Even though, Halloween is not widely celebrated in Switzerland, I have decided to have a festive Halloween Party complete with decorations!! Because the availability of Halloween trimmings is very limited here, it has been necessary for me to come up with a few of my own decorations. Here is what I created to adorn my front door as an ominous indicator of what may be lurking inside!
The Halloween Tentacles are very simple to make!
What do you need? Air Drying Clay – Rayher & Crayola make clay that is perfect. It is nice and light and it comes in many colors! Large Paper Clips Wire – I used 22 gauge. Floral wire will work perfectly! Wire Cutter Paint or Tape – If you wish to embellish your terrifying tentacles! I find electrical tape is wonderful to use here because it can be stretched a bit to fit tightly around the tentacle!
Here is a short video showing the entire process!
So many options – sinister stripes, ghastly green, ominous orange…
What I love the most about cheese cloth spider webs is how easy they are to put up, take down and store!
I like to go a little crazy decorating for Halloween, but I don’t want to spend days putting it all together and days taking it all down.
What do you need:
How to make them:
Purchase cheese cloth from any fabric store. It is very inexpensive! I like to make my cheese cloth look dirty so I pull out all the old tea bags that have been sitting in the cupboard for way too long and make a big pot of tea. After the tea is a nice dark color, I place the unfolded cheese cloth in the tea and let it soak. I allow the cheese cloth to soak 10-20 minutes.
After dyeing, I remove the cheese cloth from the tea, gently rinse and let dry. You can see in the above picture the difference in color after soaking in tea!
Now for the fun part! Drape the cheese cloth wherever you want that eerie effect! As you do this, rip holes in the cloth, and cut it where you want it to hang down. Where ever you cut the cloth, pull on it and the sharpness of the cut will disappear! Experiment with the cloth to create the effect you want!
I also like to use a length of the stained cheese cloth as a table runner for my Halloween table!
Here is a super easy Halloween decoration anyone can make in just a few minutes with candles and empty wine bottles. If you don’t have any empty bottles, then my advice is to take your time – empty the bottles slowly! No need to chug!
One Red Candle
Empty Wine Bottles
I wanted my wine bottles labels to look old so my plan was to pull out my paint and glaze and attempt to give the labels an antiqued look when I thought of a much easier idea! Just rub dirt on the label! Dirt is safe enough! Just last week, I watched my nephew eat dirt and he seems fine!
After rubbing the dirt into my wine bottle labels, I gently washed them and let them dry!
Now for the blood!
Light the red candle and as the wax melts simply drip it over the candles and the wine bottles. The wax will form nice drips and clumps that look like coagulated blood – disgusting!
That’s it – see how easy that was!
Make sure the candle is firmly inserted into the wine bottle and that you burn them in a safe location!