Halloween is not a huge event here in Australia although it is getting more and more popular each year. We haven’t made any Halloween decorations at our house in the past because we don’t get any trick or treaters where we live – the distance between houses is a bit big for the kids probably! But I got thinking about Halloween decorations recently when I was out at the hardware store and saw that they were selling solar Halloween lights.
I love using solar lights for decorations; I made my own solar Christmas lights design last year! The solar Halloween lights that I saw at the hardware store were selling for around $2 each and most of them seemed to be based on a carved pumpkin head style. So I got thinking about the solar lights that we already had at home and decided that I could make my own solar Halloween lights. We still might not get any trick or treaters this year but we will have some Halloween lights ready just in case!
If you are like me and have solar lights that have a twist off top then you can easily add your own Halloween cut outs to the lights. I had these made up in an hour or so and they are super easy. I found the hardest part was carefully cutting out the shapes! I used regular scissors to cut out the outlines and then a utility knife (help children with this step) to cut out the inner pieces like the pumpkin face. I used the point of a compass to make the small eyes for bats and spiders. See below for the steps I used to make my Halloween lights.
- Visit PicMonkey and create your Halloween cut-out images (or use mine here – right click image and select print)
- Click on Design
- Click the pumpkin icon on the left menu bar to choose Halloween themes
- I then chose the Trick or Treat theme
- Click on the Classic Creepies overlays
- Select which images you would like for your lights
- position images on you design board (don’t make them too big or they won’t fit in your lights)
- Save your design to your computer
- Open the saved design and print
- Carefully cut out images (may need utility or craft knife for inner pieces and a compass for the small eye holes – be careful!)
- Place several very small pieces of Blu Tack to the front of each cut out
- Take the top off the solar lights and position the cut out inside. Press the cut outs onto the inside of the lights so that they stick in place using the Blu Tack
- Put the top back on the solar lights and place them back in the garden (where they get sun)
- Go outside after dark and see the Halloween lights!
The best thing about these DIY solar Halloween lights is that once Halloween is over you can take the paper Halloween images out and they go back to being regular solar lights!