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!
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!
Learn how to make durable Chinese lanterns from soda cans! Paint them any color and fill with LED tea lights. Great upcycle decor for all occasions and unlike paper lanterns they last a long time. You can also hang them as is without lighting for a daytime event. We used LED tea lights with timers for these. Just like the ones used for our Upcycled Ceiling Fan.
Chinese Lantern Supplies
NOTE ABOUT SHARP EDGES: Most soda cans are now made with very thin, soft aluminum. It would be difficult to get cut on them.
- Soda cans (with tab still attached )
- Spray paint (We used Krylon Rich Plumb Gloss and Krylon Sun Yellow)
- Utility knife
- Raffia etc. for hanging
- Tea Lights, Battery Operated (this is the exact set I purchased which works on a timer 6 hours on 18 off) *
Note on these specific tea lights: I’ve not had mine long enough to determine the usage on these specific lights but from what I read it will be about two to three months if they are kept on the timer 24/7. The way the timer works is you turn them on at the time you want them to stay lit for 6 hours. They will then auto shut off for 18 hours and come on again the next day.
Video How To
You can measure around the can and make tiny marks where you will cut. You can also just eyeball it and cut, which is what I did. Make sure to keep the tab on!
Fill the can with water to about 1/2″ from the top and freeze. If you fill it too full it can split the can.
Frozen water in can.
Make cuts with a knife about 1/2″ apart and about 1″ or so from the top and bottom.
Set the can in the sink to let the ice melt.
Once the ice is melted paint the can. Handle the tab very carefully as you want it to stay firmly affixed to the can for hanging.
Carefully push down, making sure the cuts go outward.
Add battery operate tea lights if desired.
Carefully place them in the lantern.
Make your summer sensational with this stunning DIY portable grill and skewer set! It’s a larger version of our Mini Campfire Smores Kit. This one is an inexpensive whimsical addition to your backyard barbecue. Not only is this simple and cost-effective, but it is sure to be a great conversation starter at your next get together. Great for every day grilling and late night S’mores on a warm summer evening. You won’t believe how easy it is to make.
Portable Grill Supplies
NOTE: Make sure you buy a typical heavy clay pot with no glaze on the inside. They are put through a kiln so will withstand high temperatures as long as the change is not sudden. Never put water on the briquettes when finished as the sudden temperature change will crack the pot. Also, NEVER touch the pot when cooking as it gets very hot.
- 12″ Plain Clay Pot (The one shown was $6.00 at Walmart)
- Charcoal Briquettes
- Rust-Oleum High Heat Spray Paint (For inside the pot. Comes in various colors.)
- Copper Spray Paint
- Acrylic Paints of choice (we used two shades of teal and a coral)
- Welded Wire Mesh with 1/2″ grid that will be cut to 11.5″x 11.5″ (can be purchased at most hardware stores by the foot.)
- Wire cutters
- Set of 4 wire skewers ($2 at Walmart)
- Sticky Back Craft Foam Sheets
- Craft String or yarn
- Pattern download (below)
Though not shown on this pot this step is IMPORTANT if want the outside of your pot to not darken and discolor. Spray the inside of it with a high heat spray paint. It comes in a variety of colors. Spray the exterior of the pot with a metallic spray paint and let dry overnight.
Download, print and cut out the stencils provided above.
Align the top (flat side) of the leaf-shaped stencil just below the lip of the pot.
Using a light but visible marker, trace the leaf stencil onto the pot.
Repeat the process above, leaving a 1 1/2″ gap between stencils. When complete, there will be 4 outlines of this stencil surrounding the pot.
Using a ruler, draw a line down the center of each leaf outline, creating a geometric ‘leaf’ look.
Using the acrylic paint, fill in half of each ‘leaf’ with a separate color. This may take 2-3 coats.
Once the paint is dry, dilute a small amount of a lighter colored acrylic paint with water. Using a 1″ brush, lightly apply angled stripes to a few of the leaves. Pictured below, the lighter teal is applied to the dark teal sections only.
Gather the supplies for the skewers .
Cut out the arrow stencils provided above. Trace two of each pattern piece onto each color of sticky-back craft foam.
Remove backing paper and apply the sticky side of the foam ‘feathers’ just below the handle of the skewer.
Repeat with the second piece, cut from the same color and shape. Press sticky sides together to seal into place around the skewer.
Using the same method, place the ‘arrow’ tips roughly 5″ down from the ‘feathers’. Use an alternate color for the arrow tips. Be sure that the tip of the arrow is at least 8″ away from the tip of the skewer. Placing them too close to the end will cause them to melt during use.
Cut three small triangles out of each side of the ‘feather’.
Using the craft string, tie a knot near the tip of the arrow and begin to twist the string around the center section of the skewer. Tie a knot at the finished end to hold into place.
Roll out the welded wire and bend it into shape. The goal is to get it to lie as flat as possible across the top of the pot.
Using wire cutters, cut the welded wire into a 11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ square.
For ease in handling, clip down protruding wires around the finished square.
Place the cut sheet of welded wire, centered, on top of the pot. Firmly bend down the four corners of the wire to hold it in place.
Lift the wire off and place a sheet of tin foil in the bottom of the pot to prevent debris from falling through the hole.
Tear off 3 or 4 sheets of tin foil, roughly 4 feet long. Lightly crush them into a tube or ‘snake’ shape.
Roll the tubes of foil into coils and place in the bottom of the pot.
Place briquettes on top of foil. Only one layer of briquettes is needed.
The portable grill in use!
The finished portable grill is wonderful for all kinds of things from hot dogs, and hamburgers to roasted veggies.
For dessert use the arrow skewers with your portable grill and roast marshmallows!
This little DIY smores kit comes complete with a mini campfire! Most of it can be made from items found at a dollar store. We’ve got a free printable tag with instructions should you want to give it as a unique gift. You can make one for each individual and use them for July 4th or anytime. They can be used indoors too!
If you’re looking for more fun outdoor party ideas check out our Outside Snack Holders.
Smores Kit Supplies
- 2″ or larger (we used a 4″ and a 2″) clay flower pot
- White Sand
- Bamboo skewers
- Tea lights
- Tiny Stones
- Graham Crackers
- Chocolate Bar
- Large Marshmallows
- Painting or masking tape for stripes
pdf printable tag
The photos are self-explanatory. After painting your pot however you wish, you want to cover the bottom so sand won’t leak out. We just used duct tape. Then fill it 2/3rds full with wadded up foil. Fill with clean white sand. Bury your tea light to the top edge and place stones around it. Paint the ends of your bamboo skewers. The kit can be placed on a tray or in a basket if given as a gift.
Looking for a unique anniversary gift idea or a birthday idea? Make a HUGE wall photo collage using numbers! My parents were having their 56th wedding anniversary and that seemed to call for something extra unique. All you need is some cardboard and a lot of photo reprints and some glue! It will be a decor items they will remember for years! Plus they get to keep it.
Unique Anniversary Gift : Supplies Needed
- Large cardboard or foam board sheets. (You can easily find those at the Dollar Store or Walmart)
- Utility Knife
- 4×6 photos of choice, enough to cover your letters. This might take some guesswork. My numbers were about 2 1/2 feet tall and it took 60 photos to cover them. Get extras made to allow for horizontal and vertical laying out to cover the cardboard. One Hour Photo places like Walgreen’s are always running specials!
- Glue Stick or Hot Glue Gun
You can use a large piece of cardboard or foam board for this project.
Trace your numbers onto cardboard or foam board and cut them out.
Lay out of the photos over the numbers first before gluing. Make sure they cover all the cardboard. A mixture of vertical and horizontal photos to do that best. Then glue them on with a glue-stick making sure to use enough glue so they don’t fall off. A hot glue gun would also work as would normal glue.
My parents thoroughly enjoyed looking over the photos. I put them in chronological order.
I had a blast making these place card holders… there’s just so many options! You can make them for any occasion, including kids parties. (Notice the alien cyclops dude). You can print out your own cards if desired but I’ve included a download that has different colors of blank cards that you can print, cut out and hand write names in.
- Clothespins. I used 2 sizes.
- Paint if desired. (or you can dye your pins using this method)
- Ribbons, buttons, artificial flowers, gems etc…
- Name cards.
Free pdf of various colored cards. Print the pages you want.
I literally went through my crafty stuff and just pulled out things I could use.