Family DIY fun crafts and projects
Oct 8, 2013
Craft Roundup: Halloween Decor, Necklace, Garland, More
What's your family's style? Try one of these DIY blog how-tos, from witches hats and 'Shrinky Dinks' to gold leaf postcards and glow-in-the-dark garlands.
Halloween decorating means different things to different people. Some folks love scary monsters and shaky skeletons. Others prefer a more whimsical approach. How do you like to decorate? For me, I like to hunt for vintage decorations and give them a second life in our house. This week's roundup is part modern, part hat-tip to the past – thanks to familiar crafting mediums such as shrinkable plastic and elegant gold leaf.
When thinking of your Halloween decorations, think beyond orange and black! Emily from The Benson Street created these colorful witch hat decorations and used bright colors like purple and lime green to achieve her Halloween look.
Want a one-of-a-kind necklace for your child to wear to her Halloween party? Or for you to wear to work? Take a cue from My Paper Crane and create this vintage-inspired "shrinky" necklace! Why not make a charm bracelet or pin to go with it, too?
I wouldn't recommend using gold leaf with younger crafters, but for older kids, this technique is a lot of fun and produces stunning results. Lovely Indeed pairs a glue pen and gold leaf to create these chic Halloween postcards.
Design Mom poses an interesting question: Your handmade paper garland looks awesome during the day, but what does it look like at night in the dark? It's an easy problem to fix – paint a strand with some glow-in-the-dark paint!