Miniature Halloween decorations are easily made from low cost materials. Their size means you can create a large display in a small space, and easily store it away for next year. Here's an assortment of projects and ideas to try.
If you're curious about why we celebrate Hallowe'en, check out this article on the Origins of Halloween by About.com guide to Landscaping David Beaulieu You might want to check out some of his outdoor displays photos for ideas you can create in miniature.
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Make Halloween Characters
There are lots of ways to make decorations from Halloween characters. Skeletons and dolls can be dressed in costumes and used to hold place cards, or identifying signs for buffets.
- Make a Halloween Witch in 1:12 scale or 1:48 scale from paper or fabric.
- Make a Miniature Felt Cowboy Hat
- Make a Miniature Tricorne Hat for a Pirate
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These miniature coffin boxes are easily made using your printer, a pair of scissors and some glue. They are large enough to fit a miniature skeleton in dolls house scale, and can also be filled with candy for table favors.
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Skulls are an easy shape to model from polymer clay, air dry clay, or epoxy putty for beads or miniature Halloween decorations. You can also make edible miniature sugar skulls from fondant, or easy skulls from commercial marshmallows following these instructions for Modelling Miniature Skulls.
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Make Printable Pumpkin Boxes for Treats, Decorations or Scale ScenesThese little boxes are great for pumpkin spice truffles, or for a collection of treats or a small present. They can also be used for dolls house scale chocolate boxes.
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- Make Printable Pumpkin Treat Boxes
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Make Printable Glitter Houses for a Miniature Halloween Village
The list of Halloween glitter houses continues to grow. You can make any of the following, leaving them simply colored, or adding micro glitter or glass glitter
- Make a Printable Miniature Gothic Glitter House
- Printable Miniature Haunted Farmhouse and Barn
- Crooked House Miniatures
- Make Printable 'Stone' Towers and Cottages
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Bats make great decorations for Halloween trees, wreaths, and villages. These scale miniature bats are made of polymer clay or epoxy putty. The ones shown here are 1:12 dolls house scale, but you can make them in smaller or larger sizes to suit your scene. You can roost them in trees or hang them from attic rafters.
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These dolls house scale mice can be made larger for rats, or smaller as mice. They are made with air dry clay, and can be sculpted to be cute or frightening, depending on how you want to use them in a scene.
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Make a Miniature Spell Book
I've set up these instructions for a miniature spell book with an embossed "leather" cover to use a range of materials. I've used waste polymer clay, air dry clay, craft foam, and paper linters (for molding paper) to make these book covers with good results.Continue to 9 of 29 below.
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If you need a display background, or a quick house for a haunted scene, these free printable roofs, porches, windows and doors in two sizes are an easy way to turn boxes into haunted houses. They are easy projects for a child or a class. The smaller sizes will make backdrops or houses that fit with standard commercial villages. The additional printables (not shown) give you a lot of scope to make more detailed and complex houses quickly from a minimum of materials. You can make the houses as... facades or background silhouettes only, or cut open the windows and make houses with interiors.
If you prefer a miniature "glitter" house style, you can use these tiny printable buildings to make a range of haunted houses in roughly 1:144 scale, suitable for use with N scale trains. The parts can be used as templates for gingerbread houses if you wish.
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This poseable miniature cat is easy to make using simple needlefelt techniques. You can make a basic short haired cat as shown, or adapt the instructions to make cats with longer coats. The size of the cat can be adjusted to make a range of different scale models. As shown here, the cat is in 1:12 scale.
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You can use the technique shown here for miniature dolls (witches, warlocks, monsters) or animals, like the halloween cat, or make eyeballs large enough to put in full size displays or on costumes. The eyes can be made to look bloodshot by mixing thread fibers into the white eyeball layer of the eye. Adding extra glaze or tar gel medium to the eyeball will give them a wet look.
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You can make mushrooms of all varieties, including "poisonous" ones using Delight air dry clay and paint or pastels or using polymer clay. Although this technique shows how to make the mushrooms very small, you can adapt the instructions to make larger mushrooms for beads, costumes, or decorations using the same techniques.Continue to 13 of 29 below.
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Make Miniature Kernels of Candy Corn
Add these tiny candy corn kernels to your halloween decorations or dolls house baking. You can use the same techniques outlined in this tutorial to make candy corn kernels from a true 1:12 scale to any larger size. 1:12 is about as small as polymer clay techniques can take you.
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These tiny cookies can be used for all kinds of scenes, and used for custom jewellery for the big night as well! Made from polymer clay, they are cut out using easy to make custom cookie cutters based on aluminum foil from recycled pie plates.
The cookies can be decorated with paints as gel or low gloss icings, micro glitter or decorative sand for sugar glitters in miniature , micro beads for tiny dragees, or made from colored polymer clay. The instructions contain a printable template to show... you a size reference for 1:6, 1:12 and 1:24 scale.
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Make Miniature Baking Trims for Halloween Scenes
These tiny baking trims are made from polymer clay, air dry clay or artist's gesso or acrylic paint, using two part silicone mold putty to make multiple copies. Use them to decorate tiny cakes, or pies, or use them as very tiny tree decorations or for candies and chocolates
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Make a Halloween Cupcake House or Shop For a Miniature Witch or Alchemist
Make this quarter scale cupcake shop from the printables provided as shown, or use your own decorative papers for a design of your choice. The cupcake uses lightweight card and florist's foam with icing made from acrylic paint.
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- Instructions and printables for the 1:48 scale cupcake shop
- Printable Armchair and coffee table in 1:48 scale with a Halloween design
- Bakery Case or Shelving For a 1:48 Scale Shop
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These printable door covers and picket fence sections with rats and black cats will turn any small scale building into a Halloween scene. All you need then are some garlands or miniature pumpkins found elsewhere on this list.
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These pumpkins are made from tissue paper and can be made in a huge range of sizes and scales. They are a great project to work on with children. You can use them hollow as Jack O Lanterns, or leave them solid for a pumpkin display. They take very little in the way of materials and can be made any shape you want.
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Make realistic miniature corn stalks from paper or raffia to add to a halloween miniature scene.
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Use cross stitch or needlepoint to make miniature pumpkins to decorate a scale or full size scene. Easy to work, you can make several in a border to decorate a full size kitchen towel.
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- Miniature cross stitch or needlepoint charts for plain pumpkins or Jack O Lanterns
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Make Plates, Cannisters and a Coffee Set for a Miniature Witch's Kitchen
These miniature Halloween Kitchen Pieces are all made from a single sheet of photo paper or lightweight card, printed on a computer printer.
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These printable decorations in dolls house scale can be used with 1:12 scale scenes or inexpensive skeletons to create a centerpiece, or decorate a dolls house scale haunted house. There are pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and bats. All in a scale of 1:12 or 1 inch equals 1 foot. Their small size makes them ideal for use as stickers or decorations for place cards.
If you need wallpaper or fabrics suitable for a witches cave, try these fashionable free printable designs for Halloween toile in Tuscan... Orange or Olive, available in three dolls house scales.
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This Cabin Front Porch is a wall shelf that can be used to hold a collection of miniatures. You can build just the cabin front to make a haunted house front with a window and an opening door, or you can make the entire shelf and use it as a background decoration for any season of the year.
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Double double, toil and trouble - here's a miniature fire you can safely set under a scale plastic cauldron in order to cast in your own witches potions. It's made from flashing LED's which give off very little heat. You can make it battery operated or use LED's that can be powered via a transformer.Continue to 25 of 29 below.
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Ways to Light and Highlight Miniature Halloween Displays
There are lots of ways to pull your attention with light in a Halloween Scene
- Glow in the Dark Acrylic Paints
- Miniature Black Lights
- Fluorescent Markers
- Glow in the Dark Polymer Clay
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Use Ribbon Trims for Quick Halloween Decorations
There are a number of shaped ribbon trims which are useful for fast holiday decorations. I've seen tiny bats, ghosts, witches and pumpkins in the ribbon section of scrapbooking shops online.
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Samples of Miniature Halloween Displays
Halloween is a popular subject for Miniaturists. You can find examples in several of the community galleries.
- Fall Challenge Gallery - What Can You Do With a Miniature Skeleton
- Miniatures Community Gallery Doreen Playter's Dolls House Halloween
- Muddy End, the Swamp Witches House by Catherine Lansing -featured in the About.com October Calendar, and also in the Westcoast 2008 Show Gallery
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A list of the most often collected makers of Halloween VillagesContinue to 29 of 29 below.
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Halloween Printable Projects from Other Sites