20+ Awesome But Easy DIY Halloween Decorations
Do you host a Halloween Party? Do trick-or-treaters come to your house? Or maybe you just remembered Halloween is coming and you want something a little spooky around the house?! Well today I have a great list of more that 20 Last-minute easy DIY Halloween Decorations ideas for inside and outside of your home! Affiliate links are used in this post.
I'm generally NOT a huge holiday decorator, but I get an occasional burst of motivation.
Over the past few years I thought up a few super simple DIY Halloween ideas and finally I am getting them all in one place, along with some other super fun, super easy ideas I've found around the web!
Homemade Halloween Decorations: Front Porch Spiderweb
I put this bad boy up on our front porch swing the past few years and once you get it cut to fit your location you can put it up pretty quickly year after year.
Turns out I wasn't the only one to think of making a big spiderweb out front, because now you can buy all sorts of sized of Premade Giant Front Yard Spiderwebs.
But here are the instructions if you want to make your own custom size and shape spiderweb.
DIY Porch Spiderweb
Materials for these spooky decorations:
- Long clothesline
- Strong scissors
- A super huge fake spider. (We got our spider at Target several years ago, but this posable 50 inch spider would probably to do trick!)
- A step stool will probably come in handy.
How to Make a DIY Giant Spiderweb
Once you decide where you want to put your spiderweb, survey the area for your spiderweb support structure. Since I didn't have anything at the top center of my swing, I started by tying a length of clothesline horizontally across the top of the swing, and one horizontally across the center. You may need a bottom one as well depending on where you are putting yours. Once you've got your horizontal lines tied, tie a length of clothesline vertically at the center, knotting at the top, looping it around the center line to secure it and then knotting it at the bottom. Next tie two lengths of clothesline in an X pattern the same way, looping each one around the center.
Now that the “spokes” of the web are done, you can start spinning. Tie the end of the remaining clothesline to the center of your web, then pick one “spoke” and tie it about 6 inches away from the center as a starting point. Keep the long length of clothesline all bundled up in your hand as you go and each time you get to a spoke, loop it in a single knot so it doesn't slide around as you proceed. Keep going in a concentric circle until you are happy and then tie off the end and trim the remaining clothesline. Add your spider and you are done! Feel free to add some smaller plastic spiders for even more creepy crawlies!
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Easy But Elegant DIY Halloween Tablescape
You could drive yourself BATTY making a pretty table on Halloween, but you can make it easy with a few choice pieces.
- White Tablecloth
- Mini Pumpkins (We always buy some real ones at the farmer's market, but I also have a set of glass pumpkins on our mantle)
- Bat cutouts
- Halloween confetti
Easy DIY Halloween Decoration: Ghost Silhouette Night Light
I might go so far as to call this a “Halloween Hack” but I know people get twitchy when you use that word if it doesn't fit their definition…. so we will stick with super simple Halloween Decorations for this awesome Ghost Silhouette Night Light.
Materials for Ghost Night Light
- Night light that happens to be ghost shaped (we got ours from Lowes years ago, but this nightlight would work.)
- Electrical Tape
- Sharp scissors
We have these Prism Style Always On LED Night Lights in one of our bathrooms and I oddly love it. (They are no longer available at Lowes but I saw these nightlights on amazon which are very similar)
How to Make a DIY Ghost Night Light
Step one, cut tiny pieces of electrical tape that look like eyes and a mouth. Step two, stick them to the side that faces the wall. Done.
In case you were wondering, the four year old LOOOOVES it. She makes up excuses to use that bathroom just to go see him. Did I say “him?” Eh…I guess it's a dude ghost. Not quite a glow in the dark project, but since it comes on when the light goes out, it sure seems like it.
Quick Halloween Decorations: Plastic Bag Ghosts
I first made these super easy, totally free, recycled plastic bag ghosts last Halloween when I made my daughter an indoor Halloween Obstacle Course. (We used our giant spider for that too!) This year when my daughter asked me if we could make some Halloween decorations, I thought, “Hey we could totally decorate with those ghosts!”
Now, word of warning, it IS a plastic grocery bag, so if you have babies or curious pets in the house please be very cautious of leaving these around the house, even taped somewhere high.
But if you want to make them it is SUPER simple! All you need is plastic grocery bags, sharpie markers and scissors. Tape too if you want to hang them up!
Cut your plastic bags up the side seam and around to create a ghost-like shape and draw on various faces. Tape somewhere. DONE! Last yer I drew the faces but this year my four year old daughter did. It was pretty fun to see what she drew- one was surprised, one was hairy, one was happy and one was lovely. I forget the other two. Made me think of the seven dwarves, haha. She made 6 and she chose where we hung each one. She's very proud that she decorated our house for Halloween!
Sticky Window Ghosts
Okay it's official, we are on a ghost kick at our house! Ha! This was another activity that I did with the kids, so it looks kooky but I could see an adult making them and looking pretty cool!
I cut ours by hand, an we put them on the front door for fun, but I bet if you ran some contact paper through a silhouette cutting machine (drool, nom nom!) you could make some super fun Halloween decoration in no time flat!
For more details on how we made ours, check out the Halloween Contact Paper Ghosts post.
So those are some of the super quick and easy DIY Halloween Decorations we've done, but I'm not the only one who wanted something quick, easy and cute around this spooky holiday! Come check out what I found on some of my favorite blogs!
More Easy DIY Halloween Decorations
Links are in order of appearance in the collages. Click on the colored links for the the quick and easy tutorials for these DIY Halloween Decorations:
- Halloween Footprint Bunting from Mama Papa Bubba (this would make a cool class Halloween party decoration)
- Easy Halloween Window Decorations from Craftulate
- Ghost Night Light from Lalymom (above)
- Awesome Hanging Spiderwebs from Fun at Home with Kids
- Pine Cone Spiders by Fireflies and Mud Pies (collect pine cones and make a quick trip to the crafts store!)
- Mummy Front Door by East Coast Mommy (A cute way to greet all the kiddos coming around for Halloween candy!)
- Easy Kid Made Spider Pumpkin by Buggy and Buddy (Great alternative to pumpkin carving!)
- Hanging Bat Decorations by Buggy and Buddy (these could be a fun Halloween Party Favor)
- Ghost and Bat Halloween Bunting from Zing Zing Tree
- Halloween Wreath from an Old T-Shirt from Zing Zing Tree
More Easy Homemade Halloween Decorations Below
Remember, click the colored links for the full tutorial.
- Easy Paper Fan DIY Halloween Decorations from Our Little House in the Country
- Front Porch Spiderweb from Lalymom (above)
- Sticky Monster Window from Two-Daloo
- DIY Halloween Window Clings from I Heart Arts & Crafts
- Plastic Bag Ghosts from Lalymom (above) (these would be cute in a not too scary kids haunted house)
- Easy Ghost Wreath from My Nearest and Dearest
- Easy Pumpkin Window from How Wee Learn
- Easy Window Ghosts from Lalymom (above)
- Halloween Rocks from Happy Hooligans
- Spiderweb Geoboard Pumpkin from Danya Banya (cool alternative to a Jack o Lantern)
- Milk Jug Ghost from East Coast Mommy
- Life Size Skeleton from Fun at Home with Kids
What are your go-to, tried and true DIY Halloween decoration ideas? I'd love to hear about them in the comments! And if you liked this post, please do use the old Pin it Button to share it! Thanks!
Looking for even MORE Halloween Inspiration? Here are some fun kids activities that we have done, and for EVEN more ideas you have to check out my Halloween Pinterest Board!