Pretty Scary: Creepy-Chic Halloween Decor and Kid-Friendly Crafts
1. Spray-paint pressed leaves with black spray primer, allowing to dry fully before flipping over to spray back sides.
2. When completely dry, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over each leaf front and place on wax paper to dry.
3. When Mod Podge has cured, flip leaves and brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the back sides. Place on wax paper to dry.
4. Arrange leaves into a garland and attach to a long piece of narrow cording with mini glue dots.
1. Gather a variety of tabletop Halloween-themed objects, including old books, fake spiders and small pumpkins, then arrange them on a surface.
2. Set a few items on a bed of moss and cover with a glass cloche, large jar or terrarium.
1. Using sharp scissors, poke a hole in the bottom of each carton (or box) and cut the bottom out. Cut a piece of decorative paper to size and wrap around carton, gluing paper in place to form walls.
2. Download door and window templates and decide where to put them on carton. Once satisfied with placement, trace door and window templates onto carton, then use scissors to cut them out.
3. Cut pieces of printed vellum and add a strip of glue to the edges. Glue to the inside of the cartons’ doors and windows.
4. For each roof, trim top seam of carton and cut out any plastic pouring spouts. Cut and fold a strip of card stock to form the roof. Apply glue to top seam of carton and along the sides. Press black card stock into place. Cut triangles from black decorative paper and glue underneath the roof overhang.
5. Arrange cartons and place over flameless candles.
1. Download owl template, print onto presentation paper as pieces that can be tiled together, and cut out the entire image.
2. Spray the back of the first section of the owl image with adhesive and adhere to foam core. Repeat with each additional piece, lining the image up as you go so the design looks seamless. Let dry for a few minutes.
3. Using a craft knife, carefully trim around design, cutting through the foam core.
4. Nestle owl in manzanita branches. Add candles in hurricanes and leaves, if desired.
Crafty cheats: If your owl won’t stand upright, tape a piece of monofilament to its back and attach the other end to your ceiling. Place the cutout in front of a window to use the fall foliage outside as a seasonal backdrop
1. To create each flower, take a small black honeycomb tissue-paper fan and trim its cardboard hanging strips flush with the edges of the tissue-paper folds. To make the fan look spiky instead of rounded, trim the closed fan’s unstapled ends so that they form an angled straight edge (see illustration in downloadable template booklet).
2. Unfold fan and apply quick-setting gel glue along the inner seam of the fan and along the cardboard strips. Insert a piece of stem wire along the back seam and press edges together until glue adheres (just a minute or two). Set aside to finish drying.
3. Download iris templates, print onto regular printer paper and cut out an eye shape. With eye cutout facing up, brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the eye and adhere to the bottom of a glass mosaic pebble. Smooth out air bubbles with your fingers, and let dry for 5 to 10 minutes. Punch a 1 1/2-inch circle from white card stock and glue decoupaged mosaic pebble eye onto the card stock. Let dry for a few minutes.
4. While the eye shape is drying, wrap stem wire on the diagonal with black floral tape, stretching the tape as you go to activate adhesive.
5. Glue mosaic pebble eye into the center of flower, holding it in place for a moment or two. When glue is fully dry, bend flower stems as desired and display in clear vases.
Finger with Spider
1. Download hand template, print onto presentation paper as pieces that can be tiled together, and cut out the entire image.
2. Spray the back of the first section of hand image with adhesive and adhere to foam core. Repeat with second piece, lining the image up as you go so the design looks seamless. Let dry for a few minutes.
3. Using a craft knife, carefully trim around design, cutting through
the foam core.
4. Tie string around finger and mount hand to wall using damage-free adhesive strips. Finish by tying a fake spider to end of string.
Trick or Treat Blocks
Spell out a festive phrase on the mantel in bone-chilling decorative blocks.
1. Give wooden blocks a light sanding with a sanding sponge to smooth edges, if necessary. Paint blocks with two coats of black craft paint, allowing dry time in between coats.
2. Download letter templates, print onto sticker paper and cut each out. One by one, peel the paper backings off and apply to the fronts of blocks, smoothing out air bubbles with your fingers.
3. For extra durability, spray blocks with a clear acrylic setting spray.
1. Using the photo as a guide, draw the outline of a simple ghoul face on a white gourd.
2. Fill in outlined shapes with black craft paint, allowing dry time in between coats.
Crafty cheats: Separate ghoul gourds from the rest of the porch pumpkin patch by elevating them in urns or footed planters. To give each its haunting posture, cover with a sheet of cheesecloth.
1. Download bat templates, print onto presentation paper (larger ones should be printed as pieces that can be tiled together) and cut out.
2. Turn bats face down, spray with adhesive and adhere to a sheet of poster board. Cut out bats, leaving a thin white border around each.
3. Mount bats to door with painter’s tape.
Ceiling Medallion Wreath
1. Cover ceiling medallion with two coats of spray paint, allowing dry time in between coats.
2. Download label template, print onto white card stock and cut out.
3. Layer label over a piece of kraft-colored card stock and cut around the edges using pinking shears. Attach label to the kraft card stock circle using pop-up adhesive dots, then adhere that to wreath using pop-up adhesive dots, leaving space at the top middle of the ceiling medallion for ribbon. Thread decorative ribbon through the medallion, tie into a bow and hang from door.