Halloween is one of my favorite holidays…partially because I feel like it’s “my” holiday since I was born in October! For this reason, I’m a little obsessed with Halloween decorations and crafts so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you! Many of these projects look impressive (a.k.a. hard) but actually require few steps and only a few materials, many of which you probably already have around the house.
Here are 10 fun and frugal Halloween decorations
Paper Bag Door Monster – This craft uses items that you probably have lying around your house to make a fun decoration that will quickly up your house’s scare factor for only a few dollars. You’ll need paper bags, a tape measure, a pencil, dessert plates, packing tape, glue, and colored paper to make this monster. Home Jelly offers step-by-step instructions (complete with pictures!). Even better, she says the project only cost about $7 to make from start to finish!
Bat Buddies – These bat buddies are super cute and can be made for only a $1! All you’ll need is a sharpie, a toilet paper roll, and black paper to make this craft! Just fold the wings up to create bat ears, glue into position, cut wings out of black paper and glue together, draw your cute features and voila! You’ve got bat buddies!
Tissue Box Monster -You’ll need spray paint, tissues boxes, craft paint, egg cartons, hot glue, craft foam, and googley eyes to create these monsters. This project’s five easy to follow steps AND its reuse of household items make it the perfect frugal craft. These would make great decorations and would be a fun craft for grade school children! Find the step by step tutorial here.
Glowing Ghosts – For this craft all you’ll need are: white balloons, glowsticks, and a sharpie! You’ll want to make sure the glow sticks are long lasting…still they’ll only last a few hours so this is perfect for a Halloween party or a day of decoration. This craft couldn’t get simpler! Just insert the stick into the balloons, inflate, tie them closed and draw on your scary ghost faces. Done! To make this even sweeter, you can find all of these items at the dollar store, so this project should cost you three dollars or less!
Ghost Mirror – For this craft just grab a mirror, glue, and paint brush! Draw (or you can print a FREE template) a ghost and then paint it on the mirror!
Pumpkin Punch Bowl – This pumpkin punch bowl is the perfect addition to a grown up Halloween party! Even better, this craft only requires a pumpkin, a bowl, and carving knife. Cut off the top third of the pumpkin, hollow it out, place the bowl, and fill with drinks!
Glowing Trees – Looking to add some lighting to your front yard? Here’s the perfect decoration! Use white water balloons, clear glow sticks, and white stockings to make this decoration. This craft is very similar to the glowing ghosts. Just place a glow stick in the balloon, fill with water, tie off, and place in the stocking. Then hang in trees to add some creepy lighting to your yard!
Chicken Wire Ghosts – My best friends owns a farm, so he always has tons of chicken wire and fencing material around the house which makes me excited to try this craft! All this craft requires is chicken wire and glow in the dark paint! This craft will be a little pricier as the amount of chicken wire you need will cost about $20 BUT you’ll be able to reuse this craft! Just shape your chicken wire into a “ghost” shape and spray with glow in the dark paint!
Hanging Bats – This craft is perfect for those in areas with lots of rain. Since they’re made out of foam and fishing line they can withstand some tough weather. You’ll want to draw the bat on white paper or print out a FREE template and then use it to cut a bat out of the foam. Glue googley eyes to the bat and use scissors to create a hole on the bottom of the bat. Last, use fishing wire to tie the bat to trees or around your home!
Halloween Ghost Lights – These lights are made primarily with white christmas lights, ping pong balls, sharpies and gauze. This project is a more advanced craft BUT the results are amazing. Find the step-by-step picture tutorial here.