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2X4: Trick Out Your Front Yard

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10.04.12

In less than a month, Cinderella, skeletons and maybe even Spider-Man will be knocking on your front door begging for sweet treats. Be ready for them by tricking out your front yard! Here are four of our favorite ways:

     

Photo: Pottery Barn Kids

Spiderwebs. This mat serves double-duty! It keeps dirt from trick-or-treater’s feet off of your porch and gives your entryway a little Halloween spirit. To make this, purchase an indoor/outdoor needle-punch carpet. To make it a web-like circle, first mark your rug’s center point with a white paint-pen. Then, measure the distance from the center to a point about half an inch from the rug’s edge. Either draw a circle free-hand or use a piece of string fixed to the center and tied to a pen as a compass. It’s okay if it isn’t a perfect circle – it looks more like a real cobweb that way! Using a yardstick, draw eight intersecting lines from the outer edge of the mat to the center. Then draw arches between the lines. You’re done!

Ghosts. These silhouette ghosts are equal parts haunting and lovely. To fill your yard with ghostly gowns of costume balls past, grab some chicken wire from your local hardware store and start sculpting. It will help to look at the above image while you sculpt. If you’re looking for an easier ghost project, look no further than these cheesecloth ghosts from Crafts Unleashed. For this project you’ll need: cheesecloth, Styrofoam balls, glue, thread, plastic water bottles and moveable eyes (optional). Which ghosts are more ghoulish?

Bats. This bat entryway may look detailed and impressive, but it’s as easy as print, cut and tape! You’ll need: black felt, scissors, chalk, duct tape and access to a printer. First, print out this template from Country Living. Fold your felt in half, and then match up the straight edge of the felt with the straight edge of your bat printout. Trace the shape with chalk, and then cut out your chalk lines with the felt still folded. Repeat until you have enough bats to cover your front door, and then affix them to your house with duct tape. This look is easy and impressive!

Skulls. If you made a bunch of glitter skulls from the BrightNest DIY project last week and aren’t sure what to do with them, turn them into a glam-meets-spooky wreath! First, make your skulls. You’ll need: paper mache skulls (check your local craft store), bottle of glitter (the color of your choice), Mod Podge, foam brush, newspaper, spray paint (optional) and finishing spray (optional). Next, spray paint an old straw or foam wreath black and attach feathers, paper flowers or any other adornments with a hot glue gun. Once your glitter skulls have dried, hot glue them to your wreath, too. It’s that easy! For step-by-step images, check out Please Note’s tutorial.

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