Want to display your Halloween spirit right at the front door? These nine do-it-yourself projects are simple enough to be done by kids with an adult’s help, and use easy-to-find supplies.
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Want to display your Halloween spirit right at the front door?
“The door to your house is basically the entrance to Halloween,” says Susan Spencer, editor in chief of Woman’s Day magazine. “It shows off your creativity. (The decorating projects) really have to be easy and fun so they can be done together as a family.”
Just keep Halloween decorating fun and spooky, not truly scary or gory, says Camille Smith, HGTV’s managing editor. “You want it to be family-friendly,” she says. “There’s nothing worse than having a toddler scared.”
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These nine do-it-yourself projects are simple enough to be done by kids with an adult’s help, and use easy-to-find supplies.
This toothy door is simple but effective. From a sheet of white craft foam, cut a row of teeth that will fit across the top length of your door. Cut two large eyes from yellow craft foam and pupils from black craft foam. Staple the pupils to the eyes. Staple removable-foam mounting squares to the backs of each shape. Adhere the eyes directly above the doorway and set the teeth so they hang from the inside of the frame or attach directly to the door.
Halloween terra cotta pot wreath
Cristina Ferrare, co-host of Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family,” decorated a burlap-and-moss-covered wreath with tiny pots filled with faux succulents before adding the telltale Halloween items: skulls, spiders and glittery black branches. Supplies may be found at craft and online stores, and any wreath that can hold the heft will work. When Halloween’s over, remove the spooky stuff and you have a pretty fall wreath for Thanksgiving. In the spring, the faux plants may be replaced with living succulents.
Transform a string of orange lights into black cats, and ring them around the front door or windows. Download a template from FamilyFun magazine (familyfunmag.com/printables) or another online source and trace the cat-head shape onto black card stock (marking where the eyes are). Cut out several heads and use a hole punch to make the eyes. Insert bulbs from a string of electric lights into the holes. Laminate the black-cat cutouts against weather, or hang the lights indoors so they’re viewable from outside.
Cut out the flat center from a plain, white paper plate. Paint the remaining outer piece of the plate and let dry. Cut eight to 10 teeth from the discarded center piece; glue the teeth to hang from the inside top of the ring into the open center. Glue large and small white pom-poms (or cotton balls) onto the plate, then glue black paper circles for pupils on each pom-pom. Cut out and glue on two yellow paper horns at the “head” of the plate.
Use a hot-glue gun to cover a white foam wreath with pingpong balls, building up layers so the wreath is fully covered. It will likely require two or three bags of pingpong balls, bought online or at a sports store. Attach a small or large googly eye to each white ball. Attach the wreath to the front door with a metal or plastic hanger (rather than wrapping it in ribbon) to keep the wreath intact.
Take apart several large plastic skeletons and “frame” the front door with the bones. Use double-sided tape to attach them or wire them together like a garland. Add a string of lights or orange-and-black ribbon.
Cut pupils out of black felt and attach to white Styrofoam half-spheres (available at craft stores and online). Use removable tape to stick spheres to the front door. Make smaller “eyes,” attach them to skewers and stake them into potted greenery around the door.
Putka pod wreath
This wreath is covered with diminutive dried seed pods, called putka pods, that resemble tiny pumpkins. They are sold online and at craft stores. Smith says she hangs her wreath with a wide burlap ribbon for a rustic look that easily transitions into Thanksgiving.