5 Lifechanging DIY Decorations to Try This Halloween

Alex Van Duyne, Staff Writer

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Halloween is already approaching! Personally, many of my friends and I are excited for this holiday and though may seem a bit early, it’s better to get into to their spirit early than late.

1. Feline Frights

These black cat themed lights will light up any wall and get you into the spooky spirit! To make these lights you’ll need a string of lights, a hole puncher, some black card-stock, scissors, and a pencil (optional). On the black card-stock, draw a head of a cat or find out online to print out. Cut your black paper according to the original that you drew/printed out. Make enough cat heads to fill the entire string of lights. Next, hole punch the cutouts to create eyes for your cat and insert the light bulbs in the holes.

2. Melted Crayon Pumpkin

You may have seen other melted crayon projects on social media. Who said you couldn’t try that on a pumpkin? To make this colorful pumpkin you’ll need crayons (any color), a pumpkin (looks best with white), tacky glue, and a blow dryer. Firstly, unwrap all of the crayons. You’ll need about 8 crayons, but it depends on how big your pumpkin is. After that, cut the 8 crayons in half so you’ll have 16 pieces. Glue the crayons to the pumpkin and wait for it to dry. The final and most interesting step is to take your blow dryer and watch the crayons melt.

3. Ghost windsock

This DIY is a little more difficult, but seeing the end is worth it. You’ll need a large tin can, a hammer, a awl (or screwdriver if you don’t have an awl), white spray paint, black paint, white ribbons, hot glue, twine (or a strong fishing line if you don’t have twine), and a paperclip.

Firstly, paint the can white. You’ll most likely need many layers to make it completely opaque. Once it’s dry, paint a ghostly face using the black paint. Now you can take your awl and hammer or screwdriver and punch a hole through the top of the can. This step may be a little tricky.

To make the ribbons, cut 24 inch pieces. It can look better if you don’t measure so they can all be slightly different lengths. Glue the ribbons all around the can. Finally, cut a 12 inch piece of your twine or fishing line and tie a loop. Use the paperclip as a stopper so it doesn’t fall off. Now you can hang the ghost in your garden, room, or anywhere you want.

4. Halloween spider cookies

Candy is one of my favorite parts of Halloween. If you like Reese’s peanut butter cups, I’d suggest giving this recipe a try. For these delicious peanut butter spider cookies you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar for rolling
  • 48 miniature Reese’s cups unwrapped and frozen
  • 96 candy eyes
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Firstly you’ll want to preheat your oven to 375°F. Next take a large bowl and beat together the shortening, peanut butter, egg, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk. In a different, medium sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat until blended.

Form the dough into 1” spheres. Roll in sugar, then place the balls a couple inches apart on an ungreased cooking sheet. Bake until golden (about 10-12 minutes). Right when you take the cookies out, gently press an upside down peanut butter cup on top of each cookie and move cookies to a wire rack to cool. Place candy eyes on while the chocolate is still slightly soft. Let the cookies firm by refrigerating them for 10 minutes.

Nextly, put the chocolate chips in the corner of a zippered plastic bag and microwave for 20 seconds. Kneed it, and repeat until the chocolate is melted. Cut off the corner of the bag and draw eight legs on each spider cookie. Place the cookies in the fridge again for 10 minutes to cool, then enjoy!

5. Silhouette lamp shade

This DIY is actually pretty simple and ends up looking pretty cool. You’ll never some paper, black paper or card-stock, scotch tape, and a lamp. First, draw or find a cut out of a bat and draw or print on white paper. Cut the sketches out and trace it onto the black paper. Cut the paper into the bat shape. It doesn’t matter how many bats you want to place on your lamp. Nextly, get a couple pieces of tape for each bat and put the cutouts on the inside of the lampshade. Make sure they aren’t too close the the light bulb so it doesn’t start a fire when the lamp is on. The tape should hopefully not show through the lamp shade.

Even if you aren’t into making DIY crafts, some of these are definitely worth a try to help you get into the Halloween spirit.

4 Comments

4 Responses to “5 Lifechanging DIY Decorations to Try This Halloween”

  1. sumr/wintr on October 10th, 2017 3:19 pm

    these are so lifechanging like oml

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    )=( Reply:

    My perspective on reality has taken a U-Turn due to this article ;DDDD

    jk, great article! I definitely want to make those feline frights lol

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  2. Nick on October 11th, 2017 4:06 pm

    Totally life changing, first signs of clickbait.

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  3. A Person on October 12th, 2017 2:21 pm

    Ohhhhhhh, get burned. But that was some click bait maybe you shouldn’t do that next time because they were so life changing(by the way i’m being sarcastic)

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