As Halloween approaches, libraries can make sure the crafters in their midst have plenty of creative, do-it-yourself ideas to help them “creep it real” throughout the month of October. To help them (and you) celebrate, we’ve curated our favorite Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center projects for quilters, needlecrafters, paper artists, woodworkers and more!

Each project includes a list of materials, patterns (if applicable), and step-by-step instructions. Printed copies can be placed on library makerspace tables or posted to bulletin boards. Libraries can also tell patrons about Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center using our Promotion Kit, which includes social media images and sample posts to share on your library’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

  1. Batroom Towel: Cross stitchers will love turning an otherwise plain white towel into a welcome “batroom” accessory for guests. (AN 117022100)
  2. Black-Tie Skeleton: Haunt passersby with the eerie sound of dry bones clickety-clacking in the wind. This black-tie skeleton — made of precut wood pieces, beads and dowels —can be hung on front doors (or at the library entrance) where it will clatter every time someone walks by. (AN 49390480)
  3. Greeting Cards and Gift Bags: Paper crafters will enjoy using card stock and stamps to create these adorable die-cut Halloween greeting cards and Trick or Treat gift bags — perfect for candy corn and other small goodies! (AN 116189322)
  4. Horseshoe Illuminated Pumpkins: Give ‘em pumpkin to talk about! In eight simple steps, crafters can create a clever Halloween display using six horseshoes spray-painted orange, heavy-duty mounting tape, green pipe cleaner, a battery-operated tealight candle and a glue gun. The finished product will look great at the library’s front entrance! (AN 125016130)
  5. Monster Cupcakes: Bakers and sugar crafters looking for a kid-friendly activity will have some frightfully good fun frosting these silly and scary monster cupcakes. It’s a good excuse to break out the candy eyeballs! (AN 117671209)
  6. Paranormal Placemat: Eat, drink and be scary! Quilters will enjoy putting their sewing machines (or the library’s) to good use. This patchwork placemat featuring Halloween embroidery will create a spooky dining experience. (AN 157512398)
  7. Pumpkin Alphicons: Scroll saw woodworkers will see these alphabet pattern carvings as a great starting point for any Halloween decoration imaginable. And these jack-o-lanterns are probably a lot easier — and less messy — to cut. (AN 136926772)
  8. Pumpkin Patch Brooch: Oh my gourd! Cross stitchers will love accessorizing their Halloween outfits with this adorable little pumpkin brooch adorned with beads. (AN 158710983)
  9. Spooky Delights Table Runner: The colors and flavors of Halloween can be the centerpiece of any home’s holiday décor. This spook-tacular candy corn and pumpkin table runner measures 16” x 38” when complete. (AN 137653105)
  10. Vampire Bat Linked Necklace. Jewelry makers with basic metal fabrication, chain construction and stone setting skills can make this fang-tastic pendant featuring a classic Halloween bat symbol. (AN 117200559)
  11. Witch’s Hat Cake: Cake decorators and sugar crafters can make Halloween hex-tra special for kids by building and carving this witch hat cake. The kids might even like to help! (AN 152756651)
  12. Wicked Witch Quilt: Inspired by the Wicked Witch of the East’s socks in “The Wizard of Oz,” this brew-tiful throw quilt features blocks of black, purple, orange and yellow triangles and squares — the perfect addition to a bed or sofa. (AN 158054117)
  13. Word Art: Woodworkers with a knack for handling a scroll saw can use these three eerie-sistable patterns to create freestanding wood art: “Boo” Ghost, “It’s Alive” Frankenstein, and “Trick or Treat.” (AN 136926768)

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