How to Make a Spooky Fence Decoration


There are so many fun things about Halloween. Choosing a costume and dressing up are favourite aspects for some. For others, it's all about the sweets. Still others enjoy decorating for the occasion.

 

Halloween arts and crafts involve more than just carving pumpkins. There's no limit to the creepy decorations you can create. This spooky fence decoration project is appropriate for both kids and adults.

 

What You Need

7 craft sticks or popsicle sticks

Raffia

Foam Halloween shapes (pumpkins, ghosts, black cats, bats, etc.)

Craft glue

White paint

Paintbrush

Black fine point marker

Newspaper

 

Instructions

1. Lay the craft sticks out on the newspaper. Paint them white on one side. Let dry. If desired, turn over and paint on the other side.

 

2. Lay four sticks vertically, side by side. Lay one stick across the bottom of the four vertical sticks, adjusting them if necessary to space them evenly. Glue the vertical sticks onto the horizontal one.

 

3. Place another stick horizontally across the four vertical sticks, about three-quarters of an inch from the top. Glue into place. Place the last stick halfway between the other two horizontal sticks and glue. When this is done, you should have a grid-like pattern. Let the glue dry.

 

4. Cut raffia into short pieces to make “grass.” Glue the grass onto the bottom horizontal strip.

 

5. Cut a piece of raffia about 5 inches long and loop it. Glue the ends to the back of the fence to make a hanger.

 

6. Arrange foam shapes on the fence, and glue them into place.

 

7. Use the fine point marker to add details. You might add detail to the foam shapes, make cracks on the fence or draw small spiders. Let glue dry before hanging.

 

Tips and Ideas

If you don't have any foam Halloween shapes, cut some shapes out of construction paper instead. Chenille stems may also be substituted for raffia.

 

Make a haunted house out of a cardboard box and some construction paper. Then make several of the fences as directed, but do not add the raffia loop for hanging. Instead, glue them together so that they stand up in a square or rectangular shape and place them around your haunted house. This makes a great Halloween centrepiece!

 

Instead of hanging your fence on a wall, make it into a magnet. Simply omit the raffia loop and glue a magnet on the back.

 

Draw a Halloween picture on a piece of construction paper, and glue your fence (without the raffia hanger) to the bottom of it to make a nice refrigerator or window decoration.

Happy Halloween