Learn how to make these DIY Halloween decorations, perfect for beginning crafters on a budget! These ideas will change your holiday decor.
I don’t know about you, but there are a few things I think about when Halloween comes into my mind. I’ll happily and proudly say that candy is the first thing. Sugar and I have a great relationship and there’s a lot I’ll do for a Reese’s pumpkin.
But right after candy is not even costumes – it’s the Halloween crafts (including crafts for kids) and the painted pumpkins. Yep, it’s the decor! I absolutely love decorating for the holidays, and homemade Halloween decorations are my favorite.
There’s something that surprises me about Halloween decor . . . and doing it yourself . . . it can be really inexpensive if you: 1) buy things on sale from previous years and 2) dig for items around the house to use as surfaces or supplies. You can typically make holiday decor for pretty cheap if you’re willing to get creative.
The dollar store and Goodwill are also great places to find unique surfaces and supplies. I’ve seen people turned used baby doll heads into unique mummy wall art. Think outside the box, and you’ll have the most awesome Halloween decor ever!
To celebrate the holiday, I pulled together a list of 50 DIY Halloween decorations I think you should try. Okay, maybe not all 50, but you’re sure to love something from this list.
All of them are perfect for beginners and none of them are too expensive to make. Scroll down to see my DIY Halloween decorating picks!
DIY Halloween Decorations
Learn how to make decor for Halloween on a budget! These unique projects are perfect for beginning crafters - get home home holiday ready with these spooky tutorials.
Halloween Candle Holders
Learn how to make Halloween candle holders using Mod Podge! This is easy and great for making at the last minute.
Halloween Broom Parking Sign
Learn how to make a broom parking sign for Halloween with Mod Podge! Free printable included.
Simple Halloween Wreath
Learn how to make a cute Halloween wreath using cupcake liners! This project is easy and inexpensive - you'll want to make one for every holiday.
Learn how to make this Halloween window decor with a variety of supplies and Mod Podge. This art would look great displayed on a holiday mantel.
Jack O' Lantern Pumpkin Pillow Cover
Make this jack o’ lantern pumpkin pillow cover in just a few minutes! Easy and completely no sew. Free template for jack o’ lantern face included.
Skeleton Trapped in Candy Corn
This DIY Halloween decor is hilarious! It's so easy to put together this skeleton in candy corn display, and people will smile every time they see it.
Decorate BOO Letters for Halloween
I decorated this wood Halloween decor in a short amount of time! These BOO letters are easy and great for a mantel or table display.
Halloween Ornament Wreath
When it comes to the holidays, wreaths are my favorite. I especially love ornament wreaths, and the orange and black ornies really thrill me on Christine's creation.
"BOO" Potion Bottle Halloween Blocks
Use leftover scrap wood to make these fun Halloween blocks that look like potion bottles! You'll use paper and Mod Podge to decorate.
Make a Simple Halloween Doormat
Welcome mats are so fun for the holidays! Make a simple and fun DIY Halloween doormat for your home with spray paint. Templates provided.
Halloween Mason Jar Lanterns
Make Halloween mason jar lanterns that look like Dracula, a ghost, and a jack o' lantern! These are the perfect holiday decor craft for both kids and adults.
DIY Spooky Pumpkins (Dollar Tree Supplies!)
Learn how to make DIY spooky pumpkins using Dollar Tree supplies! These are easy and perfect for creepy and vintage Halloween decorating.
Dollar Tree Wooden Ghost Decor
Learn how to decorate Dollar Tree wooden ghost decor using Mod Podge, paint, and napkins! This is an easy, budget friendly Halloween decor craft.
DIY Witch Hat Halloween Garland
Use wood circles, foam cones, and paint to make the cutest little Halloween garland ever! It's made of little witch hats. Fun for kids too.
Spider Egg Sac
This globe-shaped incubator is teeming with eight-legged babies! Make several sacs and suspend them at various heights for unique Halloween decorations.
To make each egg sac, wrap a foam egg in white batting. Pull a white stocking over the ball. Position smaller plastic spiders inside, between batting and stocking; hot-glue larger ones on the outside. Add a glow stick inside or shine a blacklight on it. Hang!
Halloween Wood Cutouts Decorated with Napkins
Learn how to decorate Halloween wood cutouts using paint, Mod Podge, napkins, and other embellishments. Great to make for DIY holiday decor!
Vintage Halloween Blocks
If you love the vintage look, try adding these Halloween blocks to your decor. They are very easy and can be used to display candles.
Pumpkin Topiary for a Front Porch
Grab some faux pumpkins from the craft store and create this unique Halloween pumpkin topiary! It will look perfect on your front porch and the trick or treaters will love them. So festive!
Halloween Front Door Idea
Speaking of the front porch, I've got a "batty" Halloween front door idea for you! The trick or treats will love this simple decor.
DIY Mini Halloween Decorations
Make these mini Halloween projects using a $1 plaque and $1 birdhouses from the craft store. Very easy, colorful, and fun!
Spooky Halloween Candle Holders
These spooky Halloween candle holders made with vintage photos and Mod Podge are fun holiday decor - and you can make them in minutes!
DIY Spider Stool
Halloween is lurking around the corner like a stray black cat. Luckily I found the perfect project for Halloween decorating that will use up some of your scrap wood pieces. Learn to make a DIY spider stool!
Mummy Halloween Luminaries
You can make these EASY and fun Halloween luminaries on a budget, in three steps! Both kids and adults will love these mummy mason jars.
Halloween Wall Art Made with Buttons
Make EASY Halloween wall art using buttons! This canvas art project is so easy, even a kid could make it. Perfect Halloween decor!
Halloween Coffin Tray Decor
Spice up your Halloween table with a confetti coffin tray! It makes perfect decor for your next holiday soirée. Who doesn't love confetti?!
Pumpkin Mason Jar Candy Holders
Make cute and spooky candy jars by recycling old candlesticks and mason jars! Head to the Goodwill or Dollar Tree to get your bases and make this Halloween decor project on a budget.
31 Halloween Wall Decoration
I love unique Halloween wall decorations, especially when they involve glitter. I created this Halloween plaque with several items from my stash!
Halloween Cross Stitch Canvases
Make these Halloween cross stitch canvases in just a few simple steps! If you can hold a needle, you can do this project. Easy holiday decor in minutes!
Easy Halloween Ornaments
Learn how to make these unique Halloween ornaments out of old Christmas ornaments! This paper mache project is perfect to put in a bowl or as vase filler for your Halloween decorating.
Dollar Store Skeleton Wreath
This fun DIY skeleton wreath can be put together with a handful of dollar store Halloween finds – add it to your festive holiday decor!
Halloween Cones for a Spooky Mantel
Looking for some easy holiday decor? These Halloween cones are so simple that even a kid can make them. Perfect for a spooky mantel!
Glowing Skeleton Decor
This unique skeleton decor is made using different sized dowel rods - AND it glows! So spooky and fun to make for Halloween.
Easy Boo Candlesticks
You can use plain candlesticks and wood letters to make holiday decorations that are perfect for a mantel! I love that you can spell out any spooky holiday phrase with this tutorial.
Easy Wire Art Spider Web
Learn how to make a wire metal spider web the easy way! Michelle will also teach you how to create a spider to hang from the spooky web. This decor is so unique and you can use it year after year.
Boneyard Halloween Lantern
Susan saw some boneyard ceramic hurricanes at Pottery Barn and knew that she had to try to replicate them! I love that she did it with a bag of mini plastic skulls on the cheap, and it looks just as good!
Man-Eating Monster Plant
Plant lovers, beware! This carnivorous craft is a fun way to add a little unexpected spookiness to a humble houseplant this Halloween. Free free to add googly eyes if you're feeling fun.
Spooky Skull Display
This Halloween skull display takes only a few minutes to put together – it’s the perfect last-minute holiday decor idea!
Dollar Store Halloween Mummy Decor
I absolutely love this unique Halloween decor made with dollar store and discount supplies! You'll use Mod Podge to apply cheesecloth for a more authentic mummy look.
Embroidery Hoop Spiderweb Wreath
Looking for a Halloween project you can make it about 15 minutes, with no crafting skills? You've found it! This wreath is perfect for hanging on a covered front porch or near an interior display.
Halloween Decorated Candles
This candle craft can be made with any fun Halloween fabric or lace and is easy to remove once the holiday has passed. All you need is something sheer and printed and you are ready to roll! These are perfect for party decor.
Dollar Tree Skulls Makeover
There are so many things you can do with Dollar Tree skulls! This post shows you three EASY options to revamp them for fun Halloween decor. They look awesome!
DIY Haunted Skeleton Mirror
Mirrors are a great way to fill up space in a haunted house and create a spooky ambiance. You can creep up any mirror for Halloween, old or new, and of any size to fit your space. The best part is that they’re cheap and easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores!
Creepy Candles for Halloween
I've seen those old Christmas candles at the thrift store, have you? These old candles were altered to make them Halloween ready. So cool and perfect for Halloween parties.
DIY Mummy Pillow
You don't need a sewing machine to make this sweet mummy pillow! You can make this Halloween decoration with a white pillow insert, cheesecloth, and a glue gun.
Spooky Pumpkin Terrarium
Use simple supplies to make a spooky pumpkin terrarium – love this pumpkin from Michaels. . . the front is already cut out! If you like simple Halloween decorations, you'll enjoy this project.
Spellbinding Witch Hat Topiaries
Add some glam with these funky Halloween witch hat topiaries! I love this modern spin on DIY Halloween decor. Try this fun witch hat craft for your holiday display.
Cement Hand Candle Holders
RapidSet cement was used to make the coolest candle holders ever! You'll find out the simple way to make this homemade decor, and they'll be done in a few hours.
Spooky Halloween Apothecary Jars
Learn how to make unique Halloween apothecary jars in three simple steps! These use plastic animals and paint. SO easy and perfect for holiday decor.
DIY Skull Vases
These skull vases are another Halloween craft you can complete in 15 minutes or less (not including dry time). They use thrift store finds so the project is really budget-friendly and turns out so cute!
Vintage Halloween Tassels
What do I love about tassels? You can hang them around your entire home, off of door knobs, plants, or whatever you like. These vintage Halloween tassels are a perfect compliment to your holiday decorating.
Floating Witch Hat Luminaries
Add a bit of whimsy to your Halloween porch decorations this year with these floating witch hat luminaries! They even light up, making them a fun and only slightly eerie Halloween decorating idea.
DIY Spooky Ghosts Etched Votives
No need for your Halloween decorations to be scary when you could make these easy DIY spooky ghost etched votives! Glass etching is way easier than you think, and this is the perfect project to try it.
DIY Caged Halloween Decor
Here is a super simple, inexpensive way to make decorative cages for Halloween. Each black painted cage costs less than $4 to make if you already have some basic supplies, like spray paint.
If you enjoyed these DIY projects, let me know in the comments! If we’re missing a favorite handmade holiday decoration of yours, let me know that too. I’d also love it if you’d check out these other Halloween posts. Have a Spooky Halloween!
Thursday 19th of May 2022
Oh! These are great Halloween ideas. I would try these ideas for the next Halloween. That’s would be very fun!
Monday 4th of October 2021
Thanks for the great suggestions. I love the kid friendly activities. After all, Halloween is a kids holiday. Every year my son loves to help make treats, and we always do the "You've Been Booed" with the neighbors.