Spooky and Simple Halloween Decorations
If you’re at all like me, you’re already planning your Halloween costume! But what about your home? There are tons of decorating ideas out there, and I’ve gathered 8 super simple, DIY, Halloween decorations that anybody can make, especially on a budget.
1. DIY Halloween Hoop Art
This is an excellent tutorial by the Graphics Fairy. There are step-by-step instructions on the site, and excellent photos. Supplies include embroidery hoops, fabric, the free Halloween image downloads, and a printer. There’s a detailed description of the technique she used to print on the fabric, but you can also try ironing a piece of freezer paper to the back of your fabric and feeding it through the printer that way!
2. Spooky Skeleton Cameo Halloween Pillow
This fun pillow DIY features a vintage inspired skeleton cameo, and it’s easier to make than you think. You’ll need to know some basic sewing skills, but you’ll find all the instructions (and pictures) you’ll need to make this fun accent pillow. Supplies include fabric, fusible webbing, a pillow form, and various trims. However, if you’re looking to save a little money on this project, try using a 16″ pillow you already own instead of purchasing a pillow form. Plus, you don’t need a lot of fabric, so you may be able to find what you need in the remnants section of the fabric store, or even in your stash of fabric scraps. Trim can be expensive, so be sure to shop with coupons. Or, sometimes you can find fun trims at thrift stores too. Don’t be afraid to mix up your colors!
3. Spooky Crystal Ball Halloween Candlesticks
Here’s another tutorial from Flamingo Toes, and I think this one really packs a visual punch. Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to make. Once again, you’ll find step-by-step instructions with plenty of photos to walk through making your own crystal ball candlesticks. She used candlesticks sourced from garage sales and simply painted them all black. And, other materials include inkjet friendly transparencies, free downloadable images, hot glue, and clear Christmas bulbs.
4. DIY Cloche From a Soda Bottle
This idea and tutorial comes from DIY Home Sweet Home, and like the candlesticks, it really packs a visual punch. You’ll need empty soda bottles, these cool little floating bubble decorations, a round wooden plaque like this one, and items to decorate the inside of the cloche (check your local dollar store!). And, of course, the tutorial has great instructions. Plus, you’ll find plenty of process photos to help you create your own spectacularly spooky cloche.
5. DIY Dollar Store Halloween Village
Would you believe this cute Halloween village cost $10 to make? Yep. They’re painted miniature Christmas houses from the Dollar Store of all places! You’ll find the tutorial with plenty of pictures and step-by-step instructions on the blog The 36th Avenue. I think this decoration tutorial is definitely worth a try!
6. DIY Halloween Ghosts
Cheesecloth ghosts are an absolute a favorite of mine. We used to make them when I was a kid, and my mother would hang them on our porch, rigging one to move when someone opened the door. They’re super easy to make, though a bit messy. In this tutorial on The Idea Room, they use Liquid Starch, but we always used Fabric Stiffener (usually watered down a bit). The tutorial is a good one with plenty of pictures and easy to follow instructions.
7. Creepy Crow Halloween Wreath
Alfred Hitchcock fans will love this idea. Chloe Crabtree, from her blog Decorate & Celebrate, used Dollar Store ravens to make this eery wreath. She mounted the birds on an old oval back from a picture frame, but I’m guessing you could also use a thin styrofoam wreath like this one as a base. The styrofoam wreath would need to be covered before attaching the spooky looking birds. I suggest using ribbon or even Halloween scrapbook paper and Mod Podge. Leave the middle open, or mount it on some painted cardboard. The tutorial has great pictures and instructions, but I think this idea lends itself to some creative interpretations if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
7. Glow in the Dark Halloween Terror-arium
Nothing says Halloween like something that glows in the dark. It’s especially cool that this delightful little terror-arium looks great in daylight, but it’s even more fun in the dark. You’ll find the Glow-in-the-Dark Terror-arium Tutorial by Ana on the blog Babble Dabble Do. Ana has plenty of pictures to go along with her instructions, and this decoration is really easy to put together. She uses glow-in-the-dark Halloween figurines along with glow-in-the-dark paint, aquarium rocks, and an old pickle jar. A simplified version of this would make a great party favor.
Bonus: Free Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels!
More Links of Interest
- Find the Halloween DIY Hoop Art Tutorial by the Graphics Fairy here.
- Find the Spooky Skeleton Cameo Halloween Pillow Tutorial on the blog Flamingo Toes.
- Find the Spooky Crystal Ball Halloween Candlesticks Tutorial on the blog Flamingo Toes.
- Find the DIY Cloche From A Soda Bottle Tutorial on the blog DIY Home Sweet Home.
- Find the DIY Dollar Store Halloween Village Tutorial from the blog 36th Avenue.
- Find the DIY Halloween Ghosts Tutorial on The Idea Room here.
- Find the Glow-in-the-Dark Terror-arium Tutorial on Babble Dabble Do here.
- Find more Halloween ideas on The Costume Wrangler’s Closet.
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