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  • Jack-O’-Lantern Halloween Decoration Ideas: Part 2

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    In Jack-O'-Lantern Halloween Decoration Ideas: Part 1, we focused on lighted jack-o'-lantern Halloween decorations. In this piece, we will consider home accent ideas with a jack-o'-lantern theme. These jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration ideas vary in complexity level of craft skills and abilities, and the investment in materials and equipment required. We will start with the simplest idea and work our way up in progressively more complex projects.


    The simplest jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea for home accents is to simply use commercially produced jack-o'-lantern party decorations such as printed paper plates and pin-ups. There are also dolls and figurines with jack-o'-lantern faces. You can also find clay and ceramic jack-o'-lantern decor items. Pick a few items from each media and create a montage in one area of your home. An example can be seen on page 15 of Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book. In the photo, a collection of old and vintage jack-o'-lantern faced decorations are displayed in an old oak cupboard.


    The next jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea for home accents is to make place mats out of construction paper. There are a few ways to go about it. One way would be to use orange construction paper and draw a jack-o'-lantern face on each using black, yellow and green markers. Alternatively, you could draw out the facial features with a pencil. Then use dry clear glue and black yellow and dark green glitter to color in the jack-o'-lantern facial features and create the pumpkin outline.


    Another approach is to cut the jack-o'-lantern images out of magazines and glue them to the construction paper. After decorating the construction paper, cover each with transparent contact paper for a protective finish. This would make a great family project or pre-party activity while guests are arriving.


    The third jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea is jack-o'-lantern ornaments. This project can be found in Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday with a complete material list and patterns for tracing. These ornaments are small, about 2" in diameter. The project photo shows the ornaments used as trim on a small artificial tree. Several such arrangements placed throughout the home will provide the desired Holiday theme without being overbearing - simple elegance.


    The fourth jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea takes the jack-o'-lantern ornament one step further by using a larger version of the same pattern to create a doll. This project is also presented in Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday and calls for a sewing machine. Stitching is used to create the vein detail of a leaf, the channels in the stem and the teeth outlines of the mouth. The accompanying patterns include stitch lines for guides in adding the stitched details.


    The fifth jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea, also found in Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday, is a banner featuring a dancing skeleton with a jack-o'-lantern head. This project calls for quite a bit of materials and involves cutting multiple stencil brushes, but if you are handy with an airbrush, you will save a lot of time using it to apply the colors instead.


    The sixth jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea for home accents is a batik. This project is presented in Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book with abridged instructions, which tell the reader to "draw a design in the center with a broad-typed permanent marker." Later it tells the reader to "immerse into a Rit dye."


    This particular instruction is extremely vague, since there are a number of Rit dyes available. Since the idea is to create a stained-glass-styled piece, one would have to assume the Rit dye being referred to is the color removing Rit dye. At this point in the instructions, one side of the cloth canvas is covered with a wax film, which would mitigate the color removing Rit dye removing all color, thereby creating the desired effect.


    The final jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration idea for home accents is a glittered pumpkin basket. This project is detailed in Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday and centers around using an artificial carvable pumpkin that is "first painted and then covered with glue and sprinkled with fine glitter." (pg 87) The result is a beautiful accent piece suitable as a centerpiece, as displayed in the project photo.


    Each of these jack-o'-lantern Halloween decoration ideas for home accents provides subtle yet effect results. If you are planning a Halloween party, these and similar accent pieces will convey the appropriate atmosphere without the need for sanguinary designs and props. Use the ideas in Jack-O'-Lantern Halloween Decoration Ideas: Part 3 to extend the jack-o'-lantern motif to food service for your guest.

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