Decorating your home for Halloween can be a pricey affair. Save money and impress your guests and neighbours with these easy and stylish DIY Halloween decorations.
Why spend time on DIY Halloween décor?
Spooky season is almost upon us! It’s tempting to set the decorating bar higher each year, but the fact is that each fangtastic purchase adds up. Between costumes, dinner parties, candy, and décor, this ghoulish holiday can get scarily expensive. Did you know you can create eerie and elegant Halloween DIY décor using mostly everyday household items?
First, pick a colour palette. Black and white is a timeless combination but consider adding pops of orange, red, green or purple for some contrast. Limiting your colours to a few shades creates a look that’s sleek and neatly pulled together. Metallics (such as silver, gold, or copper) are also a great way to introduce a touch of glam.
Below, we share a range of fun and stylish DIY decorations, so grab your glue gun and black spray paint, and let’s get started!
1. Boo-tiful Halloween balloons
Trick-or-treaters might not enter your home, but they’ll see your front porch so it’s important to give it a fun Halloween makeover. Why not put a sophisticated twist on your outdoor décor using spookified black and white balloons?
Inflate white or clear balloons and cover each one with black tulle, ensuring there’s enough material to give each balloon a “skirt.” Secure the tulle with an elastic band or black ribbon and do the same with a few black balloons and white tulle. Attach them to pumpkins near your door and on your front steps for a delightful yard decoration that will be a hit for visitors and neighbours alike! You can also add glowing lanterns and fairy lights to your entrance to enhance the festive holiday season feel.
Moving indoors, tie a few balloons to the balusters of the staircase and the chairs at your dining table. They will also look right at home fastened to your bar cart or serving table.
2. A wretched wreath for your front door
Your entrance is incomplete without a themed wreath for your front door. Here are two ideas for a très chic DIY Halloween decoration.
Faux pumpkin wreath
Grab a bag of mini pumpkins, a foam wreath form, floral wire, and a hot glue gun. Spray paint the pumpkins in a colour of your choice, but we highly recommend silver, gold, or copper for a glamorous finish. Using the wire (or a piece of black ribbon), create a loop on one side of your wreath so it can hang from a hook or nail. Once the pumpkins are dry, attach them to the foam wreath using hot glue.
Dried flower wreath
Choose a selection of dried flowers and branches in fall or dark shades. Take a grapevine wreath and weave the flowers and twigs into the base, starting with larger items and adding smaller or thinner ones on top. Secure everything with hot glue if you need to.
Finish it off by adding a few small plastic spiders. Once Halloween is over, you can keep the wreath for a DIY Christmas idea and toss the dried flowers out with the rest of your fall yard waste.
3. Paper bats to up the spook factor
Get the kids involved and cut out a few black paper bats to scatter throughout your home, sticking them in windows, on walls, and on the balusters of the staircase using double-sided tape. It’s a cost-effective and eco-friendly idea that can have a lot of impact. Simply recycle the bats after Halloween or keep them for next year!
4. A centrepiece for your bewitching dinner party
Having guests over for a spell? Impress them with one of these easy ideas for a DIY Halloween centrepiece.
Floral pumpkin centrepiece
First, take a sugar pumpkin, cut off the top, and scoop out the flesh and seeds. Place a piece of floral foam inside and then insert a selection of twigs, branches, and dried flowers to cover it up. The flowers will look even spookier as they continue to dry out—plus, the sugar pumpkin can be roasted afterwards for soups, salads, and other dishes!
EspaceProprio Tip To roast your fresh pumpkin, halve it and remove the seeds (if you haven’t already). Brush with coconut or olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place each half flesh-side-down on a tray lined with baking parchment. Pierce the skin a few times with a knife or fork and bake at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes.
Grinning pumpkin centrepiece
If you’re short on time, you can make a perfectly gourd-worthy DIY centrepiece by drawing a ghoulish grin or Halloween phrase on your pumpkin with permanent marker or black paint. Complete your elegant table décor with black napkins and goblets as well as a few woodsy scented candles.
Bat branch centrepiece
Fill a vase with thin branches (of varying lengths) from your yard or a nearby park. For an even more dramatic effect, spray paint the branches black. Cut out a few bats (using black craft paper and a template you’ve found online) to attach to the branches.
Depending on how large your arrangement is, you’ll probably need around 24 bats that have a wingspan of 8 to 10 cm. Attach the bats to the branches with hot glue, but make sure they’re pointing in different directions, so it looks like a colony flying out of the branches in a hurry. When it’s not impressing your guests at your dinner table, this DIY project could also double as a striking indoor decoration for your mantel.
5. Framed silhouettes for your walls
Take inspiration from some of the classic Halloween tales and replace family photos with cut-out silhouettes of the Grim Reaper, Frankenstein, Count Dracula, and others. Hang them in frames on the walls or place them on your mantel to delight party guests and visitors. Using a mixture of frames you already own saves money and gives your DIY Halloween décor a vintage twist.
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