Halloween Special – DIY Antlers, Wall Decor and Snack Ideas

Halloween is only two days away and I’m working hard to get everything ready for the small party I’m throwing.
Here are two really cool but simple and cheap DIY’s plus some creepy-cute snack ideas, I hope you like them!

DIY’S

Deer Antlers

For my costume come Saturday I really needed a pair of large, wearable antlers. It can be quite expensive to buy that kind of costume accessories so I looked to the internetz for aid. I found some tutorials on how you could create your own antlers with non-fancy materials. With those in mind, I improvised.
I’m actually super happy with the result, and all in all it only took me about 2-3 hours so check it out. : D

What you need:

  • Tin foil
  • Paper tape
  • String
  • Acrylics (optional)
  • Headband
  • Glue gun or similar sticky-provider
Doesn't look like much.
Doesn’t look like much.

Step 1: Create the basic shape you want for your antlers out of the tin foil. Just tear off a large piece, maybe 30×30 cm, then scrunch and bend away. Add smaller pieces if you want more points on your antlers.

Step 2: Tape all around your foil base, from root to tip(s). This stabilizes and smooths your construction.

Tin foil-base all taped and purdy (...)
Tin foil-base all taped and purdy (…)

Step 3: Wrap thick-ish string around the foil base. This creates a nice, horn-like texture and eliminates any unwanted bumps and cavities you might still have. Cut and glue the edges so they stay put.

Wrapped and almost ready to go.
Wrapped and ready to be glued.

Step 4 (optional): Paint your horns! I choose to keep mine as they were, I was short on time and the string I had used was the colour I wanted anyway. But if you got the time or want black, glossy or just more advanced horns then this is where you make it happen. I’d recommend a darker base with lighter tips and some shading in the ridges to make them pop more.

Step 5: Attach the antlers to a head band. I used a cheap but effective glue gun and was surprised at how little problem this step created. The tin foil and tape base makes your horns really lightweight despite their size and I was thrilled that it actually worked, haha. Most of my ideas work better in my head, but this was not one of them. : D

halloween deer antlers- geek by joh - close-up antlers
Done, except for some last-minute touch ups I’ll probably do as I finish my costume.

Make sure to measure and mark where on the headband the antlers should be attached. Otherwise they might end up at a wrong angle or too low or high for you liking once you put them on.

I’m looking forward to wearing them, even though they are a bit scrappy and rough they look really good on. (I’ll obviously cover the headband and horn roots with my hair, hehe.)

Wall Decor – The Three-Faced God

Or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Whatever you prefer.
I came upon these simple, white paper masks in a hobby store, they were about 3 dollars each. I liked how impersonal and creepy they looked and decided to paint them a little and hang them on my wall.

What you need:

  • Paper masks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ink pen
The masks! I actually think they are creepy just like they are, so if you don't want to paint you could simply hang them up straight away, haha.
The masks! I actually think they are creepy just like they are, so if you don’t want to paint you could simply hang them up straight away, haha.
First mask painted. No smudging so far *knock on wood*
First mask painted. No smudging so far *knock on wood*
Waiting for paint to dry.
All three done. Waiting for paint to dry so I can add a little bit of ink.
The finished result!
The finished result!
Three identical white masks, slightly altered by paint. One has red tears running down it's cheeks. One has blood dripping from it's mouth. One has two long, red scars across it's face.
Close-up time.

Not much to say about the process, as you can see it is very straight-forward. I simply painted and tried to not go overboard. I wanted them to be like the three faces of one dark deity– one sad, one bloodthirsty and one serious and scarred.

Snack ideas and strategies

Key element of my preparations for Halloween this year was cheap and simple. Busy-student-style. Yeaaah. With some modifications, these treats will be my saviours come Saturday.

Ghost Cupcakes

ghost cupcakes
Original recipe: Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

These are just so adorable. I will keep the design but go for a basic muffin batter, with a blood-red center filled with raspberries and white chocolate to make it a bit more interesting.
I’ll make a double batch of both batter and frosting so I’ll also have enough for…

Pumpkin Cupcakes

halloween-pumpkin-cupcake
via baked cupcakery uk

I think this design will look great next to the ghost ones! I’ll flavour what’s left of the basic batter with carrot and cinnamon (pumpkin and spice would be delicious and maybe more theme-appropriate, but I want to make do with what I already have at home).
I’ll then colour the white frosting orange with food-dye and try to use that to imitate the pumpkin decor, and create the green stems and black features from coloured marzipan.

Spider Cookies

spider cookies
Original recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

The cutest of them all! Although, I will merely be inspired by the look here as I have friends who are very allergic to peanuts. I’ll do it the quick and dirty way instead:

  • Buy Sugar Cookies
  • Stick a chocolate truffel on top
  • Drizzle melted chocolate to create the “legs”
  • Add edible googly eyes.

Done!

Creepy, Moldy (mmm) Popcorn

Slimy green.
Slimy green.

Just discovered this so I can’t vouch for it, but looks to be exactly what I was after. A bit more complicated than simply slathering food dye on the popcorn, but probably a lot less soggy. Recipe and guide from Wikihow ❤

That was it for the DIY’s I’ve already made and my snack plans!

Come Saturday I will also make a Dead Leaf Curtain to pimp our apartment with, and of course finish my costume.
I might make another post on that and  my party decor, but I wanted to get these up ASAP in case anyone was looking for inspiration but would be out of time by Saturday. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned, mwahaha.

/Joh

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