Whether you caught the DIY bug from creating homemade Halloween costumes for your kids, putting together pretty decorated pumpkins, or you’re getting crafty for the first time, these homemade Halloween decorations make it easy to trick out your house for the holiday inexpensively but without looking cheap.
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Raid your recycling bin to make these glass ghosts in four easy steps: First, remove labels and caps from bottles (we used Perrier ones here). Spray-paint them white, then draw faces on with black marker. Finally, throw in colorful straws for cute centerpieces.
Cups look creepy when sitting on these spindly saucers. Hook five bobby pins onto a 3/8-inch flat metal washer. Then, wrap twine around and thread through each bobby pin. Spray-paint everything white for that ghoulish look, and scatter small toy spiders around the table.
Todayâs Creative Blog gives a creepy twist to the cute woodland world. After you search the backyard for twigs, moss, and rocks, scour the house for small Halloween-themed decorations like skulls and scary birds. Then, build your scene on an upside-down lid of a Mason jar. When your miniature landscape looks complete, screw the jar onto the lid and place in the window or next to your front door in lieu of a pumpkin.
Creepy Wall Hangings
The Graphics Fairy makes Halloween decorating easier with three free printables and a simple technique to transfer the images directly onto fabric using your regular printer. (Make sure you have a full black ink cartridge.) Wooden embroidery hoops come from the craft store for under $2. If fabric hangings arenât your thing, pop images into frames and hang them up around the house.
Cheap and cheerful: Draw spooky faces on empty, clean gallon milk jugs, then fill with white holiday lights to decorate your porch or walkway with a ghostly Halloween glow.
Wicked Witch Candy Dish
Turn a pair of old heels into a bewitching candy bowl. Wrap the heels in cheap sparkly paper, then decorate and fill with Halloween treats.
Hanging Bats and Ghosts
Kids can help turn egg cartons into bat decorations; just cut, paint, and add googly eyes. Make cute, cheap Halloween ghosts by painting leaves white, then drawing a spooky face with a marker.
For cheap jack-o-lantern decorations that will last past Halloween, cover clean, empty jars with orange construction paper or tissue paper. Add features with black construction paper, then pop in a tea candleâwith flames, or battery-operatedâand watch your “pumpkin” glow.
To give the classic lantern a new look, do like Amy from Postively Splendid and spray your pumpkins with white paint before wrapping them in strips of lace. No lace fabric handy? Try using a thick lace headband, or cut a strip of lace stocking and fit around the widest part of the pumpkin.
Candy Corn Garland
Using paint chips in shades of yellow and orange, you can knock out these cheap candy corn garland decorations—sweet! Another idea: turn the paint cards into mini jack-o-lantern shapes.
Make a ghostly wreath decoration with cheap white felt ghosts and a black bow. You can spray your wreath gray or black, or leave it natural. Even sweeter: Wrap lollipops in tissues to make ghostly Halloween treats, then cover a wreath by tucking under a ribbon or attaching with glue.
Candy Corn Vases
Set the scene with cheap candy corn vases by decorating a Halloween table, windowsill, or mantel. Simply spray clean, empty bottles with orange, yellow, and white paint.
You don’t need to spend much money in decorating your home for the Halloween. Use your creativity and imagination to make it be more fun and exciting.
Did You Know?
Halloween, is also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes.