With a few items from around the house you can make sweet little handmade halloween decorations in just a few minutes.
There’s something so nostalgic about Halloween. Maybe it’s the memories of dressing up and wondering around the neighborhoods collecting candy or just the childlike anticipation of it all. I love it when the temperatures begin to fall and night creeps in just a little bit earlier. I just gives me the warm and cozy feeling.
My kids love it too! We have certain memories and traditions that we hold on to. Every year we watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown while eating those cheap halloween stamped cookies from the grocery store. We make an official outing to choose our pumpkins from the pumpkin patch or some years we’ve even grown our own. The past few years, the kids have decided that we have to eat homemade potato soup before we trick-or-treat the neighborhood. Isn’t it funny how doing something once with children often turns into a tradition that can’t be skipped?
I am unashamedly not a fan of the scary parts of Halloween. Hocus Pocus is as scary as it gets around here. However, I do love a smiling jack-o-lantern and white sheeted ghosts. We usually decorate for fall downstairs and put out a few little Halloween decorations upstairs for the girls but this year we switched things up just a bit and I wanted to share a few ideas with you. The best part is that you likely have everything you need and it will only take about 20 minutes of your time!
Coffee Filter Ghosts
- cotton balls
- coffee filters or scraps of fabric
- sharpie or black marker
I’m not sure this even needs directions but place a cotton ball inside the middle of a coffee filter and tie a string around it. It’s that simple. We added eyes and a mouth just to give them the full ghost effect. These would be cute anywhere but we chose to make a garland of ghosts and hung it from the dining room window.
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Bats on the Wall
- black construction paper
- painters tape
Cut out as many bats as you like from the construction paper. You can freehand or find a bat template online. We did small and large bats just to mix it up. Use the painters take to stick them to your walls. Don’t come at me if you use a different kind of tape and your paint peels. Wink. Be sure you use the blue painters tape or something that guaranteed not to remove the paint from your walls!
It’s my hope that as my children grow up they will store up these simple seasonal memories and want to share them with my grandkids one day.