Thursday, 08 October 2015
Halloween DIY decorating tricks
Devilish tricks for decorating with your children this Halloween
Halloween is a great opportunity to engage in some creative DIY with your children. They love Halloween, and it's a great chance for them to express their artistic side by helping create some spooky scenes and devilish decorations.
DIY guru Joseph Beeby shares with you some hacks to create a magical Halloween scene the children will love without having to sacrifice your home to any permanent changes.
1. Blackboard tombstones
Simply cut some thick cardboard into gravestone shapes and paint them with blackboard paint. Once dry, the children can decorate them by sticking on fake cobwebs and spiders. Once you've finished decorating, gather your chalks and let the fun begin. Children can make up names to be written on the gravestones, or write ghostly messages on them.
2. Glow-in-the-dark eyes
These make for very effective decorations in a room when the lights have been turned off, and best of all they won't damage your walls! All you need is some old toilet roll tubes and glow sticks.
Start by cutting spooky eye shapes into the sides of the toilet rolls, then simply insert some glow sticks into the tube and cover the end with duct tape to stop the glow sticks falling out. Then attach some Command strips, heavy-duty adhesive strips available in all good DIY stores, to wherever you want the eyes to hang on your wall, and stick the loo rolls onto the wall. Turn off all your lights and you will find the room filled with creepy eyes looking back at you.
3. Give your old items a scary makeover
Upcycling old furniture is a really effective and inexpensive way to get some Halloween decor into your home while also injecting a new lease of life into old furniture. If you don't have any items you're willing to redecorate then simply pay a visit to a local car boot sale or charity shop; you're bound to find at item that could be used there and your children could even pick something themselves that they want to redecorate.
If you have a wooden chair, paint the chair black and, once dry, allow the children to draw on spooky designs with glow in the dark paint, allowing your upcycled chair to come to life in the dark.
4. Batty bunting
Bunting is a great decoration for the home at any time of year, but a great Halloween twist on classic bunting is to have bats hanging from your walls. To make this, simply cut bat shapes from black paper, or black felt if you want it to last a bit longer.
Once you have a good number of bats (we suggest around 10), get the children to draw on the eyes. You could use glow in the dark paint, or even stick on some googly eyes. Then simply poke a small hole in the bottom (if you want them to hang upside down) or in each wing (if you want them head up) and thread through some string so all your bats are connected. We suggest investing in two 'over the door hooks' to string your bunting between the doors without having to make any permanent fixtures.
Joseph Beeby is the DIY Guru and Handyman Operations Manager at Handy.
Photo: Flickr / Sherry Venegas