Halloween is a great time for decorating. Many people spend days, not to mention a small fortune, making their homes look scary and fun. The truth is that you don’t really have to spend a fortune on Halloween decor.
You can actually make some great pieces to display for the holiday. Because its fall, the colors are great for the period between Halloween and Thanksgiving so many of these DIY projects can carry you through until the Christmas decorating season. There are so many wonderful ideas in our Halloween decor collection and you get instructions on how to make everything.
If you want to spook up your home or just add a bit of autumn to your decorating, you can find a number of great ideas to give your decor a Halloween look, without spending a lot of money. The projects are easy and so great that you may even have to help your neighbors to spruce up their Halloween decorating
Spooky Door Greeter
Tombstones are a must for Halloween decorating and they are really easy to make. With a couple of sheets of Styrofoam and a bit of imagination, you can create a great little graveyard on your lawn to scare your neighborhood trick or treaters as they enter. You just have to draw and cut out the tombstone shapes, paint them an eerie grey and then add whatever message you want. Via – trendzona
Imagine your indoor stairway filled with Halloween spirit. With just a few pumpkins and some black cardstock, you can create a beautiful display for the holiday. Just cut shapes out of the cardstock, like mice, and arrange them like they are traveling up the stairs. A few pumpkins and maybe a candle or two will complete the décor. Via – thriftydecorchick
With a few mason jars and some black construction paper, you can create beautiful luminaries that look like jack-o-lanterns. Just cut out the facial features, hot glue them onto your mason jars and add a candle. Modge podge and orange tissue paper will make them the right color or you could do ghosts or any other scary creature that you can imagine. Via – celebrations
You can really spook up your porch with a few small ghosts made from cheesecloth. Make them whatever size you need and if you want something great for a foyer table, these work well. Just string clear lights behind them to make them glow and surround them with scary pumpkins and you have a really spooky decoration that is easy and inexpensive to create. Via – ashbeedesign
Candy corn and candy pumpkins are all the rage and you can use them to dress up your table. Just add them to a tall glass jar or vase, and add a “tree”. Not a real tree mind you, but take a small branch and spray paint it black for effect. You can use an empty toilet paper roll to hold the tree in place and even hang small ghosts and other scary creatures from the branches. Via – wantsandwishesdesign
Put those empty flower pots to use by making them into adorable little pumpkins. You just have to turn them upside down and add faces cut out of construction paper or cardstock. Be sure to put a stick through the hole in the pot to make it look like a stem. These are easy to do and the perfect project for younger children. Via – spoonful
Salt Dough Ghosts
Dress up any holiday table with some homemade ghosts and scary trees you can make out of salt dough. This is a great project for kid who love to be creative. You just need to mix together the salt dough recipe and then mold it into the shapes that you want. You can create an entire Halloween scene using salt dough ghosts and trees crafted from brown paper bags. Via – spoonful
Scary Spider Hatchlings
With a large white balloon – which will look like a spider’s nest- and a few of those cheap spider rings, you can create a very scary looking spider nest. Just use the balloon for the nest and have the spiders crawling all over it. Cheesecloth cut into strips will give it a spider web quality and can be draped down so that the spiders can crawl toward the floor. Via – spoonful
Make a bat that actually flaps its wings for an extra scary effect. This is a good project for younger children and your little trick or treaters will love making the bat flap his wings when they ring your doorbell. You can make several of these and have them hanging all over the house or just place them on the front door so that visitors can give them a flap before they enter. Via – spoonful