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Spooky DIY Halloween Party Decor

Spooky DIY Halloween Party Decor

We’re throwing a small Halloween cocktail party this weekend for some neighbors and friends. So, I’m making some spooky DIY decor with my kids ahead of time.

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I’ll show all of the final party decor, including the tablescape, spooky appetizers and ghoulish cocktails when it’s ready for showtime. But these crafts I made with the kids needed to happen days in advance.

Paper Mache Crows and Spiders

We started out by looking at photos of crows on the Web. I also used this paper mache bird-making tutorial as inspiration.

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We crumpled up newspaper to make the main body shape and used masking tape to secure the sides. When I realized the complexity of making the crow, I suggested that we also make spiders. Those were infinitely easier for Nadja (age 4) to accomplish.

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We ended up with assortment of both crow and spider bodies.

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We mixed glue with water to make the paper mache paste.

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And then layered strips of newspaper around the bodies.

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We let the bodies dry overnight.

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For the crow, my next step was to form a head with the newspaper and then create the wings and tail feathers with a combination of cardboard, masking tape, and more paper mache.

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When I was happy with the shape, I let it dry again for a few hours and then painted all but the belly with a mixture of black and purple paint, and let the paint dry.

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As the paint dried, I bent wire to make the crow’s feet.

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Then, I painted the belly and after wrapping the crow’s legs with black embroidery floss, I poked the feet into the crow’s belly and bent the legs until he could stand on his own. I also used craft gemstones to give him black shiny eyes. My last step was to paint his wire talons.

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He’s so life-like, I feel like a taxidermy crow is perched on the shelf.

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Meanwhile, the girls finished up the spiders by painting them black and purple.

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And then affixing gemstones for eyes, and poking pipe cleaners in the sides for legs.

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I think they’re quite spooky especially when scuttling together on the table. I’m trying to decide how best to display them. I also have a few “spider egg cases” to include in the tableau.

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Bat Garland

I found a bat stencil on the Web and copied it onto a cereal box and then cut it out to make a large bat stencil. I also made a smaller version.

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The girls traced it onto black construction paper and cut out several bats in large and small sizes.  Next, I stapled the bats on grey yarn. Matt pinned the banner to the crown moulding with push pins.

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I like how some of the bats hang upside-down, which was unintentional but I think it adds some character.

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Zombie Hands

I used my hand as a model and drew a forearm and hand reaching up on brown construction paper.

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Then, I added some red watercolor paint to make the hand look bloody. I did the same with the other arm and taped the arms in the window to make it look like a zombie is trying to get in.

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It’s quite convincing, don’t you think? But they won’t be the only frights we have in store for our party. Just wait and see.

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