With Halloween sneaking up on us this weekend, we thought we would share some of our favourite DIY decorations to make your home just a bit spookier! And whether you’re new to DIY or a seasoned pro, we’ve found something for you. Simply check out our pumpkin rating system below each photo to see if the project is 1 Pumpkin (super easy and kid friendly) or 5 Pumpkins (not for the faint of heart!). Which ever decorations you choose, make sure to have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!
Want a unique way to spook up your front door this Halloween? Try this DIY yarn wreath that is open to endless possibilities but looks great in this grey, green and bat design.
All you’ll need for this project is a foam wreath, construction paper, scissors, wide ribbon and your choice of yarn. The reason we gave this one a 3/5 pumpkin rating is that you’re going to need to have an incredible amount of patience to endlessly wrap the yarn around the wreath – but it will be well worth it when you’re finished!
Check out the full tutorial at Eighteen25.
Here’s a quick and easy project you can do by using everyday things you have lying around the house. This one is super kid friendly as well so make sure to get them involved. All you’ll need are some empty mason jars, medical gauze, modge podge, scissors and some fun googley eyes.
These look extra cute when you light them up with a tea light and place them on your porch or dinner table, and they’re so easy you could make enough for every room in your house!
Find the full tutorial at Crafts Re-Designed.
This ghostly family is a bit trickier to create and takes a bit more time than most of the others but man do they come out looking awesome! You may not be able to tell from this photo but these ghosts are actually about 2 feet tall!
What you’ll need for this project is cheese cloth, black felt (or construction paper), scissors, corn starch, water and a make-shift stand for them to dry on. Adding little bows is a cute touch but you could personalized them with just about anything! Although these are fragile when they’re complete, they will be okay outdoors for a while if you want to set them up on your front porch.
Find the full tutorial at LoveandLaundry.
If you’re looking for a creepy alternative to a traditional wreath, look no further than this DIY spider web, which is sure to make some trick-or-treaters squirm.
Not only is this project fairly easy to make, it’s incredibly inexpensive as well. All you need is 3 sticks of equal length, 1 smaller stick for hanging, yarn, a plastic spider and a hot glue gun. Although the web may look intricate, it’s really easy to weave once you get the hang of it. And if you’re feeling extra spooky, you could throw on a few more spiders!
Find the full tutorial at Twitchetts.
If your neighbourhood has a lot of little ones running around on Halloween, you might not want to go too scary with your decorations. These decorated doors are the perfect option if you want to dress up your house and still keep it cute and fun!
To make these doors, all you need is some masking tape, paper plates (for eyes), streamers, paper bags, construction paper and whatever else you want to add to make your monster unique! The level of difficulty will depend on how elaborate you want to make your design but for the most part these are super easy and great for kids to help with!
Find the full tutorial at GoodtoKnow.
Here’s a fun and easy way to make sure no trick-or-treater misses your home! Placing cut outs in the windows creates shadowy silhouettes that you can take from fun (like this Jack O’Lantern above) to super scary (like the photo below) in an instant.
These are available on Amazon as full stick on window posters, or you can DIY by using poster board cut into various shapes and taped to the window. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to creep out your Halloween guests!
There’s an awesome tutorial for these on the DIYNetwork.
This project is actually easier than it looks, but we marked it up a bit on the difficulty rating since it includes a lot of spray paint and hot glue. If you know someone who is serious afraid of slithering snakes, this is the way to go!
What you’ll need for this project is a grapevine wreath, rubber snakes (different shapes and sizes), black spray paint, black acrylic paint, floral wire and maybe some glue. After you paint everything black, all you have to do is weave the snakes in with the grapevine to make it look like the whole wreath is made out of snakes!
Find the full tutorial by Martha Stewart.
Sometimes, you don’t want to go spooky with your halloween decorations! If you’re more into making pretty pumpkins, this project is for you – and it’s super simple to do!
All you need to make these beautifully patterned pumpkins in a drill, some flowers (fresh or silk), some painters tape and tea lights or glow sticks. Simply drill the holes in the pattern you want, then clean out the pumpkin and insert the light. Voila, you’re finished! If you want to go the extra mile and add the flowers like the pumpkin on the top, simply drill holes in the lid of the pumpkin and insert flowers. If you’re using fresh flowers you can put a glass of water in the pumpkin to keep them fresh.
Find the full tutorial on CraftyNest.
While this one may look as easy as placing three pumpkins side by side, there’s a bit more to it than meets the eye! For this spooky spider, you will need 3 pumpkins of varying sizes, a butter knife, 6 bamboo skewers, scissors, 2 small disposable plates, straight pins, 8 curved sticks and black spray paint.
Now you can make this guy as simple or as complicated as you like. For example, you could just place three pumpkins in a row and add some sticks and draw on eyes, or you could do the full deal and make the sturdy spider pictured above. Either way, it’s a creepy addition to any front yard!
Find the full tutorial at WomansDay.
This is a super easy craft project that you could definitely get the kids involved in! This bunch of bats would look great either inside or outside and they only take seconds to make.
All you will need to make this project is black construction paper, scissors and a stencil in your favourite bat shape. Simply fold the construction paper in half, trace the stencil and cut it out to create masses of bats for your halloween party or decor!
View the full tutorial at MADE.
Having a halloween party this year? Looking for a way to spook the guests while they’re eating their dinner? Here’s a tutorial for a spooky centrepiece that’s sure to get people talking!
What you’ll need for this project is foam skulls, a foam ring and black silk flowers along with a hot glue gun, black spray paint and black glitter. Once you’ve painted it all black, it’s simple to put together and make your table look frighteningly chic. You may even want to leave this one up all year round!
Find the tutorial at Eddie Ross.
If you’re an avid DIYer, know your way around some chicken wire and think everything else on this list is way too easy, this is the project for you. These ghosts are sure to haunt trick-or-treaters nightmares after seeing them on Halloween night and they’re very inexpensive to make. The trick is getting it to look like what you want it to look like…
What you’ll need for this ghostly garden decoration is chicken wire, gardening gloves, wire cutters and a whole lot of imagination and creativity! Of course, you can always go for the traditional ghost shape (ie, a small blob of chicken wire) if you’re not artsy enough to make this haunting human form!
Find the tutorial for this (and other shapes) on BeDifferentActNormal.
This is another project that can be as hard or as easy as you want when it comes to the DIY factor! There are places on Amazon and Etsy that sell pre-cut decals you simply peel and stick to your garage door, or you can do it yourself with a bit of construction paper or poster board!
All you’ll need to create this project is poster board, scissors and tape. The great thing about this is you can make whatever you’d like to stick up, the point is your garage door makes a great canvas for Halloween decorations! We personally liked this spooky face but there are lots of other options to make your door Halloween ready like cats, bats or witches brewing a potion!
Learn how to make a whole scene of Witches making a brew at Instructables.