It’s already that time of year! You know, when we decorate our homes with ugly, terrifying Halloween decorations. I love it! I try not to be too distasteful, but there is just something strangely fun about having creepy things dressing up my home; even if I only get one month!
My kids enjoy the projects more than anything, so I try to make a few things every year from home. Although I enjoy being all artsy and stuff, I also like quick and easy. It should be FUN, right!? I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite DIY Homemade Halloween decorations that the adults and kids will love! They are all pretty painless but also very effective.
Toilet paper rolls and glow sticks? Well, yes, if you want to scare all of the cute little trick-or-treaters. Of course you do. Just hide them in your bushes, shrubs and trees, and watch as your glowing eyes terrorize the neighborhood.
What better way to give your trees a little personality? The hardest part of this project is getting them up in the tree (that’s what husbands are for), but the rest is quick and easy! Just go check out Anna’s Instructions and link to where you can buy the white beach balls.
What’s Halloween without bloody handprints all over your windows and mirrors? Make them yourself with Elmer’s glue and red food coloring! They cling to just about any smooth surface. I like this idea for the inside of a glass front door and surrounding windows. Creepy!
Quite impressive, I must say! Yarn, double sided tape and Karen’s hilarious instructions are all you need to pull off this faux spider web. Oh, and maybe a few spiders, too.
You’ve already got the lamp, so why not add a few silhouettes to spruce up your Halloween decor? It really doesn’t get much easier or cheaper than this! And, you probably already have the supplies on hand.
Adorable in the day AND night! These mini ghost lights are constructed with a strand of white lantern lights covered in white fabric. They almost look like something you could buy at Pottery Barn. I love the way they turned out!
Now, THIS is an entrance fit for Halloween. The project is fairly simple with very few supplies, but just look at how effective it is! When attached to an archway, it gives the appearance that you’re entering a monster’s mouth. Very cool!
Poke a styrofoam ball through the top of a white or green tall garden/fence stake or spray painted dowel, and then cover it with white fabric or cheesecloth. Lightweight fabric will pick up in the wind more, giving them the illusion that they’re dancing. If your fabric is on the sheer side, you might want to use a couple of layers.
Make several of them and place them in a circle with the fabric corners tied together. You can secure the fabric over the styrofoam with hot glue and a few white push pins in the very top for extra security. They look really cool dancing around a tree or faux fire pit!
Made from black craft foam and fishing line so they’ll withstand even the wettest of weather! Hang several of them in a tree for a spooky little bat colony in your front or back yard. It’s simple enough that the kids can do most of the project themselves.
Candles are one of the easiest ways to add a festive atmosphere to any home for just about any occasion. Round up a few jars and get creative with paint, tissue paper, decoupage, tape and permanent markers. You can easily make them to match your Halloween decor, and the kids will really enjoy making them with you!
Customize your own Halloween door mat with just about any stencil! You can spruce up an old door mat or buy one with a blank canvas. Just surround it with a few pumpkins, and you’ve added a touch of subtle festivity to your front porch.
Start Halloween night off right by greeting your trick-or-treaters with a huge black spider! I like this idea for a large shrub or bush covered in spider webbing. A milk jug, black tape and pipe insulation is all you need to make this eight legged friend.
Tips: You can also use spray painted styrofoam balls in place of the milk jug (one large for the body and one a little smaller for the head). Glue feathers from a black boa all over the body to make it hairy. You can find them at most fabric stores.
I’m not suggesting that you paint your door green, but this Frankenstein door is too cool! The project itself will cost you under a buck, and for the ease and low cost, it sure does create a big impact!
You don’t even have to bother leaving the house for this super cute and thrifty Halloween craft. A few black trash bags and scissors will do the trick! They look really cool hanging in front of the window, and I’m sure they create a nice silhouette in the window at night.
Place these little critters running along your baseboards, adorning your staircase, and running up the walls! Just black paper and double sided tape! Check out the template from Martha Stewart below.
If you want something that really stands out this Halloween, window silhouettes are easy and really impressive! You can purchase them at party stores or make your own cut-outs on black paper or cardboard. I purchased a few of these a couple of years ago, and after it’s attached to the window with a bit of tape, that’s all you have to do is turn your lights on! I’m going to do some experimenting on the windows by my front door this year with black birds and tree branches.
All of these adorable Halloween Decorations are cheap to buy and easy to create! Make this a fun, craft night with your kid(s).