- Hobbycraft reports a 330% increase in sales of DIY Halloween decorations.
- Sample the best selection (and have a fun-filled day) at a local pumpkin farm
Spooky season is here. This year, let’s decorate ourselves and get everyone in the mood.
Hobbycraft reports that sales of DIY Halloween decorations are up 330% compared to last year.
“Halloween is always a popular time for our customers, but this year our products are selling really fast,” said Katherine Patterson, the store’s customer director. She added that her main trends include pumpkin crafts, DIY wreaths, and Halloween her trees.
Meredith Stuart-Smith, founder of party supplier Meri Meri, says garlands and hanging backdrops are driving sales this year, as people want to decorate everything from porches to staircases.
It’s a great time to get the kids involved. It will keep the kids entertained for a few hours and also make Halloween more meaningful.
“As a child, my holidays were often spent doing sewing projects with my grandmother,” says Priya Versami, founder of upcycled fashion brand Puri Puri.
“I still remember that thrill and excitement of making something usable from scraps.
“Now that I’m a mom, I enjoy repeating some of these projects with my two sons.”
“Halloween biscuits are easy and fun to make together as a family,” says Lakeland resident Wendy Miranda.
“They’re also a delicious homemade alternative to store-bought treats.” Meredith Stuart-Smith agrees, but if you can’t hold your child’s attention long enough while baking, He says he uses decorations in his works to keep children fascinated.
“I love getting the kids involved in the decorating afterwards. Our cupcakes and cake toppers transform the simplest homemade cake into a photo-perfect creation in seconds.”
Try the Meri Meri Pumpkin Patch Cupcake Kit (£11.50) and the Lakeland Cat Cookie Cutter (£1.99).
“We love thinking of creative ways to make Halloween an exciting and spooky season that kids will never forget,” says Hannah Robinson, product designer at children’s activity magazine toucanBox.
Here’s a fun ghost project made from old milk bottles. “Take a clean plastic milk bottle, cut a hole in the back large enough to fit a battery-powered tealight, and use a marker pen to draw a ghost’s face on the front.
When you turn on the lights in the room, a creepy face lights up. Experiment with different milk bottle sizes and looks.
Priya Versami suggests using felt scraps to make snack bags.
“Not only is it a fun activity, but it’s so gratifying to see the children take pride in their work and designs.”
To make a felt bag, you will need two square pieces of felt of the same size and a long piece of ribbon.
Using a fabric pen, decorate one square with beads or pictures and place the other square on top. Sew the sides and bottom, then turn it inside out so the design is on the outside.
Sew ribbon loops to the top of both sides of the inside to create handles. “Then you’re ready to go trick-or-treating,” Versami says.
The joy of collecting
Invite the children to go for a walk with the promise of making a craft with the items they found.
Hobbycraft says searches for “twig tree” have increased by 80% since the beginning of this month. What’s more, it’s easy to make by yourself, just take a large branch, paint it white, and secure it in a pot.
“Then you can decorate the branches with DIY Halloween ornaments. Our blank decorations are available from £1 and come in the shapes of bats, ghosts and pumpkins and can be transformed with your favorite paint and decorations.” says Patterson.
Similarly, the store, which sells ready-made wreaths and bases for making your own, said searches for “Halloween wreaths” were up 58% compared to last month.
Florist Blooming House advises making your own from scratch, covering the base, sides and top of the wreath with leafy foliage.
Then put a bunch of small fruits or flowers on top and wrap it with wire. Layer them in the same direction, secure the wire and hang them. ”
If you have extra leaves left, have the children paint them black and once dry, use white marker to draw little bat faces on them. Then tie them with thread to make batti garland.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without pumpkins.
Try a local pumpkin farm for the best selection (and a day of fun). Or try Waitrose, which has a huge selection including the white ‘Ghost’ variety (£3).
Using a pumpkin scooper (£3), have the children scoop out all the seeds with a spoon, measure the eyes, then place a candle inside and place it on the doorstep.
To make it last longer, have some extra newspaper, check out HobbyCraft’s papier-mâché pumpkin tutorial, or try punch needle pumpkins.