Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas to Make Yourself

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Halloween Outdoor Decorating Ideas to Make Yourself
Make your own spooky Halloween decorations. (Halloween decoration image by michele goglio from Fotolia.com)

You don't have to spend a lot of money on pre-made Halloween decorations to achieve the look you want. Making Halloween decorations at home is fun and cost effective, and can be a great family project. Kids will like helping to make their own decorations for your home.

House Jack-'O-Lantern

Turn your entire house into a spooky jack-'o-lantern with this simple, fun craft. Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit one window of your home. Use a sharp craft knife to create facial features for the jack-'o-lantern. Tape orange coloured tissue paper to the back of the cardboard to cover the face of the jack-'o-lantern. Fit the cardboard in the window and tape it to secure it. Now light the face by setting a lamp nearby to create a spooky glow for your house's jack-'o-lantern.

Yard Signs

Warn guests about the ghouls on your property with easy to make yard signs. Use any type of wooden stake as the basis for your sign, and pieces of scrap boards to make the signs. Paint spooky messages on to the boards, such as "Beware of Ghosts" and "Happy Halloween." Use screws to attach the boards to the stake. Use clear varnish to make the sign last for another year if you like. Older boards tend to look a little creepier, so don't be concerned if your boards don't look perfect.

Milk Jug Jack-'O-Lanterns

Recycle plastic milk jugs into Halloween pumpkins that you won't have to worry about rotting. Use clean, gallon jugs to make the decorations. Fill the jugs with water and drop in some orange food colouring. Shake it around a bit so the entire jug gives the illusion of being orange. Use black felt or construction paper to make facial features for the jack-'o-lantern. Glue the face onto the jug. These look cute hanging around outside porch steps, or lining a walkway or sidewalk.

Trash Bag Decorations

Turn trash bags into whimsical yard decorations. Have kids help rake all the leaves in the yard and stuff them into black and white trash bags. Use a permanent black marker to draw a ghost face on the white bags, and make spiders out of the black trash bags. For the spider legs, cut strips out of a black trash bag and tape them onto the black trash bag. Use a white paint pen to make a face on the spider bags. Embellish the bags as you like with foam cutouts, felt or stickers.

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