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DIY: Easy ways to make your house as scary as a haunted one

Halloween is one of the biggest holidays for decorators, with those who go to extremes turning their entire living space into mini haunted houses of their own. If you're one of those decorators who puts a couple of pumpkins out and calls it quits, try some of these simple homemade decorations. They will surely spook up your house enough and keep you in touch with your dark side.

The bloody book

Things you need: old book, red paint

Flip to any page in your unwanted book. Paint your hand red and put a handprint across the two pages. Put some smudges and drips of paint here and there around the handprint to have the messy effect. Display on a coffee table or ottoman.

'I-tried-to-get-out' door hanging/table runner

Things you need: piece of cloth of desired size, red paint

Paint your hands red and put handprints all over the cloth. Splatter some red paint around the handprints. It can be used as a tablecloth or runner, door cover or blanket, for creepy effect.

Monster candles

Things you need: unscented stand-alone candles (not in a glass container), preferably dark in color, googly eyes and hot glue

Glue the googly eyes on the candle using hot glue. Your candles can now watch you from a window or table.


Things you need: thick black Sharpie, large stone (sold at Home Depot or your local gardening store)

What is Halloween without tombstones? Write RIP in large letters on your stone. You will probably need to do more than one coat. Put a fake name and birth and death dates to give it some character.

Zombie skull

Things you need: rectangle of cardboard, about 22 inches by 16 inches, plastic skull (sold at Walmart, the Dollar Store, etc.), light-colored gauze cloth or muslin to cut into strips, tea bag, hot glue, plastic spiders

Using the cardboard as a base, hot glue the plastic skull in the middle. Cut the cloth into strips about 2 inches thick and 2 feet long. Dunk the tea bag in water and use it to stain the cloth a light brownish color. Drape the cloth strips over the skull and the cardboard, gluing randomly. Glue the spiders on and around the skull. Use as a centerpiece.

DIY: Easy ways to make your house as scary as a haunted one 10/23/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:30pm]
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