The Cup of Joe for the Day: Halloween Decorations!!!

It is that time of year where we get out our warm blankets, pumpkin spice latte’s and display all of our Halloween decorations for this years Halloween bash and those little treater’s! Today I have a few DIY ideas for decorating inside and outside of your house curtsy of Martha Stewart.

The Glittered Pumpkin Table Decorations


  • Small pumpkins
  • Paper plate or newspaper


  1. With paintbrush, spread layer of white glue over the surface of a small pumpkin. Place pumpkin on a paper plate or newspaper to catch excess glitter.
  2. Sprinkle powder glitter over glue, covering completely. Let dry for an hour, then shake off excess powder.
  3. Coat stem with brown acrylic paint, let dry. Once dry, the stem can also be covered in brown glitter if desired. The pumpkins will keep for months.

Paper Mice Halloween Decorations


  • Black construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • Mice templates


  1. Print templates
  2. Trace the shapes onto black construction paper, and cut out.
  3. Mount as desired with masking tape.

Hanging Bat’s


  • Half-bat template
  • Thick black paper
  • Bone folder
  • Painters’ tape or removable hooks


  1. Print our half-bat template; then fold a piece of thick black paper down the middle, place the template on the fold, and trace. Cut out, and unfold. Use a bone folder to crease wings (and fold opposite the direction of body fold).
  2. Poke holes in the bat for monofilament: in the tail for an upside-down bat, in the wings and head for one that’s right side up. Hang from ceiling with painters’ tape or removable hooks.

Doorway of Doom: Broom Garland


  • Raffia, by Panacea
  • Witch’s brooms, by Celebrate It Halloween
  • 24-gauge wire, in gold, by Darice
  • Wire cutters
  • Masking tape
  • Sisal rope


  1. Cut raffia into 7-inch lengths.
  2. Gather the lengths into small bundles, and wrap 1 end of each bundle with masking tape to secure in a broom shape.
  3. For the garland base, cut 3 pieces of 1/2-inch-thick sisal rope: 2 just longer than the door’s sides and 1 just longer than its top.
  4. Wire a “broom” to the end of 1 of the long ropes with 24-gauge brass wire on a spool; without cutting the wire, continue adding and overlapping brooms until you reach the end. Repeat with other long rope.
  5. For the shorter garland at the top of the door, work from both ends of the rope so the brooms face out and meet in the middle.

Pumpkin Cachepots


The plants remain in their plastic containers inside the pumpkins, so no repotting is required.

Hole cutter or drill
Potted autumnal flowers (such as chrysanthemums)

Cut a hole in the pumpkins’ tops, and scoop out the flesh. Using a hole cutter or a drill, cut openings in the bottom for drainage.
Fill pumpkins with potted flowers and display in a sunny spot.


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