Easy, Frugal, Handmade Halloween Decorations
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Easy, Frugal, Handmade Halloween Decorations

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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It is very simple to make your own Halloween decorations (instead of buying them). Save money with these ideas!The stores are filled with pre-made Halloween decorations. What if your budget is strained, and you can’t afford any “extras” right now? There is an easy and frugal alternative. With a little creativity, and a small amount of effort, you can make your own Halloween Decorations. They will look just as cute as the store-bought ones.

DIY Halloween Decorations

Jack-O-Lantern Flower Vase
Need a cute centerpiece for you table this October? Turn a small or medium sized pumpkin into a seasonal vase. Better Homes and Gardens suggests that you use a fancy white pumpkin for this project. Carve it so it appears to have a skeleton face. After that, all you need are some flowers to put into it.

Not feeling very crafty? Pick up a few of the really small pumpkins from the grocery store. Choose a few different colors. Arrange them in a nice display on a shelf or as a centerpiece on your dinner table.

Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries
Crafts by Amanda has a step-by-step guide, complete with photos, that will show you how to turn an empty glass jar into a Halloween decoration.

Paint the outside of the jar with one layer of acrylic paint. Let it dry. Use a sharpie marker to draw a face on the jar (in the style of the face you would carve into a pumpkin). Make it shiny by using a clear sprayable glaze. Add a votive candle, and you are all set. These would look great on a porch at night!

A Bowl Full of Ghosts
Have you ever turned a lollypop into a ghost? It is extremely easy to do. Wrap a tissue around the top of a lollypop. Secure it in place (with a rubber band or twist tie). Use a marker to draw eyes and a mouth on the ghost. Suddenly, that bowl full of candy on the table looks a lot more Halloween-like.

You can display the “ghosts” nicely (all lined up in the bowl), or randomly (just thrown in). Unlike the rest of your Halloween decoration, these cute little ghosts will “disappear” and not need to be stored. Hand them out to the trick-or-treaters!

Paper Pumpkins
Martha Stewart has step-by-step directions to show you how to turn a series of orange paper strips into a fat pumpkin decoration. She suggests scrapbook paper in various shades of orange. It is possible to do the craft with construction paper, too.

Basically, what you do is connect the ends of a series of paper strips with a brad. Fan out the strips. Curve them, and connect them together at the top with a second brad. You can use her leaf template to make the paper pumpkins look a bit fancier.

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