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Five DIY Affordable Halloween Crafts (Part 1)

Updated on September 30, 2014

10 Fun Facts about Halloween

1. The first Jack o' Lanterns were first carved with turnips.

2. Halloween is the second highest commercial holiday after of course, Christmas.

3. The word Witch comes from an old English word wicce, meaning "wise women." Wiccans were once well respected. According to belief, witches held one of their two meetings, or sabbats on Halloween night.

4. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

5. 50% of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween compared to the 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy.

6. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.

7. According to Irish legend, Jack O' Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because of tricking the devil several times, was not permitted entrance into hell and heaven. He was condemned to wander on Earth, waving his lantern to make people loose their path.

8. Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic year calendar.

9. "Souling" is a Medieval Christian precursor to the modern day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes.

10. The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North American occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada.

11. According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch on midnight.

12. Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means that Halloween has been around for 6,000 years.

1. How to Make a Black and White Glam Pumpkin

Learn how to make this simple and fun pumpkin with black and white colors instead of using the traditional orange pumpkin color.

Materials You Will Need:

  1. Americana Multi-Surface paint in Black Tie
  2. White Faux pumpkin that you can buy at Micheals
  3. Boo rhinestone letters from the brand Recollections
  4. Paper mache hat
  5. hot glue
  6. feather with glitter picks
  7. A ribbon

Steps:

  1. First you will paint two coats of Americana Black Tie multi-surface paint on your paper mache hat.
  2. While your hat dries, go head and add the rhinestone "BOO" letters on your pumpkin.
  3. Once your hat is already dried, glue a tulle trim around the base, then tie a ribbon into a bow, finnally put glitzy picks to embellish it.

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2. Chevron Halloween Treat Bags

Instead of spending your own money on store-bought treat bags why not make your own Chevron Halloween treat bags. These treat bags make great for Halloween parties, and trick-or-treating.

Materials You Will Need:

  1. Muslin bags
  2. American Multi-surface paint in Pumpkin Patch
  3. DecoArt stencil
  4. Spray adhesive
  5. Brush
  6. Black Trim from a fabric store
  7. hot glue

Steps:

  1. To create the treat bags lightly spray the stencil with spray adhesive and place it on the bag, then use two coats of paint. Make sure to put a thick piece of cardstock or cardboard inside of the bag to prevent the paint from going through.
  2. decorate your bags with trim from a fabric store and put spider stickers and other embellishments to make the bags ghoulishly great.

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3. Spells and Potions Halloween Creepy Drinks

I saw this idea on Pinterest and I really like this creative idea for Halloween, it makes drinking more ghoulishly scary.

Materials You Will Need:

  1. Empty Starbucks glass bottles
  2. Halloween drink labels
  3. Green or other color food coloring
  4. Your favorite drink
  5. black straws
  6. straw banner templates


Steps:

  1. First get your favorite drink and mix it with the food coloring of your choice, to make the drinks look scary I would use green, black, or red.
  2. Second, put the already mixed food colored drink into your empty glass bottles.
  3. Now you will place the Halloween drink labels into the bottles, you are welcome to get the label and straw banner templates from this link: http://cdn1-blog.hwtm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/HWTM_SpellsPotions_DrinkLabels.pdf and http://cdn-blog.hwtm.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/HWTM_SpellsPotions_DrinkFlags.pdf
  4. Place the straw banners on top of the straw to make the drinks gothic and ghoulish.


Halloween Magnet Clips
Halloween Magnet Clips

4. Halloween Magnet Clips

Found these fun clips to be great to use as not only to hold your papers and to be organized but also look great as Halloween decorations:)

Materials You Will Need:

  1. Halloween Badges or buttons (You can find these for a lower price at Wal-Mart or Target)
  2. Magnetic tape strips
  3. Wooden clothes pins
  4. Washi tape
  5. scissors
  6. glue gun


Steps:

  1. Take apart the clothes pins.
  2. Place the front part of the clothes pin on top of the sticky side of tape, then trim the edges with scissors.
  3. Use your finger nail or the edge of the scissors and open up the slot for the metal part. put the clothespin back together making sure you do not tear the tape.
  4. Choose what sticky button you want it to go with the tape and put it on the clothespin.
  5. Cut small pieces of magnet tape. Make sure you trim the edges of the magnet tape so it fits in the clothespin. Put a small line of glue from the glue gun into the sticky side and press on the back of the pin.
  6. And Abracadabra! You are done:)

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More Fun Facts about Halloween

1. The Largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with 836 lb. pumpkin.

2. Stephen Clarke holds the record for the fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.3 seconds.

3. Black and Orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is the symbol or strength and endurance, and along with brown and gold, are the harvest colors. Black is typically the symbol of death and darkness; acts as a symbol that once Halloween was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.

Halloween Lantern Jars :)
Halloween Lantern Jars :)

5. Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns

I saw these cute Halloween mason jar lanterns on Pinterest and thought how cute they look so I decided to share with you this great idea for Halloween.

Materials You will Need:

  1. Mason jars of any size
  2. tissue paper
  3. Mod Podge
  4. paint brush
  5. glue
  6. ribbon or paint for the tops

Steps:

  1. First start by cutting your tissue paper into strips of about 1-2 inches wide. Brush a thin layer of mod podge on the glass jar and stick a strip of tissue on it.
  2. Take more mod podge and brush on top of it, sealing it onto the jar.
  3. Work one strip at a time until the jar is completely covered. Place your jar upside down to let it dry.
  4. As your jars are drying, go head and do the faces that you are going to put on your jars. Cut out the faces using black paper and glue to stick the eyes nose and lips on the jars.
  5. For the tops you can paint around the rims or attach a piece of black ribbon.

Note: When placing real candles inside the lantern jars, make sure you are safe because the jars can get hot.

The History of Halloween :)

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