For October, the monthly craft question was: What’s your favorite DIY project to make for Halloween? What did you make this year?
Who better to answer this question than some of our favorite craft designers and bloggers?
Here’s what they had to say:
Kimberly Crawford from For the Love of Paper
Treat bags! Quick and Easy! 🙂
Jennifer Juniper from Hope Studios
I love to make my kids’ Halloween costumes! We try to brainstorm something original each year and we make it ourselves because we know that handmade costumes always win the costume contests! This year we made a tongue-in-cheek Lady Gaga with meaty doggy toys and a Krispie Kreme Zombie named “Krispie Skreme”.
I love crafting for Halloween This year I created 4 projects in various techniques, a basket with a decoupaged pumpkin, a treat tote bag repurposed from a teeshirt, a pumpkin placemat and a Halloween apron with a spider pocket. I loved them all but my favorite is the apron. I love sewing and designing aprons and this apron was a lot of fun, created in orange and black with rick rack and button embellishment. The instructions for all my craft projects are free on my blog and are designed so that by omitting the “Halloween” embellishments, the projects can be used for other seasons.
Jen Goode from JGoode Designs
My favorite DIY project for Halloween is making the kids costumes. It gives me the opportunity to really go above and beyond with the creative thinking to make something practical or not, full of fun. I get excited when I find things around the house that can be transformed into something new and maybe even a little magicall. Also, I really love having another excuse to use my hot glue gun.
Eileen Hull from Thoughts from my Studio
I stepped out of my comfort zone and made a pop-up bat from a Sizzix die designed by my friend Karen Burniston. I put it inside my ScoreBoard Memo Holder and surprise- out pops a bat! See blog post with photos here.
So glad I tried something new- I think my granddaughter Trinity will love it! Happy Halloween everyone 🙂
Allison from Petit Elefant
This is my favorite so far:
Note: to learn how to make this cute craft, visit Allison’s blog above!
Alyice Edrich from the Dabbling Mum
One thing we cannot do without each year are Jack-o-Lanterns. We always allow the kids to draw the design and cut them out. When they move out, it’ll be us adults taking on that role. The next DIY project would be pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins that are carved. It is probably the only time of year we actually eat pumpkin seeds. As for an artsy DIY project, we get creative with our foods. We like to make funky food. One year we made vomit soup, another year we made frankenstein meatloaf. This year we made bread hands.
Lynn Colwell from Celebrate Green
I have two favorites so if either interest you, feel free to use. 1. A Halloween Tree. Already had tree which we made last Christmas, but what was such fun was making the ornaments with our grandkids. Here are some of the ornaments we made, then the tree.
2. Item I loved making was the oddest pumpkin family ever. I enjoyed doing this because it was so quick, easy, fun and used up leftovers.
Link to blog post on this one.
Myléne Hillam from Mill Lane Studio
Halloween is not really celebrated in Australia although it is gaining in popularity, especially amongst children! After all, what kid doesn’t like candy! So crafting for Halloween isn’t really big down under either. But this year I created a Faux Perfume Bottle necklace in Halloween colours to mark the occasion.
Tiffany Windsor from Cool2Craft.com
The one DIY project that really stands out in my memory is a decorated wire hanger. What does that have to do with Halloween you ask? When I was a child, my mother Aleene had my sisters and me make hand-made gifts to give to each of the houses where we went trick or treating. I remember when we said Trick or Treat and would get our treats, we would give a gift of bump chenille covered wire hangers decorated with pretty ribbons and flowers. The house owner was always so surprised to get a gift back! I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was actually a brilliant marketing idea for my mom to promote the classes at her store. For me Halloween is really a time to celebrate fall. I love the colors of fall – the trees still grasping on to their brilliant green leaves while bright red, orange and yellow leaves dance in the wind. I have several projects underway in my studio which celebrate the colors of fall!
Candace Liccione from Inspired At Home
I set up little fall and Halloween vignettes all around the house. I pile up raffia, and place real and fake pumpkins and gourds in place, while tucking in other fall items like branches, leaves, etc. I use the same items each year but in a different way. Everyone thinks I spent forever setting up the displays but it only takes a couple of minutes.
Marisa Pawelko from Modern Surrealist
Above is a link to a project I did for Modern Surrealist on Craft Critique.
Marisa also carved this super cool pumpkin using Westcott Titanium Cushion Grip Hobby Knife.
Kathy from Merriment Design
I made my one-year-old daughter Elise’s Halloween costume. It was a dress with a big sun on the front, rainbow on the back, and a sun hat with rays on it. All made out of fleece and felt so it’s super cozy. She is my little ray of sunshine!
Amy Anderson from Modge Podge Rocks
I like any unusual colored Halloween items – I love purple, orange and black but I also like to use something unexpected! This year I made a silver wreath with a glittery turquoise skull and blue and green bats. It says “BOO” in big turquoise letters. Same Halloween icons but with a special twist!
Shannon Bielke from Shaandco.net
My favorite Halloween project? Always, the costumes! My children are too old for trick or treating, so I make costumes for various kids of friends, or some of my students at school. This year I made a beautiful fairy princess for a 6 year old, a caveman costume for a 10 year old, a mermaid for a 7th grader, and a Heath Ledger Joker costume. Of course I worked on my own costume, too – a gypsy fortune-teller.
Kelly from Kelly Knits
This year I only made one little pumpkin, but i’m also about to work on a loomchet (crochet on a loom) corn shuck today.
Alla from My Little City Girl
Oh, I created nothing for Halloween for last couple years. But in a past I loved to work on jackets and accessories. Something like this one: