50 Spooky, Fun And Cute DIY Halloween Decorations

It’s never too early to start getting ready for Halloween. Actually now would be a pretty great moment, especially if you plan on making some of the decorations yourself. We have a whole bunch of ideas you can try and a lot of cute, spooky and fun designs and projects that are definitely worth a try. Pick your favorites and get started.

Spooky table centerpieces and tablescapes

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When we say “spooky” we often actually mean cute because that’s the best term to describe this project with. To make the centerpiece you need small metal buckets, painter’s tape, burlap, alphabet cookie cutters or stencils, a paint brush, spray adhesive and a drill. You can find beautiful instructions for this project on Thediyvillage.

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Using a terracotta pot, a few sticks, some paint and fabric, tissues and googly eyes you can make a centerpiece that everyone will find interesting. The project described on Tikkido is easy and inexpensive which makes it perfect. You can use lollipops to make the ghosts and then offer them as party favors to your guests.

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Anything can become a Halloween decoration if you cover it in black lace. We’re talking about things like fruits, pumpkins and even a squash or two. The Halloween-themed lace is a nice touch but you can do just fine with regular designs as well. {found on Flaxandtwine}

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Add a touch of color to the Halloween dinner table with a bunch or orange balloons. To keep them in check, anchor them to small jars filled with candy and treats. These will be the party favors for the guests. To decorate the balloons all you need is a black marker. {found on todaysmama}

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You can check out Sayyes for another interesting idea also using balloons. This time the balloons are black so you’ll have to use chalkboard markers to decorate them. The message is pretty simple and clear in this case but you can also experiment with other ideas as well.

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If you have a snack bar or table, focus on really making it stand out. Everything from the snacks to the drinks, the containers they’re placed in and the accessories can be Halloween-themed. You can find a lot of inspiration on Apumpkinandaprincess.

Funky pillow covers

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Pillows make great decorations all the time but when events like Halloween or Christmas come around the pillows get festive. A very simple no sew pillow cover design that’s perfect for Halloween can be found on Sugarandcharm. It’s a mummy pillow and it looks really cute.

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You can decorate a black pillow cover with a black marker and change its design to something more spooky and suitable for the occasion. Draw a spider web and a spider or anything else that you want. If your drawing talent is limited keep the design as simple as possible. {found on thehappyhousie}

Doormats with festive designs

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Want your guests to feel welcomed? Don’t show it! That’s the secret when you’re planning a Halloween party. You need to find a way to send this message and what better solution than a festive doormat? The message says welcome but the vampire teeth make you think twice before ringing the bell. {found on creativelive}

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Spooky can take on a lot of different forms. In this case, it takes the form of a chalk doormat that’s basically drawn on the floor. The “trick or treat” message is perfect and the carefully placed decorative leaves are the perfect finishing touch.

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Sure, the doormat doesn’t actually have to send a message in order to send a message. That’s not very suggestive so take a look at the project featured on Deliacreates to better understand this. It all started with a semi-circle doormat. To transform it all you need is white fabric paint and scissors.

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Using a bat stencil and black spray paint you can give a plain doormat a beautiful makeover. Basically you just keep spraying bats on until you get a pattern or a design that you like. Decorate the entryway with a few other things as well if you want to really invite the spirit of Halloween in. {found on amusestudio}

Decorating the outdoors

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It’s important to try to make your home as inviting and festive as possible in preparation for Halloween but don’t forget about the outdoor spaces. There are lots of great projects you can do outside as well. For example, if you have a large tree on your property, put some googly eyes in it like shown on Princessandthefrogblog.

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A bunch of cute bats could hang from the branches of the trees around your house. You can make them out of black craft foam and decorate them with googly eyes. You’ll need a symmetrical bat template and some craft glue for the eyes. {found on hgtv}

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Let’s not forget about the entryway. You can turn the front of your house into a monster. Use wood boards to make the eyes and the teeth and acrylic paint to decorate them. Hang them with screws. Depending on the architecture and the dimensions of the house, you can come up with a customized design. {found on niftythriftythriving}.

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Your front door can take on a spooky form as well. There are plenty of great designs and ideas you can try. One can be found on Eastcoastcreativeblog where you’ll see a door that looks like Frankenstein’s monster. Its already bold colors helps it stand out and emphasize the contrast.

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Another spooky design is featured on Twindragonflydesign. The front door displayed here is white and this made it the perfect blank canvas for a skeleton face design. Use black paper and black electrical tape to get this done.

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You don’t want people to trip over your lawn decorations at night so consider making some Halloween-themed luminaries for the porch as well. Use witches hats, fishing line and LED light sticks to make something similar to the project described on Polkadotchair.

Simple projects you can do with Mason jars

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The versatility of Mason jars makes them a wonderful resource for a lot of interesting DIY projects and a lot of them are Halloween-related. Like the colorful jar lanterns featured on Mycraftyspot. You can make these using black spray paint for the lids, scotch tape, tissue paper in various different colors, black paper for the facial features and glue.

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You can also use Mason jars to make spooky terrariums. Put inside things like twigs, moss, seed pods, leaves and Halloween-themed decorations like skulls, skeletons, spiders and other things. Use different-sized jars for diversity and feel free to customize the project on Todayscreativelife however you want.

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Masonjarcraftslove teaches you how to make a ghost in a jar. The supplies needed include jars, styrofoam disks and balls, moss, twigs, scissors and a glue gun. Put foam inside the lid and insert the twig in the center. Make two cute little ghosts and attach them to the twig. The moss is added at the end to cover up the white foam.

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Spray-painted Mason jars are not exactly mind-blowing and super creative. However, you can make yours stand out by decorating them with ribbons and tags. Paint the jars black and use orange ribbon for a Halloween-like look. {found on okiobdesign}.

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Turning a simple Mason jar into a mummy for Halloween is super easy. Check out Craftsredesigned. Basically all you need is sterile medical gauze, mod podge and googly eyes. Start at the bottom and wrap gauze around the jar, putting glue in between the layers. At the end, paint a layer of mod podge on top of everything and add the googly eyes.

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On Eighteen25 you’ll find another interesting project that uses Mason jars. First you use white acrylic paint for the inside of the jar and then you decorate the outside of the jar using tape and black paint. You can create all sorts of patterns such as stripes or polka dots. The final touch is a letter tag.

How to decorate with tin cans

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Tin cans can be used pretty much the same way as Mason jars. For example, you can make them look like mummies. You can wrap them in cheesecloth and glue on googly eyes. Leave a bit of empty space for the mouth.{found on hgtv}.

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And speaking of googly eyes, you can basically just glue them onto anything and that thing around look cute. For example, put them on tin cans and make funny treat containers. You can paint a mouth on them as well to give them more character. {found on eighteen25}

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Recycled tin cans can also be turned onto cute little trick or treat buckets. You can find out exactly how to do it on simplykierste. Use tape and paint to create patterns, stripes, polka dots and other designs.

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And then, of course, there’s the tin can luminary which you can make any time you want, not just for Halloween. First you put water in the can and then you freeze it. Use a sharpie to outline the design you want to create. Then punch holes in it with a hammer to outline your design. Let the ice melt and then paint the can. {found on jollymom}.

Exploring the spookiness of spider web

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Spider webs are a favorite feature in Halloween décor. A simple project where you can use can be found on Apumpkinandaprincess. The spiderwebs are vinyl decals which you can print out yourself. Simply use them to decorate a mason jar and turn the whole thing into a lantern.

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Make spider web candle votives using yarn. You’ll need a small glass vase, white yarn and small fake spiders. Tie a small knot at one end of the yarn and glue it to the vase. Then start wrapping and gluing until the vase starts to look as if covered with spider web. At the end, glue on the spiders. {found on chickenscratchny}.

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An embroidery hoop allows you to create a symmetrical spider web so consider using it in one of your projects. The idea came from Thethingsshemakes. The supplies needed also include white wool and plastic spiders. Check out the instructions and make your own decorative spider web.

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Similarly, you could also use a picture frame. The whole project is pretty simple and you can find detailed instructions on how to craft the web from Beckiadams. Consider painting the frame an eye-catching color to make the whole thing more interesting.

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The project featured on Myuntangledlife is on a whole different scale. You can do something this on the porch. The spider web will look creepy so imagine the final look when you also add a giant spider at the center.

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Can you imagine decorating your home with trash bags for Halloween? Of course, the trash bags would take on a whole different form from their initial one. You can actually use them to make spider webs which you can then hang around the house. If you’re curious about how such a décor would look like, check out Howaboutorane for inspiration.

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You can decorate an entire wall with a giant spider web and you can make it all using washi tape. The tape would have to be black to better stand out against a white wall. Start with a star shape made up of five strips of tape. Then start connecting the lines creating a ring at the center. Then add another one and another one until the design is complete. {found on zakkalife}.

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Or you can make a giant spider web for the wall using yarn. The whole process is similar to the one we described for the washi tape web. You can find instructions on Theartofdoingstuff. Don’t try to get a very symmetrical or perfect design. In fact, it will look creepier if it has some flaws.

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Don’t want your giant spider web to look creepy for the kids? Then how about turning the whole concept into a game? Use a printable to create a “pin the spider on the web” game. Tape it onto a wall and have fun. {found on ellaclaireinspired}.

How to decorate with bats

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Bats are creepy because they come out when it’s dark, they get tangled in your hair and they have those scary little hands. So we use them as inspiration when we decorate our homes for Halloween. But, even so, they can look cute. A simple project we found on Younghouselove suggests decorating a lampshade with paper bats.

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Usually the kids of project described on Marvelousmommy is done with paper butterflies but, since it’s Halloween, let’s use bats instead. Basically you cut out a whole lot of black bats out of cardboard and then you attach them to a wall one by one using double-sided tape.

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If you have a globe pendant lamp or a lamp on which you can attach decorative bats, go for it. Like shown on Rebekahgough, it will actually look beautiful. You can make these out of paper, cardboard, fabric and whatever else you want.

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You could also hang bats from your ceiling beams or chandelier. You can cut out their wings out of black cardboard and then attach them to a black clothespin. Hang them with fishing line or yarn, string, etc. {found on estefimachado}.

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You can use this theme when making string art for your home. First you print out the bar pattern. Then you outline it with pins. After that you loop black string back and forth between the pins until you cover the pattern. At the end, outline the bat. To make it stay like that after you remove the pins, dip the string in fabric stiffener. {found on craftpenguin}.

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You can find another beautiful project somewhat similar to the previous one on Thethingsshemakes. For this one you need black cardboard, brads, silver thread and a bat print. Print out a bat image and place it above the cardboard. Make pin holes at the points that define the outline and then put the brads in place. Carefully rip away the print out and start joining up the brads with thread to outline the bat silhouette.

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Bats fly so, if you want your decorations to be realistic, they should fly too. The easiest way to achieve that is with balloons. Check out Alovelylook to see how that would turn out. You need black balloons, helium, double-sided tape, scissors and black paper. Print out a bat wing template and then cut it out. Use it as a stencil for the wings which you’ll be attaching to the balloon.

Ghostly decorations.

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Ghosts are scary and spooky and often used as symbols for Halloween decorations. Of course, since we don’t have a clear image of how ghosts should look like, there’s no right or wrong way of designing such a decoration. The cute cheesecloth ghosts featured on Consumercrafts are actually very lovely.

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Balloon ghosts are another simple option. You can make them using white balloons, stickers, white tissue paper and a sharpie. Blow up the balloons and draw the ghost faces on. Then make tassels out of tissue paper. Stick the paper tassels to the base of the balloon with double-sided tape. {found on thethingsshemakes}.

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Ghost garlands can be made in a lot of different ways. One option is provided on Designdininganddiapers. You need white string lights, white cotton fabric, white string and a black sharpie to make this garland. They look cute and funny and when they light up they stand out even more.

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A different design for a ghost garland is featured on Littlelightdesigncollective. These are tassel ghosts and they’re pretty easy to make. You can connect them to form a garland or use them as individual decorations.

Skeleton decorations reveal their funny and spooky sides

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Looking for a simple but efficient way to decorate your house for Halloween? Check out the idea featured on Instructables. It looks as if the house is taken over by climbing skeletons which is scary and funny at the same time. It all starts with a blow mold skeleton. After you sew the joints together you hang them up on your house.

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Or you can only use a bunch of skeleton hands to make a creepy Halloween wreath like the one shown on Triedandtrueblog. This one was made using a total of nine plastic skeleton hands, metallic silver spray paint, strong glue and a chalkboard circle.