Your Favourite Halloween DIYs

Halloween is a very special time of year around The Art of Doing Stuff.

It’s time to crawl backwards, crab-style down the basement stairs, a la the directors cut of The Exorcist to root around in the real cobwebs and spiders looking for the fake cobwebs and spiders.

And eat potato chips.

Because like pearls, potato chips are appropriate for every occasion.

To me, Halloween decorating is about the perfect blend of darkness and elegance. It’s like Sleepy Hollow where the trees are dripping with diamonds. Or in my case rhinestones purchased from the happiest place on earth … the Dollar Store.

And creep. I like a little creep.

And to the guy who followed me around the meat section of the grocery store while incessantly wiping your mouth, no, I am not referring to you.

Tomorrow, I will have for you what is, without a doubt, the creepiest Halloween craft I’ve ever done. So get a good night’s rest, take your vitamin B or do whatever it is you normally do to prepare for something creepy.

Maybe do whatever it is you do the night before your annual pap test.

Until then, at my mother Betty’s request, I have a collection of my most popular Halloween crafts from The Art of Doing Stuff. She really only wanted me to feature her favourite, the Die-O-Rama, but I added a few others as well.

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Studded No Carve PumpkinEyes in BookDie-O-RamaWall SpiderwebHanging spiderFeather Wreath

1. Eyes in Book
2. No Carve Pumpkin
3. Die-O-Rama
4. Sweet Paul inspired Studded Pumpkin
5. Wall Spiderweb
6. Hanging spider
7. Elegant Wreath

Now if you’ll excuse me there’s a can of pea soup with my name on it.


  1. Studded Pumpkin is my all-time favourite. Ever!

  2. Marti says:

    What? Where’s the baby head with the glowing eyeballs? Have you no thought for my soul?

    You do Halloween remarkably well. Looking forward to it. Not sure I’ll be able to sleep at all tonight… Oh, the things I do for this blog!

  3. Kelly says:

    The No Carve Pumpkin will be sitting on our doorstep this Hallowe’en, but what i’d really like to know how you got the blood dripping font going. I’d love to send some of my favourite folks Hallowe’en greetings that look like that.

  4. Emily says:

    I love the hanging spider !

  5. Laura Bee` says:

    Everyone must still be in a turkey stupor. I am making the wreath this year. Need to dig up my dollar store crow from the abyss. The boas are in the bedroom still from last year’s Halloween costume. I was the Bearded Lady, it was pretty awsome.

  6. Ev says:

    The Die-O-Rama is is a work of art!

  7. Jodi T. says:

    The eyes… ooooooo — They still creep me out.

  8. mia pratt says:

    Well now I can officially get into the halloween spirit! Great inspirationals, love them all.

    Funny thing, halloween is my birthday, so when I was little I used to think there was a giant party and candy giveaway just for me! Then when I grew up I got a job that required me wearing a costume at work every night. Coincidence? I think not! MMMwwwwoooooooooHaaaaaahaahhahahahaha…boo!

    Your mom is right, the die-a-rama is the coolest!

  9. Kat says:

    Can’t wait to see it! My fave was the black skull wreath as I made one just like it and hung it in the store where I worked and got so many compliments on it! This year I have moved so today it will be going on my front door. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas Karen!!!

  10. Edith says:

    Wow, you are so creative. The one I looked at most is the wreath, trying to figure out if it’s made from chicken feathers. Boy, that would really show just how frugal you are! I bet you had to sift through a lot of sawdust to collect that many! Or maybe it’s a boa from Dollarama?

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I was inspired by your pumpkin diorama and made one of my own. Yours is only a million times better. Oh well. haha (here’s a link to a picture of mine)

  12. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Marti is right..Where is the creepy baby head..I want the creepy baby!!!

  13. Barbie says:

    I love the “eyes in book” one…..I glad you reposted it as I forgot I wanted to do that last year and ran out of time! Thx Karen!

  14. kate-v says:

    I like the die-o-rama, too, but my favorite is the eyes. I made the eyes book and ‘got’ the kids I babysit last year – it was sweet!

  15. Denise Leavens says:

    Yeah, yeah. We know you are the QUEEN of HALLOWEEN.

    But did you clean your BASEMENT???

  16. Carol says:

    Did you clean your basement?

    You are just so talented! I bet you can carry a tune too!

  17. Alex says:

    If you’re going to scare me more than last years Creepy Eye Glowing baby head then I eagerly await…

  18. Susan says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I like all of your previous Halloween crafts, so I can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve for us for this year!

  19. Lynne says:

    Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t decorate for Halloween?

    I don’t get any kids trick or treating in my neighbourhood and haven’t handed out stuff in about six years – and even then I only had 3 or 4 kids come to the door. I don’t have any young families around.

  20. Joanne says:

    I just carved my Halloween pumpkin, complete with Dollarama skull and eyeballs embedded in it. Looks awesome!!!

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