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Halloween Homemade Scary Decorations

Updated on October 12, 2014

How to Make your Own Scary Decorations for Halloween

Do you think you have to be a crafting expert to create your own stunning and scary homemade Halloween decorations? Actually it's a false assumption! Even though you aren't extremely skilled, you can make your Halloween holiday joyful creating cute ornaments along with the kids.

As you know, Halloween evokes images of black cats, sinister witches, spooky specters and flying bats and you can recreate some of these figures with nice and simple crafts.

The greatest part with homemade and recycled Halloween decorations is that the whole family can produce them and it enables you to spend some time together. Many Halloween ornaments can be made by virtually any age child. For instance, your toddler can help and by the way learn how to paint, draw and color.

DIY Halloween Ornament Checklist

Make sure to have these craft materials on hand

Making Halloween decorations at home requires from you to have some supplies on hand or to go to your local craft shop in order to have all the needed materials ready before you start any project. Here is the basic craft equipment needed:

  • Various craft paintings: black, white, orange, etc. (pots)
  • Gold and silver paint (pots or spraying cans)
  • Colored pipe cleaners
  • Silver, gold, black and white markers

Obviously, most households already have standard craft supplies like a pair of scissors, glue and tape.

And So, let's begin our crafting project: it's going to be a pleasure!

Craft Essential: Pipe Cleaners

Creativity Street Big Box of Chenille Stems, 150-Count, Assorted Colors (AC5547)
Creativity Street Big Box of Chenille Stems, 150-Count, Assorted Colors (AC5547)

Pipe cleaners are one of the most used materials when it comes to homemade Halloween ornaments. Make sure to have a pack of colorful pipe cleaners on hand, you're going to need them.

Homemade Halloween spider
Homemade Halloween spider | Source

Homemade Halloween Spiders

How to make those frightening insects at home

The first crafts we are going to produce are spiders, they are quick and elementary crafts and spiders are among the most favorite Halloween symbolic representations. It is the most inexpensive craft as it necessitates recyclable material.

Here is the material you'll need:

  • An egg carton;
  • 8 pipe cleaners;
  • 1 pot black paint;
  • Pair of scissors

Directions to make a Halloween spider:

  • After you have cut each and every egg cup, paint them black
  • Add points to feature the eyes with white or orange paint or glue wiggle eyes which will provide a fun look to your spider;
  • Make four small holes on two lateral faces of the cups
  • Insert a black or colored pipe cleaner in each hole and stick or glue them to the cup
  • Shape the pipe cleaners
  • Use polyester thread to hang the spider.

The possibilities for making unique Halloween homemade decorations are endless, just find some items to make, get the necessary material and spend some time with your children creating your own and personalized decorations.

Paint your Scary Egg Cup Spider

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece (2-Ounce), PROMOABI Best Selling Colors I
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece (2-Ounce), PROMOABI Best Selling Colors I

You will need black paint to paint your spider, however you will also need more colors to paint the other scary Halloween crats we are going to look at on here. So make sure to have colorful paints on hand before you begin your crafts.


Halloween Witch Hat

A witch hat is a great Halloween decoration that works pretty well indoors and outdoors.
A witch hat is a great Halloween decoration that works pretty well indoors and outdoors. | Source

2 Unique Homemade Scary Halloween Decorations

How to Make a Witch Hat

If you kept your pointy black hat from last Halloween, here is a really original and quick manner to recycle it. All you have to do is stick Halloween items like spiders and cobwebs or fake hands or fingers, and pin the hat to your front door.

You may even reuse the hat for Thanksgiving by exchanging the Halloween items with leaves, berries, and other Fall items.

DIY Halloween Centerpiece Tutorial

If you have a bread basket, you won't have to spend a dime to make this nice centerpiece as you can reuse your existing Halloween decoration items.


Fill the basket with some maple leaves;

Add cobweb, mini pumpkins, spiders...

Money saving tip: keep the basket for Thanksgiving as by just removing the Halloween items and placing grapes and pine cones into the basket you'll easily move from one holiday to the other one.

Get Ready for Trick or Treating

Gather as many little pumpkin plastic containers as possible and fill them with candies. Voila! Treats are ready to be offered to the children who will knock on your door on Halloween Eve.

Craft Essential: Miniature Halloween Decorations

Factory Direct Craft Mini Decorative Realistic Fall Pumpkins and Gourds - Pkg of 24
Factory Direct Craft Mini Decorative Realistic Fall Pumpkins and Gourds - Pkg of 24

Mini pumpkins and gourds are an essential element of your DIY witch hat and the table centerpiece. You should get a pack including a mix of these so as to not end up with only tiny pumpkins on the craft. The remaining ones can be used for Fall crafts as well.


Make a Fun Halloween Sign

Not so scary Halloween sign featuring a cat and pumpkin.
Not so scary Halloween sign featuring a cat and pumpkin. | Source

Make Recycled Halloween Snow Globes

Snow globes aren't just Christmas decorating items

A Halloween Snowglobe can be made from an old glass jar, plastic bugs and small stones.

To create this Halloween decoration, simply:

  • Clean out the glass jar and dry.
  • Fill the jar with Karo syrup and place the glass stones and tiny plastic spiders in the jar.
  • The top of the jar can be sealed in place with some silicone caulking to prevent the liquid from escaping.
  • Once the caulk has dried and the rim of the jar is secure, the Halloween Snowglobe will be slimy

Note: as an alternative to Karo syrup, you can use a mix of glycerin and water.Tip: pimp up your Halloween Snowglobes by adding food coloring into the jars!

Voila! You're ready to scare all those who wish to shake the snow globe up.

DIY Must Have: Tiny Plastic Spiders

1 1/2" Plastic Spiders, 72 Pack
1 1/2" Plastic Spiders, 72 Pack

Get a pack with plastic mini spiders to make this craft. You can also choose to tiny plastic eyeballs or bats, etc. instead. Remember to let your creativeness go wild!


A Creepy Looking Halloween Tree

A Halloween tree is an easy to make craft!
A Halloween tree is an easy to make craft! | Source

3 Homemade Creepy Halloween Decorating Ideas

Make a Halloween Candelabra

  • Paint candelabra with black paint
  • Place orange wax lights
  • Hang cobwebs on the candelabra for a spooky Halloween effect!

How to Create a Halloween tree

  • Get a vase where you will place some bare branches
  • Recycle old small Christmas tree balls by painting them black, white, and orange
  • Drawing Halloween shapes on them will add your personal touch to the balls
  • Hang those balls on the branches.

DIY Halloween Tree Ornaments

There are many other Halloween tree decorations to choose from: colorful painted ghosts, black cat, witches, spiders made out of cardboard.

Another option would be to make a wonderful Halloween garland with popcorn or dried pasta painted orange.

Creepy Candelabra Essential: Orange Lights

Elegant Orange Unscented Taper Candles 12 Inch Tall 3/4 Inch Thick Set of 12 Burn 10 Hours
Elegant Orange Unscented Taper Candles 12 Inch Tall 3/4 Inch Thick Set of 12 Burn 10 Hours

Get orange candles for your nightmarish candelabra craft! Lit them at dusk and watch the frightful effect...


Paint a Scary Pumpkin

Scary looking pumpkin that should inspire you for your next crafts
Scary looking pumpkin that should inspire you for your next crafts | Source

Pumpkin Painting for Halloween

Pimp up your pumpkins this Halloween

Here is a very unusual idea that will let you reuse your Halloween decorations while economizing some money.

Recycle Old Ceramic Pumpkins

If you have some ceramic pumpkins, you should reuse them. Indeed, rather than buying new Halloween decorations, paint those you wish to throw away with gold or silver spraying can for a luxurious decoration; black and/or white for a monochrome style, paint your pumpkins with black crackle paint which would provide them with a scary old look.

Take a black, white, silver or gold marker and draw a few shapes on these new pumpkins such as black cats, white witches, a black mansion...

Children love bright colors therefore you would wish to paint your pumpkins in various bright colors such as orange, green, etc. Draw Halloween shapes on the pumpkins or stick Halloween candy beads or other Halloween craft items on them.

Teenagers will appreciate pumpkins painted with metallic color paints, glow-in-the-dark, sparkling colors.

Chick Halloween Pumpkin Cafts

Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint Set (2-Ounce), PROMOMET/PRL Metallic and Pearl Best Selling Colors
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint Set (2-Ounce), PROMOMET/PRL Metallic and Pearl Best Selling Colors

A great way to turn pumpkins into chick Halloween-ish decorations is by painting them using metallic paints. These can be found in a myriad of different colors...


Homemade Halloween Lights

How To Make Halloween Lights

Homemade Halloween lighted pumpkin jar

Here is a first idea on how to recycle your former Halloween decoration items.

If you have one or more glass or plastic transparent jars, fill them with small plastic or ceramic pumpkins; alternate pumpkins with maple berries and leaves.

Have bigger jars? You will reuse them as well: paint the jars black, white, gold, orange, or whatever color you want and pour in your Christmas lights.

Make Halloween candle holders

This is an original and unusual Halloween homemade decoration. For this, you will re-use materials you already have; whether it's from the last holidays or things you have in the attic or the cellar.

Paint small jars; their shape is not important and can be any shape you want for as long as you paint them black, white and/or orange. Make use of a gold or silver marker and draw a few Halloween shapes on them and insert a tea light candle into each jar (for greatest effect, make use of scented tea light candles).

Here's an example of a painted jar: paint a jar white, draw the eyes and mouth of the murderer in Scream and in five minutes you get a unique and customized ghost light.

Place your Halloween candles on a black tray and put the finishing touches (i.e. insert mini pumpkins, maple berries and leaves, etc.)

DIY Lovers Essentials: A Halloween Craft Book

Glitterville's Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!
Glitterville's Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!

Filled with photos and simple step-by-step tutorials and how-tos, a Halloween craft book such as Glittervilles Handmade Halloween is available in Kindle edition as well as in its paperback version.


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I haven't made it yet, but the spider at the top of this article looks really cute!

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      English-lion 4 years ago

      I'm going to try the hHalloween snow globe

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      sojourner-1 4 years ago

      good ideas for halloween decorations-thanks

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      love the tree. I am preinting out my own art for decorations today. I did buy halloween soda labels

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      davehalloween 4 years ago

      Great scary decoration ideas!

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      So much fun to be had with this wonderful resource !

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I really like that recycled witch hat and may have to make one of those and leave it out year-round, ha!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      These Scary Decorations for Halloween are so great and this is a really nice lens. Thank you for sharing it.

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      TriciaLymeMom 4 years ago

      Terrific and fun inexpensive ideas...will be linking to this on my Halloween Under $5 lens.

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      suzy-t 4 years ago

      Wonderful ideas. I especially like the witches hat. I'm going to give that a try. Thank you. Blessed and pinned to my SquidAngel board.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for all the tips for making some fun Halloween decorations. I especially loved the decorated witch hat and the directions for reusing it for Thanksgiving. What clever ideas here!

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      fugeecat lm 4 years ago

      These are all so much fun and Halloween will be here before we know it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      In celebration of Friendship Day 2012, I am returning to some of my favorite lenses for fun, sharing and renewed blessings :)

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I wish I had more time to devote to crafts. I do support artists by purchasing handmade crafts, especially for the holidays.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome lens Prosperity, I really love the witch hat with fall picks decorating it, why didn't I think of that? Blessed by a new Angel :)

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      HaeGee 5 years ago

      Awww, this is soooo cute & fun! I love every Halloween stuff you've displayed in the lens! E*X*C*E*L*L*E*N*T!

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      The witches hat is really nice.

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      Great ideas for a personalized Halloween! Thank you.

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      I can't wait to start making my Halloween decorations for this year. You have listed wonderful ideas and easy for the little ones to make. It will be fun creating them :)

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Now that it's almost Halloween again I came back to admire all of these wonderful homemade Halloween decorating ideas. They are all lovely but I simply have to try that hat!

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