Quick and Easy “DIY” Halloween Décor That Won’t Be a Hassle to Clean Up

halloweenWith the start of the holiday season just around the corner, Halloween can be designated as one of the most fun holidays to decorate for. Most of us sometimes tend to tone down the decorations to avoid the mess that can be caused by all the creativity.

But what if you can make your house or office a spooky haven, minus the stress of having to spend a considerable amount of time and energy cleaning up after?  With these simple décor ideas, that wish can come true.

Window Handprint Cling

 If you want to scare a passerby or have a scary party with a bloody effect, create your own bloody, reusable handprint clings. Here’s how:

  1. Get a washable surface ready to work on. Using a cutting board or foam core board, wrap plastic seran wrap carefully around the cutting board/foam core board and make sure it’s extra smooth.
  2. Use tape to secure the plastic around the back of whatever board you’re using.
  3. Pour an ounce or so of Elmer’s glue (or another type of craft glue) into a bowl or cup, followed by one drop of blue food coloring.
  4. Then, one drop at a time, pour small drops of red food coloring into the mixture until the shade appears to be lighter than desired, as it’ll get darker when the glue dries. (Make sure to comprehensively stir between the drops.)
  5. Now it’s time to paste the glue onto the plastic wrap. Wearing a glove, cover your hands with craft glue to start the base for the print(s).
  6. Press your handprint onto the plastic wrap and repeat as many times as you like. You can refill the empty spots of your handprints with the plain craft glue to make sure it’s at a thickness of about an eighth of an inch.
  7. Place the plastic aside to dry.
  8. Put on another pair of gloves to paint the red glue mixture on your hands.
  9. Press your red-painted-hand onto the dried handprint bases, as many times as you please.
  10. Wash your gloves or your hands with warm water.
  11. Let the glue dry until it’s translucent.
  12. Peel off the handprints and accidental drops and stick them onto the desired surfaces.

You can stick them on your windows and mirrors or even on the floor to emanate a crime scene.

Bedazzled Pumpkins

If you want to move away from the gore and opt for bling, instead, sparkly pumpkins are a great alternative. All you need is some plain plastic pumpkins, which you can usually find at your local arts and crafts store or online, and choose how many you’d like to display.

These pumpkins generally come in different shades and sizes. Grab some adhesive rhinestones or glue on separate rhinestones to create the design your desire. Go for chic stripes or leafy swirls.

If you want some extra shimmer:

  • Place the pumpkin on a sheet of wax paper and using craft glue, draw out your design.
  • Then sprinkle glitter (colors of your choice) over your wet glue design, letting the additional glitter fall onto the wax paper.
  • Let the glitter and glue blend dry.

Place the pumpkins in your living room, kitchen, or outside of your home for a glamorous effect. Throw out the wax paper covered in the glitter residuals… and voila! No mess, and you just saved over a hundred dollars in décor expenses.

Halloween Lighting

When you think of Halloween, what’s the first object to cross your mind? Perhaps it’s a ghost silhouette or a witch’s hat. Or maybe it’s the shadow of a bat. Wherever your imagination may take you, you can illuminate an eerie shape or form.

Bring some spooky light into your humble abode with these fun and easy activities you can do with your children.

  1. Halloween Lampshade
  • Using letter stickers, spell out the word(s) of your choice (i.e. “Boo!”).
  • Spray the front of the letters with spray tack.
  • Press the letters on the inside of your lampshade(s), making sure to place them in a backwards alignment to properly read them on the outside.

You can even add other cutout silhouettes for an ornate design and apply them alone or with the letters, following the same mentioned process. Then, switch on the lights, and you’ll have a spooky surprise each time!

  1. Ghostly Lantern

Grab a few empty, transparent glass jars, and paint the outside. Or, wrap a sheet of colored tissue paper around the jars, instead, securing the ends of the paper with a thin rubber band or tape. Using a permanent marker, draw out your design onto the fixture. Once you’re done with your scheme, place a lit candle inside the jar and watch your design light up to life!

 Keep Clean and Organized

No one is immune to having a little accident here and there, even when creating the easiest DIY décor. Your kids might have gotten too excited and dropped more paint in places that weren’t intended to get a speck of décor. Or perhaps, they took the illumination to another level and actually drew on your lampshades.

Whatever the case, 1st Class Cleaning is here to help get your home as clean as can be to enjoy all your Halloween decorating efforts. Contact us today to make your haunted house the cleanest on your block and enjoy the trick-or-treating festivities!

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