Looking for spooktacular themes for your Halloween decorations this year? Give them a rustic vibe! Enlist your kids to help you with these DIY crafts.
Looking for some kid-friendly DIY crafts? Here are seven rustic decorating ideas that you and your kids will enjoy making this Halloween season.
Halloween is almost here—time to shop for trick-or-treat goodies, dress up the kids for parties, and, of course, adorn your home with spooky decorations.
Crafty mommas out there, have you decided on your Halloween decorations yet? Rustic decorations are among the easy and inexpensive Halloween decor themes you can create with your kids. DIY rustic decors are not scary to make at all. Just buy cheap craft supplies and repurpose some old materials at home, and you’ll quickly add a rustic charm to your home decors.
Make your DIY rustic decor projects a bonding activity with your children. Let them join and help you. They’ll surely be thrilled and excited to create something wonderful out of simple materials. This way, you help the kids develop their creativity by letting them express their ideas freely. Numerous studies have proven that young people exposed to arts and crafts are more likely to excel in school. And how’s that for keeping your smartphone-obsessed kids off their gadgets?
Get your DIY rustic Halloween crafts started with these seven kid-friendly decorating ideas.
1. Wooden Halloween door sign
What’s a creepier way to welcome guests and trick-or-treaters this Halloween than hanging a wooden door sign like those of haunted houses seen in horror movies?
Creating Halloween decorations using wood is a lot easier than it looks. It doesn’t have to involve sawing and pounding nails into the wood at all! Just reuse scrap woods or old pallets from your yard and hold two to four pieces together with wood glue. When the glue has dried, apply some wood stain to bring out the natural beauty of wood. Or you can paint it in Halloween colors like orange, green or purple. Then leave the board to dry.
Now here’s the fun part: adding a short welcome message using stencils and spray paint or simply hand painting it (using white acrylic paint). Instead of the usual “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat” signs, come up with something different to amuse your guests. Think of clever messages like “Warning: A witch lives here with her little monsters” or “Beware: zombies inside!” Be as witty as you and your kids’ can!
When you’re done painting your wooden sign, attach a twine or rope to it and hang it on your door.
2. Burlap scarecrow
Scarecrows are used to ward off birds and critters, but if you display a rustic one on your front porch, it will surely attract a lot of young visitors in your neighborhood.
Do you have extra burlap sacks? You can easily transform them into a rustic scarecrow for your Halloween and fall decorations. Simply stuff the burlap fabric with old newspapers or plastic bags into the shape and size of a face. Let your kids draw the eyes, brows, nose, and mouth with permanent markers or acrylic paints. Or cut out felt scraps in the shape of these facial features and attach them to the burlap face.
To create hair for the scarecrow, glue some straw or dried grass to the head. For the body, drape burlap or old clothes over a two-piece bamboo pole. If you’re feeling a bit more crafty, add a dash of personality to the scarecrow by dressing it up as a farmer, clown, prince or any character with a handsewn costume.
3. Scarecrow dolls
If creating a life-sized scarecrow seems daunting to you, you can opt to make mini versions instead! Turn your daughter’s old dolls into cute scarecrows by adding corn husks and sewing little farm outfits for them. Accessorize the dolls with felt hats and sling bags.
4. Spooky glowing jars
Kids love anything that glows in the dark. So in the spirit of Halloween, collect your spare glass jars to create rustic and ghostly decorations perfect for the living room and bedroom. You’ll also need to buy glow sticks and Halloween decals from an art supplies shop.
Here’s a DIY alternative to decals: wrap each jar with a masking tape and draw ghosts, witches, bats, skulls, spiders, and cobwebs. Spray it with black paint and cut the figures out with a razor knife (don’t let the kids do it without your supervision). Peel the masking tape off when the paint has dried.
5. Wooden jack-o-lanterns
What’s a Halloween celebration without pumpkin decorations? There are two ways to pull off a rustic vibe for your jack-o-lanterns. The easier one is to buy ready-made pumpkin-shaped wooden boards and draw or paint creepy faces on them. The less expensive option is to use old wood blocks (measuring at least 4 x 4 inches), coat them with orange paint, and draw or paint different jack-o-lantern faces on them.
6. Creepy face bottles
Photo courtesy of Philip James
Grab your old bottles and turn them into interesting rustic decorations for Halloween. All you need to create these monster-like decors are tissue paper, mod podge, paints, and black paper cut-outs. Add string lights, and they’ll look awesome by the windows at night!
7. Fall-inspired table centerpiece
Don’t forget to include fall elements in your rustic Halloween decorations. The best place to have them is on your dining table. Put a basket full of faux pumpkins and maple leaves under a burlap table runner. You can also add moss and straw around the basket to complete the rustic look.
With these spooktacular and adorable decorating ideas, a rustic design will become one of your family’s favorite Halloween themes. Rustic decorations for Halloween are easy and inexpensive to make, so make it a part of your regular bonding with your children.