Decorating the house for Halloween has been Chad’s thing until last year when he debuted Creepy Cathy. Needless to say, that will not be happening again (I’m pretty sure she is why we didn’t have very many trick-or-treaters) so I took the reigns (he is too busy these days taking over the internet anyways…) and with a little help, I found this amazing idea thanks to our creative friends at Reddit!
Yep! That’s our house and those are the monsters I made for our Halloween decorations this year! It’s so easy and inexpensive. Here is how I did it!
- Black cardboard presentation tri-folds (one per monster). You could also use some good ole cardboard boxes or poster-board!
- Different color tissue paper / cellophane
- Good scissors
- Box-cutter if using cardboard
I started off by drawing some mock-ups of what I wanted my monsters to look like. I am the world’s worst drawer in the entire world so I scoured the interwebs for good ideas. Here is what I came up with:
After coming up with the monsters, I measured and trimmed each piece of cardboard with the windows they would be placed in to make sure they fit properly. Then, I drew an outline of each monster on to the cardboard and cut the monsters out with scissors and the box-cutter. I recommend an x-acto knife over a box-cutter but I had to work with what I had!
I then taped tissue paper on the back of the monsters to add color to their eyes and I was finished! I’m especially proud of the lake monster… he looks really neat in the window.
One of the best things about this DIY is that it really doesn’t need to be perfect because no one will be able to tell if you messed up an eyeball or if a monster is asymmetrical – they’re monsters! The other great thing about this is these can be used year after year so ditch those expensive lights and ghosts, grab some cardboard and put your imagination to work!
Happy Halloween Decorating!