Tired of just picking up a pumpkin, removing the gooey seeds and carving it only to have it be moldy and gross a few days after Halloween (or before, if you didn’t time it right)?
Ananda Neureither, the owner of Crafts & Drafts, holds regular events in bars and restaurants for adults to create crafts. At L’Oca d’Oro restaurant, she showed us a few simple Halloween decorations that don’t require a lot of artistic ability and are inexpensive to make.
Faux pumpkin carving
Instead of decorating a real pumpkin that will go bad in a few days, you can decorate a plastic pumpkin and keep it for several years. Faux pumpkins can be found in craft stores for $10 and up depending on size. You can add any decorations you choose as well as paint scenes on them.
Draw a circle with a pencil on the faux pumpkin where you want the opening of the pumpkin to be.
Cut out the circle. Ananda Neureither uses the traditional pumpkin carving knives you can get in the kits, but any knife will do.
Decorate any way you want using items from local dollar stores or craft stores. Neureither hangs a plastic skull by poking a hole in the top of the pumpkin with a pencil, pulling the string the skull is on through the hole and tying a knot to the top.
Pull out fake spiderweb and spread it over the pumpkin.
Some of the spiderweb will naturally stick, but glue on large pieces using glue that dries clear. Attach other decorations using glue.
Hold down anything you are attaching with glue for a few seconds to help it stay.
Find the perfect spot for displaying your pumpkin. You can use it again and again.
Don’t like carving pumpkins? Neureither paints hers using the stencils that come in the pumpkin carving kits as well as acrylic paint and paint markers.
Select your materials, including a stencil.
Cut out the stencil.
Tape the stencil to the pumpkin.
Trace around the stencil using a pencil. The pencil will create a groove in the pumpkin, which makes staying in the lines when you paint easier.
Remove the stencil. Paint within the lines where the stencil was using either a paint pen, a paintbrush or the tip of the brush for fine lines.
Paint other decorations or finishing touches to your pumpkin.
Display your pumpkin.
Who says wreaths are only for Christmas? Neureither gathers up all kinds of ribbons, fabric, plastic spiders and fake floral arrangements at craft stores and dollar stores to turn a $5 foam circle into a door decoration.
Cut strips of fabric. They don’t have to be exact straight lines because you’re going to wrap them, hiding the edges.
Add a dab of glue that dries clear to the foam wreath where you’re going to start your fabric.
Attach the fabric to the glue and start wrapping. Repeat until you have wrapped the entire wreath with fabric.
Finish the fabric wrapping with more glue to secure it.
Attach “creepy cloth” in strips. This can be also be netting, ribbons, anything that says Halloween to you. “Let it be messy,” Neureither says, to give it that Halloween look.
If you’re using fake floral arrangements, use a floral wire cutter to cut the parts you want to want to use. Stick the wire ends of the flowers into the foam in a place where the fabric will cover the end.
Attach any other decorations like a plastic skull or spiders. Be careful not to overdo it.
Hang your wreath on a door hook or on a wall. Store carefully to use again and again.
Crafts & Drafts Halloween events
Ananda Neureither has two Halloween events coming up.
Hallo-wine Glass Painting
6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 16
L’Oca d’Oro, 1900 Simond Ave.
$25 at crafts-drafts.com
Faux Pumpkin Carving
6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 24
Hops & Grain Brewery, 507 Calles St. No. 101
$45 at crafts-drafts.com
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And, of course, we can’t forget our furry friends. What’s more funny than a cat in a pumpkin costume? Please share photos of your favorite costumed critters with us as well.