Party Crafts and DIY

23 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Projects Part 1

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Signs of Halloween can already be seen in stores!  If you love to DIY your own Halloween projects such as decorations, crafts, gifts and party favors, you’ll want to check out this post!  Jen Carver, from Banner Events, is sharing over 25 “spooktacular” ideas with you for conjuring up your own Halloween fun!

My friend Vivian Kerr and I worked together on these projects using a printable Halloween package from Anders Ruff Custom Designs as inspiration.  We hope you enjoy our spooky projects, captured by Andrea Pasion Photography. We created a variety of Halloween projects we are thrilled to highlight. Inexpensive and simple, these projects can even be done by beginning crafters.

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Ideas 1-2:  Altered Candy Bar Wrappers

Halloween Craft Project Candy Bar Wrappers

A super easy treat idea that is too cute to spook can be made by costuming a candy bar in a printable wrapper.  We picked up some large sized Hershey bars (but any size works), and printed some of the coordinating Halloween digital papers, treat labels and tags.  We wrapped the candy bars, added some scraps of ribbon and a few sticker embellishments to complete the look.

Ideas 3-4:  Altered Beverage Jars/Carrier

Halloween Craft Project Drink Holder Ideas

Using recycled materials in our Halloween DIY projects makes us happy. This project is one of our favorites.  A friend saved up her Starbucks Frappuccino bottles and lids for us.  We washed and thoroughly dried the bottles.  We added a coat of black spray paint to the lids.  We filled the bottles with various orange and black Halloween candy.  Then, using Anders Ruff’s beverage wraps and trimmed down treat wrappers, we secured them on the bottles with adhesive.  To dress up the bottles, we added some raffia and a tag.  We even repurposed the Starbucks drink carrier with a little digital pattern paper and other elements from the printable package.

Idea 5:  Altered Paint Can

Halloween Craft Project Paint Can Decoration Ideas

Mini paint cans can be found at most craft stores.  They are perfect for filling with all sorts of Halloween treats.  Easily add decorations using printable elements, scraps of coordinating paper, ribbon and fabric!

Ideas #6-7:  Pumpkin Lantern and “TREATS” Banner

Halloween Craft Project Pumpkin Lantern and banner Ideas

Dress up orange lanterns to look like pumpkins!  We traced a leaf pattern on to one of the printable green pattern papers in the Halloween collection.  Wrap green chenille stems around a pencil to create a corked vine look.  Add brown chenille stems to create a pumpkin stem.

To create a “treats” banner, print out the banner letters, trim and adhere to black cardstock.  Punch holes and add ribbon or twine to hang.  This would look great hanging from a fireplace mantel, above a doorway or as a dessert table backdrop.

Idea 8:  Trick or Treat Tote Bag

Halloween Craft Project Trick or Treat Candy Tote Bag

DIY your own version of a trick or treat tote bag!  Using coordinating fabric, Vivian designed and sewed the perfect Halloween tote.  She printed a bat from the Anders Ruff collection onto iron-on fabric transfers to achieve the finished look.

Idea #9:  Altered Gum Case

Halloween Craft Project Gum Candy Container Idea

Gum is a popular item, especially for kids and teens!  We picked up a pack of Extra Dessert Delights brand gum in an Orange Crème flavor.  The larger shaped package made it easy to embellish with trims and printable paper.

Idea #10:  Altered Tic-Tac Box

Halloween Craft Project Candy Dispenser Idea

Using a combination of circle and scallop punches, a button and a few cute items, we easily transformed an ordinary box of Tic-Tacs into a fun Halloween treat!

Ideas 11-12: Halloween Push-Up Pops (and Coffin Treat/Display Box)

Halloween Craft Project Push Pop Containers

Displaying desserts in unique ways is so much fun.  We painted paper mache coffin boxes discovered at our local craft store.  Each coffin was lined with coordinating printable papers and the lids were embellished with cute treat labels cut down for size.  We filled the coffins with Styrofoam from which we could display orange cream ice cream push up pops.

Watch for Part 2 of this mini-series later this week!

VENDOR CREDITS {for Parts 1 & 2}:

– Jennifer Carver & Vivian Kerr: Styling
 Anders Ruff Custom Designs:  Halloween Printables
– Andrea Pasion Photography:  Photography

Looking to DIY your own Halloween crafts and décor?  We think you’ll love these supply sources put together by the Spaceships and Laser Beams crew.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.