I love to make DIY Halloween Decorations, and this year I was actually prepared and got some made ahead of time, and I will be sharing my favorites with you!
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It might be September, but Halloween is just around the corner. Every year I decide that I will be ahead of the game and make some decorations for the house.
Except, life happens, and I don’t get them done.
Until this year!
I set aside some time to look over my Pinterest board for the DIY Halloween decorations that I have saved over the years. Bean and I tested our favorites and I will share them over the next few weeks.
I do my best to use or re-use items that I have on hand in my craft stash. However, even with a trip to the store, most of these items are budget friendly. If I do have to run out, I always try the Dollar Store first. I can usually knock out most of my list there.
EASY DIY HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS PART ONE: PUMPKIN BOWL
This one is super easy, and a fun one for kids. It’s fun to see that thin tissue paper can turn into a pumpkin!
Small bowl, or plastic container
HOW TO MAKE IT
First, tear up the tissue paper into small pieces. You will need quite a bit, so put on some fun spooky music while you work.
I didn’t have any orange tissue handy, but I did have leftover crepe streamers. It worked perfectly for this project!
Next, blow up your balloon, but keep it small, about three inches in diameter.
A small plastic container is helpful to hold the balloon while you work.
Grab your Mod Podge and use the paintbrush to put a layer on the surface of the balloon. You will want to cover about half of the balloon to make your bowl shape.
Then start putting a layer of tissue over the Mod Podge. Do not worry about pieces overlapping or looking messy, it does not have to be perfect.
Next, cover the tissue paper layer with Mod Podge and add another layer of tissue.
Repeat that step a few times, you will want 3 or 4 layers to help make your bowl a bit sturdier.
Once you make your layers, put one last coat of Modge Podge all over the tissue paper. It will look really messy, but just wait until it dries!
Set the pumpkin aside and wait for it to dry. It was hard to wait, but we left ours overnight to be sure that it had enough time.
Grab your scissors and black construction paper and cut out some jack o’ lantern eyes, a nose, and a mouth.
Use the Mod Podge to attach them to your pumpkin. Make sure you take the balloon out of the container and flip it over so that your face is not upside down.
The final step is the fun part.
Pop the balloon!!
Now you have a cute little pumpkin bowl. I did not mind the jagged edges of the paper, but you can also use scissors and carefully trim it up a little bit.
We made a few so that we could put candy in some, and candles (LED ones for safety of course!) in the others.
Be sure to keep checking back for the next few DIY Halloween decorations posts – next up will be cardboard tube candles!