DIY Halloween Front Door

by Kathryn Walsh
Trick-or-treaters get dressed up, and so should your door.

Trick-or-treaters get dressed up, and so should your door.

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Whether you want to make your house look spooky or funny for Halloween, your front door is the place to start. Since these decorations will be exposed to the elements, timing them correctly is crucial to keeping them looking fresh all the way through Halloween. In a cold and windy area, wait until a few days before the holiday to start decorating. If you live in a warm climate, hang decorations up a week or two before trick-or-treaters come knocking on October 31.

Items you will need

  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Felt in a variety of colors
  • Glue
  • Dowel
  • 3 foot length of rope
  • Raffia
  • Twig
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Door Disguise

Step 1

Tape pieces of black paper together to make a piece large enough to cover your screen door. Some craft stores also sell rolls of paper large enough to cover a door.

Step 2

Cut Halloween shapes out of the paper, such as the words "Happy Halloween," images of black cats or the shape of a witch.

Step 3

Tape the paper to the screen door. When your front door is opened behind it, the light will shine through the cut-outs.

Crash Landing Witch

Step 1

Cut out a piece of felt large enough to cover about half of your front door. Use a bright-colored piece of felt.

Step 2

Fold the top of the felt down about 1 inch and hot glue the edge in place, leaving a small pocket across the top of the felt. Let the glue dry.

Step 3

Buy a wooden dowel that is a bit wider than the felt. Run it through the felt pocket. Cut a piece of thin rope to be about 3 feet long. Tie either end of the rope to the ends of the dowel to create a hanger.

Step 4

Cut out two arms, two legs, a dress and a circle out of felt. Choose whatever colors of felt you like for the witch's body and use black felt for the hat. Kaboose (Resources) has printable patterns for these pieces. You may also lay a large sheet of paper over your felt and draw the pieces free hand to ensure they are the right size.

Step 5

Glue the pieces of the witch onto the felt base with the arms pointing to the top corners of the felt and the legs pointing to the bottom corners. Lay the dress on top of the legs and place the hat brim so it overlaps both the top of the dress and the bottom of the arms.

Step 6

Roll up a square of black felt to create the witch's hat. Glue the ends together and trim off the uneven ends at the bottom of the cone. Glue the cone to the center of the hat brim.

Step 7

Gather together a handful of light brown raffia to create the end of the witch's broomstick. Tie another piece of raffia around the end of the bundle. Cover the end of a twig or wooden dowel with glue and push it into the end of the bundle to create the broom handle. Glue the broom to the felt so it sticks out from under the witch.

Step 8

Hang the finished picture from a nail on your front door. Take it inside during rain or snow since moisture will damage the felt.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have a screen door, tape colored paper to the back of the black paper to show off the cut-outs. If your door is a light color, you may tape the paper directly to the door since the door color will show off the cutouts.
  • Since the cone of the witch's hat sticks out, this hanging should only be placed on a door that does not have a screen door, since the screen will crush the hat.

About the Author

Cooking, travel and parenting are three of Kathryn Walsh's passions. She makes chicken nuggets during days nannying, whips up vegetarian feasts at night and road trips on weekends. Her work has appeared to The Syracuse Post-Standard and insider magazine. Walsh received a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University.

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