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7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas

Catch these ideas 7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas ON KOMO-TV Monday October 7th at 4pm

Halloween Crafts

Detailed decor projects can be downright SCARY! Here are some simple Halloween decor ideas that you can easily create… some taking just minutes!

Spooky Cheesecloth Ghost

7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas

Materials: Cheesecloth, “Stiffy” Fabric Stiffener, styrofoam balls, wood dowels, large empty soda bottle, bowl, craft glue, scissors, googly eyes, wire or cardboard paper towel holder covered in plastic wrap. I’d also grab an old towel to protect your work surface. All craft materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames.

 Instructions

1. Insert the wood dowel into the styrofoam ball

2. Stick dowel, with ball on top, into your bottle. This keeps the dowel upright while working on it. 

3. If you want arms on your ghost, twist wire around dowel and extend out to the length and shape you want. OR wrap the cardboard paper towel holder in plastic wrap and  set aside.

4. Drape cheesecloth over your form to get an idea of how much you need. If you want the ghost to be tattered looking, cut the edges of the cheesecloth. Put cheesecloth into the bowl and saturate completely. Gently squeeze out excess. Do not wring.

5. Drape the cheesecloth over your form one layer at a time. Shape the folds the way you want them. If you decided to go the “paper towel roll” route for the arms, wedge the cardboard roll under the cheesecloth where desired.

6. Let it dry overnight. Add the “googly eyes” with craft glue.

Starry Night Pumpkin

7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas

Materials: A pumpkin, Americana acrylic paint in Black, DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint in Shimmering Silver Mrs. Grossman’s small and medium sized star stickers.

Instructions: Paint the pumpkin black (2 coats). Hand paint a sliver of a moon. Outline and paint it silver. Add star stickers.

 Pumpkin Candy Vases 

7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas

Materials: Orange Spray Paint in Pumpkin Orange, 3 Mason Jars (with a flat side), Martha Stewart Beverage Clings. Hershey Kisses, candy bars, masking tape, skewers and curling ribbon. All craft materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames.

Instructions

1. Spray paint the jars. It works best to do many light coats of paint.

2. Add the clings

3. Fill up the jars with Hershey’s Kisses. Use making tape to tape candy bars to wooden skewers. Arrange in jars. Add curling ribbon.

Candy Corn Bunting

7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas

Materials: 4 Canvas Corp 12 x 12 Burlap Sheets, a die cut machine (or cardboard triangle patter, ruler, hole punch  and scissors) Delta Creative Cermacoat Acrylic Paint in White (2), Yellow and Bittersweet Orange, ruler and masking tape, Black Canvas Corp Cord. All craft materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames. Optional: use large plastic bags on your work surface to protect it and also to expedite painting.

1. If you purchase the burlap sheets at Ben Franklin, you can use there awesome die cut machine for free to cut 8 pennants (2 per sheet). The die cut even makes two holes on the top for hanging. If not, make yourself a cardboard template of a pennant measuring 7 x 10 x 10 inches. Then trace and cut 2 triangles from each sheet. Punch two holes on the 7 inch side for hanging later.

2. Paint the front of the pennants with white paint, let dry. Flip over and paint the backs, let dry.

3. Measure 2 inches from the top of the pennant and stick a piece of masking tape underneath. Repeat on all pennants. Paint that top portion yellow and let dry. Note: My inclination was to make 3 equal sections of yellow, orange and white, but if you look at real candy corn, the orange section is the main part.

4. After orange section is dry, measure a 4 inch section underneath it, tape it off and paint it orange. Repeat on all pennants. Let dry.

5. String cord through holes and hang.

Candy Corn Frame

7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas

 Materials: Sierra Pacific Crafts  5 x 7 inch bordered frame, 1 bag of candy corn and glue dots. All craft materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames.

Instructions: Remove frame and mat. Use glue dots to adhere candy to mat.

Monster Wreath

7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas

 Materials: Black Faux Fur (18 x 28 inches), foam wreath form, scissors, straight pins, yard stick, white chalk, and Darice Felties Eyeballs stickers. All craft materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames.

 Instructions

1. Flip the fur over and measure and draw lines (on the long side of the fur) every 3 inches.

2. Cut the fur into strips.

3. Wrap the fur strips around the foam wreath form, securing with straight pins.

4. Add eyeball stickers.

Spooky Candles 

7 Simple Halloween Decor Ideas

 Materials: Candles of differing heights, googly eyes, craft glue, glitter foam, Halloween themed paper punch or scissors, Duck Tape Glow in the Dark stickers. All craft materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames.

 Instructions:

1. To make the “googly eyes” candy, simply glue on the eyes

2. To make the glow in the dark candle, just stick the glow in the dark stickers on it.

3. To make the jack-o-lantern candle, punch or cut the shapes out and stick on candles. As always, burning candles should always be supervised by an adult.

5 Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

{5 Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas}

 What did we do before there were faux pumpkins? Their versatility can’t be beat! Plus, you can use them year after year. I created these 5 no-carve pumpkins with a variety of craft supplies… the most important being acrylic paint. 

Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Princess Pumpkin Idea

If you have a girlie girl at home, she’ll love this pumpkin princess.

5 Easy No-Carve Pumpkins

Supplies: Faux pumpkin, two shades of pink acrylic paint, pink glitter, adhesive rhinestones, pink curling ribbon.

Instructions: Paint a few coats a light pink paint, letting it dry between coats. Mix the darker pink color with the glitter and paint in on. Add adhesive rhinestones and ribbon on top.

5 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

 Chalkboard Pumpkin Idea

This chalkboard pumpkin is fun because you can always change the message!

Supplies: Faux pumpkin, black chalkboard paint, chalk pen.

Instructions: Paint a few coats of the chalkboard paint on until you have desired coverage. Write message with chalk pen or chalk.

5 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Frankenstein Pumpkin Idea

This Frankenstein pumpkin is more cute than frightening!

Supplies: Faux Pumpkin, green acrylic paint, black duck tape (sheet), white duck tape (sheet), two circle punches and scissors.

Instructions: Paint the pumpkin green. You may need a few coats. Cut the hair and mouth out of black duck tape sheet. Punch the larger circle out of the white duck tape sheet and the smaller circle out of the black duck tape sheet. 

5 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

School Spirit Pumpkin Idea

This idea is perfect for showing your support for you favorite school!

Supplies: Faux Pumpkin, glittered acrylic paint in one of your school colors (the glitter is already in the paint), a paper cutout of your school (found in the scrapbook sections of a crafts store) and glue dots. Curling ribbon in the school’s other color if desired.

Instructions: Paint the pumpkin (you know the drill, many coats until you get the right color). Let it dry and use glue dots to add the paper cutout. Add curling ribbon on top.

5 No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Bat Themed Pumpkin Idea

 You won’t go batty creating this bat themed pumpkin because it’s so easy!

Supplies: Faux Pumpkin, Sheet of Black Duck Tape Paper, Bat shaped paper punch, adhesive letters, ribbon (if desired).

Instuctions: Paint the faux pumpkin. Punch the bat shapes out of the back duck tape paper and adhere. Add adhesive letters. 

 Note: I purchased the paint, glitter, chalkboard paint, chalkboard pen, Duck Tape Paper, paper “W Cougars” and adhesive letters at my favorite crafts store, Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames.

 

4 Not-So-Spooky No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Hi Pals… we all think of Fall as a time of change, right? The leaves turn brilliant colors and float to the ground… we put away the capris and tanks and pull out the cords… the iced vanilla latte makes way for the pumpkin spice latte. Well, I have been slowly transforming too. I've made to difficult decisions but now that I've had a little time really let them sink in, I am feeling so positive and good about them.
The biggest change for me was resigning from my job(s) at a really lovely women's magazine. I adored my boss, enjoyed editing and was happy to "manage" (although none of them really needed managment) a bunch of really cool, accomplished and fun women.
Some family related things came up and I suddenly found huge chunks of my time were committed to something and as much as I struggled, I literally couldn't keep up the pace of working… so I quit. And I felt terrible. I started realizing how much of my identity was tied up in the job. I gave notice on a Friday and spent the weekend with a "Resignation Hangover." I was felt anxious, guilty and overall crummy.
My boss was understanding and I agreed to stay on for 6 more weeks while she found my replacements. I really like my boss personally and I care deeply about the publication (I was with them for two years) so I was happy to stay on for a bit. So I've had a month and a half to make the transition.
Well, my official last day of work is the last day of October. Two awesome gals have been hired and trained to take over and I am feeling so peaceful about my decision. I guess I knew this logically but it felt really different learning through my own experience.
We are NOT our job titles– we are all so many great things and all the stuff that makes up "us" is so much bigger than what's written on our business cards.
I will continue with the blog (lots of BIG improvements to come), my KOMO-TV segments which I absolutely love doing… and freelancing for a video production company. I feel SO excited by the blank spaces that are going to be filled over time. 
Speaking of time– here are a few of the timesaving no-carve pumpkin ideas I shared on my TV segment last week. All done with craft (plastic) pumpkins, paint, Duck Tape, glitter, stickers and "Bling on a Roll."
Monster-kin - Yesterday on Tuesday #pumpkin

Princess-kin - Yesterday on Tuesday #pumpkin
Cougar-kin -Yesterday on Tuesday #pumpkin
Komo-kin - Yesterday on Tuesday #pumpkin
Thanks for being such great friends!
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