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« on: October 23, 2008 08:11:48 AM »

I'm in college, broke as hell, and would like to do something to have my room a little Halloween-y. I've been picking and hanging leaves, and my mother donated a pumpkin to the cause.  I was wondering if any of you clever crafters had any cheap craft ideas for me?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008 09:21:15 AM »

Try taking advantage of all the free things a University has.

- If you have free printing at your college, - then go wild with printing off cute pumpkins and bats to hang around you room.  If not, there's still usually some scrap paper to be found with something printed on one side and a canvas for you to draw Halloween masterpieces on the other.
- News papers are abundant on my campus...maybe there's something creative to be done with them?
- Look for a listing of events offered by your school, I know my dorm last year had a gingerbread house contest, and they supplied all the supplies for you.
- This might be kinda gross...but my dorm had huge recycle bins, and there is probably something creative you could do with a bunch of empty plastic bottles (see: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274562.0
- free white t-shirts could become spooky ghosts

Just look around you when you go to class these next couple of days and see what you can find

Some other cheap ideas:
- a dollar bag of halloween balloons or crepe paper could add a bunch of festive color
- decorating the outside of your door (it's a small place so cheaper than your whole room, and you'll see it every time you come back from class)
- go wild with a cheap pack of construction paper (last year i bought one and used it for all the major holidays)
- utilize craft supplies you might already have, - scrapbook paper, paint, etc.

Sorry I couldn't come up with anything great, but maybe something will give you inspiration. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008 10:38:38 AM »

Usually the dorms will host Halloween activities.  Sign up for as many events as you can (since they're usually free), then when they're done I'm sure you can take the leftover decorations.  You should be able to get at least a pumpkin from a carving contest out of the deal.  And if you volunteer to help then they might be willing to give you some butcher paper which dorms always have tons of for some reason, and that goes a long way for decorating a dorm room!  Find some graffiti punks out late one night and see if they'll spray paint some old junk (bottles, more leaves, old toys) black for you - then you can have some creepy decorations and use up some of their spray paint so that they do less vandalism.  Just go with a friend if you're that daring!
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008 11:50:15 AM »

Black garbage bags are good for decorating.  split 2 sides and cut in strips to make a curtain for your door or cover some walls or ceiling with them. 

If you are close to any old corn fields get a friend to help you cut some down. (gloves and a strong cutting device recommended)
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008 02:34:43 PM »

Try taking advantage of all the free things a University has.

- If you have free printing at your college, - then go wild with printing off cute pumpkins and bats to hang around you room.  If not, there's still usually some scrap paper to be found with something printed on one side and a canvas for you to draw Halloween masterpieces on the other.
- News papers are abundant on my campus...maybe there's something creative to be done with them?
- Look for a listing of events offered by your school, I know my dorm last year had a gingerbread house contest, and they supplied all the supplies for you.
- This might be kinda gross...but my dorm had huge recycle bins, and there is probably something creative you could do with a bunch of empty plastic bottles (see: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274562.0
- free white t-shirts could become spooky ghosts

Just look around you when you go to class these next couple of days and see what you can find

Some other cheap ideas:
- a dollar bag of halloween balloons or crepe paper could add a bunch of festive color
- decorating the outside of your door (it's a small place so cheaper than your whole room, and you'll see it every time you come back from class)
- go wild with a cheap pack of construction paper (last year i bought one and used it for all the major holidays)
- utilize craft supplies you might already have, - scrapbook paper, paint, etc.

Sorry I couldn't come up with anything great, but maybe something will give you inspiration. 

That link to the jug thing was great!  I'm definitely going to do that.  Thank you everyone!  What great ideas. :]
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