I noticed that there are a lot of pumpkins and gourds for sale at the farmer’s market lately. This could only mean one thing – it’s time for Halloween! Besides getting your costume ready, another important part of the holiday is preparing Halloween decorations. Do you know how you’re going to decorate? Decorating is an easy thing to stress over, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Making Halloween decorations should be fun and rewarding once you’re able to see the ghoulishness of your completed work.
Ready to start? Let’s get spooky!
Making Halloween Decorations
1. Pick a Theme. I’ve seen a lot of houses that go over-the-top with their Halloween decorations. What you want is for the house and yard to be genuinely scary. If your yard has more fake blood than Lady Gaga’s stage performance of Paparazzi, it’s a little much. This is why I suggest choosing a basic theme. Once you have a theme, it will be easier to decide how many types of decorations you’ll need. Perhaps you theme could be spooky graveyard, haunted cornfield, a ghost town – whatever you decide, selecting a theme will help you focus your decorating energies efficiently.
2. Choose projects for the yard and house. Once you have you theme, you should have an idea of the types of projects you want to make. Make a master list of all the materials you’ll need to buy. This way you can save time by making one trip to the store. Need some ideas for projects? Here are a few great Halloween decorations:
3. Make Halloween Decorations. This is the fun part where you actually get to create! Before you start making each project, have a rough idea of what you want the finished result to look like. Start with the house first, then decorate the yard. Whatever theme you decide to execute, remember that less is always more. You don’t need 50 hanging spiders, 30 scary ghosts and 100 gravestones in your yard to make people’s skin crawl.
For an easy way to decorate, don’t underestimate the power of pumpkins. Whether they are carved with giant spiders or simply plain, pumpkins add a nice touch of Halloween to wherever they are placed.
Here’s a video showing how to carve a pumpkin:
To inspire your decorating endeavors, read the 31 Halloween Crafts eBook for ways to spook up your décor.
How do you plan to decorate this Halloween?