Cheap And Chic: Halloween Crafts

Halloween is almost here! Matador Messenger reporter, Isabella Archuleta, has researched her creative sources to find “Cheap and Chic”  Halloween decorations for you , your home, and the Halloween party you may be planning. Enjoy!

Candy Corn Nails:



  1. White nail polish
  2. Orange nail polish
  3. Yellow nail polish


How to make it:


1         Paint the whole nails white

2         Then paint 2/3 of the nail orange

3         Then paint 1/3 of the nail yellow


Creepy Candles: http://marthastewart



1.       One cup of sand

2.       A red candle

3.       A white candle

How to make it:

1.       Fill the cup with sand, and then plant the white candles inside so they stand upright.

2.       Light a red candle and tip it over the white candles, so the wax drips down the top and sides.

3.        Let the wax cool completely before removing candles from sand.

Bat Headband:

1.       2 black sheets of paper

2.       Scissors

3.       Glue

4.       Black craft wire

How to make it:

1.       Stack and fold two sheets of black paper in half.

2.       Enlarge template . Position templates on fold, trace, and cut out, making two bats.

3.       With black craft wire, poke a hole in the center of one bat; hold the end of the wire.

4.       Glue second bat on top, sandwiching wire in between.

5.       Wrap opposite end of the wire around a thin headband (about 1/4-inch wide) to secure. Repeat, adding more

Scary Silhouettes:


1.       Silhouette templates

2.       Heavyweight black card stock

3.       Scissors

4.       Black wire

5.       Tape

6.       Pliers

7.       Candle and glass candleholder

How to make it:

1.       Print templates. Trace onto heavyweight black card stock; cut out with scissors. Straighten a length of 18-black wire, and tape one end to the back of a card-stock creature.

2.       Using pliers, shape the other end of the wire into a circle large enough to loop around the bottom of a candleholder. Bend the wire so the card stock creature is positioned behind the back lip of the glass.

3.       Be sure to use a candleholder that is taller than the candle, in order to keep the flame away from cutout. Adjust distance from wall to create smaller or larger shadows.

Candy Corn:


1.       1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

2.       6 1/2 teaspoons nonfat dry milk

3.       1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

4.       1/2 cup granulated sugar

5.       1/3 cup light corn syrup

6.       2 1/2 tablespoons water

7.       2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

8.       1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

9.       2 or 3 drops each yellow and orange food coloring (gel or paste versions will make the colors brighter

How to make it:

1.       Combine the powdered sugar, dry milk and salt in a food processor. Pulse a few times to make sure the mixture is smooth and lump free.

2.       Combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup and water in a 2-quart pot. Place over medium heat, cover and cook for 4 minutes.

3.       Add the butter, clip on a candy thermometer and bring the sugar syrup to 230 degrees F,  for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the thermometer.

4.       Add the vanilla and the dry mixture and stir until well combined. Pour onto a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. When the mixture is cool enough to work with, it should stop sticking to the parchment paper. If it’s still sticky after 15 minutes or so, put it in the fridge for awhile

5.       Divide the dough into 3 parts.

6.       Leave one white.

7.       Add yellow food coloring to one and orange to the last one. Wearing a glove for this helps keep your hands from being stained. Also, working from yellow to orange keeps the yellow from being tainted by any orange residue that may linger on your hands.