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Halloween Decorations

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image of a bag with knitted Halloween decorations
Halloween is the best holiday. It's scary and fun rolled into one day. Here are three easy pompom projects, which are great for party decorations or for decorating your "Trick or Treat" bag.

Creepy Crawly Black Spider

Our creepy, crawly spider is made with a pompom base, the starting off point for lots of fun yarn projects.
photo of spider decoration

Materials:

  • 1 oz. image of yarn with 4 Medium on it black yarn (worsted weight) will make several
  • thick white glue
  • 1 pair 10mm wiggle eyes
  • cardboard cut to 2" by 3"
  • chenille stems, black
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. To make pompom for spider body, wrap yarn around 2" width of cardboard 75 times. Cut an 18" length of yarn, fold it in half and lay it down on your work surface. Slip yarn off cardboard and place over piece of yarn. Tie yarn tightly around center of yarn bundle, which you have removed from the cardboard. Cut yarn loops open and trim excess yarn to create a round body.
  2. Cut six 3" pieces from the black chenille stems. Bend each one in half, then bend one end up to ½" for foot. Glue legs to sides of pompom, 3 to each side, and wiggle eyes to front.

Smiley Pumpkin

Here's one pumpkin that doesn't need carving!
photo of decoration of smiley pumpkin

Materials:

  • 1 oz. image of yarn with 4 Medium on it orange yarn (worsted weight) will make several, plus small amount of green yarn for the stem
  • thick white glue
  • 1 pair 10mm wiggle eyes
  • cardboard cut to 2" by 3"
  • chenille stem, black
  • craft foam or felt, black
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. To make pompom for the pumpkin, wrap orange yarn around 2" width of cardboard 75 times. Cut an 18" length of green yarn, fold it in half and lay it down on your work surface. Slip yarn off cardboard and place over piece of yarn. Tie yarn tightly around center of yarn bundle, which you have removed from the cardboard. Cut yarn loops open and trim excess yarn to create a round body.
  2. Cut nose from black craft foam or felt. Cut a 2" piece of black chenille stem, bending it several times for the mouth. Glue wiggles eyes, nose and mouth to front of pumpkin. Trim green yarn so it is the length of a stem at top of the pumpkin.

Boo! Ghost

Our friendly ghost starts with a tassel base and is embellished with a braided tie and wiggle eyes.
photo of Boo! Ghost decoration

Materials:

  • 1 oz. image of yarn with 4 Medium on it white yarn (worsted weight) will make several,
    plus small amounts of orange and black yarn for tie

  • thick white glue
  • 1 pair 8mm wiggle eyes
  • cardboard cut to 4" by 3"
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. Body of ghost is a tassel. Wrap white yarn around 4" length of cardboard 50 times. Cut an 18" length of yarn, fold it in half and slip it under yarn at top end. Tie strands tightly together at top. Clip other end open. Wrap a braid (see step 2) tightly around strands and knot about 3/4" below top knot. Trim ends of tassel evenly.
  2. Cut 3 black and 3 orange pieces of yarn each 12" in length. Knot the ends together on one side. Braid (3 groups of two strands each, one strand of each color.) When braiding is complete, knot other end. Trim end evenly.
  3. Glue wiggle eyes in place at top of braid.