Halloween can be a lot of fun to decorate for but often the decorations that you can buy in the stores all start to look the same after a while! The obvious alternative to boring Halloween decorations is to make your own. All it really takes is a visit to a craft store and a little imagination. Here are just a few ideas:
These shrunken heads are incredibly creepy but they are also surprisingly easy to make.
What You’ll Need
Several firm, unbruised apples
Black permanent marker
1 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt
Stick or branch
How Its Done
- Peel and core the apples to be decorated
- Using a marker, draw the outline of the facial features you want your shrunken head to have. Make sure that the sketchings are dark enough that they wont fade away when the apple shrinks.
- Using the knife carve around the features to create an apple “skull”.
- Combine the lemon juice and the salt in a bowl. Let the apple soak for a minute then remove and pat dry.
- Place the apples in a warm dry spot. Within a day or two the apples will begin to shrink and distort.
- When you are ready to display your shrunken heads place them on a stick or branch for an even creepier effect.
Whether or not this wreath actually makes it to Halloween will depend on how well everyone can resist temptation, but it will certainly look good white it lasts.
What You’ll Need:
Wire wreath form ( sold for a few dollars in most craft stores)
2 Lbs Wrapped Halloween candy.
Skein of thick embroidery thread
How Its Done
- Cut an 8 foot length of embroidery thread.
- Tie the center of the cut thread to the wrath form, making sure that the two ends are of equal length.
- Holding the form between your knees make a loose knot on the outside of the wreath form.
- Place the ends of three candy wrappers through the loop. tighten the knot and then knot again. Then tie another knot to them form which will secure the candies to it.
- Position the candies side by side. Then tie three candies to the inside of the wreath form, completing a ring. Repeat until the form is completely covered.
- When the wreath is finished affix the ribbon so you can hang it up.