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This fall season sneaking up on you? There’s still time to get in your spirit and dec your home out with some simple crafts that are more creative than jack-o-lanterns or store-bought scares. But you love pumpkins you say? Check out last week’s Vox coverage of creative ways to decorate your favorite gourds without the mess!
1. Some Simple ghosts: These creative creatures are perfect to stick in your yard, in a vase or just around your home. Put them under a vent or in the wind to watch them move.
Supplies- Small white trash bags, Marshmallows*, thin dowel rods, string, a Sharpie.
- Stick a marshmallow onto a dowel rod.
- Cover the marshmallow with an opened up white trash bag.
- Tie a string around the bag at the bottom of the marshmallow and make a knot.
- Draw a face with a Sharpie.
*Note: If you’re putting your ghosts outside, consider something other than a marshallow. Perhaps a cotton ball.
2. The edible decoration: Here’s a treat that you won’t have to worry about cleaning up when winter comes around. They will surely disappear on their own.
Supplies- Pretzel rods, meltable chocolate in a variety of colors, wax paper, fun and festive sprinkles.
- Melt the chocolate. I suggest buying milk chocolate, white chocolate and orange colored chocolate to end up with a flattering platter.
- Dip the pretzels in the chocolate and roll them in sprinkles.
- Let them dry on wax paper in the fridge for 30 minutes
- Arrange them nicely on a platter and serve to your friends.
3. A spooky classic: This quick trick is a tradition for all the best decorated houses. And it’s not even that hard to do. Those tricksters!
Supplies: a bag of webbing from any craft store, Scotch tape.
- Take your webbing and pull it apart until it looks thin but not breakable.
- Tape the edges to a balcony or door to create a spooky spider web effect.
- Or ditch the tape and hang them in your trees or bushes.
4. Not to scary shadows: The perfect touch to any home for when the lights go out. This crafty creation is perfect for any home, apartment or dorm room.
Supplies: Medium sized pieces of cardboard, an exact o knife and cutting board of sorts, Scotch tape, candles (real or fake).
- Use your exact o knife to cut a festive shape out of card board.*
- Attach the wire to the back of the cardboard cut out and stick the other end of the wire into the wax of the candle so that the cut out sits about 8 inches above the candle. If you’re using a fake candle just use tape to attach both ends of the wire.
- Place the creation near the wall and watch the shadows dance along it.
*You can use regular scissors, but the exact o will be easiest if you have inside pieces you want to cut out to add to the shape.
5. A band of life-sized witches: This is not for the faint at heart. But if you’re in the mood to craft and have some yard space, this is for you. You’ll surely be the coolest house on the street.
Supplies: 6 witch hats (I suggest a dollar store), 6 stakes, 6 black table cloths, some string, 6 large pieces of styrofoam (preferably spherical).
- Place the 6 stakes in your yard in a fairly large circle.
- Stick the styrofoam onto the top of the stakes.
- Cover each piece of styrofoam with a black table cloth so that the styrofoam is completely covered and the cloth hangs off the stake like a cape.
- Tie the tablecloth around the stake and cloth to hold it in place.
- Tie the ends of each table cloth to each other so it looks like the witches are holding hands.
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