Halloween is just around the corner, so we thought it would be fun to share some of the best crafts inspired by famous last words. Celebrate the spooky season with these Halloween decoration ideas – as well as with frightful face paints, daunting decorations and monstrous mache shapes. Whether you’re planning a Halloween party or just want some creepy craft activities, I’ve got everything you need to make your own spooktacular DIY decorations.
Inspired by familiar turns of phrase, these ideas dare you to watch your language. Ready? Say boo and scary on! Here’s some of my personal favorite Halloween decoration ideas.
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Left: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
Reflective paint is this spectral mirror’s secret. You can use any frame with glass; Start by printing two ghostly images—the original, shown here, and its inverse, or mirror image—onto 11″W x 17″L paper. (Resize images if you’re using a different frame). Remove the frame’s glass, then tape the inverse image facedown on the front of the glass. Flip the glass over, and spray Krylon’s Looking Glass paint on the back, avoiding the areas where the face and hand imagery are visible. Let dry one hour. Discard the inverse image, then fit the glass into the frame, painted side to the back. Place the original image and backing into the frame.
Right: “You can’t judge a book by its cover”
Giving an old book sneaky new content is frighteningly easy. Print the mice templates and cut as directed. Open your book to the middle, then lightly trace the mice shapes onto opposite pages; take care to mark, as indicated on the templates, where not to cut along the bottoms. With a cutting mat underneath one page, use a craft knife to cut out one silhouette, then erase any leftover pencil marks. Carefully lift up the shape, creasing at the bottom so that the mouse stands.
Left: “Drawn Like a moth to a flame”
First, insert each bulb into a vintage candlestick, securing with poster putty. Use Amaco’s pewter Rub ‘n Buff to give the bulbs’ gold bases a silver finish. Then, download a page of moth images and print two copies onto vellum.Using spray adhesive, glue the two sheets of vellum together, wrong sides facing. Cut out the double-sided moths, gently bending the wings upward, and adhere to the bulbs using mini glue dots. Now this is one of the best Halloween decoration ideas I’ve seen this year!
Right: “There’s no rest for the wicked”
Devil horns may be the stuff of nightmares, but this clever project is a dream to make. Just print our artwork onto fabric-transfer paper. Cut out the horns, and place them, facedown, atop a freshly ironed pillowcase—positioned four inches below the top seam and centered horizontally, as shown. Iron on the horns, following the package instructions, and peel away the backing.
Left: “Can’t see the forest for the trees”
This craft pairs materials from your own yard with an 11¼”W x 14″H black Funkin. To get started, print our carving templates; cut, as indicated, to create stencils for the tree-framed opening and moon at the back. With a felt-tip pen, trace the designs onto your Funkin, then carve. Spray-paint the Funkin’s interior black and let dry one hour.
Place a green Styrofoam disk inside the faux pumpkin as a base. Using our photo as a guide, stick twigs into the base to form trees, then cover the base with moss. Finally, hot-glue a wolf figurine to a rock, and set it and other rocks atop the moss.
Right: “Two heads are better than one”
Conjure up some double trouble with our chilling vintage photo of twins. Print and cut out the image, then place it in the tray of a 30-millimeter pendant necklace kit. Follow the kit’s instructions to glue on the glass cabochon, and string your charm onto the included chain.
What could be better than this to start having your own Halloween decoration ideas?