Outdoor Halloween decorations do not have to come from the store, at least not all of them. Some of the very best displays begin with bales of hay, and not just typical rectangular bundles. They can be used to decorate a yard, deck, porch or patio. Some are creepy while others are cute and extremely colorful. In any case, they can look amazing. Just about anyone can use the following three ideas. Your display can look phenomenal, and for a whole lot less than what others pay for plastic decorations.
Spray Paint Round Bales to Look Like Halloween Pumpkins
One of the easiest ways to decorate with hay bales is also the most impressive. If you have access to big round bales, spray paint one or two with glow-in-the-dark orange paint. Use regular black spray paint to add a smiling face, or make your giant Halloween pumpkins mean and scary. To create a giant stem, use a log of the appropriate size. After painting it green, dig out a space on top of the bale to accommodate the stem. Finish by pressing outdoor battery-operated tea lights into the centers of the triangular black eyes.
Stack Rectangular Bales against a Tree to Make a Frankenstein Monster
You can create a giant Frankenstein monster with rectangular hay bales and a few simple additions. Place two bales side-by-side in a vertical position against a big tree. Using heavy jute twine, bind the legs together at the top. Stack another bale on top of the legs to form the body of the monster. Place a smaller decorative bale on top for the head, and keep it in place using a metal rod. Use jute twine to keep the bales together wherever necessary.
To keep the monster from tipping over, tie the body to the tree. Carefully spray paint the bales to create pants and a shirt, and cover the head with a rubber Frankenstein mask. Cut the arms off of a long-sleeved shirt, and stuff them with hay before tying or wiring them into place. Put battery-operated tea light candles behind the eyes of the mask to complete your outdoor Halloween monster.
Seating for Skeletons, Scarecrows and More
What better seating for skeletons, scarecrows, witches and other Halloween creatures than bales of hay? Place two side-by-side on the ground, and top them with one more to create a back to lean against. Arrange your creature(s) of the night on the makeshift chair. To make the display look creepier than ever, add packaged spider webs along with several furry arachnids. Finish by adding a battery-operated flickering lantern to illuminate the display.
Source: Advanced Crafting Experience