From an easy craft to a DIY masterpiece, these three crafts will be sure to lift the family’s spooky spirits this season!

Slap it together: Spooky Spiders

These are so quick and easy to make, you will want to make enough to share! Take it to school or take it to work, these scary spiders make adorable companions through the month of October.

Supplies

  • 8 Craft Sticks Large, color(s) of your choice
  • 8 Craft Sticks Small, color(s) of your choice
  • 4 googly eyes large
  • 4 googly eyes small
  • 2 pom poms medium, black
  • 2 glitter pom poms large, black
  • Regular glue or hot glue gun

Directions

  1. Using the hot glue gun, put a dot of glue in the middle of a green stick and press another green stick on top of it, but make sure it is turned slightly. It will look like a very wide “x”.
  2. Glue another green stick on top of that one and slightly turn it again. Finish with the fourth stick and slightly turn it. It should look like you have 4 legs coming out from each side of the center.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other craft sticks so that you have 4 spiders.
  4. Glue the 2 large poms in the middle of each set of large craft sticks and glue the 2 medium poms in the middle of each set of smaller craft sticks.
  5. Glue 2 eyes on each pom.

Get Creative: A Colony of Bats, A Patch of Pumpkins and A Coven of Witches

String these scary creatures up into a garland or hang them in a tree, or simply place them in odd places around the house for a spooky surprise.

Supplies

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paint: black, white, lime green, bright orange and purple
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Pencil
  • Construction paper: green, purple, orange, black
  • Scissors
  • Jar with water
  • String

Directions

  1. Paint each paper roll a solid colour. Let dry.
  2. Option A: stencil on the facial shapes withe pencil. Colour in your outlines with paint. Let dry.
    Option B: stencil facial shapes onto construction paper, cut out, then glue into position on roll. Let dry
  3. Stencil wings, ears, hats etc onto construction paper, cut out and glue into position on roll.
  4. Let dry.
  5. To hang: cut 3 inch pieces of string. Glue one end of the string on the inside edge of the roll and glue the other end opposite the glued piece to form a loop. Let dry.
  6. To create a garland: cut a long piece of string and hang the creatures by their loops. Space evenly.

Masterpiece: Skull String Wall Art

To enjoy for years after its creation, this DIY wall art will be well worth the effort it takes to put together.

Supplies

  • 2’x3’ piece of wood (about ½ inch thick)
  • White nails
  • Black paint
  • White string

Directions

  1. Paint your piece of wood black and let it dry completely.
  2. Print out a skull photo (Google search) as a blueprint copy with the widest part of the skull measuring about 18 inches. The shape of the skull print is all that matters- so no worries if the print comes out a little pixelated.
  3. Tape your skull on top of your black wood and use a highlighter to plan out where you want your nails to go (you will want to make an outline around the skull, eyes, nose, and mouth). Space your nails about one inch apart and make sure to put one at any point your outline switches direction.
  4. Use a hammer to nail in your nail outline, but be careful not to go through to the other side of the wood. Once your nail outline is in place, you can rip off the paper skull guide underneath the nails.
  5. Tie your string to one of the nails that outlines the head and follow the nails to make a string outline around the head (go around the head twice). Do the same for your eyes, nose, and mouth outlines.
  6. Starting at the bottom of your skull, begin to wrap the string in a zig-zag pattern between the nails and continue to zig-zag your string until your area looks full. Make sure to switch the direction of string often and include strings going both horizontally and vertically.
  7. Repeat this process for the middle third of the skull and then, finally, for the top third of the skull.
  8. Tie your string to whichever nail you end on, and you’re finished!
    Tip: When the season’s over, use craft paper to wrap this art up for storage and label the package, so it’s easy to find next year. You don’t want to damage those pretty strings.

Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess