13 Fun & Frugal DIY Halloween Decorations
Halloween is right around the corner and decorating your house is one of the most exciting ways to celebrate this spooky season. However, if you’ve visited your local party supply store or generic retailer lately, you’ve probably gasped a few times at the scary price tags. Along with many other commodities, the price of Halloween decorations has skyrocketed. Luckily, there are many cost effective and fun ways to create your own DIY decorative items, without spending an arm and a leg. Not to mention, this is a fun way for you and your family to make the most of this eerily enjoyable celebration.
1. Scraps of plywood, Styrofoam, or cardboard can serve as the perfect foundation for DIY tombstones to scatter throughout a makeshift graveyard. Take your craft skills to the next level with textured spray paint and use a thick, black permanent marker to customize your creepy condolences.
2. Cheesecloth is the perfect material for shaping DIY ghosts. Using a sturdy material like Styrofoam craft balls or balloons, you can string these shadowy statues from the tree limbs or porch awnings.
3. If you don’t have trees in your yard, find an area of woods and collect large, fallen limbs. These can be strategically placed throughout your lawn for a spooky forest feel.
4. With a handful of large, black plastic garbage bags and a pair of scissors, you can create a stunning display of spooky spider webs that are perfect for decorating both indoors and out.
5. Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without some fake blood. Unfortunately, the store bought variety is not only expensive, but it usually only comes in smaller volumes, which limits the level of spookiness that one might be hoping to achieve. If you’re into guts and gore, be sure to check out Pinterest for DIY blood where you can customize your level of thickness, vibrancy and consistency.
6. Check with your local clothing retailers for broken mannequin parts that can be transformed into zombies or simply used alone.
7. Using some pool noodles or a long stretch of gray or black pipe insulation from the hardware store, you can create your own chunky (and lightweight) chain to drape around your porch, curtain rods or bushes. Simply cut the material in 1-2 inch rings and use black tape (or the adhesive on the insulation) to secure the chain link pieces into a long strand.
8. Black construction paper is the perfect material for creating reusable silhouettes that can be taped inside windows, along the floor boards, creeping up the stairs and so forth. The possibilities are literally endless ranging from black rats to flying bats, and best of all, this type of decoration costs just pennies to create.
9. Recycle milk jugs into luminaries by drawing ghost and goblin faces on the outside of the container and lighting with a battery operated candle or glow stick. Don’t use candles – the plastic is more likely to melt!
10. Use toilet paper to transform your outdoor bushes into mummies.
11. Although fog machines create the ultimate theatrical effect, the machines and the solution can be pricey. Consider making your own DIY dry ice fog which will really impress your guests this Halloween season and save you tons of money.
12. Fill two large, black plastic bags with leaves and shape them into the body of an extra-large spider. The legs can be formed with pipe insulation or pool noodles.
13. Instead of classic pumpkin carving, you might consider a not-so-traditional craft of spray paint, drilling a design, or melting old crayons on the top of your pumpkin for a unique and fun look that stands out from the neighborhood crowd.
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a crafty person, there are plenty of fun and easy ways to create your own DIY Halloween décor. With the above suggestions, you can surge up your spook factor without breaking the bank!