Halloween is just around the corner, so it's time to start putting up your decorations! If you find many of the options available at stores more tacky than terrifying, take matters into your own hands -- literally! With fine cotton paper and a pair of scissors, you can whip up spooky, seasonal fun that will set your haunted house apart from every abode on the block.
- Ghoulish garlands: Hang paper chains all around your house in a variety of creepy cutouts. Visit Country Living to download free templates for spiders, skulls and bones.
- Macabre masks: Cut simple eye masks out of black paper and glue them to chopsticks for a masquerade-style accessory. Country Living also suggests attaching them to portraits and photographs in your home using low-tack artist tape, so even your artwork can get in on the Halloween fun!
- Paper pumpkins: These three-dimensional paper pumpkins, as demonstrated by the Crafting Mom blog, and this version from Better Homes and Gardens, are both fun and easy to make! This craft is highly adaptable depending on the look you're going for, so think outside of the box. For a traditional Halloween look, try a mixture of black and orange paper. Or if you'd like your handiwork to be seasonally appropriate through Thanksgiving, substitute the black with green and brown. For a kid-friendly twist, use a bit of green pipe cleaner for the pumpkin stem. A collection of pumpkins in white, cream and metallic colors would make a surprisingly elegant statement, especially using our luminous Shine paper. Translucent vellum paper, from our CT series, will have a delicate, ethereal effect.
Make this a Halloween your family and friends won't forget! Start making your DIY decorations today.