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10 Great Crafts to Make Your DIY Halloween Extra Spooky

Decorating for Halloween can be a lot of fun, but it can also get down right expensive, especially if you want a lot of variety. Fortunately, if you have a bit of crafting expertise and a little extra time on your hands, you can always try making your own Halloween decorations from some of these fun online tutorials.

Cute Plush Ornaments

If you’ve ever wanted to decorate a tree around Halloween time the way you do around Christmas time, then you'll enjoy these felt plushies. Paper and String has the patterns, so all you need is a bit of felt, some stuffing, and thread, and you too can have adorable ornaments in no time.

Spooky Window Silhouettes

Looking for something to spice up your bland windows this Halloween? With only a little black butcher paper and these patterns from CraftZine, you can make your own awesomely terrifying window silhouette displays.

Papercraft Skull

This life-sized paper skull is certain to add an air of authenticity to your evil lab or tomb. All you have to do is visit RavensBlight and print out your own, then cut and fold your way to a gruesome Halloween decoration.

Origami Skeleton

While this origami skeleton looks like a fun and inexpensive decoration, it’s not recommended for anyone who isn't already an expert in the ancient Japanese art. Creator Marc Kirschenbaum documented how to make it with step-by-step instructions that are so complicated they took ten pages to write down. To those willing to give it a shot, good luck!

Crocheted Gouged Out Eyeball

Crochetninja knows how to make crochet creations spooky enough for Halloween. For those crocheters interested in creating their own plush crochet eyeball, her Instructables tutorial has all the instructions you need.

Audrey II Paper Mache

She may not sing, but at least this paper mache version of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors won’t insist that you kill people to feed her. If you’re willing to take on the responsibility that comes with having such a demanding house plant, then Instructables user craftydabbler can show you how to create your own.

Knitted Candy Corn

Sure, kids probably wouldn’t appreciate receiving these in their candy bags, but their parents would certainly be happy to see something that won’t rot their children’s teeth out. To make your own for decorations or giveaways, stop by Mochimochi Land to get Anna Hrachovec’s useful pattern.

Spooky Houseplant Costumes

Houseplants can be a drag when it comes to Halloween decorations. Sure you can spread some fake spider webs on them, but most of the time, that just looks cheesy. This year, why not follow Bitter Betty Industries’ example and create costumes for your plants. With a little crepe paper, Styrofoam, paint, and vampire fangs, you can add eyes or mouths to your plants to make them an active part of your house of horrors.

The Monkey Mummy, Monenottukhamun

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own monkey mummy, be sure to visit Lisa Bunting Thoms’ site, q.D.PaToOtieS, and download the pattern to make your own monkenottukhamun, pronounced “monkey-not-too-common.” He might just be the cuddliest undead monster ever.

Edible Jar Specimens


Sure, anyone can put some nasty things inside a jar, slap on a label, and use them for creepy Halloween decorations. But the best thing about these great Jar Specimens by Evil Mad Scientist Labs is that all of the items in the jars are edible. In fact, some of the creations, like the canned lychee fruit in Torani caramel syrup, look downright delicious once you know what you’re eating.

Bonus: Knitted Skeleton

There are no instructions to make your own knit skeleton, but when compiling a list of great Halloween crafts, it’s just plain wrong to leave out this amazing piece by artist Ben Cuevas. The amazing details that went into this impressive craft project are simply stunning, from the contours of the spine to the teeth that were knitted with smaller yarn than the rest of the body. You can enjoy more detailed photos of Ben’s work here.


Have any of you Flossers made your own Halloween décor in the past? If so, do you have any suggestions for the rest of our readers?

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Art Lovers in England, Rejoice: France's Famous Bayeux Tapestry is Coming to the UK
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One of France’s most prized national treasures, the Bayeux Tapestry, is officially heading to England for exhibition. The loan will mark the first time the fragile 11th century work has left France in nearly 1000 years, according to The Washington Post.

French president Emmanuel Macron announced news of the loan in mid-January, viewed by some as a gesture to smooth post-Brexit relations with Britain, ABC reports. The tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, a historically important event replete with guts and glory.

Stretching for 210 feet, the Bayeux Tapestry’s nine embroidered panels tell the tale of Harold, Earl of Wessex, who swore an oath to support the right of William, Duke of Normandy, to the English throne once King Edward (a.k.a. Edward the Confessor) died without an heir. But after Edward's funeral at Westminster Abbey, Harold breaks his oath to William so he could be crowned king instead. Believing he was the rightful ruler, William—today remembered as William the Conqueror—decides to wage war and ultimately defeats Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

The historical narrative has endured for centuries, but the tapestry's provenance has been lost to time. Experts think that the artwork may have been created in England, shortly after the Battle of Hastings, although it’s unclear who designed and embroidered the scenes. Its original owner, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror, may have commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. He became Earl of Kent after the Battle of Hastings, and this new title would have afforded him access to skilled artisans, The Guardian explains.

The Bayeux Tapestry is currently on display in the town of Bayeux in Normandy. It likely won’t leave France until 2020, after conservators ensure that it’s safe to move the artwork. According to The Telegraph, the tapestry might be be displayed at the British Museum in 2022.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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