From the spooky front door décor to the cobweb-wrapped dining room where you’ve laid out a spread of savory and sweet Halloween treats, your house will be the talk of the neighborhood this year. Why? Because you’ve got the best DIY Halloween decorations in town, of course! These creative ideas will ensure that every inch of your house will look unique and festive this season—not to mention just a little spooky! Bonus: Many of these cheap and easy Halloween decorations are seasonal enough that you can keep them around through Thanksgiving. And if you’re short on time, don’t worry. These crafts can be put together last-minute.
Fill up every room with wickedly creative Halloween crafts ranging from Halloween Mason jar ideas to larger, more challenging crafts like wall hangings. If you don’t feel like taking on the task alone, get your little ghouls and goblins involved in the handiwork—there are plenty of simple Halloween crafts for kids here too. And for the outside, you’ll find our favorite DIY outdoor Halloween decorations for that all-important first impression. Dress up your porch with spooky Halloween wreaths, place witch brooms on the door, or hang oversized spiders that will wow your party guests. The DIY possibilities are endless!
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Grab the Mod Podge. A simple trip to the color copier is all it takes to “transfer” your transferware collection to a pumpkin. Simply make a color copy of a your favorite plates and trays, then cut the paper into strips and adhere to a pumpkin or gourd with the Mod Podge; let dry. Finally, tuck your DIY Halloween decorations among your real transferware pieces—visitors will do a double take.
Kids of all ages can assist with this easy DIY Halloween decoration. Gather fallen leaves and paint them white. After they dry, you can go back and add eyes with permanent marker. Use the ghosts to decorate a plain table runner or glue them to pumpkins.
Wine Bottle Candlesticks
An eerie flicker is a must at any Halloween gathering. Paint wine bottles with matte-black spray paint. Once dry, insert an orange taper candle in each opening.
Create a seasonal sideboard by filling class cloches with pumpkins and an urn with fall foliage. The domes provide the perfect spot for displaying a selection of Jack Be Little gourds. To easily fill, hold the cloche or bell jar upside down and fill with pumpkins. Set the base on the opening (you can also use cutting boards or cake stands), and turn right side up. On the night of the party, complete the scene with a tray of spooky Halloween appetizers.
Ceramic Crocks Filled with Pumpkins and Mums
Step it up. Display flat and wide pumpkins (Musquee de Provence, Jarrahdale, and Cinderella are ideal varieties) on top an assortment of crocks places on a stoop or front stairs. Add texture and color by mixing in potted mums.
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Bushels of Fun DIY Halloween Party Decorations
Hang round wood cutting boards that have been transformed into pumpkins with the help of orange wood stain, paper leaves, and pipe cleaner tendrils at your family-friendly affair. A candy cane garland is fashioned from paper plates that have been painted with stripes of orange and yellow craft paint. Display a seasonal arrangement in a vintage metal container and add height to the buffet with mini hay bales and wood crates.
Mix and match. The amber glass vessels evoke the colors of the season, while the old-school labels on the squash (think “cyanide”) serve up an “evil lab” kind of spooky. Display these DIY Halloween decorations on open shelves in a kitchen or laundry room.
To make the squash version: Remove the stem from a Honeynut squash and use a pumpkin carving tool to hollow out a hole and insert a cork. Use Mod Podge to attach apothecary labels.
Show your stripes! Strips of striped ribbon adhered with Mod Podge give white Lumina pumpkins the farmhouse flair of the dependable nubby fabric.
Effortlessly Eerie Living Room
These DIY Halloween decorating tricks are so easy, it’s frightening. Take a page out of Miss Havisham’s book and use sheet-draped chairs to give your room the look of ruin. Then, string a cheesecloth “cobweb” across a mirror and secure curly willow branches in candlesticks with museum wax.
Spool and Bobbin Display
Get stacking. DIY Halloween decorations don’t get easier than this. Perch petite pumpkins on top of wooden spools and bobbins for a 60-second mantel upgrade.
It doesn’t get more spooky that glowing cat eyes!
To make Cat String Lights: Download our printable cat face template. Print and cut out the template; then use a white pencil to trace it onto black card stock and cut out desired number of faces. Fringe the sides of the cat’s face and the top of its head with scissors.For each cat, cut three pieces of black waxed twine, about 4″ long. Knot them together in the center of the twine, and glue to the cat’s face as whiskers.Use a standard single-hole punch to create holes for eyes about 2 1/2″ apart. Hang string lights and attach cat faces by pushing a light through each eye hole, spacing the faces apart at regular intervals.
Tiered Colander Pumpkin Display
Build and display a tiered centerpiece. Use it on the kitchen table, or on a sideboard.
To make: Cut floral foam to fit into the bowls of the bottom and middle colanders. Make your stack by pushing the top two colanders (footed work best) into the foam. Use mini pumpkins and bittersweet to fill the top tier and the spaces between the colanders.
Bubbling Witch’s Cauldron
Make your Halloween punch come to life with this spooky setup. First, tuck battery-operated LED lights into a grapevine wreath, style tissue paper flames on top, and then add a cauldron. For added heat, fill your pot with dry ice and your favorite Halloween cocktail.
Copper Painted Pumpkins
Shine on. Pair your cookware collectibles with pumpkins coated in a metallic acrylic copper paint. Display alongside (or in!) your wares.
Long before scary Halloween movies were made, people were getting chills from frightening novels. So why not incorporate these spooky classics right onto your Halloween decor?
Make the Book Door: Cut long, thin rectangular pieces of differing colored kraft paper (we used red, gray, and black). Draw titles of books on the paper. Outline letters with gold paint pens. Fill in outline with paint pen or gold acrylic paint. Attach to door with double-sided tape. Add large bushel basket and buffalo-check doormat.
Great trick-treaters and well-wishers with a wheelbarrow stuffed full of leaf motif and undecorated pumpkins.
Decoupaged Leaves: Cut out leaves and flowers from new or vintage wallpaper or wrapping paper. Decoupage to pumpkins using Modge Podge.
Paint Leaves: Use a leaf-shaped stencil to paint fall colored leaves on green, blue, or white pumpkins. Once dry, use a white paint pen to outline the leaves and add veining and other decorative details.
Etched Vine Topiary Pumpkin
This trio is the perfect sophisticated decor for greeting guests to your front door. Place directly on the porch or layer on a vintage ladderback chair with different color plaid blankets.
To make: Purchase one large, one medium, and one small pumpkin (any color combo works) that stack nicely. Remove the stems from the large and medium pumpkin. Lightly sketch a vine pattern on a pumpkin with a pencil. Use a linoleum carving tool to etch out the pattern. Once complete, attach red berries or beads with hot glue.
This simple craft, which is perfect for decorating your fall table, only takes three supplies and just a few minutes to make. If you can’t find bittersweet vine, try using grapevine and attaching berries with hot glue.
To make: Wrap white pumpkins with bittersweet vine, holding it in place with t-pins and hot glue.
Silhouettes Party Buffet
Spooky silhouettes cut from black craft paper add creepy character to this Halloween buffet spread. Crows adorn an oversize mirror, owls stand watch over the food, and hands try and break free from a layer cake that is topped with crumbled cookie “dirt” and crawling with creepy plastic spiders.
Adding an easy decoration to a store-bought cakes will make your guests think you put in a lot of effort. Simply transfer white frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small tip and pipe onto cake in a random pattern so that it resembles spiderwebs. Top with plastic spiders.
Spooky Tattered Curtains
Dotted Swiss fabric turns eerie when transformed into a torn and tattered curtain. Serve sinister lychee eyeball punch in a vintage battery glass and scatter silhouettes of rats, made from black craft paper, around the display.
Add layers of creepiness to a Halloween buffet with sticky looking spider webs and eerie black painted branches. Simply stretch fake spider web material across the buffet wall, wrapping it around and though branches that have been spray painted black.
Paper Silhouette Decor
Liven up a plain white mantel with layers of chilling Halloween-themed silhouettes made from black and red craft paper. The matron of the house dons an oversized paper witch hat, while extended family members carry pickaxes and show off bloody vampire teeth.
Bats fly around the scene and land on a garland made from black cording. Red flames lap from the fireplace while coiled snake andirons stand guard. Create a pumpkin cluster by cutting out silhouettes of family members. Attach them to a pumpkins with Mod Podge and trim with black cording or sewing trim.
Giant Balloon Spider Wall Decorations
What’s the opposite of curb appeal? That’s what you’ll get when you place an oversize arachnid on your front door.
Make the spider:
- For the body, blow up one large black balloon for the body and
one smaller black balloon for the head. Tie the two balloon knots together to form the spider.
- For the legs, wrap eight lengths of unfurled wire hanger or 12-gauge craft wire with black faux fur, holding in place with hot-glue. Twist ends of four lengths together, creating bundles of legs. Repeat with remaining four lengths.
- To assemble the spider, wrap a black pipe cleaner around twisted ends of leg bundles. Wrap pipe cleaner around “neck” of spider where balloons are tied together. Wrap fishing wire around leg to hang.
Vintage Harvest-Inspired Door
Your decor doesn’t have to be super scary. Pretty vintage pumpkin and harvest prints will still conjure up feelings of Halloween.
Make the Harvest Door: Download fall-themed vintage seed packets and print on 8 1/2- by 11-inch cream-colored paper. Adhere to door with double-sided tape. Add vintage crate planter and pumpkin doormat.
Time’s a ticking! Take a cue from the first Nancy Drew mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock, and deck the walls with new, vintage, and DIY’d clocks and keys. (Psst: Can you spot the ones made of paper?) For another thematic touch, decoupage pumpkins with photocopied pages from the series.
Can’t figure out what to put on your door? Get inspired by your favorite Halloween sweets—like candy corn.
Make the Candy Corn Door: Create a candy corn-inspired “quilt.” Paint wide stripes, using acrylic paint (we used orange, mustard, cranberry, and gray), on thick artist’s paper. Once dry, cut into equal-size triangles. Cut a 2-inch paper trim in a corresponding color. Attach to door using double- sided tape. Add whitewashed woven planters and “Lobster Rope” doormat.
Give treats the scary treatment. Display Cameo cookies in a wood box filled with store-bought Spanish moss. Nail a tag made from torn paper and stamped with a spooky crow silhouette to the box. Stamp glassine bags with a spider so guests can take cookies to enjoy later. To make the cookies, use a Cameo silhouette-shaped cookie cutter to cut the Cameo outline from slice-and-bake sugar cookie dough; bake as directed. Once cool, apply white royal icing to the portrait and “frame,” then coat with sparkling black sanding sugar, shaking off any excess.
We get the creepy crawlies just looking at this spider web wreath. Isn’t that the feeling you want all of your Halloween decorations to drum up?
Make the Wreath: Tie six pieces of white string across a 14-inch foam wreath form, making sure to loop each one at the midway point of the first piece attached to create a central point. (This is the base of the web and should have 12 “spokes.”) Tie a long piece of string to the center point; weave and loop from the center out to create the web. If you run out of string, tie another piece to the end and continue weaving. When you reach the wreath form, tie off at your ending point. Move the twine up and down to create uneven gaps in the web. Wrap the wreath form with white burlap ribbon and attach faux spiders with hot-glue. Loop a piece of white burlap ribbon around the form to hang.
Enter if you dare! This door decoration is perfect for anyone who’s looking to send chills down their guests’ spines.
Make the Door: Attach three precut 20- by 30-inch pieces of foam core together with spray adhesive. Attach a piece of black paper, cut to size, to the top piece of foam core using spray adhesive. Insert the rectangular piece of two 6-inch stainless steel T-hinges between the first and second pieces of foam core on one of the short sides; “screw” in place. Place a 6 1/2-inch handle on the opposite side; “screw” in place. Cover exposed edges of the foam core with silver duct tape, folding any excess to the back. Make two more doors.
Adhere to house door with heavy- duty self-adhesive Velcro. Cut five coffin shapes from black and gray kraft paper. Paint letters on gray coffins with red acrylic paint to spell “morgue” and attach to black coffins with double-sided tape. Hang a plastic chain above the door and attach coffin cutouts with hot-glue. Add plastic pedestal planter painted Titanium Silver by Rust-Oleum and “Swiss Cross” doormat.
Broomstick Door Décor
Welcome fellow witches with this coven-inspired broomstick door idea. It’s really simple to pull off if you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween design.
Make the Door: Drill a small hole in the handle of two large outdoor brooms. Hammer five small nails in front door. Hang two brooms, right sides up, through holes. Hang a third large broom and two small “witches brooms” by threading the bristles over the remaining three nails. Add black plastic Grecian urn planters and “Spirit Board” doormat.
Candy Wrapper Pumpkins
Show off your favorite candy by displaying it on your pumpkins. You can even go for a rustic look and select vintage candy wrappers.
Make the Pumpkins: Print copies of candy labels from Pinterest; cut into 1-inch strips. Attach to pumpkins using Mod Podge, working to line up the design as best as possible.
This wreath would definitely scare Dorothy away! We love the way this witch looks, but you can swap in a spooky symbol of your choice.
Make the Wreath: Cut 150 6-inch-long strips of 2-inch-wide black grosgrain ribbon. Fold the strips in half and attach them to a 16-inch foam wreath form with straight pins, layering them on top of each other to create a ruffle effect. Cut out a silhouette of a witch from black kraft paper. Attach it to the center of a 16-inch round clear piece of acrylic (amazon.com) with double-sided tape. Hot-glue the edges of the acrylic round to the back of the wreath form. Finish with a bow with long tails.
“Weigh” your Halloween candy haul with this creative scale. Although it doesn’t actually work, it’s another unique way to display your sweets.
Make the Scale: Cut a large hole in back of a medium pumpkin; scoop out pulp and seeds. Remove all flesh so it’s light enough to hang. Trace scale template on pumpkin, sizing up or down as needed. Etch out where indicated. Paint over remaining design with black oil pen. Attach peel-and-stick numbers. Drill holes in two sides of large ice scoop. Attach two equal lengths of chain with small S hooks. Attach third length to handle; attach to bottom of pumpkin with T-pins. Drill small hole in top of pumpkin. Cut a 1″ dowel the width of inside top of pumpkin. Tie rope around dowel, insert dowel in pumpkin, and feed rope through hole; hang.
Spook your guests with this fun wreath made of vintage masks. It’s really too easy to make!
Make the Wreath: Source colorful vintage paper masks from websites like Etsy and eBay—you will need 10 to 15 total. Attach to an 18-inch craft ring with a dab of hot-glue, layering and overlapping them as you go.
Witch’s Broom Chandelier
Add texture and ambience to your dining room with this wicked piece. Start with a plain broom, then fill mason jars with black sand and battery-operated black candles, and attach them to one side of the broom with black twine. Balance it out by adding a watchful faux feline on top of the other side with black wire.
Halloween Candy Wreath
This decoration is good enough to eat—seriously! Turn your candy into a delectable wreath that will delight your guests.
Make the Wreath: Gather an assortment of old-fashioned candies in autumnal shades such as yellow, orange, and magenta. Wrap a 14-inch foam wreath form in white ribbon. Attach candy with hot-glue, layering and overlapping as you go. Finish with a yellow burlap bow.
Pumpkin Candy Dispenser
We love when décor is both seasonal and functional. So put your pumpkin to good use by turning it into a unique candy dispenser.
Make the Dispenser: Trace the bottom of a glass bowl or storage container onto the front of a medium pumpkin. Cut out around tracing then scoop out pulp and seeds. Insert bowl, making the hole slightly bigger if necessary. Attach a piece of thick rope around the edge of the bowl with hot-glue. Fill bowl with candy.
Jack-O’-Lanterns in a Jiffy
Turn orange tissue-paper balls into proper Halloween pumpkins that can line your front porch. Simply cut facial features and stems from construction paper and apply to the balls with glue dots.
Give your guests the creeps from the moment they walk in with this black ensemble. Get the look by spraying a grapevine wreath with flat black paint, attaching cardboard crows all over, and then displaying your eerie masterpiece with patterned ribbon.
To call forth this gathering, use glue dots to stick construction-paper eyes and mouths onto white tissue-paper bells, then drape them with cheesecloth.
The secret behind this eerie wreath is a special folding method that makes cheap crepe paper streamers look oh-so-elegant.
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Let simple strands of black ribbon take flight as decorative nocturnal critters for your Halloween party.
Get the tutorial at In My Own Style.
Boo-yah for these easy garden ghouls, which you can DIY from a leftover tin can.
Get the tutorial at Chicken Scratch NY.
There’s no better way to play on the famed Macbeth quote this Halloween than with a DIY directional signpost. Keep things thematic with black and orange stripes and a faux raven watch guard at the top.
Get the tutorial at Mom Endeavors.
Give your neighbors a light fright with these outdoor “cages,” simply made from stacked plastic laundry baskets. For the full spooky effect, stash a few skeletons inside.
Get the tutorial at The Navage Patch.
This DIY candy corn garland encourages snacking, so you better buy an extra big bag of the Halloween treats this year!
To make: Thread monofilament fishing line onto a needle and poke it through the candies, avoiding areas where the colors meet — corn can break at those points. Hang on a mantel or a staircase using cloth tape.
Display this boo-tiful Halloween banner on an empty wall or bookshelf, or make an even larger version to hang above your mantel.
Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.
Double Double Toil and Trouble Banner
Send your kids out to the backyard to find the perfect branch to use for this quick Halloween project. From there, just add twine and the designed sign, and this piece is ready to go.
Get the tutorial at Eighteen25.
DIY Halloween “Eek” Marquee Sign
This DIY Halloween sign is so “eeking” cute, you’re bound to get compliments from everyone who stops by.
Get the tutorial at Lolly Jane.
DIY Halloween Candy Door Hanger
Make the countdown to Halloween even more fun by hanging this candy-packed piece in your kitchen or entryway. Treat yourself to a bite every day it’s on display!
Get the tutorial at Cherished Bliss.
DIY Bat Branch Centerpiece
Backyard twigs and branches form an easy base for this bat centerpiece.
Get the tutorial at The Sweetest Occasion.
Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Confetti Jars
Use Mason jars to store your spider sparklers, unicorn tears, and bat kisses—but with a twist. Layer each one with a coat of glow-in-the-dark Mod Podge and turn out the lights (then beware of things that go bump in the night!).
Get the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.
DIY Halloween Spiderweb Tablecloth
Light up your mantel with this metallic skull candle holder that’s equal parts elegant and spooky.
Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.
DIY Halloween Garlands
One, two, or all three of these Halloween garlands will liven up your mantel, kitchen island, entryway, or buffet table.
Get the tutorial at No Biggie.
Origami Halloween Lights
Repurpose a string of white Christmas lights for Halloween with this easy project. Use orange paper to craft little jack-o’-lanterns or white paper to make adorable ghosts.
Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.
If you’re looking for a simple and refined DIY decoration for your house this Halloween, look no further!
Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.
Use ebony tapers to spook up a beautiful candelabra.
Keep up ghostly appearances with this witty reflection. Draw a figure on the back of a sheet of frosted window film. Cut out the silhouette, as well as its eyes and mouth, with an X-Acto knife. Apply the film to a mirror, smoothing as you go.
Take typical harbingers of good cheer to the dark side. This shadowy floral arrangement is made from inexpensive crepe-paper streamers.
Get the tutorial.
DIY Skull Candle Holder
With a little spray paint and a hot glue gun, you can turn plastic skulls and two terracotta saucers into a candle holder that screams Halloween.
Get the tutorial at Endlessly Inspired.
Even your booze needs decorating. Paste on printable wine tags with double-sided tape to make this clever bottle craft.
Get the tutorial at Muslin and Merlot.
Jack-o’-Lantern Halloween Topiary
This top-notch topiary can be crafted with cheap dollar store plastic pumpkins.
Get the tutorial at Tatertots and Jello.
Ghost Lollipop Bouquet
Drape white cotton over lollipop candies, tie with twine, and paint on black eyes for this ghostly edible centerpiece.
Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.
You can create these beautiful, dramatic spider webs out of black garbage bags.
Get the tutorial at How About Orange.
Painted Candy Corn Pots
Use white, orange, and yellow acrylic paint to create these candy corn cuties perfect to fill with Halloween treats.
Get the tutorial at Live Laugh Rowe.
Make your own creepy menagerie by spray painting plastic or ceramic animals and adding red glitter or glow-in-the dark paint to their eyes.
Get the tutorial at Making Lemonade.
Spooky Halloween Party Cups
Use stick-on googly eyes to easily turn ordinary black plastic cups into cute monster creations.
Get the tutorial at Homemaking Hacks.
With two beach balls and a Sharpie, you can make your greenery come to life. And it’s always fun to spook the neighbors.
Get the tutorial at The Princess and The Frog.
Dress your door in the spirit of October 31 with googly eyes, a sheet of felt, and black glitter foam.
Get the tutorial at The Paper Mama.
Draw on spray painted skulls for some chilling decor fit for your mantel.
Get the tutorial at Pretty Life Girls.
Pumpkin Balloon Piñata
Fill these pumpkin piñatas with candy and hand out to trick-or-treaters for a fun-filled goody they’ll be eager to break open.
Get the tutorial at The Gunny Sack.
Make washing your hands a scary affair. Simply add Halloween items to your favorite hand soap—we suggest small pumpkin, bats, eyeballs, or spiders—and stir with skewers.
Get the tutorial at Little Bins For Little Hands.
Boo Sign Halloween Door Decoration
You’ll need black spray paint and lots of black glitter to make this sparkly front door decor.
Get the tutorial at The Pinning Mama.
Tissue Paper Pumpkin Party Favors
These fun bundles are easy to make with orange tissue paper and green tape. Cut the tissue paper into circles, place your favorite assorted candy in the center, and gather the edges until you’ve pinched together a perfect pumpkin. Wrap green tape around the twisted end of the pumpkin top.
Get the tutorial at One Little Project.
DIY Chalkboard Tombstones
You can build your own tombstones for under $20 using a template, saw, plywood, and chalkboard paint. Apply three coats and get creative.
Get the tutorial at Rogue Engineer.
Light Fixture Halloween Moon
This October, bring something eerie into your home. Using a sponge and putty-colored craft paint, generously blot the interior of the light fixture. Trace and cut out a flying witch figure from thick, black paper and secure to the light.
Get the tutorial at Sadie Seasongoods.
These potion vessels are sure to spook your guests.
Get the tutorial at Crafty in Crosby.
Glow Stick Broomsticks
These hassle-free crafts are made from glow sticks, twine, scissors, kraft and construction paper, and double-sided tape.
Get the tutorial at One Little Project.
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