It’s always fun to work with popsicle sticks to make holiday decorations. The simple sticks can be turned into many different things including an assortment of ghouls, monsters and ghosts that can hang on your front door or elsewhere in your home. Popsicle sticks – or craft sticks – are inexpensive and a great way for kids to make the simplistic but adorable Halloween décor.
Craft stores sell popsicle sticks that are regular sized or miniature ones. They sell them in small packs or large boxes. You can also choose from ones that are unfinished or ones that are colored. The various craft sticks give you many options for creating Halloween door decorations your kids – or you – can easily make.
Glue together six popsicle sticks, side-by-side to make any of the Halloween designs. Although you can place glue on the long side of a stick, then attach the next one, you’ll find it much easier to use a piece of paper or thin cardboard as a backing. Attach the six sticks, butting them together, then trim away any excess paper.
Paint the sticks depending upon the character you want to make or just use colored sticks to eliminate the painting step. For a jack-o-lantern, paint it orange, then cut out black paper eyes and mouth. Glue them on the front of the sticks. Glue a paper or plastic leaf on top of the head. To make a witch, paint the sticks green, cut out black eyes and mouth, then cut and glue a hat shape on top. To make a ghost, paint the sticks white but use only four sticks instead of six. Cut out black circles for eyes and a black circle for the mouth.
Cut a length of ribbon or cord to make a hanger for the Halloween door designs. Glue the ends to the top, on the backside, at each end. The cord allows you to hang the designs on a bedroom door knob or elsewhere. If you want to display the Halloween characters without a cord that shows simply use double-sided tape to stick them to the front door, a wall or other area. Attach a piece of magnetic sheeting to the back and you can hang the characters on the fridge or other metal surfaces.
If you want to give the Halloween characters a little more personality you can use other things besides paper shapes to make the facial features. Use wiggly eyes from a craft store, pom-pom noses and even pipe cleaner mouths. You and your kids will have lots of fun making the Halloween decorations that can be used year after year.