This Halloween get your house ready to do the mash, the monster mash! Create a welcoming committee for trick-or-treaters when you combine bright colors with a variety of monsters and stack them on your porch. Homes with a columned front porch might have great curb appeal but come October, they also make great structures to transform into wacky totem poles. If you have columns near your front door get into the Halloween spirit with the help of some fake fur, felt and a lot of fun! All the costumed kids will be ushered to your door with a pair of towering friendly faces.
Keep reading to find tips on how to cut (or not cut!) fashion fur, a free printable template to recreate kooky monsters and ways to accessorize this column decoration with other party supplies!
This colorful crew of creatures was created, shot and written by Tara at Spot of Tea Designs. Head over to her blog for stacks of great ideas!
Halloween Totem Pole Supplies
- Faux fur fabric (pink, black, white)
- Colored hair spray orange, blue, green, purple
- Fabric Scissors or X-acto knife
- Felt (black, white, red, orange, green, blue, purple, pink)
- Hot Glue
- Painter’s Tape
- Sharpie Marker
- Monster Totem Pole Porch Decoration Template PDF
Before starting, get acquainted with Fashion Fur, or fake fur. If you bought it by the yard at your local fabric shop, you would’ve noticed that they (hopefully) didn’t cut your piece. They ripped it!
Look at your fur from the right side and notice the direction your fur lays. You’ll want your monsters to have the fur running downward as you would naturally find on any furry creator.
Determine the height you want for your monster. Turn your fur over and use scissors to cut a small snip at this height. Grab both pieces and pull to rip the remaining length of the fabric.
You can also do this use an X-acto knife and making slices all the way down the back of the fabric, careful not to cut the fashion fur.
Tip: You might want to do this outside as it can get messy.
Wrap your fur around a pole and overlap slightly. Mark that length. Make a snip then rip to cut that piece. This will be the base of your monster.
Repeat to cut more monster bases! You’ll need enough to cover your poles. Tip: consider varying the heights of the monsters.
If you’re having trouble finding the color fur you want for your monsters, buy white fashion fur and color it using hairspray! Use painter’s tape to slightly adhere the fur to a piece of cardboard and color with light coats of hairspray. Dry thoroughly.
Wrap your fashion fur around the pole and make a mark where the Velcro should be attached using a Sharpie pen.
Mark the left and right side of the monster with painter’s tape, a tip used in a later step. Use hot-glue to attach both pieces of velcro.
Tip: you might want to trim some of the fur on the furry side where the Velcro goes to make sure it adheres well.
Cut out the felt shapes for your monster faces. If you want, use our template as a guide on eyes, mouths and fun horn shapes.
Layer and adhere the felt shapes together to create the eyes and mouth shapes.
Arrange the pieces onto the monster base in between the painter’s tape guide previously placed, and adhere with hot glue.
For monsters with horns, adhere the bottom end of the horn to the monster base.
Cut pieces of flexible wire slightly longer than the length of the horns.
Poke a hole in the monster base at the end of the horn and stick the wire through. Adhere the rest of the wire onto the horn. This wire will help it stick out when hung on your porch columns.
Repeat to create many adorable monsters that will fit the length of your columns.
In October (or late September if you’re really eager) velcro up those furry, kooky monsters up on your porch columns and rock the Monster Mash on repeat on Halloween night.
We’re pretty sure your neighbors will be smiling when seeing these playful monsters on their way to get their favorite treat!