and eyes.

Step 5: Color in the eyes or mouth with black paint. You can buy black poster board or construction paper to layer on top of the original poster board instead of coloring it. 

Step 6: Last step, add the eyes and mouth to the door by tapping them on. You now have your mummy door!

  1. Mason Jar Pumpkins

Step 1: Gather these supplies.

  • 20 Mason canning jar lid rings

  • Burlap

  • scissors

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • orange ribbon

  • A light source -  I recommend battery powered candles or battery powered fairy lights.

  • Something to use to add color to the Mason canning jar lids - I personally think that spray paint is the easiest to use.  

  • Glitter (optional)

Step 2: Start by spray painting all the Mason jar lid rings orange. You can also use any color you want. I wanted to add glitter so I did this before the paint dried. Adding glitter is optional. 

Step 3: Let the canning lid rings dry.

Step 4: String the ribbon though the lids onto a ribbon and tie tight the ends. Cut excess ribbon off. 

Step 5: Spread out the mason jar lids on their edges to look like a pumpkin. Adjust the rings so that they make a completed pumpkin circle.

Step 6: Push the light source inside the pumpkin shape and hide any battery operator boxes in back.

Step 7: Stick the two cinnamon sticks in the middle to look like a stem.

Step 8: Cut 2 or 3 leaves out of burlap material. Hot glue or just set them on top. 

Step 9: Find the perfect display place in your house. Turn on the lights in your pupkin and enjoy!

  1. Spooky Mason Jar Terrariums

Step 1

Gather these supplies.

  • Mason jars

  • A light source - I recommend battery powered candles or battery powered fairy lights Black craft paint

  • Construction paper -  It’s up to you if the paper is colored or not

  • scissors

  • paint brush

  • Fake moss or fake spider webs

  •  Clear/see through string

  •  Hot glue gun.

Step 2: Remove any labels from the jars, clean and dry them. Use craft paint to paint the jar lids black.

Step 3: Hot glue the moss or fake spiderwebs into the inside of the Mason jar to make a base. This base needs to be near the lid because to display these spooky jars you will be turning the jar upside down with the lid on the ground. 

Step 4: It's time to add your decorations. To decorate my mason jar I cut out shapes of ghosts, pumpkins, and bats. I stick them inside the jar. 

Step 5: Place the light source into the jar with the moss or spiderwebs. Screw on the jar lid. If you are using a battery powered candle turn it on before you screw on the lid. 

Step 6: Turn the lights on and set it where the lid touches the ground. There you have a spooky mason jar terrarium!

PROTIP: You can also hot glue a strong string to the bottom of the jar. This way you can hang them in the air. It's also fun to hang them in the air along with a string of fairy lights. 

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