Halloween DIY Decor: Glue Gun Edition

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“This [decorating] is halloween, this is halloween”

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Decorating a spooky adult Halloween party can be done completely yourself with things you might not expect. That’s right, you don’t have to purchase premade decor to set up a Halloween party—on a budget, too. As terrifying a task as this may seem, using a blood red hot glue gun can do the trick (or treat). Here are a few ways to use hot glue to bloody up your crime—we mean party—scene.


Cobweb placemats

Additional supplies:

DIY Cobweb Placemats
  • Black round placemats (green or orange work as well if in the scheme of your party)
  • Google or print out a spider web shape to visualize your ideal end product shape.
  1. On your placemat, use a hot glue gun to line a spider web shape. 
  2. Make lines with the glue gun from the outer edge straight to the center of the placemat. Space out several lines going from the outside to the middle. 
  3. Draw glue lines in between these, from the outside to the center; don’t worry about the lines being perfectly straight, the web looks more authentic when slightly curved. Do a few between each line, leaving space between each.
  4. Repeat the process to create a web perfect for a spider to perch upon. 

Dripping candles

Additional supplies: taper candles

  1. To give a dripping effect using red hot glue, take the glue gun from the top edge of the candle and drag it down to a desired length.
  2. Repeat this process all around the candle.
  3. Drag the hot glue to different lengths each time to give an oozing bloody drip look. 

Bloody mason jars

Additional supplies: mason jars

  1. Using the same method as dripping candles, red hot glue can run from the top edge of a mason jar to drip down the side.
  2. Repeat all along the upper outside rim of the jar.
  3. Add some gummy eyeballs inside or some candy that resembles brains to fill the jar. A simple clever way to make a standard food jar pass the spook-o-meter.  

The design options are endless…

Hot glue the shape of your dreams (or nightmares)

Additional supplies: cotton pad, vegetable oil, paint or nail polish

  1. Draw any shape on a piece of paper in pencil (skull, spider, blood splatter, etc.).
  2. Spread vegetable oil using fingers or a cotton pad on the paper to keep the hot glue from sticking to it.
  3. Form the desired shape with the hot glue inside the traced design on paper.
  4. Use acrylic paint or nail polish to paint the shape.

These are just a few ideas; you’re limited only to your imagination when using hot glue. Who would’ve thought? Hot glue: the Halloween decor lifesaver. Or cold-blooded killer… this is Halloween, after all. 

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