Autumn is right around the corner, and it won’t be long before your summer decor is replaced with fall decor. Preparing your home for a crisp and cozy fall season is a long-awaited activity that brings fun to the whole family. If you’re strapped for ideas — or even time — we’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick guide to give you some ideas to decorate your home for the upcoming fall season in just one short day.
Make a DIY Scarecrow
Scarecrows have made quite the name for themselves in recent years. They don’t spend as much time scaring away crows from fields as they do simply hanging around that old wooden chair on your doorstep. If you want to give countless trick or treaters a scare and enjoy a fun craft as a family, consider making a scarecrow to say ‘hello’ to visitors all season long. The process is relatively simple: sew together some old clothes and stuff them with twine or hay. Now comes the creative part — bringing your scarecrow to life. No, not quite like in the Wizard of Oz — but simply by giving your scarecrow some realistic features and accessories.
For example, 75% of U.S. adults wear sunglasses, so consider crafting a truly one-of-a-kind scarecrow complete with a thick-rimmed pair of glasses, a hat, a belt, a pair of rubber boots. Or, if you really want to make a fashion statement, like 25% of shoppers, give your scarecrow a watch. Don’t forget to draw human-like facial features and display your scarecrow in realistic position on your front porch for all passersby to see and enjoy! For full instructions on getting your scarecrow to talk, check out the DIY Network. If you don’t quite have the time for a full size scarecrow, consider its miniature counterpart: instructions available here.
Carve Some Fogging Pumpkins
Carving pumpkins and creating jack o’ lanterns is a beloved fall family activity, and TheKitchn has the perfect suggestion for bringing the finished lanterns to life: with dry ice. Just be careful when planning this craft with the kids: Dry ice is extremely cold (-109 degrees Fahrenheit), and when exposed to warmer temperatures it instantly changes from a solid into a gas. This results in a fog-like effect that’s sure to add a haunted and spooky element to your Halloween decor.
“Want your jack o’ lanterns to billow fog? Simply put a piece of dry ice inside the carved pumpkin and drop some water on it. You can also put a chunk of dry ice in a bowl filled with water — just be sure it’s a shallow bowl, so the fog only escapes from your jack-o’-lantern’s grin,” writes Kristin Appenbrink.
One note: Dry ice is fascinating to work with, but it shouldn’t be handled by children. It’s often best to carve the jack o’ lanterns and save the dry ice effect for a special day or event.
Don’t Forget Your Furry Friends
Finally, the house is decorated and everyone in your family has a costume. Phew! But wait, isn’t there something you’re forgetting? The family pet! An estimated 70 million dogs are living in U.S. households, and it’s easier than ever before to find the perfect costume to fit your pooch’s personality. Time Magazine has a list of suggestions under $20, like a superhero costume, a lion mane, and even a stegosaurus. Don’t hesitate to include your dog in the Halloween fun when it comes to getting creative with a costume!
Halloween is still quite a ways away, but it’s never too early to plan for the festivities and have some fun decorating with the whole family.
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