Easy, Cheap Crafts for Halloween

Easy, Cheap Crafts for Halloween

By Brenda Hyde

We don't go the scary route at our house. Instead we get silly and incorporate it with a harvest theme on our porch and in the house.


Cut black and grey strips of paper, about three inches long and an inch wide. Form a circle with one strip and tape or staple the ends. Take another strip and loop it through first circle, then secure the ends. Continue making it as long as you wish. Use the chains to decorate a covered porch, doorways etc.


Buy the cheapest dog bone shaped biscuits you can fine, and paint them with a non-toxic white paint. Dry, and hang, place in a basket, scatter them on the porch etc.


You'll need:

Paper Milk Carton

black construction paper

glue stick or craft glue


exacto knife or box cutters


yarn, ribbon or jute- 12" in length

hole punch

light sticks---the neon safety type

Open the top of an empty paper milk carton so all the sides are straight up. Cover each side with glue then press the black paper on the carton, starting from the top. Fold the excess over so it covers the bottom of the carton. Repeat this for each side. Draw windows in different shapes on the sides. Have an adult cut out the windows with the knife or cutters. Punch a hole in two side of the carton---make sure they are even. Tie each side of your ribbon or jute to a hole for your hanger. Hang these from tree branches or fences--porches etc. and on Halloween night place a light stick in each "lantern".

About the author

Brenda Hyde is a wife and Mom of three, a freelance writer, editor of the Old Fashioned Living newsletters. To see descriptions visit the newsletter page


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