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10 Great Crafts to Make Your DIY Halloween Extra Spooky

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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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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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This Is What Flowers Look Like When Photographed With an X-Ray Machine
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Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Peruvian Daffodil” (1938)

Many plant photographers choose to showcase the vibrant colors and physical details of exotic flora. For his work with flowers, Dr. Dain L. Tasker took a more bare-bones approach. The radiologist’s ghostly floral images were recorded using only an X-ray machine, according to Hyperallergic.

Tasker snapped his pictures of botanical life while he was working at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Hospital in the 1930s. He had minimal experience photographing landscapes and portraits in his spare time, but it wasn’t until he saw an X-ray of an amaryllis, taken by a colleague, that he felt inspired to swap his camera for the medical tool. He took black-and-white radiographs of everything from roses and daffodils to eucalypti and holly berries. The otherworldly artwork was featured in magazines and art shows during Tasker’s lifetime.

Selections from Tasker's body of work have been seen around the world, including as part of the Floral Studies exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego in 2016. Prints of his work are also available for purchase from the Stinehour Wemyss Editions and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)

X-ray image of a rose.
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “A Rose” (1936)

All images courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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