Homemade Halloween Decorations
Squeeze a wad of toilet paper or tissues together to form a small ball about the size of a golf ball. Place the ball in the middle of a white tissue. Gather the tissue around the ball and tie a string around it. When you turn it upside down, the hanging part of the tissue becomes the ghost and the ball becomes the head. Use a black marker to draw a face on the ghost. Attach a string or ribbon and hang.
You can also make variations of this ghost using larger paper such as sheets of newsprint (before it is painted on) or white tissue paper sheets. You can use golf balls or rubber balls instead of making paper balls.
With a Sharpie marker, draw a footprint on a big sponge. Cut out the footprint. Pour washable glow-in-the-dark paint in a shallow aluminum pan. Press the sponge in the paint and sponge footsteps up your sidewalk. Flip the sponge upside down to stamp the other foot.
Activate a mini glow stick, slip it inside a balloon, and blow up the balloon. Position the knot of the balloon at the top center and use a black marker to make a face. Use a thin or transparent white cloth to cover the balloon, cut a small hole in the cloth and push the knot through so you can tie a string to it and hang it from a tree, your door, or a lamppost in your front yard. Your glowing ghost will blow in the wind.
Egg Carton Bats
One of the easiest homemade Halloween crafts is to make bats out of egg cartons. Take an egg carton and cut off sections so that each piece has three egg holders to make one bat. The two egg holders on the sides are supposed to be the wings. So cut a scalloped shape on the front and back of the side sections to create the wing shapes.
Make a hole in the middle of the middle egg holder so that you can later hang it up. Now paint the egg holders black. After the paint has dried, stick on eyes or use two pieces of white paper with black dots to make eyes. You can get creative by adding fangs, glittery wings and other personal touches to these bats. String up the bats from ceilings and the inside of windows.
Put bare branches in a vase or buy one of halloweenlights.com Halloween Trees. Paint small Christmas tree balls black, white, and orange. Draw Halloween figures on them. Hang the balls on the branches. You may also make your own Halloween tree decorations such as ghosts, black cat, witches, and spiders cut out cardboard. Paint them and hang them on the tree. You can also create a great Halloween garland with popcorn painted orange.