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Who else can’t wait for Halloween? It’s one of the best times of the year, thanks to the spooktacular creativity that crafters demonstrate – bright colours, creepy decs and delightful treats. Halloween’s still a few weeks away, but time flies when you’re having fun, so why not get ahead of the crafting game now, and enjoy these wonderful makes?
Trick or Treating is great fun when you have kids in your life, especially with adorable personalised bags like these ones. If you don’t have a little one, why not make some for a friend’s children, and see their little faces light up with joy? You can find Helen Kirkham’s ScanNCut Halloween projects in our autumn Craft Club magazine, on page 40!
To prepare for Trick or Treat-ers, it’s fun to decorate your front garden in true spooky style, and we have just the project for you here. These lovely bats are easy to make and the ideal introduction to Bubbalux craft board – a material that can be cut, embossed and painted to produce fabulous creative pieces. Have a go yourself, and make just a few or a whole swarm.
Much like the bats, a flowing ghost windsock will look delightfully eerie in the dark. You can make one just from a painted tin can and long white ribbons like those in the Fantastic Ribbons Cream and Ivory Collection. It’s a great project to get the kids involved in, as you can make a few and design different spooky faces for each one. Just watch out for any sharp edges when handling the tin cans.
If you have any spare jars, why not upcycle them into clever lights? To make your own, you can use a ScanNCut, dies or a craft knife to cut a scene from self-adhesive material such as Dalton Manor Vinyl, or you could carefully paint the scenery onto the jar using black acrylic paint. Make sure to carefully plan out your scene or use a stencil if you’re trying the latter, and use a coloured LED light for extra style.
There's no party like a Halloween party, especially if it involves costumes! To make sure you have an event to remember, why not make your own customised invites? We have a fab guide for some die-cut invitations here – they’re quick and easy to make, meaning you can batch make lots for all of your friends and family, and the invites will still look amazing.
Nothing sets up a spooky atmosphere better than candlelight, and upside-down repurposed wine glasses can be turned into adorable Halloween candle holders – just be very careful decorating them if they’re actually made from glass. To make your own, coat the glasses with spray paint, cut small felt embellishments and use a pen to gently draw on the features.
If you prefer small gatherings to big parties, it’ll be great fun to make your own board games to play. Vikki Gorham designed a fab 3-in-a-row ghost game for last year’s autumn issue of Craft Club – if you want to try it for yourself, you can find the back issue on our website! It can even be adjusted to include more tiles, for a more challenging and competitive game.