Do you want some a bit of quick, easy and fun Halloween decoration ideas? Well you’re in the right place. L and I got our crafting on with some of the amazing products available from Hobbycraft and really dressed up our doorway.
We were lucky enough to be sent a #makeitscary gift hamper and we’ve had some real fun.
With simple polystyrene shapes for you to decorate, great coloured paint sets and perfect Halloween glitter we were away. L got good and grubby and when he was finished I added the finishing touches and I have to say our doorway looks awesome.
Best of all I got this all made in a day, mostly in the morning. It was super easy. Pretty much toddler friendly and completely stress free. Just how crafting should be in my opinion.
I’ll start with the brilliant pumpkin we were sent to carve. A lovely orange polystyrene pumpkin with a fab pumpkin carving kit. L loved it. From the second he opened it. He actually got upset at the thought of carving it and I’ll be honest I was quite partial to it as it was. So with no effort at all and for only £1.00 we have a fab, reusable, everlasting pumpkin we can bring out every year.
We did paint our polystyrene skull though. L picked green and helped me cover the whole skull in paint. When it had dried I added some finer details to give him some character. L made an awesome choice with the green. He looks fab. We even mixed some glitter into the paint I used to decorate it for a bit of sparkle. This took me about an hour in total, plus drying time. I love the fact that we can bring him out year on year, it’s very light so he can’t live outside on my house permanently, he’ll get blown away. But he will get put out in the evenings.
We then got onto the wreath. I had very grand plans for covering it with conkers. Either on their own for a beautiful autumnal wreath, or with some either glittered or painted to be pumpkins. Off to the park we trotted, ready to collect the hundreds of conkers that we’d seen on our last visit, but they were all gone. So back to the drawing board it was.
I ended up going for a really simple look and I’m so glad I did. I painted the polystyrene wreath black. This took ages to dry as I had to keep the paint quite thick for the coverage I wanted, it was the only thing I made that took real time actually. When it was dry though the rest was easy. I wrapped a length of Halloween ribbon around the top as a hanging loop. Glued some of the fake spider web to cover the front and added a spider. Then I tied lengths of thread to the other two spiders and bat from the web set and hung them using pins to the bottom of the wreath. I love it. It was so simple but a big hanging spiderweb wreath is the perfect addition to my front door.
The final thing we made was a simple mask. I glued a lot of googly eyes round the top and down the nose section. The covered the cheeks with black glitter. It is strangely elegant. Which isn’t at all how I expected it to turn out. It is fun and spooky and would be a great addition to a costume. But we have popped it into the little ornamental box tree I have outside the front door, to give the appearance of someone looking out.
The box tree also got the rest of the spiderweb material to cover it. You know what, for such a tiny looking amount of fabric, you can pull that spiderweb to cover a lot. We used it to cover the entire box tree and the spiderweb wreath I made. With ease. I could have stretched it further easily.
Not only did we have a blast making everything but I love the overall look we have created. To have done it in a day is even better. How will you #makeitscary next weekend? #makeitdontbuyit
Disclosure – we were sent our Hobbycraft Hamper for the purpose of this article