Does a buck or two sound like too much money to invest on a houseful of Halloween decorations? For some struggling people that’s the exact amount they can afford to spend this year. And, for that small investment you can have Halloween candles, mirrors, lamps and so much more! A little doubtful about that? Buy a roll of Halloween-theme gift wrap and you’ll find out for yourself!
Many stores where everything is a dollar feature rolls of Halloween gift wrap. Although you probably won’t get a whole lot of wrapping paper for a buck it is enough to create lots of new Halloween decorations from things you already have. The best part is that many of these decorations can easily be returned to their original state when the holiday is gone.
Cut a piece of wrapping paper and wrap it around a candle. You can glue it on to make it a permanent Halloween candle or use double-sided tape to hold it in place temporarily. Or, use black tape to wrap around the top and bottom edges to hold the paper while creating a border at the same time.
Make a different candle by cutting a piece of the paper to be long and wide. Fold one long edge over an inch or so, then fold again and again, until the strip is long but skinny. Wrap these strips around the bottom and/or top of the candle to create a unique look. In fact, these strips can be used to temporarily – or permanently – make many things into Halloween décor. Wrap them around lampshades, mirror frames, serving dishes, the front door, cornices and similar things to create borders that suit the holiday. Make thick, wide strips for large things like cornices; make thin, skinny strips to wrap around the length of a taper candle.
Create numerous Halloween décor pieces when you tape or glue the gift wrap to a piece of cardboard. Fold the cardboard into a square or a circle then wrap it around candles, potted plants, indoor trees – even around the Halloween foods. Make wide ones to create a tall wrap-around or short ones to wrap around smaller things.
Tape or glue the paper to thin cardboard to make stand-up paper décor. Use stencils or draw freehand to spell out “Boo” or another word. Use all capital letters and make sure each letter touches the next. Cut out the word then fold the cardboard; fold from the top to the bottom, between each letter. Now simply stand the word up as a table centerpiece or just display it on the mantle.
If you purchase a roll of clear contact paper at the same dollar-theme store where you got the gift wrap you can make place mats and coasters. Simply cut the wrap to the size you need and cut the contact paper twice as long. Position the gift wrap on the contact paper then fold the paper over to trap the gift wrap between the two layers. Trim. These can be used year after year for quite some time.
Cut an image from the gift wrap and center it on a piece of soap, using watered-down, white glue to attach it. Allow it to dry then coat the image with the adhesive again. Do this several times, allowing the glue to dry between coats, to make cool Halloween soaps that can actually be used for bathing.
If hard times has caused your decorating dollar to shrink down to pennies you can’t go wrong with gift wrap decorating. Use it on plant pots, around the edge of the table, over certain windows, on baskets and much more. This year, you might be accused of over-decorating!