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Creep it real this Halloween with three spooktacular craft projects

27 Oct 2022

Throwing a party this spooky season? Give ‘em pumpkin to talk about with these fa-boo-lous, simple DIY decorations that will creep up your space. You will be the ghost or ghost-ess with the most-ess! Find your kids and Resene testpots and let’s get this party startled!  

How to make your own DIY wooden pumpkins


Squash goals! These pumpkins are painted in Resene Ecstasy and Resene Black. The wall is in Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta.  

You will need:

  • 3 x pieces of wood: Vanessa’s are 20cm, 27.5cm and 35cm in height, 3.2cm thick and 18cm wide
  • Dowel: 25mm wide and 7cm length
  • Raffia
  • Scissors
  • Clear craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Resene testpots in your choice of colours - Vanessa used Resene Black and Resene Ecstasy
  • Paintbrushes (thick and thin)

Step 1: Paint the wood in your base colour (Vanessa used Resene Ecstasy) before sketching the pumpkin’s face with a pencil.

Step 2: Paint in the pumpkin’s face in Resene Black with a fine paintbrush.

Step 3: Glue the dowel to the top of the pumpkin head, then tie some raffia on the dowel to create a bow.

How to make your own ghost potato stamp napkin

Too cute to spook - this napkin is stamped in Resene White. Black tablecloth from H&M home.

You will need:

  • 1 x black cotton napkin
  • 1 x potato
  • Resene testpot in your choice of colour - Vanessa used Resene White
  • Knife
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: With a half potato, cut the bottom in a zig-zag design using a knife, and carefully cut and dig out two circles for the eyes.

Step 2: Paint the potato in Resene White.

Step 3: Stamp your potato ghost onto the black napkin in any pattern you wish. 

You’ve got it, now haunt it! You can even create your personalised trick or treat bag by sewing the napkin into a lolly bag.

How to make your own treat tins

Fill your spirits with lolly treat tins, painted (from left to right) in Resene Red Berry and Resene Daisy Bush, Resene White, Resene Black and Resene Ecstasy. Wall in Resene Eighth Pearl Lusta and table in Resene White.

You will need:

Step 1: Paint each of your tins in your desired Resene colours.

Step 2: Sketch the faces onto the tin with a pencil, then paint them with a fine paintbrush.

Step 3: Fill the tins with treats!

projects Vanessa Nouwens
images Bryce Carleton 

Published: 27 Oct 2022