A list of 5 easy DIY decorations for Halloween.

5 DIY Decorations for Halloween

It is Halloween – time to decorate!

Halloween is such a fun time to decorate. There are no limits and you can just go crazy! I made a list of 5 DIY Halloween decorations that you can make simply at home. These crafts are easy enough for a novice to make, and even the kids can join in.

Buying decorations can become quite expensive, so making your own is a nice cost-effective alternative. I also think that making you own gives you a lot more creative freedom, because you are not restricted simple to what is in stock, or what is available.

Trash bag Spider webs

Found over at Fast Forward Fun, here.

So easy and so effective! I will be making a few of these and one will definitely go into our glass sliding door!

You will need:

  • Black Paper bag
  • Silver/White sharpie
  • Scissors

What to do:

  1. Trim the edges off of the sides and bottom of your trash bag so that you have 2 rectangles (keep them together so that you can cut both at once).
  1. Fold them into a triangle, and cut off the excess so that you have a perfect square.
  1. Fold into a smaller triangle, and then again into another smaller triangle.
  1. Now, fold once more to make a cone shape (you will have excess trash bag on the bottom).
  1. Tape the side of the bag that is open with tape that is easy to remove (I used painter’s tape) so that it will be easier to cut.
  1. Cut the excess plastic off of the bottom of your “cone” in a curved shape that resembles the outer edges of the spider web.
  1. Use a permanent marker (gold works well) to draw the pattern shown below. You’re basically drawing long thick rectangles, only slightly curved to match the shape of the half-moon at the bottom.
  1. Cut out your markings, and then remove the tape.
  1. Unfold the bags and pull them apart, revealing 2 trash bag spider webs. Hang them on the wall or in front of a window with clear tape.

Take a look over at Fast Forward Fun here; for some more tips and a instructional video.

Swarming Bat Wall Décor

Found over at Made Everyday, here.

This is absolutely gorgeous!! Never mind just for Halloween, I’m thinking falling leaves for autumn and snowflakes for winter! They take a bit of time, because you need quite a few to achieve the desired look. But they are well worth it.

You will need:

  • Black cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape (for sticking to the walls)

What to do:

  1. First download a free template HERE.  Then print the page from your home computer, cut it out, and now you have a pattern piece.
  1. Use  black cardstock or construction paper. I found a packet of all-black cardstock (50 sheets) at Walmart for $4.
  1. Fold the cardstock/paper in half and lay the bat template “on the fold” as indicated on the template.
  1. Cut out your bats! Don’t bother with tracing–that takes way too long. Just hold the pattern on there as you cut. Doesn’t need to be exact.

Paper Mice Decorations

Found over at Martha Stewart, here.

These mice decorations work especially well if you have a staircase (as shown on Martha Stewart website in the photos). We don’t have stairs, but I’ll be using these guys in the kitchen – on the counters and under the cupboards. I love the effect they give and know my kids are going to love them as well.

You will need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • Mice templates

What to do:

  1. Print templates
  1. Trace the shapes onto black construction paper, and cut out.
  1. Mount as desired with masking tape.

Haunted House Silhouettes.

Found over at Makezine, here.

These give an amazing effect, I love it! They might get a bit costly though if you have a big house with lots of windows. I’m thinking of only doing the windows that will be seen by other people.

You will need:

  • 100 Yard role of inexpensive black paper
  • White chalk pencil
  • Scissors
  • Silhouette templates

What to do.

  1. Draw the full size silhouette onto the black paper.
  1. Cut out the silhouette with scissors
  1. Attach to windows with tape.

Pebble Monsters

Found over at Morning Creativity, here.

I love these, they are so cute! And they are a creat projects for the little ones to join in on. I know my Zoey will be having lots of fun with this one! I’m thinking of making quite a few, and then putting them in a basket with a sign that reads ‘Adopt Me’. These will then go outside our front door, for all visiting kiddos.

You will need:

  • Pebbles, can be found at the beach or you can buy some at e.g. Michaels
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Self-Adhesive Eyes (Or glue-on eyes and glue)
  • A paint brush
  • A sponge
  • A paint brush
  • A sticker which will be used as a tooth template
  • A utility knife
  • A sharpie

What to do:

  1. Paint the pebbles. You’ll probably need at least 2 layers.
  1. Fasten the eyes
  1. Cut out a triangle from the sticker, fasten the sticker onto where you reckon the tooth will be and add a couple of layers of white paint using the sponge. If you are steady on the hand you can of course use a small brush and paint the teeth as well. I am not so steady, hence the sponge and sticker.
  1. Use the Sharpie to draw the mouth and to frame the teeth.

So that’s my list. But there are so many great DIY projects you can try to decorate your home! If you need some more inspiration, why not take a look at the following posts:

  • HGTV’s ‘Our 60 Favorite Halloween Decorating Ideas’, here.
  • DIY & Crafts’ ‘40 Easy to Make DIY Halloween Décor Ideas’, here.
  • Good Housekeepings’ ‘50+ Enchanting Halloween Decorating Ideas’, here.

So, happy crafting! Do you have some great DIY Halloween décor that you are making for this Halloween? Comment below and share your ideas with me.

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