Can you believe it? Halloween is ONE week away! If you happen to be are looking for some great last minute DIY ideas for party decor or just a good old slimy treat, then you’ve come to the right place!
Here are five awesome ideas, including a tutorial on how to create realistic Jello worms:
Pumpkin Beverage Cooler
Having a pumpkin carving party for the dudes? Cool. Serve up the brewskis in a pumpkin that you carved into a cooler. This cooler will keep the brew cold, will look cool and when the party is over, and you don’t need to wash it out and store it in the basement on November 1st. [You can find the tutorial on how to create this one-of-a-kind cooler here]
These apparitions may seem friendly at first, but in the darkness their scary side comes out. To summon a ghost, snap one or two green eight-hour light sticks so they glow, and insert them into a white balloon. Inflate the balloon and tie it closed. Use a black marker to draw a wide-eyed visage. Repeat to make more, then affix ghosts to a wall with transparent tape and lower the lights. [Tutorial & Image from MarthaStewart]
- Flexible Straws (40 pack)
- A tall glass to hold the straws
- Wilton Colored Gel (I used this only because I had it – it’s similar to food coloring)
- 1 1/2 cups of boiling water
- 1/4 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 packet of Unflavored Gelatin
- 1 package (3 oz) Raspberry Jello
Combine gelatin with boiling water.
Let the gelatin mix cool then add the heavy whipping cream and your food coloring.
Gather your flexed-out straws and put them in the tall glass. It’s important that the straws have a tight fit so the Jello stays in the straws.
Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm. This was where I had the most problems. The gelatin kept running out of the straws. So I put the Jello mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes to help cool it down and firm it up. It will fill up around the cup as well. That was a whole separate battle! Ha.
Allow your cup of straws and Jello to set overnight in the fridge. Once you start taking the straws out of the Jello mix, it’s going to look a little like this:
To get the Jello out of the straws, you can use a rolling pin or run warm water over the straws to loosen the Jello, which is what I did. I can’t say it was the easiest thing, but they did turn out to be really neat looking and of course, fun to eat!