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30+ DIY Halloween Decorations – Easy Handmade Ideas for the Spookiest Halloween Ever

It’s time to get into the Halloween spirit with these 30+ cheap and easy DIY Halloween Decorations. Get your spook on for this scary holiday!

This is such a busy time of the year for so many of us. Pumpkins are getting carved, homes are getting decorated, Halloween parties are being planned and DIY Halloween costumes are being made.

The expenses associated with the upcoming holidays means that I don’t want to spend a lot of either money or time on decorating for such a short holiday like Halloween.

Halloween night seems to be over in a flash and then it’s on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

Jack Skellington pumpkin and text reading "Easy Halloween decorating ideas."

These Halloween DIY projects are the perfect choice for those who feel the same way. They are easy to put together and inexpensive for supplies. What’s not to like?

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How to make Halloween special

Kids love Halloween because of its spookiness.

Crafting your own decorations or making Halloween inspired recipes gives you a chance to spend some time with the little ones doing something they will enjoy, and ending up with some Halloween decor items and food to enjoy.

Decorating Halloween sugar cookies.

Young children may not be able to contribute much to the overall projects, but will enjoy even the smallest tasks.

This year, in particular, we are spending a lot of time together, so having some easy Halloween projects in the works starting in early fall will make the whole fun season seem to last longer than normal.

Some of these DIY Halloween decorations take just a few hours to put together and a few require more time, but all will add a spooky mood to your home that will delight all season long.

Incorporate one of these ideas into your next adult Halloween party for some extra spookiness. You can even sample Halloween party drinks, like this Halloween bloody Mary cocktail, while you are having an evening of decoration making.

30+ DIY Halloween decorations for the scariest holiday ever

These quick DIY projects will add some spookiness but won’t break the bank. Each room of your house has a spot where one of the creepy Halloween decorations can find a home.These easy DIY Halloween decor ideas are quick to do and can be done on a budget too.

Whether you need something spooky to add to your front door, or have a bare table that is in need of a creepy accent, one of these projects is just right. Most can be completed in a few hours for very little expense.

Many use recycled items – a favorite of mine when doing craft projects. Read on for some fun ideas for decorating your home for Halloween.

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Black and white Halloween DIY pumpkin decorations

Pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, but we don’t have to opt for the traditional orange look. Turn ordinary pumpkins and tree branches into an edgy black and white display with some Mod Podge and black paint.

This look may seem complicated but it is called decoupage and is very easy to do.

This pumpkin is covered in black and white diamond check fabric with a painted black top. Cut out bats, a glittery painted black branch attached to a wood base and plastic spiders complete the look. Black and white decoupage pumpkins.

See another example of decoupage pumpkins here.

If decoupage is not your thing, get our your paint brushes! These heirloom pumpkins and gourds have been transformed into a fun Nightmare Before Christmas shelf vignette with a bit of time and some black and white paint.

Hand paint the Jack Skellington design, or use a stencil if you are not so artsy.

Painted heirloom pumpkins in black and white colors.

Halloween DIY porch decorations

Transform a porch seating area into a trendy looking greeting for fall in just minutes.

The look is simple to put together. Add white painted heirloom pumpkins, a chalkboard sign that says “hello fall,” and a black lantern with white candles. 

The whole scene takes just minutes to put together, and lets visitors know that fall has arrive in a farm country way.
Halloween porch decor with white pumpkins, chair, lantern and a sign that says "hello fall."

If you are looking for something more spine-chilling for your Halloween porch decor, try this weird and wonderful Beetlejuice inspired scary snake bucket to add to your front door.

The look is fun and frightening at the same time. Those black and white snakes seem ready to strike out at any new guests!

See how to make this Beetlejuice snake porch decor project here.Beetlejuice snake DIY project

Halloween DIY mantle decor

Pumpkins lend themselves to all sorts of farmhouse Halloween home decor ideas. In this vignette, a rustic barn shelf has been adorned with a single black painted pumpkin, an inexpensive Halloween sign, some faux fall berries and a few sprigs of natural raffia. 

The result is easy to do, simple in look but sets the mood nicely for a creepy Halloween scene.

Black pumpkin and good witch sign

Easy Halloween skull decoration

Do you have an empty spot on a bookcase or table? This simple and easy Halloween decoration idea would add just the right amount of spookiness.

Halloween skull decoration with books and rose petals

Photo: Andrés Gómez – Unsplash

All you need to complete the look are three old books sitting haphazardly on each other with an ornate skull on top and white rose petals scattered nearby.

You can also scatter red rose petals, or orange rose petals, both would look good with the skull. The look is eerie and spooky and is sure to be a conversation starter.

DIY Halloween table decoration

A wooden tray gets some artistic treatment in this spooky Halloween decor idea for those with a bit of painting skill. Use black bat stickers to decorate the base of the tray and add a Halloween message in a creepy font.

A small plastic skeleton adds an eerie look to the project that makes a fun decoration for any table or shelf..Halloween tray with a spooky message

Halloween fireplace decoration

Easily transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving with this charming fireplace scene. Two plush pumpkins tell the story of both holidays.

Pumpkin carving and jack o lanterns are associated with Halloween, of course, but did you know that pumpkins are actually one of the six main symbols of Thanksgiving too?

DIY Halloween decorations for a fireplace

Photo credit: Erica Marsland Huynh – Unsplash

When Halloween is finished, simply remove the skulls from under the domes and add something more Thanksgiving inspired, such as leaves, Indian corn or pine cones.

DIY Halloween entry decorations

Transform your interior entry into the spookiest of scenes with some faux spider webs over an old trunk. If you don’t have a trunk, any entry table will work.

Easily set the scene with an old lantern, a skull and some candles. A cheery blue milk jug and large faux pumpkin adds to the look. When guests come through the front door, you know that they will be wondering what else is lurking inside.

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Don’t forget your car when you get in a decorating mood. Instead of having it sit outside, use some Halloween props to set a spooky mood in the driveway, too.

Get some tips for Halloween car decorations here.

More easy DIY Halloween Decorations to try

Are you still looking for more inspiration? Try one of these simple Halloween projects.Pumpkins and Mason Jar Ghosts with polka dot straws

From slithering snakes to painted caterpillars, there is something in this list for all tastes.

Do you decorate for Halloween? What is your favorite DIY project?

Halloween Decorations - Get Your Spook on with these Handmade Projects

From using reclaimed wood made into ghosts, to recycling an old gardening hat into a scarecrow Halloween door decoration, these DIY Halloween decorations are sure to delight children and the young at heart.

Pin these spooky DIY Halloween decorations for later

Would you like a reminder of these easy DIY Halloween ideas? Just pin this image to one of your Halloween boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.30 DIY Halloween Decorations that are sure to get you in the mood

Admin note: This post for DIY Halloween decorations first appeared on the blog in October of 2015. I have updated the post to add new images, increased the number of Halloween projects for you to try and added a video for you to enjoy

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