The people in my neighborhood really get into Halloween whether they’ve got their own little ghouls and goblins or not, proving the most fun night of the year is for the kid in all of us. You know, that kid who is addicted to Halloween chocolate!
I’m big on using decor to lift my spirits each fall, ideally with the surfeit of tools and supplies stashed in my green storage bins rather than ready-made plastic junk on the shelves of stores.
I found inspiration in Etsy’s Voter Page for the best Handmade Halloween items, from spooky bloodshot eyes (which get my vote) to crocheted spiders and DIY costumes. Go to the site and place your vote.
Here’s a look at some of the amazing crafts whipped up in kitchens across America:
Mister Skully Hand Carved Stamps by Tresijas
These cool articulating jaw motifs were made into stamps (salvaged manzanita, foam and rubber) that you can use to create Halloween art for your windows, doors or other creepy places.
Lost Zombie Brooch by CityroadFelt
“I made him using felt from a lovely stripey sweater, along with bits of wool blend felt, & beads & thread – designed by my partner, who is much more into zombies and such things than I – I think he’s quite proud of the end product, too!”
Crocheted Spider Web by Spacestitch
Like the spider web but want to make it yourself? But of course! See the Spider Web Crochet Pattern here.
Gaggle of Spooky Ghosts Prints by Luminous Dreams Designs
“The ghost was hand drawn, inked then scanned where he was given different grungy digital backgrounds,” explains the artist.
Upcycled Pumpkin Hat by Imogens Garden
“I raided my son’s clean laundry pile to construct this hat from a recently outgrown thermal shirt,” explains the maker. “The flower is created from scraps from my studio, and the button embellishment came from the shirt. No more thermal shirts = a one of a kind garment.”
Main Image: Work of Whimsy