Trick out your home with ghoulish DIY creations that’ll impress trick-or-treaters and party guests alike. before we begin, please check the description area first, there are listed links to the original projects and tutorial that exist in this article. 52 Easy DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas, By Karin Lidbeck-Brent and Caroline Picard.1. Stack a Topiary. Wow trick-or-treaters by piling heirloom pumpkins on planters.2. Hang a Garland. DIY a fun and festive banner by cutting flag shapes out of thick construction paper, spelling out your message and attaching to the mantel using ribbon or twine.
DIY Halloween wreaths! DIY Halloween home decor! 3. Make an Eerie Entrance. Take your door from boring to boo-ring with a scary grapevine wreath, pumpkin pillars and a pair of jack-o’-luminaries.4. Set a Spooky Buffet. Dish out your smorgasbord of desserts in shiver-inducing serving pieces, like a split-open plastic skull.5. Punch Up Pumpkins.
Flowers in fall shades transform any hollowed-out gourd into a wow-worthy centerpiece.6. Pick Your Poison. Ominous apothecary bottles from a mad scientist’s laboratory (check eBay or Etsy for vintage finds) display pre-wilted blossoms.7. Perfect the Tabletop. Dress up the dinner table with a fast autumnal centerpiece. Just coil craft-store wire vines around gourds’ stems, then weave in a faux ivy garland for extra greenery.8. Create a Cast of Characters.
Last year’s costumes can dress up this year’s decorations, or mummify traditional jack-o’-lanterns with a dressing of kitchen cheesecloth.9. Warm the Hearth. Move pumpkins off the porch and into a less-expected locale, like an unused fireplace. For these graphic gourds, use painter’s tape to mark off geometric designs.10. Cast a Shadow. Create a mesmerizing 3-D glowing effect with a simple carving trick. 20 Cool Master Bedroom Design Ideas 11.
Pile on the Pumpkins. Bigger is better, right? So go for broke with a porch full of glowing jack-o’-lanterns. Enlist the kids to draw on their designs for additional carving inspiration.12. Fix Up the Foyer. Give your guests the gift of spook as soon as they enter your haunted house. A bouquet of batty branches alongside decorated votives and candy-filled treats set the perfect party mood.13.
Display a Trio of Tombstones. Here’s a good excuse to get out the glitter. Shimmery “skeleton” pumpkins rest in peace on a macabre mantle.14. Set the Mood. Put mini pumpkins to work as votive holders for a flickering fall table. Snap off each pumpkin’s stem, and position a candle in its depression.15. Spice Up the Buffet.
When in doubt, spray-paint everything black. Darkened flowers, skulls, candlesticks and the like cast a spooky spell over this party spread. 16. Go for Gourds For a fireplace display that can stay up until turkey time, drape a trio of pinked printed-fabric squares atop the mantel, and weight them down with an assortment of colorful gourds and leaves.17. Dress the Windows. Use candlelight to create dark shadows in the corners. Here, ghostly white tapers in a flea market candelabra enhance the creepiness of cobwebs and flying bats.18.
Cut Out a Costume. Trick out your jack-o’-lanterns in these bewitching handmade masks. Just download one (or all three!) of our easy cut-out templates.19. Craft Creepy Crawlers. Light the way with these spidery candle-holders. Scoop out mini pumpkins and add tealights and pipe cleaners for big bugs you’ll actually love spotting around the house.20. Fake Phony Paintings.
Turn a mantel into a ghostly gallery by photocopying19th-century portraits (these are from a Civil War history book) and mounting them on somber, coal-colored mats.21. Up Your Curb Appeal. For a killer entrance, perch ravens on tall branches with pumpkins as their base.22. Cut and Paste. Paper leaves encircling a white pumpkin make a graphic statement. Trace foliage from outside for a realistic garland.23. Assemble a Ghostly Figure.
Give “dressed to kill” a whole new meaning with a pumpkin-headed specter. Carve a grimacing jack-o’-lantern, then carefully attach it to the top of an old dressmaker’s dummy.24. Dish Out the Punch. Filled with cider, a hollowed-out pumpkin becomes an organic punch bowl. Plus, it’s one less dish to wash during post-party clean-up.25. String Up a Mobile. This mobile mimics fluttering foliage — minus the raking.
Collect leaves with intact stems and press in a heavy book for a few days.26. Light a Candelabra. A squat, scooped-out pumpkin makes the perfect holder for tapers in a hurricane adorned with trailing ivy.27. Save Time With No-Carve Pumpkins. These familiar faces are dead ringers for cut-out lanterns, but they’re ready in less than five minutes.28. Light a Pair of Leafy Lanterns. Carving out a fall garland is easy with our printable template.
Plop the pumpkins atop a pair of planters for a festive welcome.29. Hang a Supernatural Photo. A plastic ceiling medallion from a home-improvement store will be cheaper, and it’ll look like the real thing.30. Branch Out. To show off the beauty of autumnal berries, simply drill small holes into pumpkins and insert branches.31. Make a Dramatic Entrance. To set an unsettling scene, shroud your entrance with tied-back velvet curtains and add pumpkins spray-painted black.32.
Weave a Tangled Web. Recycle (clean) baby-food jars as spidery votives with this easy DIY. For each candleholder, dip 48 inches of yarn into a one-part Elmer’s glue, two-part water solution.33. Hand It Over. Protruding from a lace parasol, a disembodied hand tests the fearlessness of trick-or-treaters— are they brave enough to grab candy from such a spooky server?34. Darken Your Door. This moldering wreath looks like it came straight from the crypt.
Craft it fast with ebony flowers, a stuffed raven, bone-white branches and a gnarled grapevine base.35. Gild a Gourd. A sugar pumpkin stars in this elegant centerpiece, which doubles as a vase for autumnal floral favorites.36. String Up Colorful Lights. Cast a spell on a strand of bulbs with DIY paper shades in Halloween colors.37. Chill the Punch. Ladle blood-red pomegranate juice and seltzer from an antique-style punch bowl, complete with an icy hand frozen in a latex glove.38.
Spell It Out. Lettered in a spectral script, pale pumpkins cast a sinister spell. Use a black marker and wobbly writing to channel the ghostly greetings.39. Wrap Up a Wreath. This easy wall hanging only requires a few ingredients — a foam wreath form, black yarn, and decorative spiders and crows.40. Dress Up Mini Pumpkins. For a no-fuss fall centerpiece, attach double-stick tape to lengths of patterned ribbon, then wrap around each squash.
Heap ’em in a shallow bowl for a collection of cuties.41. Do a Literal Witch Craft. Use our free template to cut out a simple silhouette (and some twinkling Styrofoam stars)that will delight trick-or-treaters.42. Sink Your Teeth Into This. Chocolate cookie walls and candy decorations make this haunted house frightfully delicious.43. Try a Little Black Magic. These vases do require a knife, but the celestial designs come courtesy of a spoon.
Cut off the top of the pumpkin, and remove the innards.44. Stencil on Intricate Designs. A candy buffet gets some Halloween spirit, thanks to no-carve pumpkins. To create the patterns, tape on multiple store-bought stencils, brush over them with black acrylic paint.45. Give Out Ghostly Goodies. Stock a hollowed-out gourd with dressed-up lollipops. It’ll double as cute decor and a handy trick-or-treating bowl.46.
Fill a Cornucopia With Gourds. This bountiful door hanger can stay up through Thanksgiving, thanks to plentiful fall foliage.47. Festoon a Jack-O’-Wreath. Give your pumpkin its very own flower crown. Shape sturdy floral wire into a wreath. The blooms will still be lovely when dried!48. Stick Together.
These mini dudes come together more easily than their snowmen brethren. Simply stack up small squash, insert twig arms and draw on a face for a festive doll.49. Tape Up a Cloud of Bats. A fluttering colony of (paper) fliers requires just cardstock and a roll of tape. Secure the bats along the ceiling, or even outside on the porch.50. Cut Out Giant Spiderwebs. Clever snipping turns regular trash bags (yep, trash bags!) into dramatic over-sized webs.
Glue on plastic spiders for an extra spooky touch.51. Suspend Outdoor Lanterns. Light the way for trick-or-treaters with these whimsical luminaries — or hang battery-operated tapers from the ceiling just like Harry Potter.52. Set Up a Spooky Backdrop. Even the garage door can get a Halloween makeover. This elaborate cut-out may take some time, but it’s sure to make your house the best on the block.