Well, the holidays are just right around the corner, and with October finally here, it’s time to start rolling out the decor. So, I thought that I would show a few of my favorite easy halloween decorations. Each one of these crafty projects can be completed in just a matter of minutes, and usually from items that you already have around the house.
Aged Halloween Book Covers
I love making things look a little spooky for Halloween. One of my favorite projects to do is to make some scary book covers. They are really simple, and work with books that are approximately 8 1/2″ tall. (By the way, I use legal size paper for this). I could go with a smaller book by trimming down the cover, but 8 1/2″ is the max without cutting and pasting. FYI: two of these books are from my son’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” collection. 🙂
To get the variations and creases that are seen in my book covers, I go over the sheet with a wet tea bag prior to soaking it. I just take the wet tea bag and, using it like a paint brush, run over the paper in the areas where I want darker accents to appear. Press tight creases in the paper as you swipe a straight line across with the tea bag. Then, the stain will gather more in the creased area when it soaks.
Next, I make up a small cup of strong tea. I usually just throw in 3 tea bags and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then, I pour the tea into a large cookie sheet and soak legal size printer paper until I like the tint.
Once the color is to my liking, I very gently lift the sheets out and onto some parchment paper to dry. I let it dry overnight. Once it is dry, brush away any loose tea leaves that escaped form the bags.
Next, I ironed the paper flat.(You can really see the creases here). This is very important, as the moisture will cause the paper to lose it’s original pressed look. If you do not press it back flat, the printer will likely jam. So, on a very low setting I press the pages until they are once again flat. Then, I insert the paper in the printer and print out my spooky designs!
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upcycled – Maxwell House centerpiece
I don’t know about you, but I love Maxwell House’s Swiss Mocha Lattes. I also love the containers that it comes in, because I can use them for so many different things. One of my favorite ways to upcycle these are to use them for flower arrangements. So, I have created a very simply Halloween centerpiece using just a few items.
- Maxwell House container
- floral block
- selection of flowers
- role of burlap fabric
- cinnamon sticks for scent (optional)
- glue gun
First, I cut and insert the floral block into the container. Then, I cut the burlap to size, leaving just enough extra length to allow me to fold the raw end under. Next, apply hot glue to the top and bottom edges of the container and attach the burlap. (I made sure to tuck the raw edge under the lip of the top of the container, and attach the finished edge along the bottom).
Moving on to the flowers. I began inserting them to achieve the desired look. I also pushed some cinnamon sticks in around the outer edge to both, hide the floral block and to also, add a pleasing holiday scent. I finished it off by tucking a bit of moss over any floral block left visible.
Super Cute, Canning Jar, RIng Pumpkin
This has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. I don’t recall exactly where I saw this, but now I have noticed that a lot of people are doing this easy halloween decoration. All you need for this project is
- About 20 lid rings
- paint or decorative ribbon (I like the ribbon)
- Glue (if using ribbon)
- cinnamon stick and floral inserts (optional)
Just to let you know how easy this is, I have done these while sitting in bed and watching TV. Of course, don’t try that if you are spray painting your lids. 😉
Start by finishing the lids in whatever style that you prefer. If using spray paint, paint them. If using ribbon, apply a bead of glue along the center of the lid ring. Then press the ribbon around the the ring.
Once the rings have fully dried, cut a section of twine and slip the twine through the rings. Allow the rings to fall evenly along the twine. Then tie the twine tightly around the rings. Adjust the rings until they are spaced appropriately. Apply a bit of glue from your glue gun to a cinnamon stick and push it down into the center of the pumpkin. Do the same for any floral pieces that will be inserted. Viola! Simply, cute, little pumpkin.
Another very simply halloween decoration. All you need for these are the candles in a color of your choice, (I chose black) and a tapered red candle for the blood.
Just light the red tapered candle and allow it to drip over the edge and down the sides of the other candles.
Trick or treat banner
Okay folks. Here it is. This is free to everyone. Just print the file out on orange printer paper. Construction paper will work as well. (FYI – the banner letters may not appear in correct order in the download, but fear not, everything is there.) Next, cut the banner out and fold the tabs in half. Use whatever method you prefer to anchor the tabs – glue, staples, etc. Then using twine, thread the banner letters in the correct order, and hang. Hope you all enjoy this free printable! ( Update: see below)
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- Book covers should be printed on legal size paper.
- Ghost should be printed on US standard size.
Banner should be printed onto orange printer paper or construction paper.
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