5 DIY Decorations for a Homemade Halloween

Oct 02, 2019


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The season of ghosts, ghouls and ghastly things is upon us, and you know what that means. It’s time to transform your home into a tomb so spooky even a specter would hesitate to haunt it. Sure, you can buy decorations from the store, but where’s the fun in that?

get a greater sense of satisfaction when you craft things with your own two hands.
Plus, you can involve your entire family in the fun! Here are five ideas for DIY
decorations that’ll bring some spirit to your digs.

1. Spooktacular Fall Wreaths

fall wreaths to adorn every door in your home. Make it a challenge with your
family to see who can create
the best designs
. You can invent different categories like
“scariest” and “cutest” to ensure everyone wins.

Start with a base of either foam or sticks, both available at craft stores. Invest in some flat black spray paint and hit the dollar store for additional supplies. You can use poster board and cookie cutters, for example, to trace and cut out bats and ghosts and similar shapes. Add artificial flowers and beads or strings for a craft you’ll look forward to hanging year after year.

Fall wreath.

2. Creepy Candy Doorhanger

craft takes a bit of hardware, including sharp objects, so save this project for
the older children if you’re doing this as a family. You’ll need a hard surface
like a small blackboard. You’ll also need a half-pumpkin, which you can paint
into the obvious jack-o-lantern pattern. Or let your imagination run wild and
make a ghost, a witch or something entirely different – as long as it makes you

you mount the pumpkin
on the frame
hot glue, you can carve it like you do a regular gourd. Make sure to give it a
wide mouth opening to create a place to deposit your stash of candy. Get
creative and make more than one for various doors throughout your home. Your
kids can grab whatever they’d like whenever they feel the urge to snack.

Candy doorhanger.

3. Arch-Evil Archways

there a better way to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home than with a
Halloween archway? Why stop at the door when you can do so much more?

can make your base
for your archway
out of PVC pipe, wire or styrofoam depending on the look you want.
Line the exterior of your arch with plastic Halloween pumpkins from your local
dollar store. Or create your decorations out of posterboard, fake cobwebs or
whatever else you have at your disposal. You can cut out bats to dangle or
witches on broomsticks.

Pumpkin archway.

4. Glow-in-the-Dark Cheesecloth Ghosts

your lawn so creepy even spirits will quiver before entering. Nothing screams
“Halloween” more than some spooky ghosts to adorn your lawn.

use chicken wire
to build a frame
for your ghosts. Then, drape them in cheesecloth or don them in old
clothes you planned to recycle anyway. Then, get out your glow-in-the-dark
spray paint. When the sun sets, your lawn will transform into a haunted
graveyard (fake headstones optional).

Cheesecloth ghost.

5. Groovy Goblin Garlands

make windowsills and lintels magical. And you don’t need a lot of money or time
to make a great one!

can make a
simple garland
with folded paper. Use a cookie cutter or stencil to trace
your design. Or, you can cut black and orange links out of construction paper
and adorn them with spiderweb strings and dangling ghosts, bats or black cats.
You can line your garland with battery-operated string lights and add some
beads for a reflective glow.

Goblin garland.

Make it a DIY Halloween

Making crafts is far more fun than picking up decorations at the store. With a touch of creativity, you can have a blast with the family and transform your home into a spooktacular autumn showplace.


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Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.