If you’re hosting a Halloween party this season, planning the food, decor, and activities for the evening can seem overwhelming. One simple way to cut down on this stress is to make all of your decorations yourself. DIY decor is the perfect opportunity to put your creativity to work, save some cash, and get the whole family involved in a fun Fall activity. And if you need some creative inspiration, look no further than these simple DIYs.
One of the simplest DIY decorations you can pull off are homemade poison bottles. Save any empty glass bottles that would otherwise be headed to the trash- both wine and soda bottles will work. Remove any labels and clean them.
Coat the bottle in a layer of mod podge. After drying, paint the glass with black acrylic paint. While the paint dries, print spooky vintage looking labels for potions and elixirs. These labels can then be affixed to your painted bottle using mod podge. The end results are delightfully creepy bottles of “poison” that can be displayed throughout your home.
Creepy Cute Cheesecloth Ghosts
No Halloween party is complete without a visit from some friendly ghosts. For these DIY ghosts, you’ll need:
- A bowl
- Black felt
Start by adding a small bit of air to the balloons and affixing them to the tops of the bottles. Next, mix half parts glue and water in a bowl. Saturate the cheesecloth in the mixture. Drape the cheesecloth over the balloon and let dry overnight. In the morning, you’ll have a ghost shape ready for some black felt eyes and a spot in your yard next to the chair covers.
Spooky Spider Webs
After making your ghosts, you can use the leftover cheesecloth for some spook-tacular spiderwebs to adorn your front porch. This DIY is as simple as using scissors to cut a web shape and then pulling on the cheesecloth to create texture.
All that’s left to do is drape the webs on bushes or hang them on your front door with the help of hooks. Be sure the web is well secured on your door, as Fall winds can blow away any accessories without a strong anchor.
A Wreath That Watches You
This spooky spin on a traditional holiday wreath is a craft that’s as easy to make as it is creepy. To pull this DIY off, you will need:
- A floral foam wreath
- Ping pong balls
- Hot glue
Use markers to draw an eye on each ping pong ball. Next, glue the “eyes” onto the wreath, starting from the center and moving out. You can then tie a ribbon from the top of the wreath for an easy way to hang this watchful wreath on your front door.
Stacked Pumpkin Statue
Plastic pumpkins are everywhere you look in the Halloween season. Pick up a few at the store and get ready to DIY a pumpkin stack that will greet your party guests at the door. Your supplies should include:
- 3 plastic pumpkins
- Hot glue gun
- Garden stones
Start by cutting the handles off of each pumpkin. Place the garden stones in the bottom pumpkin to keep the stack anchored. Using the glue gun, glue the pumpkins together, one on top of the other. Place the stack on your Autumnal front porch for maximum visibility.
If you’ve got little ones who want to get in on the DIY action, toilet paper roll bats are the way to go. For this craft, gather up:
- Black construction paper
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Black paint
- Googly eyes
Fold in the ends of the rolls and paint them black. Cut the construction paper into the shape of bat wings and glue the roll to the center of each pair of wings. Finish them off with a pair of googly eyes for some adorably spooky bats.
Mummify Your Front Door
Mummies are a classic Halloween costume that even your front door can get in on. Starting from the top, wrap white crepe paper around the door. Once you’ve reached the bottom, wrap another layer going in the opposite direction. Secure the top and bottom edges with double sided tape.
You can even cut out construction paper eyes and a mouth for an extra touch of spookiness for your front door decor.
Creepy Crawly Terrarium
DIY Halloween terrariums are the perfect way to incorporate sustainability into your Halloween decor scheme. Use clean, empty food jars to house some creepy foliage and creatures, such as toy spiders or bugs.
Floral foam covered in craft moss is the best foundation for your terrarium. Glue the foam to the inside of the jar lid and place your decorations on top of the moss. Screw the upside down jar to the lid base. Place the terrariums throughout your home and backyard among the patio furniture covers.
Witch Hat Luminary
Nothing adds ambiance to a Halloween celebration quite like moody lighting. A simple way to pull this off is with witch hat luminaries that appear to magically float. You’ll need:
- A few costume store witch hats
- Fishing line
- LED light sticks
- Safety pins
Start by stringing 2-3 feet of fishing line through the needle. Poke the needle through the top of the witch hat and tie the line around a safety pin. Attach your LED light to the safety pin. On the other end of the line, tie a loop. You can then hang this loop from your hooks.
Spiders are the perfect creepy accessory for your Halloween party- if they’re fake, that is! Making your own spiders is simple. Use a styrofoam sphere painted black as the body, and black pipe cleaners as the legs.
Stick 4 pipe cleaners on either side of the sphere and bend them into leg shapes. Stick on some leftover googly eyes from the toilet paper roll bat and you’ve got a whole crew of creepy spiders to hide in every nook and cranny, from your mantle to your umbrella covers or vehicle covers.