Looking for a creative and personal way to decorate your window for Halloween? Here’s a great idea from one of our thoughtful readers, Alicia S. She came up with this unique idea of turning candy corn into a saying, and her family’s feet into spooky ghosts. This project is kid-friendly. All of the products were purchased at Alicia’s nearest dollar store; not only is this a cute idea, it’s an inexpensive one too. Thank you so much Alicia for sharing your DIY idea with SWSL!
What you’ll need for “Happy Halloween” candy corn:
- White, orange & yellow construction paper
- Glue (it can be liquid or stick, whatever works best for you)
- Hole punch
- Black marker (washable or permanent, it doesn’t matter)
- String (try and find decorative ribbon like Alicia did)
- Clear packing tape (optional)
1. Start with making a pattern shaped like candy corner–triangular–on your piece of cardboard. This will allow all your candy corn to look identical. Trace the stencil onto the white paper first, then cut it out. This is the first section of your candy corn. You’ll need to do this 14 times; one for every letter of “Happy Halloween.”
2. Next, cut the tip of your cardboard stencil off. Now you have a new stencil. Trace this shape onto your yellow construction paper, then cut it out. This is the second color of your candy corn. Glue the yellow section on top of the white.
3. To finish your candy corn, you’ll want to cut the top of the stencil off again–this leaves you with the thinnest stencil of them all. Trace that onto your orange construction paper. This is the last color of your candy corn. Glue the orange chunk onto the yellow construction paper. Now your candy corn is complete!
4. Now that your candy corn is done, take your black marker and write out “Happy Halloween” across them. Remember, you should have 14 candy corns to write each individual letter on it. Once you’ve completed that, go in with your hole puncher and punch holes into the top corners of your candy corn. This will make it easy to string them together.
5. Alicia found it to be a smart idea to “laminate” her candy corn. Instead of actually laminating them, she chose the easy route of using strips of clear packing tape to cover them. This is preserve your sign in case you want to use it again next year, but it isn’t necessary. This is personal preference.
6. All you have to do now is use your string to tie the candy corn together so you have your completed “Happy Halloween” sign. Then, tape it up in a window for all to see!
What you’ll need for footprint ghosts:
- White shoe polish
- Black construction paper
- Black marker
- Hole punch
1. You’ll want to start by putting a piece of black construction paper on the ground.
2. Take whoever’s foot is going to make your ghost, and cover it in white shoe polish. This is a great way to get your family involved–you’ll have all different shaped ghosts. How cute! Be sure to have wipes near by to clean everyone’s feet!
3. Wait for the footprints to drive, and then cut them out. The heel of the print will be the ghosts head, while the toes will be the bottom of the ghost. Go in with your black marker and give your ghost a face–on the heel.
4. Use your hole puncher to make a hole in the top of your ghost, and go in with your string so you can hang them. What a great finished product!
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