It’s Halloween season, again. Are you worried about not having any decorations to celebrate? Want to upgrade your décor from last year? Have no fear, check out these Do It Yourself décor ideas and not all of them are spooky!

Have old wine bottles laying around and don’t know what to do with them?  Revamp them by painting them into ghoulish figures such as the ones below!

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Found on: http://lombardolagniappe.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-halloween-wine-bottles-and-giveaway.html

Items you will need:

  • Glass wine bottles
  • Your choice of spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Paint pens or acrylic paint and a brush
  • Mod podge and glitter if desired.

Step 1. Remove the labels from the bottle and be sure to remove the residue as well, you may use Goo Gone just make sure that it is all removed as well..

Step 2. Depending on the design you want tape off part of the bottle with painters tape. And be sure to cover any parts you don’t want sprayed with newspaper

Step 3. Spray paint the bottle

Step 4. Once dry remove the tape and newspaper.

Step 5. If you want to add faces or extras you may use a paint pen or acrylic paint and a brush. If you would like to add glitter; apply mod podge where you desire the glitter and sprinkle glitter on top of it.

Want to make mysterious eyes to put in your plants on your balcony or dark areas of your apartment? Check out this post using empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls, glow sticks and duct tape!

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Found on: http://www.rustandsunshine.com/2012/10/glowing-eyes.html

Items you will need:

  • Empty paper towel/toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Glow sticks
  • Duct tape

Step 1. Draw spooky eyes on to the empty paper towel/toilet paper rolls.

Step 2. Carefully, cut the eyes out of the roll

Step 3. Insert glow sticks

Step 4. Cover ends with duct tape

 

Don’t want to make a mess by carving pumpkins? Try these inexpensive yet trendy Mason Jar Jack-O-Lanterns to bring out your Halloween spirit.

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Found on: http://mycraftyspot.com/mason-jar-jack-o-lanterns/

Items you will need:

  • Smooth-sided mason jars
  • Black gloss spray paint
  • Scotch Tape
  • Tissue Paper-orange, green, white, purple
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge
  • Black paper
  • Battery-operated tea-light candles

Step 1: Paint the Lid

  1. Twist off the mason jar lid and turn it upside down. Use scotch tape to secure the top of the lid to the inside of the ring.
  2. Flip the lid over and place on cardboard and spray black gloss spray paint over the lid making sure to coat the sides as well as the top. Apply several thin coats, allow ample drying time between coats

Step 2. Cut the Tissue Paper

  1. Turn the mason jar on its’ side and lay it on top of an unfolded piece of tissue paper.
  2. Cut one whole piece of paper so that is measures the same height of the mason jar using scissors.
  3. Cut the tissue into 1-2 inch strips.
  4. Set the mason jar upright on top of an uncut piece of tissue paper and use a pencil to trace the bottom of the jar.
  5. Cut out the circle shape following the pencil line.

Step 3. Paste the Paper

  1. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the jar before applying the circular piece of paper.
  2. Smooth the paper working from the center outward until it is sufficiently attached to the glass.
  3. Brush a section Mod Podge on the side of the jar that is about the same width as the tissue paper strips.
  4. Lay one strip of paper on the glue smoothing out any bubbles or folds as you work
  5. Use light pressure when working with the tissue paper to keep it from tearing.
  6. The paper should extend from at least the bottom thread on the top of the jar to the piece of circular paper attached to the bottom
  7. Overlap all other pieces of tissue paper on the jar by covering a small portion of the previously attached paper in Mod Podge.
  8. Allow the paper to dry completely.

Step 4. Make the Faces

  1. Use scissors to cut shapes out of black paper for a jack-o-lantern, ghost, vampire or Frankenstein.
  2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the face pieces and press them on the mason jar

Step 5. Watch them Glow

  1. Place a battery-operated tea-light candle and twist on the lid

 

 

Feel like carving pumpkins and love Disney?! Check out this website for Disney Pumpkin Carving Templates, http://thefarmgirlgabs.com/60disney-pumpkin-carving-ideas/ . They are free to print and use for your carving pleasures. They have many characters ranging from classics such as Mickey Mouse and beautiful princesses such as Ariel, even Marvel’s Avengers templates! The difficulty level ranges as well.

Love Pumpkins but don’t want to carve them? No sweat, there are many ways to decorate pumpkins without having to carve them! View more ideas at; http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/37-easy-diy-no-carve-pumpkin-ideas?sub=1790440_605185#.gvJ5x4Grp.

  • Try creating a glitter pumpkin by brushing a thin layer of Mod Podge onto a pumpkin where desired and sprinkling glitter onto the pumpkin, try putting the pumpkin in a cardboard box when sprinkling with glitter to help contain the mess.

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  • Add fabric such as lace to create your decorative pumpkin by wrapping your pumpkin in fabric and hot gluing or Mod Podging it to your pumpkin, you can also paint your stem to help match the theme.

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  • Use tape for a color block effect; place tape where you don’t want paint to be and spray paint your pumpkin.
  • Use Mr. Potato head pieces on your pumpkin to create a face by drilling holes and fitting the pieces in.

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Post by Taylor Madeira