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31 Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Updated on November 18, 2016
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I'm a Tennessee-based freelance writer with a passion for true crime, a thirst for knowledge, and an obsession with lists.

It's football time in Tennessee! ...and the rest of the U.S. and I'm certain I'm not the only woman out there with plenty of time to craft on her hand during this sport's season. Well, fear not, Football Widows, I've found some great crafts even the not-so-crafty can do to help pass the seemingly endless football games and make your home look awesome too.

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1. Yarn Pumpkin Garland

You need only three supplies: twine, green pipe cleaners. and orange yarn. Once you gather those items, grab your scissors and get to work on this unique Halloween decor.

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2. Terra Cotta Candy Jar

Terra Cotta candy jars are super simple to make and they're perfect for any holiday - especially Halloween!

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3. Tulle Wreath

The Halloween tulle wreath in the tutorial at Crafty Morning requires supplies you likely don't have on hand such as orange tulle, battery operated string lights, and a few craft store embellishments. It's well worth the investment because if you follow this tutorial, it won't be another Pinterest failure.

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4. Ombre Wine Bottle Candy Corn

I love these and can't wait to give it a try soon. Spray paint and label-free wine bottles is all you need to make this awesome piece of decor.

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5. Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin

Am I the only one wondering, "Why didn't I think of that?!" right now? I can't wait to give this a try. Checking out others attempts to do this popular Pinterest project on various blogs, this one has a high rate of turning out just as it should.

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6. Decoupage Letter Wall Hanging

You choose the Halloween word you like the most, pick up the necessary wooden letters to spell it, drag out your scrap book paper and Modge Podge and create your own scary message.

7. Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor

Or your door! All you need are 3 eight inch embroider hoops, three 9 inch scraps of fabric, embellishment letters. and the simple instructions from Miss Lovie's.

8, Out of Treats Sign

I'll agree with Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane that the Halloween "out of treats" sign is a must-have! Just a little effort to make this project will save you a lot of guilt.

9. Cheesecloth Floating Ghost

Shatzi at Love and Laundry explains her mother made the most awesome floating ghosts decorations every Halloween and she wanted to start the tradition for her kids. The are super easy to make; the only recommendation I have is to use a balloon instead of a styrofoam ball. With little effort and a few supplies, you can start a new holiday tradition with your kids too.

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10. Pumpkin Topiary

Believe it or not, the supplies for this project are very inexpensive - even the planter (if you choose plastic, of course). I like the design in the photo above but I plan to leave the pumpkins orange and embellish with ribbon and a different font for the letters. What would you do differently?

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11. Crashed Witch

Just like the Pumpking Topiary above, you'll be amazed at how cheap this cute and funny Halloween decoration is to make. Everything you need can be found at Dollar Tree or like stores with the exception of the shoes, which I recommend purchasing from yard sales or thrift stores.

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12. Spooky Eyes

The best part of this decoration project is most of it is simple enough for the kids to help. And if your house is anything like mine, you have plenty of Halloween treat buckets stashed away just waiting to be upcycled.

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13. Mason Jar Luminaries

Use dollar store Halloween stickers or your own printed shapes to create mason jar luminaries in a Halloween theme. Drop in a tea light, turn off the lights, and check out the spooky shadows these lights makes.

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14. Painted Wood Pumpkins

These adorable hand painted wood plaques are painted to looked like pumpkins, with a wooden stems and wire sprigs added to complete the look. I intend to give these a but I will use orange chalkboard paint. I'll write a message for Halloween then another for Thanksgiving, since this is a decoration perfect for both holidays.

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15. Pumpkin Door Decor

With a dollar store Halloween treat bucket and your imagination, you can create a couple of door hangers. I plan to make mine with a rustic Fall theme and will use them for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

16. Ribbon Wreath

Landleelu's super easy ribbon wreath tutorial creates the most eye-catching wreath. Get creative and choose your own theme and colors.

17. Witch's Legs Umbrella Chandelier

I can't believe how simple the witch's legs umbrella chandelier is to make. The supplies may run a bit more than you'd like to spend but keep in mind, it something you'll use for many years,

18. Spooky Globes

With a dollar store candelabra, glass ornaments, and transparency paper, you can create a stylish yet spooky Halloween prop to add to your decor.

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19. Mini Pumpkin Bats

Grab some of those mini-pumpkins at the grocery store, black paint, and craft foam to make these cute (and funny, if you choose) mini bat pumpkins.

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20. Character Votives

These little votive candles are simple and look great on display. Dollar store votive holders and candles and some acrylic paint are all you need to make your set.

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21. Witch's Hat Centerpiece

The witch's hat centerpiece is the perfect addition to any Halloween decor - especially for parties! You need just a handful of supplies from the craft store

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22. Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Even the bathroom can get in the holiday fun with toilet paper roll pumpkins. All you need is some pretty tissue paper in a Halloween pattern of your choice, green pipe cleaners, and medium-width branch (4 to 6"), and ribbon to spruce up your bathroom for the season.

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23. Wood Porch Pumpkins

Three wooden blocks in different sizes, paint, and a wide tree branch for the stem is what you need to get started on the wood porch pumpkin craft

24. Styrofoam Tomstone

Halloween isn't ready until you've got a tombstone or two. Follow the easy tombstone tutorial at DIY Network to get your gravestone craft on.

25. Corn Filled Candle

All you need is a glass pillar candle vase, a pillar candle and your filler. Place the candle inside the vase, fill halfway with kernels of corn, candy corn, or whatever holiday goodie your heart desires. Tie a raffata or fabric bow around the vase for a classic touch.

26. Lace Votives

Cut lace of your color choice to fit snugly around a glass votive cup after applying hot glue. Drop in votive candle and light. Enjoy the shadows!

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27. Spider Web Vases

You can find rock bottom prices on vases at thrift stores and those are perfect for these webby Halloween decorations. All you need is the vase, spray paint, and puffy paint for a new-to-you piece of decor.

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28. Wood Crate Pumpkins

If you have a wood crate addiction like one of my dearest friends, this is the project you're looking for. The only thing I'd do different than this tutorial is add ribbon or fabric bows and some greenery.

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29. Laboratory Bottles

Oh my goodness, these are too cute! You can make as many bottles as you'd like and give them names of your choice. I think this project just moved up several spots on my list.

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30. Bat Tree

I love this idea but I would change one thing: with no floral vases on hand, I'll create a vase with a Pringles or soup can. Everything else is perfect.

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31. Boo Wreath

Using black burlap cut into strips and tied on to a round form as you would making a rag wreath and easy to make letters, you can have your own awesome boo wreath before day's end.

© 2016 Kim Bryan

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