Looking to add some creepy Halloween fun to your yard or home without breaking the bank? Then you’ll love these easy DIY Halloween decorations. Many of these decorations may look difficult BUT actually require few materials and simple steps.
8 Frugal DIY Halloween Decorations
1.DIY Spirit Jugs
This DIY Halloween idea is super easy AND will provide the perfect lighting to your door! You’ll only need four items for this craft:
- Clean gallon milk jugs (ask neighbors if you don’t have enough saved!)
- Black permanent marker
- Craft knife
- String of clear low-wattage Christmas lights
Simply draw some spooky faces on your milk jugs, color them in with the marker, cut a hole in the back, line them up, and place lights in the back of each one. For the full picture tutorial head here.
2. Glitter Pumpkin Topiary
My favorite part of this craft is that you can use is again year after year! Even better, it requires minimal items! For this craft you’ll need:
- Black & orange glitter spray paint
- Wooden letters (BOO)
- Glue gun
- 3 Foam pumpkins
- Flower pot
- Orange ribbon – optional
First cut off two of the pumpkin’s stems. Then, simply spray paint your three pumpkins with glitter paint (alternate colors so one black and two orange or vice versa) and use your hot glue gun to glue them on top of each other. Next, spray paint your wooden letters (make them opposite of pumpkins) and hot glue them to the pumpkins. Place them in the flower pot and tie the ribbon in between each pumpkin. Go here for full directions.
3. Phantom Ghost Children
To make this craft you’ll need:
- A doll
- Your choice of fabric
- Fabric quick stiffening spray.
It doesn’t get much easier than this craft! Simply take your doll, drape fabric over it and spray with your fabric stiffening spray. Let it set and then remove the doll. Place the fabric on a ledge or window and your ghost is done…creepy!
4. Floating Witch’s Hat Luminaries
Most of the items for this spooky decoration will be in your craft closet AND this will add the perfect Halloween glow to any window, porch, or party! What you’ll need:
- Inexpensive Witches Hats
- Fishing Line
- Long Needle
- LED light sticks
- Safety Pins
- Outdoor Command Hooks for Lights
Start by hanging your command hooks. Then thread fishing line through the top of your hat. Next tie the fishing line to a safety pin an attach an LED light stick. Hang them from the hooks and you’re done. Find the full picture tutorial here.
5. Spider Webs from Trash Bags
These would be fun for a Halloween party or to add to your yard! To make these dramatic spider webs all you need are:
- Black Trash Bags
Basically you’ll make these in a similar way as paper snowflakes. First, take your trash bag and trim off the side and bottom seams. Cut these into two squares, fold diagonally to form a triangle, and fold the triangle in half two more time. Fasten the layers together with the and then use a sharpie to draw your web. Cut, unfold, and hang! For a step-by-step picture tutorial head here.
6. DIY Halloween Wine Bottles
These wine bottle are very easy to make and are perfect for a Halloween party! For these you’ll need:
- Wine Bottles
- Spray Paint
- Painters Tape
- Paint Pens
- Glitter & Glue (optional)
These are really simple! Just spray paint your bottles (use painters tape to mark off hair for Frankenstein) and allow to dry. Use a paint pen to draw on your faces OR use glue/mod podge to draw faces and cover with glitter. Visit Lombardo Lagniappe for more detailed instructions.
7. Packing Tape Ghost
Looking for a more awe-inspiring decoration? This craft is a little more difficult (and spendy) than the others BUT it will have all the neighbors coming to your yard. For this craft you’ll need:
- 3 Rolls of packing tape
- Mannequin or human shaped figure
- Spotlight (optional)
To make, use large piece of packing tape (sticky side out) to wrap your form covering the whole torso. Then, make the torso using long vertical strips. Once the first sticky layer is completed go back over it with the sticky side in. Once it’s all covered, cut a slit up the back and remove from the form. Then, tape the slit back together. Hang in a tree or attack to a PVC pipe in your yard and place a spotlight on your ghost. Find full directions at The Crafty Geek.
8. Jack Skellington Door
Looking to make your home festive without too much work or too high of a cost? Then this craft is perfect! For this craft you’ll need:
- Black Card Stock
- Black Electrical Tape
- This FREE printable
First start by printing out this FREE Jack Skellington Printable. Then cut out onto black card stock. Create a mouth shape on your door with black electrical tape. Use electrical tape to attach eyes and nose to the door. Done! Go to Twin Dragonfly Designs for more specific directions.
Will you be making Halloween crafts or decorations this year?