If you’re looking for some quick Halloween costume extra’s or just some Gothic jewelry, you can make these in about 10 minutes with a hot glue gun! They look awesome and kids and adults both can wear them. We’ve got patterns for a variety of styles or you can make up your own. And if you’re looking for more crafts that feature hot glue, check out our Creepy Halloween Decor Black Candles and our Hot Glue Glitter Leaves DIY Fall Decorations!
Gothic Jewelry Supplies
About Teflon Sheets: These things are awesome! You can buy them for cooking, dehydrating and crafting. They are inexpensive and reusable. I have two for crafting and you can work with hot glue, paint and all types of mediums and they clean right off. Excellent for crafters. Some are thicker than others. I used my thin one for this project because you can trace through it.
- Hot Glue Gun (Use low temp if kids are involved. The one linked to that I use is dual temp.)
- Teflon sheet (This is one I own. It’s a 16″x24″) You could use foil but you can’t trace through it, obviously.
- Paint, or Spray Paint (Whatever you choose to color them with}
- Extra Fine Glitter (optional)
If using a thin Teflon sheet, place your pattern underneath it. Trace the design with a glue gun making sure the side lines are as long or as short as desired.
You can also just draw in with the glue gun using no pattern. Foil will also work if you can draw your own designs without needing to trace.
Allow the glue to cool for 3 or 4 minutes, them peel it off.
Pull off any small strings of glue that remain.
Paint your necklace if desired with acrylic paint and a brush or spray paint.
Attach string or cord for tying the necklaces on in a variety of ways. We glued most of ours on.
These full size bats are the easiest Halloween decorations to create and you probably already have what you need to make them sitting right in your cupboard. A large black trash bag will make one full size bat with nothing else but a little dab of paint for the eyes. You can hang them inside or outside or make a garland out of them. We’ve also got a nifty little tutorial on making the cute Black Cat Trio Halloween Craft you see shown on the mantle. And if you’re looking for more DIY Halloween decoration ideas, check out our TP Roll Black Candles Halloween Decor and our Specimen Jar Halloween Decor from Plastic Bottles.
Halloween Decorations Supplies
- 30 to 32 gallon black trash bags
- White paint or Wiggle Eyes
- Double Sided Tape for hanging
- Pattern download below
Grab your basic supplies.
Pull one bag off.
Fan it in the center with about 1″ folds. This does not need to be exact.
Tie it around in a very loose knot.
Carefully and lightly pull your knot together. As you do you’ll notice one side has a triangle shape. You may need to adjust the bag a little to make the shape clear. Again, this has to be a loose knot.
Fan the sides of your bag out.
Print the pattern provided, if needed. Cut it out and use it as a guide for your wing curves. It might help to tape it lightly in place before cutting.
This is the bat after cutting.
Add two dots of white paint for eyes. You could also use wiggle eyes!
For hanging, use double sided tape. They are very light weight!
Are you bothered by zombies? Do ghosts keep you awake at night? Do monsters sneak up on you when you least expect it? Then you need to whip up some batches of ghost, monster and zombie survival sprays! Use Monster Be Gone, Zombie Be Gone and Ghost Be Gone and you’ll never have to deal with those pesky creatures again!
Ghost Monster Zombie Survival Spray Supplies
- 4oz to 8oz Small Spray Bottles 2 oz Size 8 oz (colored or clear.) Can be found at Walmart, Walgreen’s & Dollar Stores
- Food coloring (optional if your bottles are clear and you want to color the water.)
- Something to give it scent : Essential oils, vanilla or other flavoring etc. (Lavender oil is known for dispelling negative energy.)
- Printable labels and tags below
- Black raffia or ribbon
The Poems (on tags below)
MONSTER BE GONE
Have a feeling things aren’t right
When it’s cold and dark at night?
Grab your bottle, give a spray.
Send those monsters on their way!
GHOST BE GONE
If there’s something tall and white,
Floating near you in the night,
Never fear, they’ll go away!
All it takes is one small spray
ZOMBIE BE GONE
As you’re doing what you do
And someone starts to follow you,
If they’re looking gaunt and thin,
And it seems they’re missing skin,
Nothing makes them run away,
Quicker than some zombie spray!
You can use a variety of small spray bottles from 2oz to 8 oz. make sure they have a smooth surface for adding the faces on!
Add anything that will give the water a light scent. Essential oils are great. You can even use vanilla or almond flavoring! If your bottles are all clear you can also add a drop of food coloring into some of them. Green for zombies, blue for monsters and clear for ghosts.
Print and cut out the monster faces on regular paper.
Print and cut out your tags on cardstock.
Glue on the face pieces.
Fill the bottles with water.
Add a few drops of something to give it a scent. We used lavender oil as it dispels negative energy!
Punch a hole in your tags.
Tie them onto the bottles using raffia, ribbon or string.
Quickly & inexpensively decorate your door or walls with this darling owl burlap wreath! All you need is a little burlap material & one side of an 8″ embroidery hoop! We decorated it with our Whimsical Wood Slice Owls. They are so easy to make, you could make one for each season!
If you’re looking for other simple wreath ideas, check out our Inexpensive Fall Wreath!
Burlap Wreath Supplies
- 8″ Wood Embroidery Hoop
- Burlap Material (not too thick so it can be tied easily)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ribbon for hanging, 1/2″ Wide
- Material scissors OR a Rotary Cutter (Makes it go much faster!)
OPTIONAL DECOR FOR THE BURLAP WREATH
You can decorate the wreath however you like or use our specific idea below.
- Small rectangle piece of wood 3.5 x 2.5 (for sign)
- Wood Slice Owl Decor with Whoo Goes there Sign (3″ slice)
- Twig 8 to 10″ about 1/2″ thick
- A few fake leaves
- Paint for wood
- Mod Podge for label.
This is all you need for the basic wreath itself. (And you only need one of the rings!)
Cut approximately 35 1″ burlap strips approximately 12″ long. We trimmed ours an inch or two after completion so the burlap would stick out more.
I started with regular sewing scissors then pulled out my rotary cutter. Much faster if you have one!
You may be able to use less or need more of the strips, depending on the type of burlap you use.
Take a strip and fold it over as shown, under the hoop.
Pull the bottom two ends through the loop.
Cinch the strip up.
This is how it should look.
Repeat the process with each strip, pushing them close together as you go.
Trim the strings that show on the inside. The outside strings are supposed to show.
Make a whimsical owl and gather an 8″ stick, a few artificial leaves and your plaque, printed sign and ribbon for hanging.
Glue three leaves onto your stick, or as many as you wish, then glue your stick to the bottom of the wreath, aligning it so that the owl can site just behind it, glued to the inner wreath itself and appear to be sitting on the stick.
Carefully place your stick across the bottom of the wreath. Attach leaves. Using a large amount of hot glue, glue the bottom of the owl so that it sits just behind the stick, nestled on the inside of the wreath itself.
Again, the owl is not glued to the stick itself but onto the inner wreath just behind it.
To give the owl a bit more stability you can glue part of a tongue depressor to the back of the owl and the wreath itself.
Add a few leaves around the wreath.
Attach a ribbon for hanging.
Paint your wood plaque.
Cut out the downloaded label and Mod Podge it on.
Attach it to a piece of burlap and hang it to the top of your wreath.
The game “beer pong” has been around for quite a while. Well we’ve got a non-alcoholic version that makes a great party game! Monster eye pong is easy to make and fun to play for adults and kids alike. All you need is 9oz plastic cups and some ping pong balls. Draw creepy eyes onto the ping pong balls with Sharpie markers and decorate your cups with our free printables, then grab some candy and some friends!
Pong Party Game Supplies
- 9 0z plastic red cups
- Ping pong balls
- Stick glue
- Sharpie Markers
- Nail polish remover (if needed for balls)
- Small treats for game
Printables & Instructions (pdf)
For the full instructions on game play download our free pdf above!
If your ping pong balls have print on them you will want to remove it.
It should come off easily with some nail polish remover.
Draw eyes on the ping pong balls.
Every person will get two eyes.
Download the free pdf and print it out. Cut out the eyes and mouths needed.
Glue them onto your cup with stick glue.
Make sure they are glued flat so they will stack easily for storage.
Mix and match however you like!
The power of imagination is undeniable and this Positive Magic Potions kit might just be the little boost your child needs! You can use any size clear bottle and we have two sizes of labels you can print along with an instruction sheet that details the ability of each potion. FYI: We also have a tutorial on how to make the Upcycled Celtic Box shown. It’s super easy!
Going to the dentist? Take 4 drops of Bravery. Studying for a test? A few drops of Mind Power should do the trick. There are a few fun one’s too such as Fairy Vision and Laughing Brew. 25 labels in all.
DISCLAIMER: Only to be used for good. Results may vary.
Supplies for Positive Magic Potions Kit
There are 25 labels to pick from. Use as many as you wish depending on how many bottles you have. This kit can be given with the food coloring in it for older children. That way they can mix their own.
- Small clear bottles. I purchased these: Glass Cork Bottles, Glass Dropper Bottles (Plastic bottle from Walmart. Set of four.)
- Printed labels and instruction sheet below. (You can use parchment paper for the detail sheet.)
- Clear packing tape
- Box or container for potions (optional)
- Food coloring gel. I purchased these: Wilton Primary Colors Gel, Wilton Neon Colors Gel.
- Toothpicks (for dipping into gel)
- Distilled Water (Regular water will work but distilled keeps longer.)
- Optional: Here is how to make the Upcycled Celtic Box shown below. A simple and fast upcycled project!
These are the exact bottles I used. I painted the lids of the plastic ones black.
Print out the free labels and cut out the size you need.
Use clear packing tape to attach labels to the bottles to protect them if they get wet.
Fill with distilled water. Regular water works too but distilled stays fresh longer.
For small bottles dip a toothpick into the food coloring gel.
It doesn’t take much to color the water!
For larger bottles use a drop of gel or regular food coloring. Mix colors if desired.
Print out the detail sheet to use with the potions. I used a light brown parchment type paper for effect.
We have a full tutorial on how to make this simple Upcycled Celtic Box. Quick and easy!
Don’t forget to check out our Upcycled Small Celtic Box Tutorial!
Need some quick DIY Fall decorations? If you have wood slices lying around, in a matter of minutes you can make these cute little rustic pumpkins. They could be made any size, though these ones use 3″ wood slices. They make a very unique fall decoration or a lovely little gift.
DIY Fall Decorations Pumpkins Supplies
- Wood discs. About 1/2″ thick cut from a tree branch. (approx 3 to 4″ in diameter) If you don’t have a way to cut your own you can find them on eBay and Etsy.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sticks for stem
- String, raffia or ribbon
- Paint wash, if desired
Put two discs side by side. Hot glue on the back and lay a third disc over them. Glue on a 2″ stem. That’s it! These look great as is or you can make a paint wash putting in a few drops of acrylic paint into about 1/4 cup of water and brush it on your pumpkins. Add a bow of string, raffia or ribbon. I liked the green string for one of them as it made me think of leaves.
This one has the light orange paint wash on it.
Paint washed version and unpainted version.
Here’s a fun Halloween game (or anytime game for that matter!) Kids and adults alike will enjoy “Monster!” Just grab our free downloadable printables which includes the instructions and make a monster dice using a wood block and some wiggle eyes. It can be played with two or more or in groups and has various scoring options. Let players copy the monster example or use their creativity to create their own.
Supplies for Monster! Halloween Game
- Free printables below. One sheet per player
- Wood block for dice (one die per group)
- Paint (optional)
- Wiggle eyes 21 per single die. (Get extra small and make sure you can fit 6 on one side of the block. This will vary depending on the size of your block.)
- Glue (Some wiggle eyes are adhesive)
Download Game Sheets & Instructions
You can paint your block before adding eyes if desired.
Carefully add on your eyes to match a regular dice. Some eyes come with adhesive on them. Others will require you to add a tiny dab of glue on them.
How To Play (instructions also in download)
NUMBER OF PLAYERS 2 or more
SUPPLIES: Set of dice. Printed game sheet. Pencils (regular or colored)
GOAL: To be the first person to complete your monster, then to be the player with the most points at the end of all nine rounds (if you choose to tally points).
RULES: Everyone must throw a 6 to begin drawing. The first player to complete the monster shouts “Monster!” Everyone adds up their points (the number for each part). Person with most points at the end of all 9 rounds wins.
DRAWING: You can draw the example monster or draw your own as long as it has all the body parts needed. There is a blank sheet should you choose to place your own monster example on it instead of the one we have.
YOUNGER CHILD OPTION: You can let the one who drew the monster win and not tally points.
GROUP OPTION: Each group has its own game set. Play is the same as above, but the winner in each group moves to the group to the right. The person with most points at the end of all 9 rounds wins.
OTHER OPTIONS: People can draw their own style of monster if they wish as long as they use only the parts described.
It doesn’t get much easier than this! A 10 minute Halloween Craft, our “Eye See You!” bouquet will put a smile on the face of anyone who receives it! We used Dollar Store flowers and google eyes. Glue them on and place your flowers in a small vase with some matching ribbon. Makes a wonderful subtle and lovely decor item for the holiday.
Eye See You! Halloween Craft Supplies
- Artificial flowers with centers you can easily glue the eyes on to
- Large google eyes to fit center of flowers
- Vase and ribbon (optional)
Use hot glue or glue of choice in center of flower to attach eyes.
These flowers didn’t have clear centers but I was still able to pull the petals back and glue the eyes on.
Our Simple Healthy Candy Apple Recipe is a quick fall treat that you can feel good about eating and giving to the kids. All it takes is apples, dates and nuts! The date paste you make for the apples is super easy and can be used for a variety of other things such as our Fruit Dip Recipe.
Supplies for Candy Apple Recipe
- Popsicle sticks (or small dowels cut into pieces)
- Medjool Dates
- Food Processor
- Small Apples
Apples, nuts, dates (soaking) and sticks.
Instructions for Date Paste Coating
For the coating you need to make date paste which is super simple. All you need is dates and water and a food processor.
- Remove seeds from Medjool dates. (Medjool dates are extra soft and super sweet!).
- Soak in water enough to cover them for 30 minutes up to 2 hours until extra soft.
- Drain but save the water.
- Place in food processor and blend until smooth, scraping sides of container as needed.
- You want this paste to be very thick but spreadable. You can add a tiny bit of the drained off date water but be careful to not add too much. I didn’t need to add any to mine.
Or view our Fruit Dip Recipe here with photos.
Making Your Candy Apples
Insert your sticks.
Spread on your date paste.
This will be sticky as the paste does not “set” up.
Sprinkle with chopped nuts. You could also use coconut, cacao nibs etc.
Check out the main Fruit Dip Recipe here.
Make these beautiful fall leaves in a matter of minutes using only a glue gun and some glitter and foil or a Teflon sheet. These simple DIY fall decorations can be used in a variety of ways to adorn your house for Autumn!
This idea is courtesy of our daughter Jennifer who came up with it while helping me on some other crafting projects during a recent visit. I thought it was brilliant!
Supplies for DIY Fall Decorations
NOTE: Teflon sheets are perfect for this if you have them. They make it easier to save the extra glitter that falls off. Foil works fine, however the oil you use to keep the glue from sticking means you can’t easily save the extra glitter that falls off.
- Glue gun (high heat)
- Foil & spray oil (regular oil can also be used)
- Teflon sheet (no foil or oil is needed if you use this)
- Dry erase marker (optional)
- Clear spray sealer (optional but helps keep the glitter in place.)
About Teflon Sheets
These sheets are used in the kitchen quite a bit but they are the perfect thing to do your crafts on! They withstand high temperatures and clean up beautifully. I purchased a 16″x24″ one for my craft table. Great for using a hot glue gun, glitter, markers, painting etc.
Many times you can wipe the Teflon sheet clean with a dry paper towel.
When using foil you need to apply oil of some type to the area where the glue will be placed. You can use regular oil or spray oil. After applying it carefully, outline your leaf and stem. Then drizzle the hot glue around the inside of the leaf area. You do not want the glue to have thick lines. This must be done quickly and can take a little practice. Before the glue starts to cool quickly sprinkle on your glitter. After it’s cooled peel off your leaf.
This shows making a leaf using a Teflon sheet. If desired, you can outline your leaf shape using a dry erase marker.
Carefully outline your leaf with glue. Make the stem and main center lines then fill in by drizzling lightly inside the entire leaf. You still want gaps.
Quickly sprinkle on glitter.
Allow it to cool for a minute and then carefully peel off your leaf.
If you spray these with a coat of clear sealer it helps keep the glitter from dropping off.
Your little dogs can be part of the Halloween festivities with these darling small dog Halloween costume ideas. All you need is some inexpensive craft foam sheets, glue and Velcro. We’ve got all the pattern basics you can download. Keep in mind that these are general patterns as each dog is unique so you’ll have to adjust them for your little guy or gal. These are super lightweight.
And of course a special thank you to our daughter Amy’s little dog Barnaby who was beyond tolerant in trying on our costumes. He got a treat after each outfit though so he was a pretty happy camper.
The Mad Hatter, Wizard and Superman costumes were the creation of my daughter Jennifer and her son, our grandson, Ashton.
While visiting us for a week they spent an entire day brainstorming ideas, created the patterns and then assembling the costumes.
Supplies for Dog Halloween Costume Ideas
NOTES: These are for small dogs only. Our little pug was 14″ tall from the floor to his shoulder and his was 11″ around his neck. The patterns are general in nature so take them and adjust as needed for your own dog. Cut them out on paper first to test the size. There are specific notes for each costume below. We used hot glue for our foam. This takes a minute for the glue to cool and hold well and must be held together during that time. Clothespins work perfect for this. The directors are minimal as we’ve relied on photos to show you how they go together.
- Craft Foam Sheets, 12″x 18″ size. (Make sure you get the larger size)
- Glue, we used hot glue
- Elastic for hats
- Cloth tape measure
- Clothespins OPTIONAL (These are a huge help in holding pieces together while they dry.)
- Markers, glitter, glue (Optional)
Pattern Packet Download
IMPORTANT: Craft foam is very light weight but even so many dogs do not like having things on their heads. Please don’t force a hat onto your dog if it bothers them. You always want to place your dogs comfort as a priority.
Print out our patterns. Measure your dog around the neck, body etc. Cut out test versions on paper, adjusting as necessary for your dog. Once you’ve got the right size, cut out the pieces on your foam. Pay attention to which pieces have to be cut on the fold.
Mad Hatter Dog Halloween Costume
This costume is fairly detailed. Remember, the patterns are one size and you will need to adjust them for your dog.
Wizard (Gandalf) Dog Halloween Costume
The hat on this one is a bit tricky. After measuring for your dog, cut out templates on paper to test how they go together. We did a paint wash on ours but that’s not necessary.
This hat needed extra support as shown by this circular piece we glued on underneath.
Flower Dog Halloween Costume
Necktie Dog Halloween Costume
You can try it without the brace piece.
This is with the brace piece added.
Dog Halloween Costume
This goes together the same as the wizard cape. Cover the seams with ribbon.
Superman’s curl is optional.
Bat and Angel Wings Dog Halloween Costume
This is a very simple costume. We did learn that the wings tended to slip around the dog so it needs an extra brace from the body piece to the dogs collar to hold it into place. We also added a pipe cleaner halo to the angel wings but it was a bit wobbly.
It was fun watching Barnaby run around with this on. The wings will flop up and down as if he was trying to take flight. This one did need the added brace as shown on the pattern to help keep it from slipping.
Titled Images & Collages
These fun little Halloween craft creative treat holders are perfect for Halloween or even a party with an alien theme! All it takes are soda bottles. The cyclops also used an old CD. Add a few extras and come up with your own creatures. Fun for any age!
Supplies for Halloween Craft Treat Holders
- Soda bottles, any size.
- X-acto Knife
- Spray paint
- Old CD or DVD
- Construction Paper
- Permanent Marker
- Chenille stems
- Jiggle eyes
- Puff balls
- Goo Gone (to remove label residue)
Remove the labels on all your bottles. I’ve yet to find anything that removes label residue better than Goo Gone. Takes seconds.
Smoothing Edges with an Iron
You can seal the edges to give them a nice rounded finish with an iron. Its optional of course but pretty cool and doesn’t hurt your iron one bit!
1. Set your iron to high.
2. Press the cut edge of your bottle firmly on the base of the iron for 5 to 10 seconds until it starts to curve.
For the cyclops guy I used 32 oz bottle. Any size will work depending on the vase you want. Cut the top part of the bottle as high as you wish.
Hot glue the center part of the cd and stick your bottle on it. You can cover the hole with a small amount of cardboard if you want but I just glued around it.
This is another craft that is fairly self-explanatory. Cut your bottles with an X-acto type knife and spray paint them your color of choice. Add eyes, mouths, antenna etc. using construction paper, jiggle eyes and markers. Below are just a few ideas we came up with.
Black Kitty Cat
Cut your bottle with some ears left on top and then spray paint black. Add chenille stems for whiskers, a puff ball for the nose and some jiggle eyes! Our little spider is just a puff ball with chenille stem legs and jiggle eyes.
Paper fortune tellers have been around for decades. We called them “Cootie Catchers” when I was a kid. I made this one just for Halloween. My daughter Jennifer did all the artwork shown. I’ve provided a downloadable pdf that you can print, cut, fold and use. There are four versions. A colored version and a black and white version you can color yourself. There are two of each, one with the fortune inside and one that is blank so you can write your own. Below are the folding instructions and how to use them.
Supplies for Cootie Catcher Template
- PDF template below.
- Colored pencils (If you make the black and white one.)
Download the Free Printable PDF (Comes with all versions)
Folding Your Cootie Catcher Template
NOTE: Fold the opposite sides as shown as you go along. It lines up better that way. Make sharp clean folds.
How To Use
Using Your Cootie Catcher Template
(Also on pdf)
- Have someone ask a yes or no question. Then choose a symbol, witch, jack, ghost or skull.
- Spell out the name of the symbol as you move the fortune teller back and forth
- Have them pick a number from the spot it opened. Move fortune teller that many times.
- Have them pick a new number and open flap of it to get their answer
Here’s a crazy unique Halloween gift you can give friends that’s not only hilarious but useful as well! Its a Trick or Treat Smell My Feet gift set with all the instructions and downloads you need below. You may remember that we did an article on how to make Natural Foot & Shoe Spray earlier. In this article we give you all the printable downloads and instructions to turn that into a super awesome and inexpensive gift. And wait till you read the poem that goes with it!
- Natural Shoes Spray & Tea Bag Sachets
- Downloaded and printed items for kit.
- Brown lunch bag.
- String, raffia ribbon, regular ribbon etc for tying.
- Hole punch.
- Glue gun, regular glue.
- Button blanks. (If you choose the button option) I provide a template for 2.5 , 3.5″ and 3.65 size from any craft store or from Amazon. (Link at bottom of post.)
- Labels (If you choose the sticker option) Avery 5294 or Full Sheet labels. See details below.
Trick or Treat Smell My Feet Poem (included)
This is the poem I wrote that is included in the free kit download. It’s on printed tags you can cut out and attach to your bag as shown! FYI: You can also leave off the poem tag and give the kit as a less humorous version.
Buttons / Stickers
PIN ON BUTTONS
You can make a regular pin on button to put in your kit using the button blanks shown or you can choose to print “sticker” buttons. The printables for both are below!
If you are not able to get the button blanks you can also print these on Full Sheet Label Paper cutting them out and and sticking one or more in the bag!
I’ve provided a template for the Avery 5294 Round Stickers that’s ready to print if you want to use labels already cut and ready to go.
Grab the template for that here.
Gift Set Tags, Labels, Instructions Download
Free pdf download of tags, buttons, labels and instructions.
Printing instructions are on each page.
Button Graphics Option: png format (Advanced users)
For those who have the skill and software and wish to size their own buttons.
It may just open the image in your browser. If so just save it to your computer.
Prepare your paper lunch bag as follows choosing whatever you like to tie it up with. I had some different shaped edging scissors and used them on one of my bags.
Instruction sheet insert and button. Remember, you can also us a sticker button rather than the regular type shown.
Make these spooky Halloween goblets easily and cheaply! Grab some plastic wine glasses from your local grocery or dollar store then take a permanent marker, some glitter, a bead and chenille stems you’ve got an awesome goblet! These are perfect Halloween party ideas for adults and kids alike.!
- Plastic wine glasses
- Black Sharpie paint marker or regular Sharpie. (Regular Sharpies don’t make as dark a line.)
- Mod Podge
- String to hand spider. I used black.
- Chenille stems /Pipe cleaner, Black
- Black pony bead
- White and black paint for spider eyes.
- Hot glue
Drawing a Spider Web
This is the style I drew on the glass. Very simple.
Using a sharpie or a black paint pen, draw on your web.
I got a little fancy and brought my web to a point.
Tools to glitterize the bottom of your goblet.
Brush on some Mod Podge over the base of the cup.
Sprinkle on glitter.
Make your spider.
(Yes he has only 6 legs. This is because I could not squeeze one more pipe cleaner in the bead. But hey… mutant spiders need love too.)
- Cut three 1.5″ pieces from a black pipe cleaner.
- Feed through the black pony bead.
- Spread legs out. Bend the legs down a bit.
- Add paint dots for eyes and paint or a magic maker for iris.
Hot glue a piece of black string right inside the cup lip and the top of your spider.
I’ve never worked with clay as I always assumed it would take a great deal of artistic skill. Ends up it doesn’t. Once I started I got hooked! Its so simple to do and the clay is very forgiving. You make simple shapes then bake them at 275 for 15 minutes and its done. You can coat your items with any shiny stuff you want and paint on any other flourishes. I whipped all these up in a matter of minutes each. I made a variety of Halloween jewelry with them… necklaces, pins, key rings etc.
Supplies for Halloween Jewelry
- Polymer Clay (Fimo, Sculpey etc.) (Bake to harden.)
Various Jewelry Items Depending On What Your Making:
- Necklace chains, pin backs, earring, string, barrettes, key rings, etc.
Shape your item into whatever size you wish. Add holes, or metal items if needed for necklaces etc. Bake at 275 degrees 15 minutes for each 1/4″ of thickness. Paint eyes, etc. Add coat of gloss. I used Mod Podge which made a nice slick surface.
Visual Instructions For Each Item
This little guy is cute as a bug… er… bat. Paper, glue and wiggle eyes is all it takes! There’s a free pdf free pattern you can download below. Cut him out, fold him up and glue him together. You can stick some treats inside and give a whole flock (do bats fly in flocks?) of them away! Super easy Halloween craft for any age!
Halloween Craft Batty Box Supplies
- Downloaded pdf template below.
- Black cardstock or construction paper.
- Googly wiggle eyes.
- Hot glue.
- White colored pencil helpful for tracing. (optional)
- Ruler & bone folder or butter knife or anything to score on dotted lines. (optional)
Download PDF Pattern
Trace your pattern onto black paper. Cardstock works best.
Cut out your pattern.
Score where the dotted lines are. I have a “bone folder” I love but the back of a butter knife works just as well!
Fold on the dotted lines and glue together to form the box.
Push in the sides a little as shown to allow the head to bend over easier.
Fill with whatever you wish.
Add your google eyes and ears. Carefully fold the head over so as not to put a hard bend in it. Glue in place.
This trio of kitties are adorable and you can throw them together in minutes once you have your wood. I used 2 x 4 scraps but 1 x 4 wood also works great. You can cut the ear part with a good hand saw if that’s all you have. Paint them and add some ribbon and googly wiggle eyes. Set them in your window and see if you don’t get compliments on ’em! There’s a downloadable pattern if needed but mine are basically 6″, 5″ and 4″ tall with a triangle cut out to form the ears. A super easy Halloween craft!
- 2×4 or 1×4 wood scraps.
- Saw to cut ears.
- Black paint.
- Wiggle eyes
- Hot Glue
- Charm for collar (optional)
For Tiny Spider
- Black chenille stem/pipe cleaner
- Black pony bead
- White paint for eyes
- Black paint or marker for eye iris.
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Wood Cat Halloween Craft Instructions
Cut your wood. This shows both 2 x 4s and 1x4s. The completed cats in the examples are 2×4 size.
Paint your wood black. You can use spray paint or any acrylic paint.
Grab some ribbon and any other doodads you’d like to use on your cats.
Hot glue your ribbon for the collars. I added a bow on all mine.
I had some jewelry charms and thought this little moon was perfect so I added that to one of their collars.
I added a tiny spiders to the ear of one cat. Super easy to make.
- Cut three 1.5″ pieces from a black pipe cleaner.
- Feed through the black pony bead.
- Spread legs out. Bend the legs down a bit.
- Add paint dots for eyes or use a fine point magic marker.
Remember our fun cloches from soda bottles tutorial? Well they also work wonderfully as specimen jars for your spooky Halloween decor. I hit up the local Dollar Store which has an endless supply of ghoulish things to stick in them. I chose a skull on the spooky end and a pumpkin for those who enjoy the lighter side of Halloween.
The same basic instructions are followed to make the specimen jar. It’s basically a 2 liter plastic soda bottle on a wood base. It’s so easy and looks so awesome. You could whip up a bunch of these in different heights and display all kinds of creepy things in them.
This is a short and sweet version of the jar using a black wood ball on top. If you want a detailed version with more varieties view our original post here.
Specimen Jar Halloween Decor Supplies
- 2 Liter Bottle
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-acto type knife
- Wood Base: Aprox. 5.5″ (Good idea to measure. You want the base just a tiny bit larger than the bottle.)
- Wood Ball: 1 1/4″ (aprox)
- Moss etc. if desired.
- Fine tooth hand saw to cut off threads of bottle.
- Remove the label from your plastic bottle. I use Goo Gone. Works great!
- Measure your bottle so it’s the height you want for your item.
- Using an X-Acto knife cut the bottom off the bottle carefully and as straight as possible.
- Using an appropriate fine saw cut off the threads on the top of the bottle ABOVE the lip part that sticks out at the base of the threads.
- Paint the wood base. Paint the round wood ball.
- Put a fine line of hot glue on the top of the bottle for holding the ball in place.
- Add moss around the base if desired for sitting your item on top of.
- Insert your display item. I place a dab of glue at the base on the back to hold the bottle in place.
- Measure and cut your bottle so it will be the size to fit whatever you will put in it.
- Saw off the top below the threads but ABOVE the ring that sticks out. (This is very hard plastic.)
- Paint a wood disk that’s about 1/4″ larger than base of bottle. Crafts stores carry these or cut one yourself.
- Paint your base and ball.
Hot glue around the top ring of bottle and add your ball. Optional: I added a silver spray painted pearl string around the bottom and base of ball. Glue some moss if desired on bottom wood to set your item on. Cover with you bottle.
Finished Specimen Jars
I love upcycle crafts that don’t resemble the item they are upcycled from. This Halloween Decor fits the bill and they are so fun to make! You can of course make them any color for any holiday. Everything you need can pretty much be bought from the dollar store. I made mine into a table setting by adding a small pumpkin (again, from the dollar store) and some shredded purple paper stuff I had. Then I glued it all on a painted paper plate. Every step is shown below with my notes.
Supplies Needed for Candle Halloween Decor
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Hot glue gun (need high setting.)
- Pliers to hold candles while dripping hot glue onto them.
- Black paint (or paint of choice)
- LED Tealights
Gather your supplies for the candles.
Cut the toilet paper tubes as shown.
You can paint the tops of the LED lights black or use black foam or construction paper cut into circles with a hole in the middle. Then push them over the “light”. I used foam on mine.
Place a small line of hot glue on the end of the cut toilet paper tube to secure your light. Wrap around.
Trim the excess tube off so it barely overlaps.(Usually about 1/4 to 1/2 inch is needed trimmed.) Secure with hot glue.
TRICKY PART: Make the drippings. You need hot glue on a HIGH setting. Use pliers to hold your candle firmly so you don’t get burned by the glue. Hold the candle UPRIGHT. Starting at the BOTTOM squeeze hot glue slowly upward and ending near the flame of your light. The hot glue will ooze down a bit which is fine. It needs held up until it dries which takes a minute. I used a clothespin to hold the smaller ones while I dripped glue on them.
Once glue is dry paint your candle.
You can display these in a variety of ways. You need some sort of base. I used a heavy paper plate but some wood or a small dish would work fine also. NOTE: These lights have an on/off switch on the bottom. I barely tacked mine down so I could pull them off easily in order to stick something like a flat screwdriver into them to flip the switch before use. Then I tacked them back down again. Good lights will last up to a week when kept on. Turning them on and off when needed they will last quite a while.
Painting the base black.
I used a bunch of shredded purple paper I had on hand. Moss would also work wonderful.
The final result. Looks awesome with the lights down low!