Decorating for Halloween only comes after Christmas in terms of time, effort and expense. But it doesn’t have to be just pricey buys from the Halloween store! With a little effort (which is half the fun, after all!) you can create DIY Halloween decorations yourself. Spooky and ghoulish, or fun and family friendly, we found you tutorials and projects for them all!



DIY Halloween Decorations

Indoor Halloween Decor

Here we have some quick and thrifty indoor DIY Halloween decorations from ‘The Happy Housie‘. We love the pops of yellow in this black and white themed mantel, and the styling is perfect! And, she has tutorials for all these great Halloween decorating ideas that cost almost nothing to put together. (Diggin’ on the spell book project!)


This DIY Halloween candy door hanger is from ‘Cherished Bliss‘. This is meant more for a party than for Halloween night, but you could use it the whole month of October to welcome guests! Easy Halloween decor tutorial, lots of photos.


From ‘Sunset‘, use this indoor Halloween decorating DIY to put a little twist on the ordinary Jack-o-Lantern. Carve your pumpkin, then paint the outside with black chalk paint. When the Jack-o-Lantern glows, it will glow orange from the inside!


Find out how to make these skull DIY Halloween decorations from ‘Martha‘. Doesn’t the green glitter give it an eerie glow? Maybe even more so than black glitter would!


This “catch a spider” light up mason jar project from ‘Mom Dot‘ is a spooky Halloween lantern for the porch. Project uses  LED flameless tea lights, so they are safe Halloween decorations, too!


Speaking of mason jars, these mason jar DIY Halloween lanterns from ‘Penny Pinchin Mom‘ were the inspiration for our DIY Christmas mason jar luminaries. Fun project for any holiday!


Want to add a touch of DIY Halloween fun in a room? Make this Halloween vignette (or one like it!) with this tutorial from ‘Live Laugh Rowe‘. She even has a candy corn pom pom tutorial for you there!


This project takes a swing at the black & white theme that is so popular around this holiday, then tosses a splash of gold at it! Eye catching but subtle, spooky yet not “scary”, a great DIY Halloween idea that can be used year after year. From ‘She’s Crafty‘.


Don’t forget to look up when planning ghoulish decor for the Halloween holiday. This spooky bat chandelier from ‘A Diamond in the Stuff‘ is easy to make with foam bats and needlework hoops. The taller your ceiling, the bigger you could make this!


DIY Outdoor Halloween Decorations

If you are looking for DIY Halloween decorations to creep the pants off your neighbors, then try these “yard zombies’ from ‘Craftibilities‘. Easy to make with a skeleton and some PVC pipe. And some cool, and a little dark, imagination.


Ok, need a little bit scary Halloween decorating idea? This DIY pumpkin scarecrow fits the bill! From David Schilling via ‘Home Depot‘, this blogger knows how to make DIY outdoor Halloween decorations fro the yard! Easy to follow tutorial for every part of this whole outdoor project.


Love, love, LOVE this Halloween pumpkin arch tutorial from ‘Don Morin‘. This project uses a little rebar for stability, some pvc pipe, and artificial pumpkins found on sale at craft stores. This. Is. Amazing! It would be a perfect “entrance” to a Halloween haunted house!



The next project is a very cool cheap DIY Halloween decoration! These garage door Halloween silhouettes are made from basic plywood and a dremel tool or jigsaw. They point out that this project’s lights actually accentuate the project even during the day, then gradually look spookier and spookier as night falls and the lights intensify their look. I also like how they are quick to point out that you don’t have to be too perfect cutting out this project, as most homemade Halloween decorations look better with jagged edges. Perfect for beginners! From ‘Instructables‘.


Try this (icky) mouse motel DIY Halloween decorating idea from ‘Martha‘. Enough to give you the creeps without giving little ones nightmares for weeks!


Need some spider action? Try these cheap and easy trash bag spider webs from ‘Fast Forward Fun‘. They even have a how-to video to creating these simple DIY Halloween decorations!


These floating ghost heads are not only easy to make, they will creep you out more than the average ghost! The formed faces (read how they did that!) really make a difference in the spook factor. These would be a great Halloween prop for a graveyard. From ‘Simply Designing‘.


From ‘Wholesale Halloween Costumes‘, make this DIY Halloween masking tape hand prop for next to nothing! This would also look great in a Halloween cemetery, don’t you think? Jump on over to our post on how to make a Halloween graveyard to do your own!


This DIY mummy door from ‘East Coast Creative‘ is so fun because you can make it friendly or scary, depending on the level of “fright” you are looking for. Just change the look of the eyes!


Make ghostly draperies with this tutorial from ‘HGTV‘. These are great DIY Halloween decorations for a porch or entryway.

Great DIY Halloween decorations and projects! Make enough of any of these and you can turn your home into a haunted house without the huge price tag. (Don’t forget to pack them away for next year!) Love this post? Don’t forget to check out our DIY Halloween Graveyard for all the great tutorials there! Or, our post on Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas on our sister site OhMeOhMy! Also… Front Porch Christmas Decorations you can make at TGG!

Image Credits: Martha, The Happy Housie, Cherished Bliss, Sunset, Martha, Mom Dot, Penny Pinchin Mom, Live Laugh Rowe, She's Crafty, A Diamond in the Stuff, Craftibilities, Home Depot, Don Morin, Instructables, Fast Forward Fun, Simply Designing, Wholesale Halloween Costumes, East Coast Creative, HGTV




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  1. Misty September 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Terri October 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I love the giant spider! However, I was unable to find any instructions. I used to really be “into” Pinterest, but when I found I craft I really loved, I could very rarely find the instructions to re-create the craft. This is one thing I just do not understand about this site, and perhaps I am missing something….is the main purpose to show off your creations? I simply don’t understand why the directions are just not available. So, what exactly is the point? I’ve found several projects I’d really like to try and I will endeavor to muddle through on my own. If I do come up with something, I would love to share it with other people. When I signed up for Pinterest years ago, I thought this was the whole idea behind it. I just don’t get it….

    1. Kathy Woodard October 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Terri! There is a link there in the write up about the giant spider that originally went to the tutorial, but I just went and checked, and it seems that blog no longer exists. We will try to find a replacement project as soon as we can, sorry for the inconvenience! We do try to include tutorial with all of our projects when possible!

  3. The Furnshop September 21, 2017 at 6:16 am

    This is such an amazing post. I just love all these Halloween decoration ideas. Thanks for sharing this post.

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