The how-to experts who answer questions on our online How-To Community Forums get positively giddy when Halloween comes around. These crafty tool slingers love creating homemade Halloween decorations. They’re showing you how to make them yourself in a series on the Forums called 31 Days of Halloween. Some of the Halloween decorations lean toward the spooky side, like a giant spider for your front yard, but here’s a look at a couple of projects that are more cute than blood curdling.
Homemade Halloween Decorations — Cheese Cloth Ghosts
Above, we see the darling collection of little ghosties created by Home Depot associate Christine, who posts on the Forums under the handle shecandoit22.
They’re made much as you would a papier-mâché project, but instead of paper, you’ll use cheese cloth. The craft project starts with creating a small ghost-shaped form from a balloon and some cardboard. Then you soak some cheese cloth in glue, wring it out, and then drape the cheese cloth over the form. Once it has dried and stiffened, just add some felt eyes and a mouth. You’ll have a cute and creative homemade Halloween decoration for your Halloween party.
It’s an easy project that you might even do with kids, and it only costs a few dollars. See the complete step-by-step instructions and materials list for the Cheese Cloth Ghosts on the Forums.
Homemade Halloween Decorations — Plywood Blood Puddle
This Halloween project by aboveaveragejoe is also very simple to make, and it’s so clever. It’s a not-so-scary “blood puddle” that’s made from a piece of plywood.
This easy project does require using a power jigsaw and a power sander, but aboveaveragejoe has a couple of suggestions in case you don’t have those tools. All it takes is cutting out your puddle shape, sanding the rough edges and then giving it a bloody red paint job. Joe used a Martha Stewart paint color with the very not-bloody name Ladybug.
Take at look at Joe’s complete instructions for the Plywood Blood Puddle project for the details. You’ll also see his rather unexpected use for this bloody mess in his office.
We’d love to see your homemade Halloween projects, whether it’s your version of one of the DIY projects from the Forums associates, or something you came up with yourself. Just leave us a comment here, or go ahead and upload a photo directly on the Forums.
And go to our Holiday Decorations page for more Halloween decorations to go with your homemade Halloween projects.
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