Halloween decorations don’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Using cookie cutters, a pencil, construction paper, scissors, and tape you can make your own quick and easy Halloween decorations for very little money.
The idea of using construction paper cut-outs to make Halloween decorations isn’t a new one, but many people find drawing the same shape twice in a row to be virtually impossible. Cardboard stencils are often the answer to this, but cardboard stencils have limitations in what they can do.
Try using Halloween shaped cookie cutters to make your Halloween decorations this year! They are more versatile than cardboard stencils and will probably hold up better when being used by kids, who have a tendency to be a bit rough with things like that.
Making Basic Halloween Decorations
Take out all of your cookie cutters with a Halloween theme. Bats, witches, pumpkins, and cats are all good shapes to work with. These will be your stencils, so choose shapes that won’t be too hard to cut out, or too delicate to work with once they have been cut out. Try to avoid intricate patterns, like thin broomstick handles or tufts of hair, as these tend to curl and rip easily.
Next, choose your construction paper. When choosing your colors think about where the Halloween decoration will be displayed. If the Halloween decoration you want to make will be set on a lighted background, such as a window or glass lantern, pick a solid, dark color to work with, like black to create a silhouette. If the Halloween decoration you want to make will be set in an area where it will be lit from the front, such as a wall or solid door, you can get creative with combining colors and shapes to make a scene.
Think about the patterns you want to use to make your Halloween decorations and how they can be used together. A quick and easy way to make a bat flying in front of a full moon is to use a a bat cookie cutter to create a bat out of black paper and a moon out of yellow paper by tracing an old CD. Using double-sided tape you can put them together and stick them against a wall for a quick and easy Halloween decoration.
You can make a witch and moon combination Halloween decoration using the same technique. The same with cats and pumpkins. All of these combinations create classic looks for your Halloween decorations.
Making More Elaborate Halloween Decorations
We all know how to make paper doll chains. You can use your Halloween shaped cookie cutters to help you make doll chains with Halloween themes. Cut your paper into strips that are just barely wider than the Halloween cookie cutter you’ve selected and then fold them so that the sides of the cutters hang off a little. Trace with a ball point pen and then cut out the shapes. Unfold the paper to revel the Halloween chain decoration you’ve created! Tape several chains together to make garlands. You can also alternate or overlap the Halloween shapes to create even more elaborate garlands.
Tape the ends of chains that are 3-4 shapes long to create ‘boxes’ and put another decoration inside of it. This a great idea for table setting name plates. The object inside can be something as simple as an apple, with you guest’s name written on the front facing shape. Place the combination in the center of the dinner plate when setting the table so each guest knows where they should sit.
Make Halloween Decorations with Complimenting Shapes
If you’ve used your Halloween cookie cutter to make a plate of cookies you want to draw attention to you can use the same cookie cutter to make Halloween shapes to put around the plate.
Another quick and easy Halloween decoration idea is to take two of the same shapes and glue them together with a barbecue skewer in the middle to make a wand. Glue or tape the shapes over the blunt end, and then stick the sharp end into and apple or decorative squash to stand it up. This works well as a final touch on candy or caramel covered apples as well!
There are so many ways to use your paper cut-outs made with Halloween shaped cookie cutters that the possibilities are almost endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment, mix-n-match, and just get creative in general when making your Halloween decorations. But, most of all, have fun!