4+ Easy Halloween DIYs I Tried And Loved

Diply 18 Oct 2018

To say I've been crafting my brains out over the last few weeks is a major understatement. Because I spent the majority of my summer planning our wedding, I have some serious catching up to do when it comes to all of the ideas I've been meaning to try from my DIY Pinterest board.

And now that Halloween is only a couple weeks away, I've been spending as much time as possible getting ready for it — which means rolling up my sleeves and putting my creative side to work!

1. DIY Gilded Pumpkins

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I'd never worked with gold leaf before this project, so I was definitely in uncharted territory when it came to using it. However, because I've seen gold leaf all over the place lately, I knew I had to wade into the unknown and give it a shot.

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Because I didn't have an actual gold leaf kit, I had to improvise when it came to the materials I used.

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I found a container of "metallic leaf flakes" at the dollar store, and used standard white school glue to adhere the pieces to three plastic pumpkins.

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After letting the glue dry for a couple of hours, I took a hard bristled paint brush and gently brushed away the flake bits that hadn't stuck to the pumpkins.

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While I'm sure an actual gold leaf kit would've yielded better results, I was actually pretty happy with how my gilded pieces turned out!

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They're fun, colorful, and perfectly compliment my other Halloween creations.

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And because I enjoyed working with it so much, I'm considering picking up a full-fledged gold leaf kit during my next Michaels run — with one of their coupons, of course.

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2. DIY Beanie Baby Dog Costume

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You don't have to be my best friend to know that I love my dog more than anything else in the world. Can you blame me? LOOK. AT. HIM.

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Anyway, because I'm obsessed with him, I dress up Guinness for Halloween every year. 

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Last year, he was a hot dog, and I was a hot dog vendor — paper hat and all.

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I'm not going to lie, I loved that hot dog costume so much that I considered using it again this year.

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However, I also realized I had pinned an adorable idea that involved turning Guinness into my very own, limited edition Beanie Baby.

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So, I grabbed one of my many Beanie Babies, studied its tag, and got to work. 

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All I did was cut out a large heart from a piece of cardboard, and layered red, white, and yellow construction paper on it. I then strung a piece of red ribbon through a small hole I made in the top right hand corner, and placed the homemade tag around G's neck ???.

P.S. He definitely drooled all over his costume within five seconds of wearing it.

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3. DIY Skull-Filled Craft Pumpkin

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Speaking of Michaels, last year, I snagged this white craft pumpkin from one of their clearance racks, but couldn't figure out what to do with it.

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And while I was browsing the aisles of my local store this year, I saw the perfect idea on one of their displays.

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To recreate the look myself, I stocked up on a bunch of foam skulls (again, from a clearance container), and dug out the craft pumpkin from our storage room that I'd purchased last year.

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Using a serrated knife, I cut two large slits into one side of the pumpkin, and then created a large hole by cutting out one quarter of it at a time.

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I removed all of the tags and ribbons from the foam skulls and stacked them inside the pumpkin.

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Finally, for extra drama, I placed an LED tealight underneath the skulls.

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Pretty cool, right? I'm so happy with how this DIY turned out, and I can definitely see myself working with more craft pumpkins in the future.

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4. DIY Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern

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A friend of mine actually convinced me to give this idea a try. I won't lie, this was a messy project, but I still had a lot of fun doing it.

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Start by getting your hands on a fresh pineapple. 

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Normally, I'd go for one that's already cored and stored nicely in a plastic container, but obviously that wasn't going to work in this instance.

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Next, slice off the top and set that piece aside.

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If you have a pineapple coring device, use it! I didn't have one on hand, so I had to cut and scoop all of the fruit from my pineapple, which caused a mess of epic proportions.

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Once you've hollowed out your pineapple, use a small paring knife to carve your design!

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When you're happy with the way it looks, place a tealight inside your pineapple and put it on display.

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5. DIY Haunted Rose Cloche

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Out of all the projects I've done this year, this is by far my favorite. Not only did I manage to pull it off using materials strictly from the dollar store, but it turned out way better than I could've ever imagined.

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I started off by covering the stem of a fake rose and a random LED jewel with matte black spray paint.

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Once the paint had dried, I used lineman's pliers to cut the stem down so that the rose would fit inside my makeshift cloche — which was nothing more than an upside down dollar store vase and a square mirror.

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I adhered the painted jewel to the bottom of my vase, and used a small dab of hot glue to make the rose stand on top of the mirror.

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I honestly thought getting the rose to stay upright was going to be impossible, but the hot glue ended up working like a charm.

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After giving everything a chance to dry, I covered the "floating" rose with the dollar store cloche, and found the perfect spot for it in my living room.

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I like to think of this DIY as the perfect mix of Halloween and Beauty And The Beast.

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6. DIY Black Flame Candles

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Last, but certainly not least, I took inspiration from one of my favorite Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus, and made myself a set of black flame candles!

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This idea didn't go exactly as I had planned, but, in the end, I was still happy with the result.

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I simply covered the top and bottom sections of two plastic dollar store Christmas candles with painter's tape, and then sprayed the exposed section with matte black paint.

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After removing the tape, I placed the candles back in their gold holders, and used black acrylic to paint the flames.

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This was where the DIY started to go awry. As soon as I tried screwing the flames back into the candles, the acrylic paint began to flake off onto my fingers.

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To fix this problem, I added a second coat of paint, and used a tissue to blot some of it away before it had a chance to dry.

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Not only did this expose some of the flame so that the light was still able to shine through, but it gave the impression that I'd meant for that to happen in the first place. What flaky paint, amirite?

They may not be perfect black flame candles, but I'm impressed with them anyway.

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