You’ve just completed your fall move, and now have a bunch of leftover moving boxes and supplies that need to be recycled. Don’t get rid of them just yet! Re-use what you have left to make some spooky Halloween decorations. Here are some of our favorites:
Gather up different pieces of cardboard, or boxes of varying size from your move.
Begin to cut the boxes into rectangles. Don’t worry about keeping them the same height as the differences in sizes will make it look more realistic. Draw and cut out rounded tops on each of the boxes to resemble tombstones.
Lay down a tarp or some newspaper and use gray spray paint on each of the boxes. Make sure to do this in an outdoor area as spray paint fumes are not safe to use in enclosed spaces.
Grab some of the markers that you used to label your boxes for your move, and write R.I.P. or other epitaphs onto the tombstones.
For an extra special touch, cut out letters from remaining cardboard and use them for your epitaph.
Scary Monster Door
Make a monster door to create a really spooky effect for the front of your home, without having to spend a bunch of money. Each door design will be different, but almost all will have the following design components.
- Eyes -Take some old paper plates and draw or glue on some black pupils. We’ve also seen people use felt material, but you can have nearly the same effect with plates.
- Mouth – Use a strip of cardboard or electrical tape to create a mouth for your door. A fun alternative to creating that scary smile is to make it look it like the door’s mouth is sewn shut.
- Hair – Cut tissue paper into strips, or a design to match your Halloween monster.
If your new home has a bunch of trees, making some hanging bats can really add some spookiness to your home’s Halloween decorations.
Grab any remaining cardboard pieces that you have leftover from your move and print off or draw a bat template. Match your template up to your cardboard and cut each bat out with a box cutter or a pair of scissors.
Take each of the bats that you’ve cut out, and use black spray paint on them in an outdoor area. If you’d like to make your bats a little less scary, glue on some quirky googly eyes.
Finally, use a hole puncher and punch out a hole in the bottom half of each of the bats. Then run a line of string or fishing line through the hole, and securely tie a knot.Then simply hang it from any tree at your home.
We hope that you use these ideas to create a wonderfully spooky Halloween.