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Halloween Decorations: Best Scary Do it Yourself DIY Crafts

Updated on August 24, 2012
A pet crow for Halloween
A pet crow for Halloween | Source
Line the jar with American Moss or other craft cover
Line the jar with American Moss or other craft cover | Source
Place the grow on a perch inside of the jar
Place the grow on a perch inside of the jar | Source

Pet Crow

A pet crow in a jar is a scary and unique addition to your Halloween décor and looks fabulous on a book shelf. When lit it looks like something out of an Edgar Allen Poe poem.

Supplies:


-One glass jar with a lid (this is a triangular recycled milk glass canister with a cork top I found at Goodwill for $1.00)

-A handful of American Moss or other moss or greenery

-One crow floral pick. I embellished this crow with iridescent purple glitter paint so it stands out in the light

-Driftwood or a stick for a perch

-One string of battery operated lights. Flame less votive candles can be used at the bottom of the jar.


Instructions:


Place the moss in the bottom of the jar. Glue crow to the perch with super glue and add it to the jar. Add lights to the jar. You can also place the light under the lid of the jar.

Set your pet crow on a book shelf or table and enjoy.

Milk Jug Jack O' Lanters

Milk Jug Jack O' Lanterns are an easy and inexpensive way to add light and décor to your porch and walkways during Halloween. Draw a festive face on each jug with a permanent marker. You can add flame less tea lights or a string of battery operated string lights for instant decor!

Bloody Shower Curtain

For chilling indoor décor, nothing is scarier than a bloody shower curtain reminicent of the one featured in the movie "Psycho." This curtain of terror can be purchased pre made in Halloween stores for about $20 each. These can easily be made for less than $5. Purchase a plain shower curtain liner from a store like Walmart. Use red paint or fake Halloween blood to create hand prints and blood splatter on the curtain. It is ready to hand and scare your guests. Make sure the painted side of the curtain is facing out when hanging or the paint will run in the shower.

Glow in the Dark Lanterns

For instant color, illumination, and interest, make your own glowing lanterns. These lanterns are created from Glow Sticks. Break the seal on the glow stick to activate the solution inside. Carefully cut open one end of a Glow Stick (available at Walmart and the Dollar Tree). Dump the solution into clear jars. Shake and swirl the jars so the solution creates an interesting pattern. Use several different colors for a festive scene. The effect will last about 4 hours. These lantern provide a great safe way to light a path for younger trick or treaters.

Cannibal Pumpkin Man

Instead of making a standard jack o' lantern, make a giant Cannibal Pumpkin Man to scare trick or treaters and your neighbors. To make this tower of terror, stack three large pumpkins on top of each other. The top pumpkin will be the head. Carve a scary face. This pumpkin is holding the remains of another disassembled pumpkin. You can add your own creative ideas to make a yard design that will have your neighborhood talking.

Cover yard and garden tools with fake blood for a scary effect
Cover yard and garden tools with fake blood for a scary effect
Fake Blood is available in craft stores and special Halloween Stores such as Spirit
Fake Blood is available in craft stores and special Halloween Stores such as Spirit

Bloody Chainsaw and Other Fun Tools

To make a scary massacre scene that scares older kids and adults, fake blood on power equipment and yard tools does the trick. Use fake blood on chainsaws, hammers, axes, picks, and shovels and set them out in plain view. This is an inexpensive way to create terror and a memorable trick or treat experience.

If you are a hard core Halloween enthusiasts, you can elaborate on this idea by getting a free processed cow or pig carcass from your butcher. Display the carcass with the bloody yard tools or hang it from a tree.

Ghost with Glowing LED Eyes

A ghost with glowing eyes is a scary Halloween craft that is easy, inexpensive, and quick to make. Purchase a Styrofoam ball from a craft store. Insert two battery operated LED Lights (you can also insert two flame less votive candle holders) into the ball. Add white fabric such as a sheet or shower curtain over the ball. Cut a tiny hole in the back of the fabric where a hanger can be inserted. Hang your ghost in a desired location.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by Marylyn. Hubpages has so much to offer. :)

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      Marylyn Burroughs 4 years ago

      Tammy,... I love your all your,... Fall ideas. Plus, now I'm using ,...The HubPages, Site. I love the Art, Entertainment, Photography, plus, Home and Design, ideas. Astronamy, Science. Just plan everything, I can learn, by using, this Great Hubpages, Site! Thanks, Mary-Lyn.,

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Poetvix. I hope your class enjoys making these projects.

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I have to say, I admire your creative streak and your frugal nature. These are affordable as well fun looking to make. Tammy, you just planned three of the projects my class is about to make for Halloween decorations in a few weeks! Thanks bunches for project ideas I can afford to buy the supplies for.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Busted Lord De Cross. Let us know if we should come bail you out. :)

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Tammy You can add an extra poll widget for the Halloween hardcores, so you won't loose the other votes. Yikes! The police is outside. I didn't do nothing..! Toodles!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks destiny17!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I know so many people who would choose that option Hecate. There are many, many hardcore Halloween lovers out there. I love your suggestion. :)

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      Karen Beth 5 years ago from Florida

      Good ideas! Thanks

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      hecate-horus 5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Great hub...but I think you should add one opinion on the poll: "All of the above, and Halloween IS my religion" :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Lol Lord! Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Can't wait for halloween and scare some people with my own costume(jk) Still amazed by your crafting Tammy!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Sharyn. Aww.. I bet you think of your Mom when you see the crow. That is a cute story. :)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      These are great ideas Tammy. My Mom used to have this huge black crow attached to the railing going up to the front door on Halloween. That darn thing really scared so many kids. My mom has been gone a long time now, but we still have that crow and he's hanging under the patio awning. He stays there all year. Fun ideas, I like the shower curtain idea too.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Iswaryaa22. It is always great to learn about traditions in other parts of the world. I appreciate you stopping by and your kind comments.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! A smart list of ideas! Seems that with each hub, you are getting more and more creative! The crow reminds me of the film 'Omen Part 2'! The Psycho-inspired curtain idea is brilliant and so are Milk Jug Jack 'O' Lanterns, Chainsaw equipments, Cannibal Pumpkin Man and Ghost with glowing LED eyes! Halloween is not as widely celebrated in my country as several other countries but it is popular among youngsters here. They threw Halloween-themed parties and dressed up as vampires, zombies, devils, famous scary film characters, etc. An entertaining hub with fun suggestions! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting barbergirl28. Before I had my little one my family used to go all out for Halloween too. I am glad you found some useful information here.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I love the cannibal pumpkin man... sadly, I don't think it is something that I would be able to do. Even in October it is too hot here for us to keep that up for very long before it completely rots out. I also love the bloody shower curtain. I am definitely doing that this year. We used to always throw Halloween parties so we have lots of decorations. My husband is a halloween enthusiast so we have lots and lots of decorations!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much TToombs! Sometimes the store bought stuff looks junky on top of being over priced. Thanks for reading. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Tammy, I adore these ideas! Great job on making decorating for Halloween exciting yet cost effective! Wonderful ideas and I'll be using several, if not all of these! :) Thank you! VUMS!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting RealHouseWife. It sounds like a good celebration at your house. I appreciate your visit.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I LOVE Hallows Eve! My daughter's BD is 10/26 and the other girl is 7/1 - so we usually try to combine the holiday with a birthday party of some kind.

      The only party I really enjoyed having here was the Halloween Party and costume contest. Oh and the Pinata - one daddy learned the hard way why you don't try to HOLD the Pinata while the kid swings the bat:) haha!

      Maddy and I are going to try to make the Crow in the jar and the glow in the dark lanterns! We both love it!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Awww shucks mamm! I have a hodgepode of things laying around everywhere. When I was in my own house I kept it decorated mostly in a modern nautical theme. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A little early but useful nevertheless to prep for the season. The ghost one is my favorite, especially since the price of LEDs are now cheap. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tammy...Oh how I wish I was the artsy, craftsy type,,,but alas, I am not....except I do like to sew. That's about it! Your craft articles are always so great and I just know your home is decorated beautifully! All my friends who are into these talents know exactly how to do a room to perfection!! UP++++

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Ruchira!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      great ideas, Tammy.

      My fav were the jack o lanterns from milk jars and glow in the dark jars.

      voted up and sharing it across

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much cclitgirl. I appreciate that!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much for you're always creative and spirited comments. Yeah.. where is our spunky red headed author??? Thanks for visiting!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      I voted for the milk jug jack-o-lanterns. Such a simple idea, but it packs a lot of power! What a fun hub! I am pinning it. :) I just love your "crafty" hubs - I always learn so much.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      I feel like the grinch on a summer swimsuit. That waco... I wanted to cannibalized that Pumpkin cannibal, to see if maybe he can run away from me with no batteries. Would've used my own chainsaw. Good ideas Tammy! Maybe aour Congressmen can use shredded bills that were not passed, for their own crow...Boo! Where is Ardie:/

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks vox voicis! I like to decorate for fall too. It is my favorite time of the year. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for comment Sannel! I miss seeing your beautiful face around here!

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      Great ideas and perfect money savers! It would be nice to engage kids in doing these Halloween DIY crafts or make a family project out of the idea. It's so much fun and the best warm-up activity for the celebration!

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      Sannel 5 years ago

      Before you know it, Halloween is around the corner! These are some scary ideas, Tammy. That shower curtain sure gives me the creeps, lol! Or the cannibal pumpkin man, hehe! Always a great pleasure to read your wonderful work my friend! Take care, Sannel

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks moonlake. I appreciate the read and the share.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks nikkiraeink! I appreciate your visit.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Love all the ideas for Halloween. I like the crow the best. Their all so easy and cheap to do. Voted Up and Pin.

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      nikkiraeink 5 years ago from So. Cal.

      Awesome hub! Love, love, love Halloween!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That is a great idea too. Those would be easy to find in a craft store. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mhatter99!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Kelleyward. I love fall and I look forward to it every year. I really hope this heat won't be around in the fall. I don't care much for it either. Thanks so much for reading.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That would be a cute idea for someone with pets Austinstar. If I had pets I would dress them up as zombies for Halloween. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by Josh. I have raised sons so Halloween was always a scary event at my house. :)

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I like the pet crow, only mine would be a pet BAT!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great ideas... very creative

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I love the glow in the dark lanterns. My kiddos would love this one. Bookmarking for this year. I'm actually looking forward to the fall. It's so HOT.... Voted up! Kelley

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Dog costumes! That's a good one!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Tee hee Austinstar. I will decorate your yard and your little dog too!!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Tammy,

      Excellent ideas, very creative! I like the bloody curtain idea :)

      Thanks for sharing, and make sure you don't scare too many little kids this year! :)

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Oh ho! Starting Halloween hubs already. Well, we'll just see about that, my pretty.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You crack me up Maria! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading KevinMillican!

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ghoulfriend,

      You put the BOO in Bootiful... I am in shock at the thought of Halloween rolling around so soon.

      Thanks for activating my brain with this amazing ideas... love the milk jug idea especially!

      Voted UP & across the board. Hugs, Maria

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      KevinMillican 5 years ago from Stilwell, OK

      Interesting hub. Thanks for sharing the ideas :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for being the first to read and comment Billybuc. I used to go all out, but my little one isn't fond of these decorations.. yet. It is never to early to get started. I appreciate you so much!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The poor kids in your neighborhood must be traumatized at Halloween. This is scary stuff! Passing it on to Bev and sharing. Great job Tammy!