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Decorating for Halloween: DIY Project Ideas

Updated on September 24, 2012
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Black Flowers

Black flowers are perfect for Halloween. You can use them as a centerpiece or table scape on your kitchen table or you could sit them on a table or shelf in your living area along with other Gothic pieces, like a candelabra or some lacy black candles, like those a few projects down from here.

Here are a couple of my favorite Halloween flowers. The first is a bouquet of black roses made from duct tape from Lowes Creative Ideas. I think they are perfect and can't wait to try to make them. In the second photo are some carnations made from crepe paper streamers that I found at Country Living. I love how they sort of hang over the container. Both sites have great tutorials showing how to make these flowers if you are interested. For the Country Living flowers, click on the link and do a search for black crepe paper flowers and it will bring up the tutorial for you.

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Fabric Strips BannerCloth Banner - Pottery Barn InspiredCute and Simple Paper BannerPennant Banner
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Cloth Banner - Pottery Barn Inspired
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Cute and Simple Paper Banner
Cute and Simple Paper Banner | Source
Pennant Banner
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Banners and Garland

As always there are LOTS of great garlands and banners out there to make and use for Halloween decorations. I found so many it was hard to choose what to feature here. I decided on four different ones. The first is a garland I found over at Buggie and Jellybean and it's super cute and so easy to make. It's basically just strips of fabric in various colors and patterns in Halloween colors tied onto a string of yarn. I really love the look of it plus there's a few other cute and easy Halloween decorations shared there as well. The second one I found at Sweet Something Designs was Pottery Barn inspired and it's got that rustic look to it.. I think it's fabulous and perfect for the fall season. The third one is a simple one made from construction paper in Halloween colors that I found at Please Note. Simple and very cute! The fourth I found at Crafty Sisters and it is a very attractive pennant banner, perfect for Halloween, so cute! The pennants on this one are made from a very thin wood but you could easily substitute chipboard (cereal boxes) or even card stock.

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Oh Bats!

What is more perfect for Halloween than some creepy bats flying around on your walls?! What I love about this decoration is it's super easy, doesn't cost a fortune and it's very bold. No one will miss seeing the bats on your wall for sure! It really helps lend a creepy atmosphere to your home during the spooky season. You basically cut the bats out and stick them on your walls. I love the look of the bats in both of these photos. The first I found at Thrifty Décor Chic and I love how she has them coming off the top corner of the mirror and then continuing on up the wall. The second photo I found over at Jane of All Crafts. I love that it's a whole flock of bats (is that what you call it?) is flying across the entire corner of a room on both walls. So bold and spooky! I was thinking that you could make the bats bigger or even multiple sizes if you wanted, though it may not look as realistic. Another idea I had was you could hang several bats from the ceiling using fishing string or you could string them together to make a garland. the possibilities are endless.

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Candy Corn Candles

I have been seeing several of these candy corn candles. What could be easier than taking a container, pouring some candy corn in and putting a candle in the middle of it. It's easy and it's perfect for Halloween and the Fall season. I picked two of my faves to show for examples.

The first photo I found over at rosebudinnh's arts and crafts. I love the containers holding these candles!

The second I found over at Poppies at Play and I love that they are in wine glasses. You could get creative and use different types of containers for these.

Gothic Lace Candles

Can you imagine some of these sitting alongside the Halloween flowers above? They have that Gothic look.. and just like so many of these decorations.... so, so easy. Simply wrap some black lace around some clear votive holders. I found these over at Family Chic and I'm really excited about them. I have some black tulle I was going to try and use in place of the ribbon and see how that looks. What I love about these is you can use any lace really so you could use them anytime of the year and change up the looks according to the occasion or holiday. I LOVE these!

Something else I thought about is if you have some of those fishnet stockings, you could wrap those around clear votive holders as well or even a larger clear candle holder or vase.

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Halloween Wreaths

DIY home decorations for Halloween wouldn't be complete without some wreaths, right? I found three that I LOVE. The first over at Living Locurto is made using several spiral cut rosettes out of orange felt. These flowers are easy to make and she even includes a link to a tutorial for them. These flowers are so easy to make it will blow your mind!

The second wreath I found over at the Long Thread with the tutorial included. I really love the look of this one and how it is knotted all around the middle. It's made from grosgrain ribbon but I don't see why you couldn't use another type ribbon or even fabric strips.

The third wreath is made using strips of fabric cut with pinking sheers and she even used some bandanas cut into strips, which turned out really cute. I found it at Huckleberry Prairie complete with an illustrative tutorial.

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I found two ghost crafts that I couldn't help but share. The first is a floating ghost I found over at Everyday is a Crafting Day plus the tutorial! What I love about this ghost is it stands up all on it's own and truly looks like it's just floating there.. it's really neat and I'm so happy the tutorial was shared so now we can learn how to do it too! It is so perfect for Halloween.

The other ghosts I found were over at Home Seasons and they are about the cutest things I've ever seen. I can't believe these are actually leaves that have fallen from a tree. They are the perfect shape to make cute little ghosts. Click on the link for the tutorial.

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Candy Corn Crafts

There was no shortage of candy corn crafts online.. it was hard to pick out favorites but I finally narrowed it down to these four. The first are some candy corn topiaries that I found over at Under The Table and Dreaming.. these were made using Styrofoam cones wrapped with pretty papers. I LOVE the buttons on top! Click on the link for the tutorial.

The second photo is a candy corn tree I found over at Thriftyfun complete with tutorial. It looks simple to make and what a nice table centerpiece this little Halloween tree would make. I love the small black bows on it.

I had to include these candy corn bottle vases that I found at The Swell Life. I love how the colors each blend into each other and appreciate the illustrative tutorial showing how to do this technique using spray paint. Can you picture some of these with some pretty fall flowers in them? I may give this a try with some large mason jars that I have.

These cute candy corns I found over at P.S. Capture the Details. They are small Styrofoam cones wrapped in yarn and of course, I LOVE the buttons on top!

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Spider Webs

Nothing says Halloween better than some spooky cobwebs! Well, these may not be too spooky but they are definitely cute. The first I found at The Crafty Cupboard. It is a long spider web table runner made from black felt. It looks very easy to do. The only thing is it might take a little bit of time to cut out all the spots between the webs but the time put into it will be well worth it, especially since you can use it over and over again each year. She even shares the spider web template she used to make it.

In the second photo are some spider webs I found at Artful Parent that are made out of coffee filters and they are so, so cute! I am so happy she shared the tutorial. I'm thinking about making some and somehow connecting them to make a spider web garland.

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Where there is spiderwebs, there must be spiders! Here are a few spider projects I found. The first over at The Sweetest Occasion. These little spiders remind me of daddy long legs and make perfect place card holders. They look easy to make too.

The second spider I found at Born2Haunt looks a little more sinister, something about it's legs curling under like that it just makes it look a little more creepy, but perfect for Halloween. The body is made from foam and the legs from wire and tubing. Click on the link for a great photo illustrated tutorial.

The third spider is a cutie made out of yarn that I found over at Kaboose. It is labeled a kids craft but would be fun for any age.

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Wall Decor

I found some cute wall decorations for Halloween. The first photo of the plates I found over at mommy ribs. These are actually plates with Halloween window and mirror clings on them but you could easily produce the same results cutting shapes out of black vinyl. You could peel these off and put something else on for the next holiday if you wanted. You could even change out with different plates if you wanted.

The second photo is some Halloween art mounted on fabric in embroidery hoops that I found at Elsa Bags. She used screen printing to get the prints onto the fabric but you could easily print the art onto inkjet iron on paper and apply them onto the fabric that way. I love this idea... such a cute way to decorate for Halloween.

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Jar Luminaries

The internet is full of cute Halloween luminaries. These were a few of my favorites. The ones in the first photo were found at Gleeful Things and she shares the tutorial. They were made with glass jars and she mod podged tissue paper for the color onto them. I think they really turned out cute!

Family Corner has a simple tutorial for the cute ghost luminaries in the second photo.

I couldn't resist sharing the cute pumpkin luminaries (3rd photo) that I found over at This Is The Year. She shares a photo illustrated tutorial plus a video showing how to make these. What I really love about this one is all the cute, different pumpkin faces and love how the tops of them are painted green for the stem.

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Ribbon Topiary

I fell in love with this Halloween ribbon topiary that I found over at Vacuuming in High Heels and Pearls. I love that it is in a black pot with an orange ribbon tied around it and the different patterned ribbons around the topiary. It really turned out super cute.

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Spirit Jugs
Spirit Jugs
Spirit Jugs

Strings of Lights

Decorative strings of lights are great for any Holiday. I love these I found for Halloween. The cup lights I found over at Good Housekeeping and it's just those small size bathroom cups, decorated with Halloween patterned paper that have lights punched through the top of them. Super easy and cute, too! To see them click on the link, then scroll down and click on 'Eerily Easy Craft Ideas for Halloween'. There will be a slideshow and you will find the string lights there plus a few other neat ideas.

The ghost lights made from milk jugs I found at eighteen25 and they are called spirit jugs. What a great way to recycle milk jugs, they make perfect ghosts! It's super easy to do and as you can see, packs quite a decorative punch for Halloween. Be sure to go to the link for the tutorial and more great photos.

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Framed Art

Momma's Kinda Crafty has the tutorial for this neat framed Halloween art. I love how she used different backgrounds behind each letter. You could even use different fonts for each letter... and another thing you could do is use separate frames for each one and just group them together. So cute!

Craft Buds is offering this free printable subway art for Halloween! All you do is print it out and put it in a frame and it's instant Halloween décor for your home. There is also a cute printable bunting too!

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Halloween Candy Crafts

You can use Halloween candy to make decorations for your home too.. it's the perfect embellishment. Here is a few of my favorites:

The first is a candy corn wreath I found at Jellybean Junkyard. It looks easy to make and I really LOVE the simple and clean look of it.

The second is a candy garland that I found by Brandie at Home Cooking Memories. It's actually M&M's in candy corn colors that are strung in a cellophane tube divided by fabric strips and ribbons and it really is the perfect garland for Halloween. She shares a very nice, photo illustrated tutorial showing how to make it.

I hope you have enjoyed these home decoration crafts for Halloween from some of the best and most talented crafters on the internet. I sure do enjoy rounding them up! After all, the spooky season is just around the corner, maybe I've inspired you to make a thing or two :)

Happy Halloween!


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      Laura Brown 

      7 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I don't do a lot of decorating for Halloween. But I especially like that floral wreath.

    • Jamie Brock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      sgbrown- Aww.. thanks! I appreciate the votes up and the pin.. that's so nice :) I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub!

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Au fait- Great to see you.. I'm glad that you enjoyed these Halloween craft ideas! I love those gothic lace candles.. I'm thinking about doing something similar with black tulle.. I have a ton of it and I think I could make it work. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes up and for sharing :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Natashalh- I like the vinyl shapes too.. so cute for Halloween. I guess I should count myself lucky since I stay home with my little boy during the day... I do have a lot of free time usually. Great to "see" you again, thanks for dropping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Anamika S- Thank you for stopping by and for the vote up... I'm glad you found this hub interesting :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      rajan jolly- Thank you for dropping by and for the very nice compliment on the dividers.. I have fun figuring out which dividers I'll use on hubs. I'm glad you enjoyed these projects. I think the black roses and those lace candles are my favorites! Also, thank you for the bookmark, votes up and for sharing :)

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wow! So many ideas and so many websites, this is wonderful! I love the little white leaf ghosts! Where to start! I think I am going to be busy this week-end. Great hub, voted up and more. Pinning too! Thanks for sharing all these ideas!

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      With Halloween so close, you have some perfect decorating ideas here. Love the Gothic candles the collection of bats, the candy corn trees, and the wreaths. So many great ideas!

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and awesome! Will share!

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      7 years ago from Hawaii

      I like the vinyl cut-outs idea. That would be such an easy way to quickly decorate for any holiday! And the ribbon topiary is pretty cool, too. If only I had a couple of extra days a week to make everything I want to make!

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      Anamika S Jain 

      7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Interesting ideas! I used to make roses and stuff during my school days. But never attempted it afterwards. In fact, I lack the patience and time now to do it. Voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Jamie, first off, I love your dividers they are perfect for the theme of your hub. Love the black roses, the bats, the Gothic lace candle, the spider webs and more. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

      Bookmarking, voting up, useful and awesome. Sharing here and on G+1.

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      sroo- Thank you for stopping by... I LOVE the idea of adding orange glitter to the black flowers.. very cute!

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      Sarah R. Reusing 

      7 years ago from Eastern Shore, Maryland

      These are all so cute. Just about anybody could make these too, they're pretty simple! I think I will try it out. And to the black flowers you could add some orange glitter. Super cute.

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      alifeofdesign- Wow, I bet you did have fun doing the page layouts for the magazines. That would be like a dream come true for me, I love stuff like.. give me ANYTHING and I'll decorate it :) I will have to check out the the Lowe's magazine sometime. It sounds right up my ally. I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub, thank you for dropping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      RhondaHumphreys- Thank you for stopping by and for the votes! Halloween is my favorite holiday....I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Graham Gifford 

      7 years ago from New Hamphire

      Fun, fun and more fun! Although Halloween may not be my favorite holiday, I have designed and crafted thousands of Halloween decorations, trinkets and dinnerware throughout my career and each and every time was a blast! I used to work for Country Home magazine, as well as, many others and styling the page layouts were a great time. I'm a big fan of the Lowe's magazine that always has creative ideas )and generally at a very reasonable cost). Designing dinnerware was a challenge at times, but always enjoyed seeing how people would use them when decorating their Halloween themed tables. HomeGoods, for example, has a site on their blog that you can see what people bought and how they are using it. I enjoyed your hub. Best Regards,

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      Rhonda Humphreys 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Jaime this is a wonderful hub packed with great ideas. I can't wait to use some of them to make decorations. How fun. Voted up,useful and awesome!!

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan- I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Those quilting scraps will come in very handy for that garland :) Have fun with it and as always, thank you for stopping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      kashmir56- Thank you for the votes up! Glad you enjoyed the hub.... Halloween is my favorite holiday :) Hopefully, there will be a few more Halloween hubs to come. Take care!

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      sunny- Ya know, I never thought of that.. I'm gonna have to do it! So great to "see" you.. hope all is going well :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Mhatter99- LOL! Did she scare the spiders away with all the cobwebs? At least you didn't have to worry about any spiders for a while :) Cobwebs and candles are perfect decorations for Halloween for sure. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      mvillecat - Thank you so much for the vote, pin and tweet.. I really appreciate that! I love Halloween too.. it's my favorite holiday..and I'm so glad that Fall is finally officially here!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      Love that fabric garland and since I quilt I have tons of scraps! My gears are already churning to see where I could put one. fun hub and useful too!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Jamie great hub and very spooky but with all great Halloween ideas to decorate for the holiday . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Okay...ANOTHER great holiday and crafty décor are the best at these roundups! So thorough! Now I want to see a hub entitled: "My year of holiday crafts" by Jamie!

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. When my kids were kids my wife was "ridiculously" big on cobwebs and candles. I swear, every spider left.

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      Catherine Dean 

      7 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I love, love, love Halloween! I love the fall season too. You have given some beautiful examples for decorating for the haunting season. I voted up, tweeted and pinned.

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      carol7777- I know what you mean.. where does the time go? I can't believe Halloween is just around the corner but at the same time I'm super glad.. It's my favorite holiday! Thank you so much for dropping by, for the bookmark and for sharing... I really appreciate it :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Michelle- You are so welcome... thank you for dropping by!

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for sharing all these sites with ideas. I will bookmark for future use. This will be shared with the holiday is approaching very quickly.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for featuring my garland! Terrific ideas!


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