How can I transform my home into a Halloween wonderland without investing too much time or money? Easy. I make a quick trip to a Lowes or Home Depot, set aside a couple hours and then get all kinds of creative!

Here’s how to create festive Halloween characters for your home

Gather these supplies:

  • 2 x 4 ($2.57 at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • Paint in various colors (57 cents per bottle at Walmart)
  • Black marker with a fine tip
  • Screws ($1.97 per container at Walmart)
  • Old fabric
  • Paint brushes (I used a Q-Tip to save even more money)
  • Glue gun with glue ($2.97at Walmart)
  • Drill or screwdriver

Directions for each character:

  • Ask a store employee to cut the 2 x 4 into several sizes (one at 18 inches, one at 10 inches, one at 9 inches and two at 8 inches). Most stores do not charge for this service.
  • Paint the main colors for the characters and allow them to dry for at least an hour.
  • Using the marker, draw the face outline and then slowly fill in.
  • To make the mummy, paint the eyes and wrap it in the fabric, gluing where needed.
  • Going through the bottom of the 18-inch piece, drill in the screw and secure into the bottom of the character.
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