9 Simple Spooky DIY Decorating Ideas for Halloween

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Photo: marthatstewart.com

1. GOURD GARLAND

All you need for this simple decoration is: 

  1. A collection of small gourds
  2. A drill & fine drill bit
  3. Twine
  4. Embroidery Needle

Start by drilling a hole in each gourd. Then thread your needle with the twine. Next, pull the twine through each gourd, and as you attach each one to the twine make sure to tie a knot on each side of the gourd in order to hold it in place. Once you've strung up all the gourds, pick the right spot and hang it there! 

Photo: marthatstewart.com

Photo: marthatstewart.com

2. Mouse Motel

Prepare to creep out all your visitors this Halloween with this rodent infested pumpkin. You'll need: 

  1. Pumpkins
  2. Rubber Mice
  3. Keyhole Saw
  4. Scooper
  5. Marker 

Take a marker and draw circles all over the surface of the pumpkin. Take the keyhole saw and carve out each of the circles. Smooth the edges of each of the circles. No need to clean out the pumpkin for this one. Pick a good location to place the pumpkin and fill the holes with rubber mice. Wait with delight for all the screams from guests and neighbors! 

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    3. A BIT BATTY

    For this straight forward craft all you'll need is: 

    1. Black construction paper
    2. Pencil
    3. Scissors
    4. Tape/Removable Hooks
    5. String

    Fold the piece of paper in half, draw 1/2 a bat on it at the crease, then cut it out. Unfold the paper, and now you have a bat! Hang it up with string, attaching it to removable hooks, or tape up some bats all over the wall. 

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    4. Slithering Pumpkins

    For this horrifying decoration, you'll need to get some: 

    1. Pumpkins
    2. Rubber snakes
    3. A keyhole saw
    4. A scooper
    5. A serrated knive

    Cut a hole in the bottom of a pumpkin with the keyhole saw. Use the scooper to clean out the inside of the pumpkin. Next, take the serrated knife and carve some eyes and a mouth into the pumpkin. When you're done, arrange the rubber snakes as you like, and you're all set to spook. 

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    5. Spider Egg Sac

    Get ready for people to scream their heads off at the sight of this creepy, crawly creation. 

    What you'll need: 

    1. Foam eggs
    2. White batting
    3. White stocking
    4. A variety of plastic spiders
    5. Hot glue gun
    6. Adhesive hooks or pins 

    Start by wrapping the foam egg in white batting. Next, pull a white stocking over the ball. Fill the space between the ball and stocking with smaller plastic spiders. Position the larger plastic spiders on the outside of the ball and hot glue them to the sides. Hang the "egg sacs" at varying heights from the ceiling with tacks or adhesive hooks.  

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    6. Musty Mossy Wreath

    This wreath is sure to make people's skin crawl. This wreath looks like it could have just been pulled out of someone's dusty attic and hung on a door. 

    What you'll need: 

    1. Hot glue
    2. Moss - preferably yellowish
    3. Styrofoam wreath foam
    4. Monofilament
    5. Craft glue
    6. Plastic spiders
    7. Black glitter

    Start by hot-gluing moss all over the wreath foam form until it is covered to your liking. Apply a small amount of craft glue to the spiders, then dust them with black glitter. Once that's dry, hot glue the spiders all over the mossy wreath. Hang the wreath with the monofilament. 

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    7. Screaming Squash

    Pray that you don't hear the song of the three squashes', otherwise you'll disappear into the nearest veggie patch never to be seen or heard from again! 

    For this project, you'll need: 

    1. Butternut Squashes
    2. Keyhole Saw
    3. Scraper
    4. Apple Corer

    To clean this squash out, you have to work from both the top and bottom. Cut a hole in the bottom with a keyhole saw and scrape out the bottom with the plastic scraper. Cut off the top of the squash with the keyhole saw then, using the apple corer, remove the insides from the top. Carve features with the saw or a knife. Replace the top for display if you like. 

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    8. Witchy Entryway Wrap

    To start, you'll want to wire together two brooms in an X and attach them to the front of the door. Next, grab these other things to make a wrap for the rest of the doorway: 

    1. Raffia
    2. 24 Gauge Wire
    3. Wire cutters
    4. Masking tape
    5. Sisal rope

    Start by cutting the raffia into 7-inch lengths. Gather these lengths into small bundles and wrap one end of each bundle with masking tape to secure in a broom shape. For the garland shape, cut 3 pieces of the sisal rope - 2 the length of the either side of the door, 1 the length of the top of the door. Wire one of the mini raffia brooms to the end of one of the longer lengths of rope with the brass wire on the spool, continue adding overlapping brooms until you reach the end of the piece of rope. Repeat with the other long piece of rope. For the shorter length of rope work from each end so the brooms face out and until the brooms meet in the middle.  

     

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    Photo: marthatstewart.com

    9. WRITHING WREATH

    For this un-welcoming wreath, you'll need the following: 

    1. Black acrylic paint
    2. Vinyl snakes of assorted shapes and sizes
    3. Floral wire - 20 gauge
    4. Black, water-based spray paint
    5. 18-inch grapevine wreath

    Paint the grapevine wreath with the black, water-based spray paint and let dry. Paint vinyl snakes with acrylic paint; let dry. Attach the snakes to the wreath. For flat snakes you can use floral wire to attach them, for coiled snakes, you can simply wrap them around the wreath and attach them with wire as needed. 

    By Rajmani Sinclair

    August 23, 2016