With Halloween just days away (11 to be precise), preparations are in full swing to make it a spook-tacular holiday for kids and adults alike! Before heading to the store for decorations that will only be up for a short time, take a look around the house for some homemade Halloween inspiration.
Tear old bed sheets (not the good bamboo bed sheets!) into long strips to create spooky door hangings. Create a scary scarecrow for by stuffing old shirts and pants with t-shirts or leftover newspaper. Turn a pillowcase into a ghost by stuffing it full with sheets or shirts and tying off the top to create a “head”.
And what would Halloween be without a coffin in the yard? Here’s an easy way to turn old cardboard boxes into a creepy Halloween decoration:
Here’s what you need to make your cardboard coffin:
- Marker or Pen
- Scissors or Craft Knife
- Paint Brushes
- Non-toxic paint
To make your cardboard coffin:
- Draw a coffin shape (the simple 6-sided design is easiest to work with) with a marker or pen on the cardboard.
- Cut out the coffin with a pair of scissors or a craft knife.
- Tape the cut-out coffin to another piece of cardboard. Cut along the boundary to make your coffin bottom.
- Use a piece of string to measure the perimeter of the coffin by following the edge of the coffin. Tape the string to every corner as you go around and add a few inches at the end.
- Cut a rectangle from the cardboard as long as the string. Make it as wide as you want the coffin tall. For example, if you want ¼ the length of the coffin and your coffin is 4 feet long, the rectangle should be 1 foot wide.
- Attach the rectangle between the top and bottom pieces of the coffin. Use tape to hold it between them and bend it at the corners until it goes all the way around. Trim any extra cardboard at the end and glue the pieces together. Wait for the glue to dry and remove the tape.
- Paint your coffin! Make sure to use non-toxic paint and have fun! Paint the coffin black and use white or yellow to write names on the cardboard creation – it can belong to Dracula or I.M. Ghost – whoever you like!
Have a Happy Halloween!