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4 crafty Halloween ideas

Are you in need of spook-tacularly simple DIY Halloween decorations? Try these fang-tastic painted craft ideas.

Halloween doesn’t have to be all gory and ghoulish – it can be scarily stylish too. Pair with the palettes already in your home, accentuate warm autumnal hues in your garden, or host a party with these devilish DIY decorations.

Using leftover paint or 250ml tester pots mixed in your local store with our paint mixing service, you can enjoy fun and easy craft on a chilly October evening – with the kids, or by yourself!

Drip-effect on painted pumpkins

Drip-effect on painted pumpkins

You will need:

  • 2” brush
  • Pots to decant paint
  • Pumpkins of various sizes
  • Water
  • Paint in your chosen colours
  • Dust sheet

Method:

  1. Prepare your space and ready your tools. Avoid the horror of stained flooring or tables by setting down a dust sheet on your work surface
  2. Paint your pumpkin white and allow to dry
  3. Mix some of your chosen colour with a little water so it’s thinner in consistency and runny
  4. Apply paint to the brush and at the top of the pumpkin push the brush onto the surface. Allow the paint to run down. Repeat until you are happy with the amount of drips
  5. Let the pumpkin dry thoroughly. Drying time will vary, depending on the thickness of your paint

You can use this technique for lots of different sized pumpkins and create a cluster of creepy decorations. Combining drip-effect pumpkins with solid painted colours is the perfect way to style.

Which colours?

Splattered pumpkins

You will need:

  • 2 x 2” brushes
  • Pumpkins of various sizes
  • Pots to decant paint
  • Water
  • Paint in your chosen colours
  • Dust sheet

Method:

  1. Set down your dust sheet to protect your work surface
  2. Paint your pumpkin white and allow to dry
  3. Mix some of your chosen colour with a little water so it’s thinner in consistency and runny
  4. With one of your brushes, dampen the surface of the pumpkin with water
  5. Dip the brush into the water/paint mix. Using the end of the other brush to hit against, splatter the paint directly at the pumpkin
  6. Repeat with a second colour then allow to dry

Which colours?

Butternut squash mummy


You will need:

  • 1 x 2” brush
  • Butternut squash
  • Paint
  • Dust sheet
  • Artists’ paint brush
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue gun or super glue
  • Optional: Fake cobwebs, spiders and skulls

Method:

  1. Lay down your dust sheet
  2. Paint your butternut squash white then allow to dry
  3. Apply hand-painted lines across the squash to replicate a wrapped bandage
  4. Once dry, apply the eyes using a glue gun or super glue
  5. For added eerie effect, dress your chosen spooky spot with some fake cobwebs and spiders

Which colours?

Boo sign for spooky shelves or window sills

You will need:

  • Paint in colours of your choice
  • Googly eyes
  • Papier-mache letters
  • 1” brush
  • Artists’ brush
  • Glue gun or super glue

Method:

  1. Paint white on all sides of the letters and allow to dry. Apply a second coat for better coverage
  2. Using the artists’ brush, hand-paint black polka dots at random on each letter
  3. Stick the eyes on using a glue gun or super glue
  4. Style with cobwebs and mini pumpkins

Which colours?


Have these simple Halloween projects conjured up a spell of inspiration? Visit the colour page to pick your testers, or head to your local store for a custom mix.