8 Super Fun DIY Halloween Decorations

Be prepared to be scared!

Is it beginning to look a little spooky around your neighborhood? Maybe you have already spotted some scary skeletons, witches, black cats and gravestones on front lawns around town.

Halloween is a special time to make happy family memories, and let your creativity flow with DIY decorating.

If you need some inspiration to get started on making your own Halloween decorations, we’ve found some fun DIY projects. All you need is a little time, your imagination and a few everyday items you can find around the house and at your local hardware store.

We’ve put together some of our top picks from some talented do-it-yourselfers!

Images from: Decor Hint, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Princess Pinky Girl & HG TV

 

A giant spider in a gigantic spiderweb

This giant spider web will certainly be seen from a distance as it welcomes trick or treaters to your home!

You’ll need about half an hour and the following supplies:

  • Any rope, yarn or string. (For a spider web that will be outdoors, macrame cording and clothesline are good choices.)
  • Faux spider
  • Scissors
  • Screw hook eyes or hooks

See it here on Decor Hint.

DIY scary giant eyeballs

Here’s a fun and easy DIY project that will be sure to excite the neighborhood! Simply paint large beach balls, hopper balls or plastic pumpkins white, then add black and green or the color of your choice for the eye, for some scary fun in your front yard.

Supplies:

  • Green plastic pumpkin buckets, beach balls or hopper balls
  • Paint brush
  • White spray paint
  • Aluminum foil
  • Black and red paint (or white, green and black if using beach balls or hopper balls)

Read more about how to make Spooky Bush Eyes.

Tomato cage ghosts

Light up your front yard with these glowing ghosts! Easy to make and spooky fun for the trick or treaters in your neighborhood!

You will need:

  • Tomato cage
  • King size pillowcase
  • Sharpie
  • String lights (white, orange, purple)

See more pictures and learn how to make tomato cage ghosts.

Black cat outdoor Halloween decoration

A spooky black cat is a must for a frightening Halloween. Here’s a very scary kitty you can make with plywood and a jigsaw blade.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 2 'x 2' piece of plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Fine-toothed wood-cutting jigsaw blade
  • Electric drill with an extra-large drill bit
  • 18" wood landscaping stakes (2)
  • Pneumatic nail gun and nails
  • Hammer
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Sanding block with 80-grit sandpaper
  • Black exterior paint

Download the Halloween Scaredy Cat Template here.


Images from: Chas' Crazy Creations, The Keeper of the Cheerios, & Instructables

 

Tombstones made with wood

No truly frightening yard can do without creepy tombstones. Make your own realistic tombstones with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

What do you need?

  • Scrap lumber
  • Handheld cutting tool (or a band saw)
  • Razor knife
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • 1 1/2 –inch wood screws
  • Spray paint (stone-textured)
  • Black paint
  • Template (optional)

See how to make them on Cut The Wood.

Halloween witch

Every house needs a witch for Halloween, and with this easy DIY project, you can conjure up an entire coven! This is a fun project your kids will want to help you with.

Materials needed:

  • Tomato cage
  • Plastic pumpkin pail
  • Twine or wool
  • Black garbage bag, yard size
  • Glue gun
  • LED light
  • Witch’s hat

Lean how to make your own Halloween Witch on Cras' Crazy Creations.

Halloween directional wooden sign post

Which way is the witch? Give your trick or treaters a little help and guide them to all the fun at your house with this colorful sign post. You can make the individual signs and then fasten them to a tree or post on your property.

You only need a few supplies:

  • Scrap wood slats
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pinner/nail gun
  • Hot glue if needed for added touches
See more pictures and learn more about this project on The Keeper of the Cheerios.

Haunted House with lights

If you have a little more time before Halloween, try this fun woodworking DIY project. You can make your own haunted house display complete with lights – just follow along the instructions in the helpful video tutorials.

Supplies:

  • Find a picture or design your own pattern
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Drill
  • Jig saw
  • Wire cutter
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Large drill 3/8” bit or spade bit
  • 1/8” drill bit
  • 3/32” drill bit
  • 1/2” x 4 ft. x 8 ft. plywood
  • 1/4” x 4 ft. x 8 ft. plywood
  • 1/8” x 12” x 12” plywood
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scroll saw
  • Scroll saw blade – fine blade 18 plus teeth
  • Hinge with screws
  • 3/4” wide aluminium x 1 ft.
  • Staple gun
  • Wax paper
  • ¾” (L) brackets = QTY 4
  • Orange battery powered lights = QTY 2
  • Orange battery powered string lights = QTY 1
  • Thin wire
  • Printer
  • Quart of black paint = QTY 1
  • Paint brush and/or roller and tray
  • 2” hinge
  • ¾” x 1” x 4” piece of wood
  • ½” screws = QTY – 18
  • 1” screws = QTY – 2
  • 6” chain
  • Wood glue
  • Battery powered lights form a candle = QTY 2
  • Staple gun with staples 3/8”

See the 4-step video series on Instructables.

 

There are so many ways to have a frighteningly good time this Halloween with these easy and thrifty DIY decorations!