Decorating your home for Halloween has never been easier thanks to these DIY decorations, which will transform your home one project at a time. Some are charming, some are spooky, but they're all a lot of fun.
The skill level for most of these projects is beginner, although there are a few intermediate projects that may require that you already possess a few crafting or DIY skills. Most of them are also quick projects that you can do in an afternoon—and some just take minutes.
With all these wonderful projects, you have no excuse not to add some DIY Halloween decorations to your home this October.
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Halloween Spooky Lantern Sign Post
Go all out for Halloween with this DIY decoration for your yard. This project makes a spooky sign post that says "Something Wicked This Way Comes," along with a scary crow and cobweb-covered lantern. You'll do a little bit of building and some stenciling to create this unique Halloween sign post.
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Bat Branch Halloween Centerpiece
Forage for branches outside and use them to make these bat branches for Halloween. You can use pre-made bat cutouts or make them yourself. (Here are some bat templates if you'd like to cut them out.) There's no reason to limit yourself to bats—spiders or ghosts would look great, too.
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Simple decorations sometimes make the best decorations. This simple black and white "BOO" banner is understated yet so much fun. This is a simple straight-line sewing project that comes together in a snap.
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Halloween Candy Shop Sign
Are you accepting trick-or-treaters or are you out for the night? This handmade sign will tell visitors just that. This project will take some painting and gluing, but it will be worth it when you have this one-of-a-kind porch sign.Continue to 5 of 55 below.
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Easy Black and White Halloween Topiary
This jack-o'-lantern topiary looks impressive, but it's a pretty simple project that comes together quickly. Black and white pumpkins are used here, but you could use pumpkins of any color or expression to really make this your own.
Easy Black and White Halloween Topiary from Tatertots and Jello
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How creepy is this skull planter? It's a great way to show off your favorite succulents. There are just a few materials and supplies you need, and the whole project takes a whopping 10 minutes. Make one for yourself and gift one to everyone you know.
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Mummy Halloween Luminaries
Grab the kids, because this DIY Halloween decoration is perfect for them to help with. Inspired by a Pottery Barn Halloween luminary, these were created to get the same look for a lot less money.
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Mustache and Googly Eyes Door Decor
Dressed-up doors for Halloween are so much fun! Unfortunately, they are sometimes complicated and costly to put together. This door decor uses just a few supplies. Some arranging and tape later, and you've got an adorably spooky Halloween door.Continue to 9 of 55 below.
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Halloween Punch Bowl
If you're having a get-together this Halloween, you'll want to add some extra special decorations around your food and drink. This project takes a punch bowl and stemless glasses and transforms them for Halloween.
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Branches and dead grasses are the perfect ingredients for making witches' brooms. After you're done foraging, you'll need just to spend just a little more time before your broom is complete.
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Easy Halloween Window Decor
Simple yet effective, you can create this Halloween decor in less than an hour. Use some dark paper to create silhouettes and then place them in your windows. You can go funny, spooky, or downright scary with these decorations.
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Skull Candle Holder
Get out your hot glue gun for this next Halloween DIY decoration. A few bucks spent at the craft store create these spooky yet elegant candle holders. They'd look great sitting out at a Halloween gathering.Continue to 13 of 55 below.
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The Ultimate Fake Fire Prop for Halloween
Create a burning pit of bones cooking a hot cauldron in this Halloween DIY project. This is quite the project and will take you some time to get done, but the step-by-step project is well-thought-out and easy to follow.
The Ultimate Fake Fire Prop for Halloween from Make Life Lovely
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Halloween Candy Door Hanger
Are you going to be out on Halloween? This candy door hanger keeps your candy safe and available for trick-or-treaters. This project is a lot of fun and the kids will absolutely love visiting your house for candy.
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Skeleton Snack Board
This is technically a snack instead of a decoration, but you can't look at this and say it doesn't work for both. Using a mixture of white, brown, and black food, snacks are used to create this scary-looking skull.
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Moon and Witch Glass Globe
Take your DIY Halloween decorations up a notch with this moon and witch glass globe. It all starts with a thrifted ceiling light, and then paint and cutouts are added. Light it up, and it looks like a witch flying in front of the moon.Continue to 17 of 55 below.
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How spooky is this lantern? Made from disassembled skeletons, you'll find skulls and other bones on the outside of the lantern. It looks great in the daytime but is even scarier at night.
Boneyard Lantern from Oh My! Creative
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Here's a DIY Halloween decoration that would also make a great party favor or a special Halloween treat for trick-or-treaters. This tarantula paperweight is creepy as it is cool, and you may just want to put them everywhere.
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Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin
Add some fresh florals in a moon shape to a pumpkin that's painted dark as night. The moon looks great against the background and the textures going on are unbelievable.
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Pipe Cleaner Spider Garland
Create a creepy crawly decoration that you can put anywhere with this spider garland. The spiders are made out of pipe cleaners, and there are step-by-step directions that take you through bending them to create the spiders.Continue to 21 of 55 below.
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Golden Insect Taxidermy Plaques
Plastic bugs make great Halloween decorations, but these are really something to behold. Plaques show off golden painted bugs, somehow looking both creepy and fancy.
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A simple candle lantern is transformed into a creepy, crawly terrarium in this Halloween project. This is a great starting point, and you can take off and truly make this DIY decoration your own by adding some creepy surprises.
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Wickedly Fun Halloween Cat Decorations
Black cats make great Halloween decorations because they can go cute or spooky. These cat decorations from A Piece of Rainbow are a little bit of both. They start out with a craft supply that everyone has on hand, so you're already halfway there.
Wickedly Fun Halloween Cat Decorations from A Piece of Rainbow
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There are three free printables here for spider sparkles, bat kisses, and unicorn tears. These aren't just regular jars, either—they glow in the dark! You can fill them with confetti, candy, or any other Halloween goodie.Continue to 25 of 55 below.
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Spooky Glam Halloween Lantern
Just because you're going for a spooky look doesn't mean that it can't be without some style. This project starts off with a candle lantern and then adds some decorations and craft supplies until it's the perfect mix of spooky and glamorous.
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Keep Out Halloween Door
Get your front door into the Halloween spirit with this keep-out door. It looks like wooden boards, along with some sneaky bats, are protecting whatever is inside your home.
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Easy Halloween Garlands
Garlands can be placed on a mantel, over a doorway, or anywhere else where you'd like to add some decoration. This tutorial shows you how to make three different garlands that are perfect for Halloween.
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Paper Halloween Houses
These free templates will help you build a village of Halloween houses. They're available as cut files for a cutting machine or as a PDF file you print and cut out. Whichever way you cut them out, the assembly is straightforward and the whole project is easy to follow.Continue to 29 of 55 below.
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Spooky Halloween Bat Wreath
Here's a wreath perfect for your front door during the Halloween season. It starts out with a plain grapevine wreath and then decorations are added one by one, making it spookier with every step. You can make yours just like the tutorial or veer off and make your own spooky wreath.
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Bottle of Boos
Everything else gets decorated, so why not your wine bottles? There's a free printable included so you can print out labels that say "Bottle of Boos." They print out four per page so you can make one for yourself and also for a few friends.
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Hanging Cage Halloween Prop
This hanging cage Halloween prop looks great out in a yard or on a front porch. Just by looking at these, you won't believe what they're made out of. It's an afternoon project that you'll have a great time doing.
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Tomato Cage Ghosts
Dust off your tomato cages for this tutorial, which transforms them into spooky ghosts that you can use to decorate the yard, porch, or just about anywhere.Continue to 33 of 55 below.
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Candy Corn Vase Filler
Use water beads to create candy corn-colored vases. You can decorate them alone or in groups, with or without text. It's a fun project that the kids would love to take part in.
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Spiderweb Place Mats
Here's a very creative project that will really help get your dinner table extra spooky. There's no sewing, knitting, or crocheting required here! It's an easy DIY Halloween decoration that really looks great.
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Spooky Halloween Hand Soap
Isn't this spooky hand soap so much fun? This is a super easy Halloween DIY that will take you just five minutes to put together. These would be so fun to place in your bathroom during the Halloween season.
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Clay Pot Spiders
Some paint and pipe cleaners really transform some clay pots in this Halloween decoration project. A cutting machine is used here for the faces, but you could also choose to paint them on.Continue to 37 of 55 below.
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Googly Eye Pumpkins
For a really unusual option for decorating your pumpkin, try this DIY Halloween idea, where googly eyes are used to spell out spooky words on your pumpkin.
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A Ghostly Hand Lettered Halloween Printable
All you need is a frame for this easy Halloween decor idea. It's a free printable available as a chalkboard version, like shown here, or in a black and white version. Whichever one you choose, the results are sure to be spooktacular.
A Ghostly Hand Lettered Halloween Printable from Lemon Thistle
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Spooky Halloween Terrarium
Start with a craft pumpkin and then add some spooky decorations to create a one-of-a-kind terrarium. You can add anything you'd like, but there's a set of free printables that includes a haunted house and bats in two different sizes.
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Pumpkin Candy Bowl and Halloween Candy Banner
This project doubles as a decoration and a way to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. In addition to instructions on how to make the pumpkin, there's also a free Halloween candy banner available for printing.
Pumpkin Candy Bowl and Halloween Candy Banner from Persia LouContinue to 41 of 55 below.
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Flying Witch Halloween Wreath
This adorable wreath is easier than it looks! A few craft supplies and materials, and you'll have this flying witch wreath. Besides a written tutorial along with photos on how to make it, there's also a handy video that will take you through each step.
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With just a few supplies you probably already have on hand, you can make these bat branches. You can add these bat branches anywhere to add just a touch of spookiness.
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Floating Witch Hat Luminaries
Witch hats appear to be floating on your porch with this Halloween DIY. This is an extremely easy Halloween project that just takes minutes to put together. Keep them simple or add a light so they still make an impact after dark.
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Happy Halloween Signs
"Happy Halloween" is spelled out along with a spider and its web in these free printables. You can print them in color for the orange or print them in black and white to keep things mysterious.
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No-Sew Knock-off Pottery Barn Mummy Pillow
Pottery Barn is known for its cute Halloween decorations, and some of them can easily be made by you. This is a no-sew pillow that looks just like a mummy, with little eyes peeking out from the bandages.
No-Sew Knock-off Pottery Barn Mummy Pillow from Tastefully Frugal
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Animal Leg Ladle
This has got to be the quickest Halloween DIY ever. In just a few seconds you can make this creepy crawly octopus leg ladle. In fact, you can use any animal leg, but there's something special about the octopus.
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Halloween Spell Garland
"I Put a Spell On You, and Now You're Mine" is spelled out in this fun garland. Cardstock in black, orange, and light blue is used. This project encourages a freehand approach, making this a great project for adults or kids.
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Boo Door Hanging
You'll start with wooden letters and then use paint and other craft supplies to transform them into a Halloween door hanging. It says "boo," but you could certainly pick out other letters if you'd like to spell other Halloween messages.Continue to 49 of 55 below.
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You will not believe how quick and easy these ghost candles are to put together! In just a few minutes, you'll have a set of ghost candles perfect for Halloween.
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Googly Eye Bowls
Here's another easy Halloween decoration that takes around 20 minutes. All you need is a container, glue, and googly eyes. Cover the vessel completely or place the eyes strategically to get a dramatic look.
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Colorful Skull Luminaries
Light up your porch or mantle this Halloween with these colorful skull luminaries. Paints and stencils are used to transform regular mason jars into spooky luminaries that would be great for lighting up your porch steps.
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Skull Vase and Pumpkin Party Decor
This is a super simple project that will result in some spooky vases and other party decor that you can use to serve guests or simply as decorations to sit around your home.Continue to 53 of 55 below.
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Halloween Toilet Paper Roll Candles
Your guests will never believe that these spooky, drippy, black candles are actually made of toilet paper rolls. Besides the basic project, there are lots of great tips here on how to make your candles look realistic.
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Embroidery Hoop Halloween Wreath
Grab an embroidery hoop, some paints, and wooden Halloween silhouettes, and you are ready to make this embroidery hoop wreath. The directions here give you tips for getting each part of the wreath to look right.
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Dollar Store Spooky Bush Eyes
Head on out to the dollar store to pick up a common Halloween object that you can use to make these spooky bush eyes. Some painting is involved, and you could add some glow-in-the-dark paint to make these spooky eyes glow up in the night.
Dollar Store Spooky Bush Eyes from Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons