Halloween is right around the corner, and it's always fun to make your house festive for this spooky season. Though ready-made Halloween decorations are convenient, their costs can add up pretty quickly. That's why it can be entertaining as well as economical to craft your own DIY Halloween decor. With just a few simple items from your house and some creativity, you can make these easy crafts to dress up your home. If you have children at home, these crafts are simple enough that your kids can join in the fun. Check out these best DIY Halloween decor ideas.
For this craft, all you need are some scissors, string, a needle, and some old kids' t-shirts. First, thread a needle and tie a knot at the end. Make sure to double- or triple-knot the thread so that it is visibly wider than the thread itself. Next, cut circles that are 4 inches in diameter from an old white T-shirt. You may also want to cut tiny holes for the eyes or use a black marker to create that same effect. If you want to up the spooky factor, use a glow-in-the-dark fabric marker. Then, string the thread in the direct center of these circles to create cute hanging ghosts. To create even more volume on the ghost’s heads, string the thread through a cotton ball first.
These little decorations can be hung up in a series on a string or enjoyed individually. All you need to do is tape the string end of the string you threaded through the ghost onto a surface such as a ceiling or a wall. No old shirts on hand? Try using some worn-out pillowcases or head to your nearest craft store for some discounted fabric remnants. Given that you will cutting the fabric up anyway, you don’t need to spend more on full yards of fabric.
To make your home the right amount of spooky, set up your outdoor trick-or-treat station with some easy DIY spiderwebs. All you need is a pack or two of cotton balls, which you can purchase from your local drug store. Gently pull the cotton balls apart and wrap their “strings” around your outdoor furniture so that your chairs and tables look discreetly covered in spiderwebs.
For an extra fun touch, make some paper cutouts of black spiders and put them onto the cotton webs. You can add black pipe-cleaner legs if you’re feeling particularly creative. If you don’t have the time, many craft stores sell bags of plastic spiders in October; buy one and distribute the spiders around the web to create a creepy-crawly effect.
To make your furniture fit for the season, take black bed sheets and put them over a hallway table. Then, top this space with all your favorite Halloween decorations, such as pumpkins, bats, a cup with googly eyes, creepy plastic bugs, and more. Whether you plan on greeting trick-or-treaters at the door or hosting a party at your house, this highly visible area serves as a welcome station to set the mood for Halloween fun.
Having candy on display is a fun Halloween tradition. Make the candy jars extra fun by attaching silly monster eyes, mouths, and eyebrows to them. You can also apply this same technique to serving bowls and vases around the house. In fact, it’s an easy way to dress up your home for the holiday and convert pieces that would otherwise be difficult to make into something spooky. If you don’t want to use glue, double-sided tape or mounting putty works just as well as an adhesive for your monster face parts.
To make your monster faces, just get a pack of construction paper and cut out the shapes and colors you want for the desired effect. If you want more of a 3D effect, pick up some squares of felt or craft fur and a package of googly eyes. Don’t forget to don some sweatpants to stay extra warm and comfortable while you get creative.
To make a Halloween doormat, you don’t need to spend a lot. Head to your nearest thrift store and find an old doormat or bath mat. Make sure it’s a solid color and made of a material that can hold acrylic paint well. Then, get some old sponges and cut them into stamps shaped like bats, pumpkins, ghosts, and more. Select the acrylic paint colors of your choice, dip your stamps into the paint, and apply them to your doormat to create a fun and festive welcome area. If you want to up the wow factor and some cool nighttime effects, use black-light paint and swap out your regular porch or door lightbulb for a black-light bulb. Be sure to give your mat at least a day to fully dry so nobody tracks paint into your home!
By following these DIY Halloween decor ideas, you can transform any space for the spooky season.