Top 5 DIY Halloween Crafts

Amber Xiao, Reporter

I’ve always wanted to do some actually creepy looking Halloween decorations in my house. Here are some great ideas that I found on the internet!

 

1. Spectral Mirror

Reflective paint is this spectral mirror's secret.  Get the tutorial. What you'll need: black spray paint ($12; amazon.com), glass silver-like spray paint ($9; amazon.com), black vintage mirror ($40; ikea.com) RELATED: 6 DIY Decorations Based on Famous Last Words

There’s a secret in making this mirror: an inverse image and the actual image. All you need after that is Krylon’s Looking Glass Paint. Just download these photos: Mirror Photos.

Directions are also in the link!

 

 

 

 

 

2. Glowing Spider Mason Jars

Spook your trick-or-treaters with this creepy, crawly craft.  Get the tutorial at MomDot. What you'll need: Mason jars ($13 for 12; amazon.com), plastic spiders ($7 for 72; amazon.com), fake webs ($5 for 12; amazon.com), black nail polish ($10; amazon.com), tea lights ($10 for 24; amazon.com)

All you need for these spooky jars are mason jars, fake spiders, fake spiderweb, black nail polish (to age the jar), hot glue, and tea lights (flameless). Here is the link for this craft: link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Witch’s Apothecary

No witch's home would be complete without an apothecary of snake oil, newt's eye, toad stool, and raven feet. These DIY bottles were made using plastic vitamin bottles, hot glue, and several coats of black and brown chalk paint. Get the tutorial at Magia Mia. These apothecary bottles were made from renovated vitamin bottles. You can find the link to the directions here

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Finger Pen

Put your finger on a newfangled pen. A playful product called Model Magic makes it surprisingly easy to disguise any ballpoint pen. Pinch off a piece of Model Magic that's slightly smaller than a golf ball. Working on a clean surface, use your hands to roll and flatten the claylike material into a strip approximately 1"W x 5"L. Wrap it around a ballpoint pen, leaving the nib exposed. Roll the wrapped pen on your work surface to smooth, then use your hands and a toothpick to shape knuckles and wrinkles. Finish by inserting a fake black fingernail into the clay over the nib, ensuring that the nib extends far enough to allow for writing. Let dry for one day before using. It’s surprisingly easy to make this pen if you know what to buy. A product a lot like clay called Model Magic is how you can make this product. Pinch off a piece of Model magic slightly smaller than a golf ball. Flatten it into a strip as long as your pen. Wrap it around your pen, leaving the nib exposed. Roll the wrapped pen on a flat surface to smooth, and then use your hands or a toothpick to shape the knuckles and wrinkles. Finish by inserting a fake black fingernail into the clay over the nib, ensuring that the nib extends far enough to allow you to write. Let the Model Magic dry for one day before you use the pen.

 

 

 

5. Spooky Terrariums

Bring empty pickle, jelly, and other glass jars back from the dead by turning them into haunting terrariums. Step 1: First, wash each container and dry thoroughly. Choose a sturdy twig that's slightly shorter than the jar and hot-glue it to the inside of the lid, so that the twig sticks straight up. Step 2: Hot-glue plastic bugs to the wood—making sure the decorations are small enough to fit inside the glass when you seal the terrarium. Step 3: Spray-paint everything but the jar—twig, bugs, lid—white or black. Step 4: Once the piece has dried, hot-glue green floral moss around the base of the twig. Carefully place the jar upside down over the lid and screw it on. To make the crow version shown, follow the instructions above, but hot-glue a fake bird to the twig after you spray-paint. All you need for these haunting terrariums are glass jars, hot glue, and your backyard. First, wash each container and dry thoroughly. Choose a sturdy twig that is slightly shorter than the jar and hot-glue it to the inside of the lid, so that the twig sticks straight up. Next, hot-glue plastic bugs to the wood, making sure that the decorations are small enough to fit inside the glass when you seal the terrarium. Next, spray paint everything except the jar-twigs, bugs, lid- white or black. Once the piece has dried, hot glue green floral moss around the base of the twig. Carefully put the jar upside the lid and screw it on. To make the crow version shown above, hot glue a fake bird to the twig after you spray paint.

 

*All of these ideas were from this website: CountryLiving*