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Simple and Budget Friendly DIY Halloween Decorations

Updated on July 23, 2015

Holiday seasons are the best time of year for a bit of family craft. There are so many great ideas out there on the internet or in books that you will have a never ending supply of inspiration. Halloween especially is a really brilliant time of year to get all the children together and have some fun carving pumpkins and making some spooky home made decorations to help turn your house into a fun party zone!

Now the only problem is that craft supplies can sometimes get really expensive, so finding craft ideas that are fun to make but still cheap is important. I have been checking out lots of different sites all over the internet to put together this great list of awesome home made halloween decoration ideas that don't break the bank but still look great. Plus they are simply enough that all the kids can get involved. Kids love being a part of the house decorating process so they will be so proud to be able to show off all their handy work to your friends and family.

Handmade Bat Mobile
Handmade Bat Mobile | Source

1. Bat Mobile

Martha Stewart is a crafting, homemaking, cooking champion! There I've said it! So obviously I have to include one of her many halloween decoration ideas. She has a whole section on her website for you to chose from, but I think this bat mobile is just perfect! And all you need is some black card, string and a branch from your garden! On the site you can download a bat template to make cutting them out a little easier, if you have little ones you can trace the shape for them and let them try cutting them out (with safety scissors and your supervision obviously). It is just such a simple idea but would look really effective hanging in a window or in an archway at your home. You can find this craft (and more) on

Handmade Tissue Box Monster
Handmade Tissue Box Monster | Source

2. Tissue Box Monster

I just love this little crafty decoration idea. I found this on a site called Giggles Galore and they are called Tattle Monsters, they are meant as a point for children to leave notes about their day and how they feel, but I think they would be great adapted for a halloween decoration. Each child could decorate and make their own. It would be brilliant for a halloween party craft or for a large school (group or club) of kids. All you need is a tissue box, paint, old egg box, white paper or fun foam, any other decorations you might fancy! The kids might need some help cutting out the teeth section if they are young but I think older kids would manage it fine. Once you have a base coat on the box they kids can decorate it any way the want, your only limited by their imagination. As most of the parts are recycled it means its nice and cheap.

Handmade Skeleton Wreath
Handmade Skeleton Wreath | Source

3. Skeleton Wreath

This is a great (almost chic) handmade halloween wreath which I found on a great blog called Southern Scraps. This would suit older children or adults as a craft as it involves glueing and spray painting. If your not hugely into halloween decorations, or want something a bit classier this is the perfect decoration! Plus it's still pretty cheap and easy to make. You can usually pick up small plastic skeletons from a pound or dollar store around the halloween season, the ones that have each limb individually jointed are the best. You simply dismantle them, glue them onto a wreath form or stiff cardboard circle and spray them all in silver (or any other colour you fancy!) The best thing about this craft for me is that it looks like it would have cost a lot if you had bought it in a store!

Handmade Bin Bag Spider Webs
Handmade Bin Bag Spider Webs | Source

4. Trash Bag Spider Webs

Remember when you were a kid you used to make snowflakes from sheets of paper or newspapers at christmas time? Or maybe you do that with your children now. Well this craft is pretty much the same concept, and that is why I love it so much! It is so simple to do and so cheap - I mean you can pick up a roll of like 50 big bags for £1 or $1 at a £ or $ store usually. Then you just need a general scissors and the template on this site, How About Orange! These would be great for cheaply decorating your whole house for a party, and they will be so easy to clean up afterwards as you can just scrap them all and pop them in the trash, no worries about trying to pack them all away for next year, you can just make them again!

Handmade Monster House
Handmade Monster House | Source

5.Monster House

If you have a big archway outside your house, or in your house, or maybe in your garden, then this is the perfect craft to help turn your whole house into a monster. And it just requires some coloured card, or plain card and paint. This would be easy to make from a recycled box or 2. Once you have cut the initial shapes you can let your children paint them. Then you just have to attach them to the house and your done! You could even make a few different ones to go over all the windows in your house. Your house will be the talk of the neighbourhood in no time! I stumbled across this idea on Nifty Thrifty & Thriving and I just think it is so simple but really effective and eye-catching.

Just incase you need some more ideas!

My favourite YouTube Halloween Craft Tutorial

Below is my favourite You Tube craft tutorial for halloween. I usually don't look on YouTube for inspiration but when I came across this one I just loved it. It's not too difficult so that kids could still help with it, it would be quite messy and fun layering up the cheese cloth to make a ghost. I think they would look really great dotted around a house or garden, standing unsupported even though they look so fragile and delicate. It's by a YouTuber called CraftKlatch!

Halloween Craft DIY Video Tutorial

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    • daisydayz profile imageAUTHOR

      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      4 years ago from Cardiff

      Glad you liked it! Thanks!

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      Loved these 

      4 years ago

      I was immediately pulled in by the monster tissue boxes. Great list! I had to share it-

      Thank you,


    • daisydayz profile imageAUTHOR

      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      5 years ago from Cardiff

      @Moonlake @Vishankha and @CeresSchwarz glad you all liked them, I think they are great fun.

      @FlourishAnyway I think that is what it was intended for by the women who made them, think they are a brilliant idea for parents, teachers and kids clubs to help open up the communication channels - as well as Halloween decorations!

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      5 years ago from USA

      These are good ideas, and as for the Tissue Box Monster I see so many uses for that outside of Halloween! For example, young children can discuss a concern or something they are afraid of, with the parent's help they can write it on the piece of paper, then hand it over for the Tissue Box Monster to take care of. Voted up and more, plus pinning.

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      These are all good ideas for cheap and easy Halloween decorations. The tissue box monsters look really cute. And the monster house idea sounds unique.

    • moonlake profile image


      5 years ago from America

      Very cute ideas. I did the last one in the video when our kids were young. I don't much anymore. Voted up.


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