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DIY String Halloween Characters

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We’ve all seen the traditional jack-o-lantern sitting on the front porch, and over the years they have become more intricate and unique. But we have an idea that you probably haven’t seen before. Instead of setting your jack-o-lantern down on the porch, hang it from the porch ceiling. Not sure what we mean? We’ll show you!

What you need:

Here’s what you’ll need:

Aleene’s Wood Fusion or Aleene’s Orignial Tacky Glue (watered down)

Aleene’s Felt & Foam Glue

Tulip Color shot

Cotton string

Black felt


Paint brush



Blow up your balloons so they are about 4 inches wide and tie off the ends.

Cut the cotton string into long lengths, about 5 feet long. You can always cut more.

Cut a piece of string about a foot long and tie to the end of the balloon. You will use this string to hang your balloon so it can dry.

Pour glue into a bowl and a small amount of water. Use the paint brush to apply glue directly onto the balloon. This helps the string adhered so you can wrap it all around the balloon. Wrap the entire balloon with string and use the paint brush to soak the entire wrapped balloon in the glue.

Once the balloon resembles a very messy spider web, hang the balloon up to dry. Repeat this process until you have your desired amount of balloons. Place paper towels or craft paper under the balloons as they will drip. Allow to dry.

While the balloons are drying create a template of the monster faces you would like to put on your string lights trace them onto the felt. Cut out the pieces.

Once all the string balls are dry, pop the balloons and pull them out through a gap in the string.

Use desired Color Shot colors to add color to the string. Let dry.

Use Aleene’s felt and foam glue to add your monster faces to the string lights. You can add small lights to each one or just string them along some ribbon to create a fun garland.

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This is the perfect way set your house apart from the rest and its sure to have all of the trick-or- treaters knocking at your door.

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Published Date

October 11, 2017