Make these wickedly simple Halloween crafts

Oct 12, 2017
Ananda Neureither of Crafts & Drafts brings crafts to restaurants and bars for people to try. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN PHOTOS

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.

Learn how to make a cool Halloween craft with Ananda Neureither of Crafts & Drafts.

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.

Faux pumpkin caringStep 1: Draw a circle with a pencil on the faux pumpkin where you want the opening of the pumpkin to be. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 1

Draw a circle with a pencil on the faux pumpkin where you want the opening of the pumpkin to be.

Step 2: Cut out the circle. Ananda Neureither uses the traditional pumpkin carving knives you can get in the kits, but any knife will do. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 2

Cut out the circle. Ananda Neureither uses the traditional pumpkin carving knives you can get in the kits, but any knife will do.

Step 3: 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 and pulling the string the skull is on through the hole and typing a knot to the top. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 3

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.

Step 4: Pull out fake spider web and spread it over the pumpkin. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 4

Pull out fake spiderweb and spread it over the pumpkin.

Step 5: Some of the spider web will naturally stick, but glue on large pieces using glue that dries clear. Attach other decorations using glue. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 5

Some of the spiderweb will naturally stick, but glue on large pieces using glue that dries clear. Attach other decorations using glue.

Step 6: Hold down anything you are attaching with glue for a few seconds to help it stay. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 6

Hold down anything you are attaching with glue for a few seconds to help it stay.

Step 7: Find the perfect spot for displaying your pumpkin. You can use it again and again. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 7

Find the perfect spot for displaying your pumpkin. You can use it again and again.

Learn how to paint a pumpkin instead of carve it with Crafts & Drafts’ Ananda Neureither.

Pumpkin painting

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.

Pumpkin painting:Step 1: Select your materials, including a stencil. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 1

Select your materials, including a stencil.

Step 2: Cut out the stencil. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 2

Cut out the stencil.

Step 3: Tape the stencil to the pumpkin. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 3

Tape the stencil to the pumpkin.

Step 4: 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. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 4

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.

Step 5: 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. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 5

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.

Step 6: Paint other decorations or finishing touches on your pumpkin. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 6

Paint other decorations or finishing touches to your pumpkin.

Step 7: Display your pumpkin. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 7

Display your pumpkin.

Ananda Neureither of Crafts & Drafts shows us how to make an easy wreath.

Halloween wreaths

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.

Halloween wreathsStep 1: Cut strips of fabric. They don’t have to be exact straight lines because you’re going to wrap them, hiding the edges. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 1

Cut strips of fabric. They don’t have to be exact straight lines because you’re going to wrap them, hiding the edges.

Step 2: Add a dab of glue that dries clear to the foam wreath where you’re going to start your fabric. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 2

Add a dab of glue that dries clear to the foam wreath where you’re going to start your fabric.

Step 3: Attach the fabric to the glue and start wrapping. Repeat until you have wrapped the entire wreath with fabric. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 3

Attach the fabric to the glue and start wrapping. Repeat until you have wrapped the entire wreath with fabric.

Step 4: Finish the fabric wrapping with more glue to secure it. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 4

Finish the fabric wrapping with more glue to secure it.

Step 5: 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. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 5

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.

Step 6: 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. Here Neureither has used pumpkins and feathery florals. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 6

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. 

Step 7: Attach any other decorations like a plastic skull or spiders. Be careful not to overdo it. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 7

Attach any other decorations like a plastic skull or spiders. Be careful not to overdo it.

Step 8: Hang your wreath on a door hook or on a wall. Store carefully to use again and again. Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff

Step 8

Hang your wreath on a door hook or on a wall. Store carefully to use again and again.

Ananda Neureither of Crafts & Drafts brings a variety of craft supplies to her events. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Photo: Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman Staff