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There’s a chill in the air, and it’s time to get crafty with Halloween and fall décor. Decorate your home inside and out with Halloween candy, milk jugs, jars and other items for beautiful Halloween and fall displays. We even created a Halloween wreath made with pingpong balls and googly eyes. The Home & Away staff chose Halloween crafts perfect for kids to offer a helping hand. Some of the craft items can be found in your own home. We purchased a few other items to complete our projects.


Prep time: 1-2 hours

12-inch Styrofoam wreath form

White ribbon or fabric to wrap wreath form (we used about 12 yards)

Practice ping-pong balls, pack of 144 balls (we found on for $7.99)

Googly eyes, package of 94 count

Hot glue and hot glue gun

Foam spider stickers

1. Tightly wrap wreath in ribbon or fabric, hot glueing the ends down.

2. Hot glue ping-pong balls onto wreath. I added mine randomly until I felt it looked full and even.

3. Hot glue googly eyes to ping-pong balls. Use a hair dryer to melt any hot glue strings left behind.

4. Hot glue foam spider stickers randomly onto pingpong balls.

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Prep time: 90 minutes

2-foot-by-3-foot piece of wood that’s about ½-inch thick (although you can use any size, this is easy to work with and makes a statement)

White nails

Black paint

White string

Photocopy of a skull image

1. Paint your piece of wood black and let it dry completely.

2. Print out a skull photo (we used one we found on Google) as a blueprint copy and enlarge so that the widest part of the skull measures about 18 inches. The shape of the skull print is all that matters, so don’t worry if the print comes out a little pixelated.

3. Tape your skull on top of your black wood and use a highlighter to plan where you want your nails to go. You will want to make an outline around the skull, eyes, nose and mouth. Space your nails about 1 inch apart, and make sure to put one at any point your outline switches direction.

4. Use a hammer to create your nail outline, but be careful not to go through to the other side of the wood (nail on concrete or a work bench or a spare piece of wood in case you don’t know your own strength). Once your nail outline is in place, you can rip off the paper skull guide underneath the nails.

5. Tie your string to one of the nails that outlines the head, and follow the nails to make a string outline around the head. Go around the head twice. Do the same for your eyes, nose and mouth outlines.

6. Starting at the bottom of your skull, begin to wrap the string in a zig-zag pattern between the nails and continue to zig-zag your string until your area looks full. Make sure to switch the direction of string often and include strings going both horizontally and vertically.

7. Repeat this process for the middle third of the skull and then, finally, for the top third of the skull.

8. Tie your string to whichever nail you end on, and you’re finished.

Project from bloggers and authors Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman of “A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home.”


Prep time: About 1 hour

Enough black poster board or construction paper to cover your door. I used 4 sheets of 28-by-22-inch black poster board.

Measuring tape or yardstick


Masking or painters tape

White construction paper for teeth

Orange construction paper for eyes

Red construction paper for mouth (if your door is not already red)

Glue Dots adhesives (This brand does not leave behind a residue and is easily removable. I found them at Michaels and Walmart.)



Optional: Stretch cobwebs

1. Measure the dimensions of your front door. Find the length and width of your closed door. Note: The paper will last longer if it is not creased or mashed by the frame.

2. Using the tape or yardstick to measure and a pencil to mark lines, tape together poster board or construction paper to create a top and a bottom to your monster. The gap between the black sheets on my door was 12 inches, but do whatever you think looks best.

3. Create the teeth with white construction paper. There are no rules here. Just be creative.

4. Line up teeth, and then tape teeth together. Tape teeth to the back of the black sections of the monster.

5. The eyes: Draw out a scary shape for your eyes on the orange construction paper. Cut out, place on the top of the monster and then use glue dots or strips to adhere. Either use a black Sharpie to draw in slitted or round pupils, or we found the green eyeballs using a Google Image search and printed them out.

6. If you don’t have red door, create a red sheet large enough to fill the gap between the black sheets.

7. Adhere glue strips and dots to the back of the top and bottom parts of your monster. I used them around the edges. If using red sheet, adhere glue to it as well.

8. Carefully adhere top part of monster to the door. Make sure you have it where you want it before pressing down. If you don’t have a red door, adhere red sheet. Adhere bottom of monster to the door. You may have to stick a few glue dots or strips behind the teeth, so they stay in place.

9. Add cobwebs and other spooky Halloween decorations.

Other ideas: If you have a white door, try making a ghost. A green door: How about a Frankenstein monster?

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Prep time: About 1 hour

3 empty milk jugs (gallon and half-gallon sizes)

Black marker

1 strand holiday string lights (about 100 lights for three jugs)

Sharp knife or scissors

1. Use the marker to draw a jack-o’-lantern face on each milk jug.

2. Cut out the back side of each milk jug (about 2-by-2 inches).

3. Place the string lights inside each jug.

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4. Plug in the lights.


Prep time: About 1 hour

4 small canning jars with lids


Heavy twine

Halloween candy

1. Drill a small hole into each canning lid (large enough to insert twine).

2. Cut four pieces of twine about 2 feet long. Insert the twine into the hole and double knot the twine. Repeat process with three other jars.

3. Place some Halloween candy into each jar and screw the lids on tight.

4. Hang on a hook for a festive Halloween windchime.


Prep time: 1 to 2 hours, plus drying time of paint.

Two small and two larger pumpkins, for head and body respectively

LED tea lights

Black spray paint

Square of black felt

Dowel rods (optional)

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Japanese eggplant or cucumber, for tail

Small potatoes or gourds, for paws

Sharp knife

1. Wash and dry pumpkins and other vegetables.

2. Cut handles off larger pumpkins to create flat surface for smaller pumpkins

3. Cut circular top off smaller pumpkins. This will be the base of where the two pumpkins connect.

4. Scoop out seeds and stringy flesh from inside smaller pumpkins.

5. Draw cat’s eyes and carve out eyes from smaller pumpkins.

6. Cut black felt triangles for ears.

7. Spray paint eggplant, potatoes and pumpkins with a few coats of black paint. Let them dry completely. We left them overnight to dry. There may be a few spots that do not stick to pumpkin, especially if you use high gloss paint. Fill in those spots with a black marker or Sharpie.

8. Place the tea light on the base of larger pumpkin and turn them on. At this point, dowel rods can be inserted to more securely join the two pumpkins together, but ours balanced well enough without the extra support.

9. Use hot glue to attach the felt ears to the top sides of the smaller pumpkins.

10. Place the smaller pumpkins on top of larger ones.

11. Position the potatoes and eggplant as paws and tail around the cats’ bodies.


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Chris Etling is a copy editor and paginator at the Arizona Daily Sun. He's worked for the Daily Sun since November 2009.

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