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Sherri Richards, Published October 17 2013

5 fun and simple craft projects for Halloween

FARGO – Take your crafting into the macabre with these easy-to-do projects. Each project, found on online blogs, help augment your Halloween decor.

Ghoulish jugs

Use a black permanent marker to draw a ghost-like face on empty gallon-size milk jugs. Illuminate with LED string lights for a glowing ghoul.

You can also use this technique on plastic drinking cups. Turn the cup upside-down, draw on a face and place over a battery-powered tea light candle. For example, draw triangular eyes and a jagged mouth on an orange cup for a glowing Jack-O-Lantern, no carving required.

Spooky prints

Little feet and hands can be made into scary creatures with a little tempera paint and marker.

Stamp a hand or footprint on cardstock paper, let dry, and then adorn to look like your favorite Halloween character.

Two round eyes turn an upside-down white footprint into a ghost. Add neck bolts and hair to a green footprint to make Frankenstein’s monster. Black handprints become creepy, crawly spiders.

Candy corn hanging

This quick-sew project can be used as a door or wall hanging.

Create a large triangle with rounded corners for your template. Cut out pieces of orange, yellow and white felt to make two full triangles. Stitch each triangle.

Lay the right sides together and stitch around the edges, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out through the opening and stuff with batting or other material. Hand-stitch closed. Add decorative ribbon to hang.

Gourd decor

Big pumpkins aren’t the only ones that can be carved and decorated.

To make this “Drac-o-Lantern,” cut an oval out of a small gourd just big enough to fit a set of plastic vampire teeth using a pumpkin carving saw. Scoop out the inside flesh.

Place teeth inside the mouth. Use pushpins or stud earrings for eyes.

Cotton swab skeleton

Q-tips are the perfect skeleton bones for this preschool-appropriate craft. Simply glue the cotton swabs on a piece of black construction paper to make the bony bod.

For the head, cut a skull shape from white paper, glue, and decorate with black marker.

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