Creating a black-and-white palette in your home allows you to make a bold decorating statement. Can the same be said for craft projects? You bet, especially during the month of October, thanks to Halloween.
Many of our favorite spooky characters are already known for their simple color scheme (ghosts, mummies and more), but that doesn’t mean other well-known Halloween icons can’t get in on the fun, too!
Take a look at this roundup of 10 black-and-white themed DIY projects your child can tackle this holiday season to help keep your home on trend, all while keeping the spooky levels high.
Halloween Hanging Ghosts
Pars Caeli created these simple, paper hanging ghosts that would look fun on its own or extra spooky when hung as an entire collection. Use the provided DIY template or her file on your paper-cutting machine of choice.
Bat Book Page Banner
Make your own Halloween banner that doubles as an upcycling craft. Simple as That’s Rebecca used pages from a book for this black-and-white decor item. Check your local thrift store for inexpensive books to use or your local library for damaged books that could use a second life.
Halloween Shadow Puppets
Your child can create their own puppets for a Halloween-themed play, thanks to Jennifer from Classic Play. Her shadow puppet templates are ready to download for your child to personalize. Take a cue from her collection of characters and pair with a black-and-white striped paper straw to complete the look.
Yarn Wrapped Mummy
Mummies don’t usually look all that cute, but thanks to a pair of bright googly eyes, Rachel, of I Heart Crafty Things, has created a mummy that’s not TOO scary! Wrapping the mummy in bright white yarn is a great way for smaller hands to work on fiber crafting skills.
DIY Mini Ghost Garland
Wouldn’t a big string of these friendly ghosts look adorable greeting your trick-or-treaters this Halloween season? M.E. Gray created this cute, kid-friendly DIY project for Cubly.com featuring simple white ghosts with smiling black accents; try making the garland as long or as short as your child likes.
Halloween Candy Door Hanger
Now here’s a way to welcome your Halloween party guests – a black-and-white pumpkin that’s packed with candy in its mouth! Ashely of Cherished Bliss uses a chalkboard backing paired with a white craft pumpkin to create the base of this project. Using black craft paint, your child can personalize the pumpkin’s expression.
These paper Halloween headbands from Rae Ann Kelly (for the Crate&kidsblog) is simple enough for your child to create and personalize on their own, but still fun for the whole family to work on together. Take a cue from Rae Ann and try making a white-and-black pumpkin headband.
Craft Stick Spiderwebs
Adrianne created a handful of all-white, yarn-wrapped spiderwebs using wooden craft sticks in this DIY for Crafts Unleashed. Have your child experiment with different amounts of paint on the sticks; how does the finish change when adding a little or a lot? Pair with a black spider ring and these webs are ready to hang out.
Mummy Mason Jars
Every Halloween party needs to have just the right lighting! Claire, from A Little Claireification transforms small mason jars into bright votive holders by way of white gauze bandage rolls. Paired with googly eyes in a variety of sizes, your child can help set your gathering’s mood in an instant.
Tin Can Ghost Windsock
Alecia, of Chicken Scratch NY, makes a bright decorating statement with her tin can ghost windsock project! Empty cans are painted with white and accented with black eyes and an extra-large ghost mouth. Hang these outside in your front yard or around a patio during the month of October.