Halloween is on Friday, October 31, 2014 ,in 5 days!!! I’m sooo excited! I already made sure we have the pumpkin carved, the big cat balloon lit out front and lots of candy corn on reserve! So what are you planning for Samhain/ Halloween this year my Witchy WOO WOO’s?
I spent last weekend creating inexpensive Halloween crafts that can be done at the last minute and are child-friendly.
What I discovered is that one really looks like it was made by a child (spiders in a jar); one is whimsically shabby chic (mummy Mason jars); and one would have been adorable if I had followed the instructions and used cornstarch instead of flour (cheesecloth ghosts). I didn’t have cornstarch.
I also learned that there’s a reason for using LED candles rather than real ones with cheesecloth (use your imagination) and that a $2 bag of plastic spiders might be my all-time favorite Halloween decoration. I put them all over my house: on drapes, lampshades, chair rails, pillows, sofas, tables. At a glance, it looks like we’ve had a spider infestation!
The spider jars and mummy Mason jars would look great glowing on a party table or mantel in a room with low lighting. They’d be extra cute made with various sizes of jars. And the cheesecloth ghosts would look fun hanging from a chandelier (if you make small ones like Lindsey at MomAndWife.com) or as a centerpiece if you flatten the fabric so they stand.
Here are pictures and instructions. Happy Halloween!
Spiders in a Jar
Gauze or cotton balls
LED votive candles
Instructions: Turn on LED votive candle and place in bottom of jar. Stretch out cotton or gauze inside the jar over the light. Place spiders on gauze or cotton and screw lid back onto jar.
Note: I recommend the gauze, because the cotton balls look like cotton balls instead of cobwebs.
Strips of gauze or cheesecloth
Instructions: Remove lid. You won’t need it for this project. Put a piece of double-sided tape from top to bottom on two or three sides of the jar. Starting at the bottom, wrap the strip of gauze or cheesecloth around the jar, all the way up the neck of the jar. Stick on eyes (and a mouth). You can glue on round felt pieces or use peel-and-stick wiggle eyes. I used the round peel-and-stick felt pads that you put on furniture legs to protect your wood floors. Put a lit votive candle inside.Cheesecloth ghosts
Fabric stiffener (see recipe)
Base to hold balloon (jar, vase, glass)
Instructions: To create fabric stiffener, dissolve 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in 1/4 cup of cold water. Meanwhile, boil another 1/4 cup of water. Slowly, add the cornstarch solution to boiling water while whisking until the liquid bubbles. Take it off the heat and let it cool to room temperature before using.
To create the ghosts, blow up the balloon and set it on top of your base; soak a piece of cheesecloth in the fabric stiffener solution and drape over the balloon and let it dry; pop the balloon with a pin to reveal a hardened shape. Attach eyes, the same as with the Mason jar mummies. Use your fingers to rough up the ends. Thread fishing line through the top of each ghost, securing with a knot to hang.
Reflective paint is this spectral mirror’s secret. You can use any frame with glass; we chose one from Ikea, and spray-painted it black.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Reflective paint is this spectral mirror’s secret. You can use any frame with glass; we chose one from Ikea ($24.99; 23¼”W x 33½”H; ikea.com for stores). Start by printing our two ghostly images—the original, shown here, and its inverse, or mirror image—onto 11″W x 17″L paper. (Resize images if you’re using a different frame.) Remove the frame’s glass, then tape the inverse image facedown on the front of the glass. Flip the glass over, and spray Krylon’s Looking Glass paint on the back, avoiding the areas where the face and hand imagery are visible ($19.79 for 6 oz.; amazon.com). Let dry one hour. Discard the inverse image, then fit the glass into the frame, painted side to the back. Place the original image and backing into the frame.
Place your candy in a container that’s totally Halloween themed this year. This Frosted Spider Web Container is not only spooky and spidery, it’s also elegant and beautiful. It’s so much fun to paint the spiderwebs onto the glass container. This Halloween craft can be used again and again from year to year. Keep refilling it with candy and have a sweet Halloween!
Frosted Spider Web Container
Estimated Cost: Under $10
Time to complete: Under an hour
Primary Technique: Painting
HAPPY HALLOWEEN WITCHES!!!!