Last-minue DIY Halloween decorations

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Mummy mason jar:

What you’ll need: gauze, hot glue gun/tape, googly eyes and a mason jar.

How to make it: First, make the gauze a little less neat by stretching it, tearing holes in it, etc. For extra effect, you could use brown eye shadow to mimic dirt. After the gauze looks more spooky, wrap it around the jar a few times until it is covered, leaving a small area clear to attach the googly eyes. Use the hot glue gun to attach the gauze and googly eyes to the jar. You could fill the jar with candy, or put a tealight candle in it to make it glow.

Frankenstein Reese Cups:

What you’ll need: green and black foam or construction paper, scissors, a black marker, white paper, googly eyes and a hot glue gun/tape.

How to make it: Cut out squares of green foam or construction paper to fit on the Reese Cup packaging. Cut out hair shapes for both Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein, using the white paper to create a white streak in Mrs. Frankenstein’s hair. Attach the hair pieces to the green foam. Draw the features (mouth, stitches and bolts) on the green foam and attach the googly eyes with the hot glue gun. Then attach the finished piece to the Reese Cup packaging with the hot glue gun or tape. These can be used as party favors or edible decorations.

Happy Halloween banner:

What you’ll need: orange and black foam, scissors, and twine or string.

How to make it: Cut out the letters of the words you want the banner to say from the foam. You can draw them out first with a marker, but I just free-handed them. Once the letters are cut out, cut holes in the top of them and pull the twine through. I hot glued the letters in place, but you don’t have to. Leave some string on the ends to tie up the banner or attach it to something. The banner can be customized to say anything you want and can be made for other occasions as well!

Wall or window stickers:

What you’l need: a printer with ink, paper, scissors, a bowl of water and clear tape.

How to make it: Print off any image you want to make into a sticker onto regular printer paper. Cover the image entirely with clear tape, making sure to get out any air bubbles that pop up. Cut the image out roughly. Dunk the image and tape in water and rub off the paper. This should leave only the ink attached to the tape, but it should still be slightly sticky. It can be used on walls or windows and is extremely customizable.

Pumpkin spider:

What you’ll need: hot glue gun, googly eyes, brown or black pipe cleaners, a small pumpkin (it can be plastic or real.)

How to make it: Cut the pipe cleaners in half and bend them in a v-shape to mimic spider legs. Hot glue the “legs” near the stem of the pumpkin, making sure the legs touch the surface of the table you’re working on. Bend them to fit/look better if needed.  Three to four legs should be on each side of the pumpkin’s stem. Then, glue several googly eyes to the face of the spider pumpkin.

Bat wall decoration:

What you’ll need: black foam, scissors, a hot glue gun and googly eyes.

How to make it: Trace the shape of a bat onto the black foam and cut it out. Attach the googly eyes to the bat’s face with the hot glue gun. You can also use white foam or paper to create fangs for the bat and glue them on with the glue gun. You can attach the bat to your wall or hang the bat from the ceiling with fishing line.

Ghost wall decoration:

What you’ll need: white tissue paper, a black marker, scissors, and string or twine.

How to make it: Cut out squares of tissue paper and ball up the leftover pieces to create the head of the ghost. Put the balled up tissue paper inside the square of tissue paper and tie off the neck area with string or twine. Draw the eyes and mouth with a black marker. The ghosts can then be hung from your ceiling with fishing line or taped to your walls. To turn this into a party favor, suckers could replace the balled up tissue paper head.

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