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Pumpkin garland – a classic DIY Halloween decoration
Nothing screams Halloween like a jack-o’-lantern! Make a ghoulish garland of pumpkin balloons by cutting out eyes and mouths from black paper, which you then superglue on to orange balloons. Tie the balloons to a ribbon and hang them up.
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Cats and bats
Cut out bat wings and cat ears from black paper, and use sticky tape to attach them to black balloons. I’ve attached the paper details by folding down approx. one centimetre at the bottom and taping them along this edge. You can add other fun details too: a cat nose or glittering bat eyes made from sparkly paper.
Gang of ghosts
Ghosts are cutest – er, I mean scariest – in a group. So inflate plenty of white balloons, and superglue paper eyes and mouths to them. Give these features slightly different shapes and stick them on at varying distances to create different facial expressions. Draw on little arms with a permanent marker if you like.
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Vampires and monsters
Gruesome green balloons make ghastly vampires and Frankenstein monsters. Glue on ready-made googly eyes (available from craft shops or online), and make eyebrows, a hairline and a bow tie from black paper. You can add any other details with a permanent marker.
Buy ready-made stretchable spider web from a toy shop or online. Sometimes spiders are included, or you can buy little plastic spiders separately. The more you stretch the spider web, the more realistic it looks, so stretch it very thinly before you cover the balloon. Hook the spiders into the web and accept the fact that your DIY Halloween decorations will probably last until Easter, as spider web has a tendency to float away and get caught everywhere!
DIY Halloween decorations with balloons: 5 tips
- Paper. For the stick-on details, use thin coloured paper that easily moulds to the contours of the balloon.
- Marker. For the draw-on details, use a permanent marker pen with a soft tip, so you don’t burst the balloon!
- Glue. Superglue dries quickly and is easy to apply.
- Tape instead of helium. If you don’t want to fill your balloons with helium so they float, tape the balloons to the wall or ceiling, or make them into a garland.
- The more the merrier. Groups of balloons are more effective – a group of ghosts sends more shivers down your spine ;)