Friday, October 26, 2012

Homemade, Fun, Halloween Decorations! - #CopyCat

Some of the most creative, spookiest Halloween decorations we've come across over the years has been homemade.  After searching the internet, I found some scary and fun to make DIY decorations to transform your home into the creepiest house on the block!

Paranormal Portraits (
What you'll need:

  • Small to medium sized black and white printed copies of family pictures
  • Black craft paint
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Card Stock (the size of your pictures)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Small to medium picture Frames for your pictures
  • Red mini-LED Christmas Lights (try Superior Holiday Lighting's flattop version, $11.26 for a 25-foot string;
  • Tape
  • Fake cobwebs
  1. Make a black-and-white copy of a portrait on printer paper and cut it out.
  2. To "age" the picture, lightly brush a sponge dipped in a solution of a few drops of black craft paint mixed with water.  Let the paper dry.
  3. Cut a piece of card stock the same size as your photo and glue it to the photo's back.  Let it dry.  With an X-Acto knife, cut out the eyes of the picture's subject(s), piercing through the card stock and creating holes about 1/4 inch in diameter.
  4. Open the frame's back, remove the glass and then fit the photo inside the frame.
  5. Insert red, mini, LED Christmas lights through the back of the eye holes.  Plug in the lights and hen replace the frame's backing, securing it with tape if necessary and drape with fake cobwebs.
  6. *Optional* Cut small triangles from white paper and glue or tape them to the subject's mouth for an even creepier look!
Head in a Jar (
What you'll need:

  • 5 liter jar with wide mouth
  • Rubber zombie mask - the more realistic looking, the better (make sure it fits inside the jar)
  • Balloon
  • Accessories such as a couple fake eyes, hair, dirt, shredded brown recycled paper towel
  • Yellow and green food coloring
  • Water

  1. Stuff the mask into the jar.  Place the balloon mostly into the jar, behind the mask and inflate it until the mask is pressed up against the glass.
  2. Add accessories.  Drop in a couple fake eyes and hair.  Fill the entire jar with water and add one to two drops of yellow and green food coloring to get a creepy formaldehyde hue.  Add dirt and shredded brown recycled paper towel for a simulated decomposition look.
  3. Display your head in a jar where it is most likely to gross people out!

Black Crepe Paper Flowers (
What you'll need:

  • 18-inch long piece of floral wire
  • Double sided tape
  • Black streamer roll
  • Scissors
  • Floral tape
  1. Bend an 18-inch long piece of floral wire in half and wrap double sided tape around the bent end about 5 times.
  2. Hold the tip of a streamer, still attached to it's roll, against the top of the taped wire.  
  3. Loosely wrap it around the wire four times to create an inner bud, pinching the bottom edge of the streamer against the taped wire as you go.
  4. Continue wrapper the streamer around the wire, gathering the paper at the flower's base so that the petals fan out at the top.  Continue until you have a full flower.
  5. Finish by cutting and securing the flower to the wire with floral tape.  Repeat until you have enough blooms to fill a bowl.
What you'll need:
  • Thumbtacks or pins
  • Small white pumpkin (For a big bite, choose a small pumpkin so the teeth seem huge!)
  • Miniature saw (Like one'd you get in a pumpkin carving kit)
  • Plastic vampire teeth
  • Small red map tacks
  • Mouth template (to ensure the vampire teeth fit perfectly)
  1. Print out the mouth template and lay the template on the pumpkin.  Poke the thumbtack through, all along the outline to transfer design.  Cut out the mouth with the mini saw and remove the excess flesh.
  2. Wedge teeth into the hole.
  3. For eyes, pin red pin map tacks onto the pumpkin

What you'll need:
  • Plastic plate
  • Crimson/Dark Red Acrylic Paint
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • Paint Brush
  • Destructible white hand towel and bath towel
  • Destructible white shower curtain
  1. Take the acrylic pain and squirt a good sized amount onto the plastic plate.
  2. Add in red and blue food coloring (2 drops red to 1 drop blue, as much as needed to make it a light bloody color.  It will dry darker colored.  Mix well with your paintbrush.
  3. Add in just a little bit of isopropyl alcohol to give it the right thickness. (If it's too thick, it won't run and too thin will be too runny.)  If you add a bit too much isopropyl alcohol, let it sit out for 5 minutes before using, stirring every minute or two.
  4. Hang up your hand and bath towels where you can splatter paint on them.  Outside works best so you don't make a mess.
  5. Gather a large splotch of paint onto your paintbrush and fling it at the towels.  Don't be afraid to experiment with the direction, speed and proximity of your flings as well as how much paint you use per fling.  Try to make it look as real as possible.
  6. Place your hand(s) into the plate of paint making sure you get a good amount of paint on them.
  7. Grab and pull at the towels, this roughs up the splatters and makes them look less purposeful.
  8. To create soaked bloodstains, dip spots of the towel into your paint.
  9. Squish your towel into a ball and run the ball under water for 10 seconds, squishing and rotating while you do, just long enough to get the entire towel slightly damp.
  10. Squish out all the water and hang up to dry.  This makes all the blood run and mix together.
  11. Next, hang up the shower curtain.  You may need to weight it down on the bottom to keep it from blowing around on you.  
  12. Repeat the splatter effect that you used on the towels all over the shower curtain.  More paint - bigger splatters, so if you want to have larger splatters on your curtain mix up more paint and fling more paint at once.
  13. Gather a large puddle of paint onto each of your hands.  Press one hand against the curtain and drag it slightly, letting the rest of the paint flow down the curtain.  With the other hand, grab and tug on the curtain to create a smeared hand print.
  14. Take your paint and add a little more isopropyl alcohol to make a thinner blood in a fairly large quantity.  Throw your plate of paint at the curtain, preferably near the hand prints.  Careful of any folds, they catch paint and make streaks.
  15. Let the paint dry fully before you hang your accessories up in your bathroom.  A full afternoon of sunshine should do the trick.
  16. Finally, hang up the decorative towels whenever company comes over to help get them in the Halloween spirit.

I did not come up with these ideas, I just did the research online to find them.  I take no credit and have posted links to the websites I found these ideas on.  For more information please see my disclosure policy located in the PR section of this site.

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