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Halloween is just around the corner, and we’re gearing up to celebrate the spookiest time of year with all things gruesome and grisly. If you’ve felt the call of Autumn decorating, you might already be browsing the shops for cheap and chilling decorations. We love decorating for holidays, but it’s all too easy to accumulate heaps of tat that wind up gathering dust and taking up space.
This Halloween, why not avoid wasting money and get creative with homemade Halloween decorations? If you want to create some ghastly decor that is sure to spook, scroll on for some of our favourite ideas. We even have some free downloads, so you can create professional-looking creations from your very own home.
Miserable Mice Cutouts
This simple yet effective craft is perfect for turning a blank canvas into a spooktacular piece of decor. All you need to create this macabre mice masterpiece is some black card, scissors, blue tack or double-sided tape, a pencil and some imagination.
Trace your mouse drawing (you can freehand or find templates easily online) onto some black craft paper or card, then simply cut and stick the design onto your surfaces. This design by Stefanie Schiada is displayed on the stairs, but you can also use any walls.
Petrifying Paper Pumpkin Wreath
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If you have some black craft paper left over after cutting out your rancid rodents, why not put it to good use by creating this super cute pumpkin door wreath? This kid-friendly craft by crafting cheerfully is ideal for adding a simple touch of Halloween atmosphere to your home without spending a fortune.
Wicked Witch Legs
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This brilliantly unique Halloween decoration is sure to turn heads! Witches and Halloween go together perfectly, and this DIY prop is a sinister showstopper for any garden this October. These legs are from Amazon, but where’s the fun in ordering them online?
You can create your own homemade Halloween decoration with ease, and with devilishly delightful results. All you need is a pair of stripy tights (easy to find at this time of year) old stuffing or pool noodles and dress-up shoes. Hanging these legs is simple, with floral wire holding them up securely.
Secure the dress-up shoes with some glue and you have your very own Witch. If you don’t have a tree or bush to maintain the illusion, why not create a Wizard of Oz-inspired decoration? Swap out the black shoes for a pair of ruby red slippers and place the legs under your heaviest furniture.
Macabre Mirror Messages
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Any horror movie buff knows this old scare. Writing haunting messages onto mirrors is one of the oldest scary tricks in the book, but you won’t need paranormal power to make this Halloween craft. This Halloween DIY project turns your ordinary mirror into a creepy centrepiece, and it’s frightfully easy to make.
All you need is a mirror, some matte finish spray, newspaper and double-sided tape. Cut out your preferred message (keep it short and spooky) from the newspaper, tape it onto your mirror and spray paint over them.
Remove the newspaper letters and your craft is complete. Once the Halloween festivities are over, remove the matte paint with ordinary glass cleaner and a bit of elbow grease.
Petrifying Pumpkin Carving
It wouldn't be Halloween without carving a few pumpkins! The must-have decor of the season, a Jack-O'-Lantern is the perfect decoration to place on your doorstep or in your windows. Whether you want your pumpkins to look terrifying or aesthetic, getting the look right can be tough for those without a lot of creative flair.
We've taken the hassle out of decorating, with easy to follow pumpkin carving templates! Simply print out our guide and place in your pumpkin. Use a pin to dot holes around the dotted lines of your chosen design, then remove the template and cut following the small pin holes.
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If you’re batty about Halloween, then this is a craft you won’t want to miss. Simple yet effective, these cut-out bats by Sugar and Charm can turn a blank wall into a craven canvas ideal for this time of year. All you need is black craft paper, a pencil, scissors and something to stick the bats to your walls.
You can easily find bat templates online to boost your artistic skills, and once you’ve finished your drawing, all you need to do is cut them out and place them around your house. We love the effect of creating different sizes and placing them in a swarm around door frames.
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The best crafts are ones that let you upcycle things you already have lying around the house. Instead of chucking out your toilet paper rolls, save them up and try your hand at this scarily simple Halloween decoration by Kelly Elko.
Creating these glowing eyes is easy - just etch your eye design onto the toilet paper tubes, cut out the eyes and place a cracked glow stick into the tube. Then, tape over both ends of the tube with thick duct tape and place your evil eyes outside in a bush or tree.
Horrible Haunted Houses
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This is another kid-friendly craft that takes household recycling to the next level and turns ordinary cartons into a nifty decoration. A Halloween craft for kids, all you need is a few leftover cardboard cartons, black paint, scissors, battery-operated tealights and some orange tissue paper.
Wash out your cartons, then, get to work painting them using black acrylic paint. Then, etch on a haunted house design with a pencil before cutting out the shapes (they’ll need a grown-up for this part) and decorate with a silver marker.
This silhouette design uses orange plastic to create a lit-from-within effect, as well as battery-operated tealights. To place the orange paper and tealights, cut out the bottom of the carton for easy access.
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This arachnophobic approved Halloween DIY is an effortless way to spookify your walls. We recommend using this craft project by Home Edit as an alternative to traditional plastic spiderweb decorations, which can be a real pain to put up.
Ghastly Ghost Garland
Creating a ghoulish garland is incredibly easy and always looks amazing. We’ve made this homemade project even more effortless with our free templates! Simply print out our specially designed ghosts, and cut them out following our guide.
Then, either punch a hole at the top of the ghost and thread through some twine. Or, use a small wooden peg to attach the ghosts for a charmingly rustic effect.