What is the perfect way to deal with kids that are all hopped up on a Halloween sugar rush?
Alcohol — for the adults, not to counteract the little ghouls’ and goblins’ sugar high, for the record.
If you’re going to be cracking open a bottle or two of vino this week (or happen to have a few already empty bottles laying around) you can make them into some super cheap and awesome looking Halloween decorations.
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Carving your own Jack-o-Lantern is always fun, but take it a step further and carve one out of an empty wine bottle.
Ok, so you’re not really carving the bottle, but it kind of looks like it. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your favorite, or some otherwise cheap wine.
- Masking tape
- X-acto knife
- Spray paint. Definitely need orange, green is optional.
Pretty cool, huh? What type of face would you create on your wine bottle Jack-o-Lantern?
Most wine bottle lamps require drilling into the bottle — which admittedly takes a little bit of finesse and a special $20 drill bit.
If you don’t care about the cord from the string of lights running out of the top of your bottle, you can make a spooky lamp out of a wine bottle in just about 15 minutes.
What you need:
- Empty wine bottle (label removed)
- At least a ½ yard of sheer or gauzy fabric
- String lights – 30 count (be sure they don’t have the connecting end for another strand of lights
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Ribbon in a coordinating color
- Optional: Fake spiders
You can get the full (and very simple) instructions for this creative Halloween wine bottle lamp from Tattooed Martha.
The one step I think I might add is to spray paint the wine bottle with an opaque glaze before applying the gauzy spiderweb fabric. That will no doubt make the lights inside look better and allow the webbing to be seen easier.
Candy corn is the quintessential Halloween candy. Sure, like most other Halloween candy, it’s not good for you, but everyone already knows that.
This decor project will let you adorn your living spaces with this iconic candy, but won’t contribute to a larger waistline.
All you need for this project is:
- a few empty wine bottles, vases, or other glass containers
- orange, white, and yellow spray paint
Complicated shopping list, eh?
These bottles aren’t very hard to create, but you should still check out The Swell Life for some simple tips and easy-to-follow instructions for creating these candy corn bottles.
What are some of your favorite Halloween party and decoration DIY projects?
Fall seems like such an easy time of year to find great ways to reuse and recycle items into awesome decor, don’t you think?