Homemade Halloween Décor - Pumpkin Wreaths Decorations and More

Looking for inexpensive Halloween craft ideas this year? This year I'm into decorating with pumpkins - they're just so cute and they say "fall", not just halloween, so they can be used to decorate your home for the entire fall season.  I recently had a Halloween crafting play date with a neighbor and her kids, thinking that we’d have some fun making Halloween decorations with her kids and mine. Well, Julie (the mom) and I had a lot of fun “crafting” while the kids played and turned my house upside down!

We made these easy, adorable pumpkin decorations, which are great for either indoor decorating or as outdoor Halloween decorations.

Pumpkin Door Wreath - Here's What You'll Need:

  • A 16” Styrofoam wreath form (or any size you want to make – I chose the wreath form that’s half-round, but it’s not necessary)
  • Cardboard (we used cereal boxes from my recycle bin that we opened flat then cut to the required shape)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (low temp is best when using on Styrofoam)
  • Cotton batting
  • Orange burlap (or other orange fabric of your liking – I couldn’t find the burlap this year, so I used a cotton quilting fabric because it was the perfect pumpkin color)
  • Black craft foam (adhesive-backed, if you don’t want to use glue – I just used craft glue since I already had the regular black craft foam sheets)
  • Green ribbon
  • Fishing line

How To Make It:

Cut a cardboard circle to cover the back of the wreath form (don’t cut out the middle; you want it to be a solid circle) and attach it to the wreath with hot glue. Place it on a flat surface and fill the center of the wreath with the cotton batting until the top of the mound sits about 2 to 3 inches higher than the wreath. Cut the orange fabric into 3-inch strips, about 15 to 20 of them; they should be long enough to wrap around the top of the wreath and onto the cardboard backing (about 20” if using a 16” wreath form).

Glue one end of each strip (one at a time) to the cardboard back with the hot glue, then stretch the strip over the top and secure the other end to the cardboard. Repeat for each strip, working in a circular motion all the way around, until the wreath form is completely covered with the fabric.

Cut out facial features from the black craft foam and adhere to the rounded side of the wreath. Loop a 20” piece of green ribbon through the top strip of the wreath and tie consecutive knots to create the pumpkin’s stem. I used green yarn for this step because I forgot to buy the ribbon, but luckily I had this perfectly colored green yarn! Hang with fishing line, or from the stem ribbon.

Quick & Easy Paper Pumpkins - Here's What You'll Need:

  • Orange and green solid or patterned scrapbooking paper (you can also use construction paper)
  • Scissors or circle cutter (if you have one)
  • Glue

To Make the Paper Pumpkins:

Cut out 6 equal circles or ovals from matching paper and fold each in half – make sure your desired color or pattern is on the inside.  Glue one half-circle on top of another.  When all six are stacked, pull the top half circle around to meet the bottom half circle and glue together.

Cut a stem shape from green paper and attach it to the top of the pumpkin with glue.

These make adorable table-top decorations or you can make several in varying sizes and place them on your stairs (at the corners, of course!)  These are great because they’re foldable and so they store easy and you can use them year after year.


Spooky Halloween Decorations for Windows

Here are some great templates to use for decorating your windows to look “spooky” from the outside when backlit – just print them out and trace onto black construction paper, cut out and tape to inside of your windows.

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No-Carve Pumpkins!

For instructions on how to make these fun pumpkin decorations (above), click here.

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tammyfrost 7 years ago from Oregon

Wonderful halloween article! Nice Decorating tips.


Nelle Hoxie 7 years ago

This looks like so much fun! I don't have small children to craft with anymore, but I do have fond memories of the glue and glitter and paint at Halloween, Christmas, and Easter to name a few. Great ideas.


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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Thanks for all the great ideas. It is very much appreciated.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I really like these ideas. Most people just go out and buy their own decorations but these always stand out as being original. Thanks, Lily Rose!


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Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks Tammy, Breakfastpop, & Dohn - I love to craft, but haven't really done a whole lot over the past few years. Now that my girls are a little older, it'll be more fun to get back into it.

@Nelle - these were actually intended to be done with our small children, but it was the grown-ups that ended up doing it all and having fun doing it!

Thanks for visiting.


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dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

Nice job, Lilly Rose. You are great for staying on a topic. Your visuals and pics are great. I, too, like the self-help, do-it-yourself ideas you give out. There may be a day in the not to far future when people will have to go back to making their own stuff, including costumes and clothing. I hope it doesn't happen. Don White


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wordscribe43 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Oh, how fun! I love Halloween. I really like that wreath, too. I don't know why, but I always go full boar with making Christmas decorations, but never do that with Halloween. I BUY decorations (naughty me). Of course, we are crazy about pumpkin carving, though. Maybe I will be more creative this year since I won't be spending so much effort on the kids costumes. My 11 year old is "going as herself"... she's growing up. Weep, weep...


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

I love Halloween and all the decorations and there are a lot of fun and easy ones to do with the kids. Christmas decorations can be more fun because you get to display them longer; Halloween is too short-lived!

This year, I have a leopard princess (she's almost 4) and a "nice" witch (she's 5).

Thanks for stopping by, Wordscribe!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up and awesome! Lily, you are so creative. I saw that you are fighting cancer. So sorry friend. Stay strong and I will keep you in my praires. I promise you that.


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Lily Rose 5 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks for your comment, thelyricwriter. I'm actually done fighting cancer - I won! I've been officially cancer free now for a little more than a year and I pray that it will stay that way!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

These are fun ideas! I'm glad I ran across this hub. I'm completing a hub on pumpkin recipes, but I'll just have to link to this. I love your pumpkin wreath and how awesome that you included the traceable patterns - lots of kiddos will have fun with those! Thanks for sharing this. :)


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Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast Author

Thank you for your nice comment! I love crafting and Halloween always seems like the most fun crafting time. I have a lot of new ideas this year...will have to take the time to add them in!

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