Home Spooky Home: Easy Halloween Crafts

Create a spooky look for your home -- inside and out -- with our easy Halloween crafts. You'll find plenty of creative crafts ideas for a fun Halloween. Including spooky ghosts, smiling pumpkins, and a few other eerie friends, our Halloween crafts will help you set the scene for a frightful evening.

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How to Make a Spooky Bat Wreath for Halloween

Watch our nifty orgami-folding technique to turn cardstock sheets into flying bats (free template included). Attach a colony of bats to a wreath and your Halloween door is all set for trick-or-treaters.

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Haunted Owl Pretzels

A soft pretzel plus some creative toppings equals an adorable owl-shape treat that will be the hit of any fall get-together. Here's how to make them.

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Halloween Drink & Punch Recipes

No goblin or ghoul will go thirsty at your Halloween party with these delightful party drinks and punch recipes. Concoct a kid-friendly beverage, or experiment with adults-only cocktail creations.

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Luscious Pumpkin Desserts

There's no doubt about it: Pumpkin is the quintessential fall flavor, and we especially love it in desserts. With classic pumpkin recipes like pumpkin pie and new favorites like pumpkin bread pudding and pumpkin cupcakes, our collection of pumpkin dessert recipes will have you prepared for any fall gathering.

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Easy Wreath with a Message

A word spelled with pipe cleaners hangs from the inside of this incredibly easy wreath. Here's how to customize the look.

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St. Patrick's Day Sampler

Fanciful border elements -- including pots of gold, shamrocks, harps, and hats -- surround gleeful leprechauns dancing on this sampler.

A closer look reveals entwined snakes and walking sticks commemorating favorite Irish legends. Easy to stitch on 14-count white Aida cloth, each motif of this wall hanging will entertain you.

What You Need:

This makes a great gift or seasonal wall hanging.
  • 17 x 19-inch piece of 14-count white Aida cloth
  • DMC embroidery floss in the colors listed in the color key
  • No. 24 tapestry needle
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)
  • Sewing thread or masking tape

Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern.

St. Patrick's Day Sampler Pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Overcast raw edges of fabric with sewing thread, or bind with masking tape to prevent the threads from raveling. Locate center of chart by following the arrows on the grid until they meet. To find the center of the fabric, fold it in half each way; finger-crease. Unfold and begin stitching center of design where the creases intersect.

3. Separate the six-strand embroidery floss, and use two strands of floss to work cross-stitches over one thread group.

4. When all cross-stitches are complete, backstitch the fiddle's bow with two strands of Medium Brown (433) and the bow string with one strand of Very Light Brown (435). Use two strands of Bright Green (700) to backstitch grass. Backstitch the harps' ribbons with one strand of Coffee Brown (801). Use one strand of Black-Brown (3371) for all remaining backstitches.

5. For leprechauns' eyes, use two strands of Dark Blue (825) to make French knots, wrapping floss twice around needle. For buttons on vests and shoes and for flower centers, use one strand of Black-Brown (3371) to make French knots, wrapping floss twice around needle.

6. Turn completed stitchery facedown on heavy towel, and press using a damp cloth and warm iron. Frame or finish as desired.

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