You aren't the only one who needs a costume come October 31—your home does too! Deck out your house for the spookiest night of the season with these easy Halloween crafts you can magically make yourself. In preparation for your Halloween party, get in the spirit (ghost pun fully intended) with wickedly wonderful decor ideas like decorative couch pillows, skull-shaped planters, and a spectral mirror that looks straight out of Snow White. You can also choose your scare level, keeping things tame for the younger trick-or-treating crowd with pretty painted pumpkins or a black cat garland for the mantel. For the not-so-faint-of-fright though, turn framed family photos into ghostly displays by swapping everyone’s eyes for creepy Christmas lights. Don’t forget about your porch or front door either—extend the eerie ambience outdoors with easy DIY Halloween wreaths, paper lanterns, a swarm of felt bats dotting your façade, a spiderweb doormat, and so much more. There’s truly a spook-tacular project for every room in the house—think bug-infused bars of soap for the bathroom or devil horn bedroom pillow covers. If you’re itching to create a full-on haunted house this year, you’re in luck with any of these Halloween crafts.
When your guys and ghouls aren't sipping on heaping glasses of Halloween punch, give them a spot to stash their goblets on the coffee table.
Get the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.
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This creepy-crawly wreath will put your front door in the Halloween spirit like nothing else. Bonus: It only takes about 15 minutes to craft, no spells or witchcraft needed.
Get the tutorial at My Sister's Suitcase.
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Upgrade your gothic dessert with an extra all-black accessory—DIY cake toppers that resemble crows.
Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.
This DIY cemetery may be small, but it can pack a huge decorative punch wherever you put it on display. Have fun laying ghouls like Bea A. Fraid to rest on your living room side table or kitchen counter.
Get the tutorial at Lil Blue Boo.
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A festive, witchy welcome will make your friends and family feel right at home. Prop this homemade sign up in your entryway—next to a broom, of course.
Get the tutorial at Celebration Shoppe.
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This spooky chandelier will bewitch everyone at your Halloween dinner party. To make, start with a broom, then fill mason jars with black sand and black battery-operated tea lights. Attach the jars to the broom with black twine. Finish by adding a sassy faux black cat.
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A festive door decoration is definitely something to crow about! Start by painting a grapevine wreath black. Use black wire to secure cardboard crows and hang on your door with gingham ribbon.
Weave an adorable web with this easy DIY that only takes some basic sewing skills and a little hot glue.
Get the tutorial at See Vanessa Craft.
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This eerie village—which would look spook-tacular on your mantel—is surprisingly inexpensive to assemble.
Get the tutorial at Woman's Day.
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Use a plastic witch's cauldron, available your local dollar store, as the container for your Halloween fairy garden. Don't forget to add mini pumpkins and your favorite flowers or plants.
Get the tutorial at Crafts Unleashed.
Although you could purchase your Halloween candles, we suggest this money-saving craft, which uses stamps and decals to trick out these basic buys.
Get the tutorial at Melodrama.
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Make Halloween pillows for your couch, bedroom, or window seat with this easy, no-sew project.
Get the tutorial at The Real Thing with the Coake Family.
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Customize these lanterns to complement your Halloween decor by choosing various colors for the windows. Shades of orange and purple are playful and perfect for kids' Halloween parties, and black seems more spooky and fit for grown-up get-togethers.
Get the tutorial at Motte.
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Make your mantel feel festive with these jack-o'-lantern-inspired glass holders. To make them, mix 2 tablespoons Mod Podge with 3 teaspoons water and 10 drops orange food coloring. Swish mixture insidebrand apple juice bottles (we used two small, one large); pour out excess and dry. Then heat in oven for 45 minutes at 225°F until bottles are transparent. Wrap bottlenecks with twine. Use permanent marker to draw faces.
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To bring forth this ghoulish gathering, use glue dots to stick construction-paper eyes and mouths onto white, then drape them with cheesecloth.
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To get started, print our carving templates; cut, as indicated, to create stencils for the tree-framed opening and moon at the back.
With a felt-tip pen, trace the designs onto your faux pumpkin, then carve. Spray-paint the pumpkin's interior and exterior black; let dry one hour. Place a green Styrofoam disk inside the faux pumpkin as a base. Using our photo as a guide, stick twigs into the base to form trees, then cover the base with moss. Finally, hot-glue a wolf figurine to a rock, and set it and other rocks atop the moss.
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Reflective paint is this spectral mirror's secret.
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A bell jar gives this no-carve specimen the star treatment. Download, print, and cut out our bird or feather template; then trace the out-line onto a pumpkin. Next, use a fine-tip brush to fill in with black flat acrylic paint. Let dry for one hour, then rest the pumpkin on a bed of moss inside a cloche.
Tip: Extend your creation's shelf life by using a faux pumpkin.
Just as Charlotte's webs attracted admirers, so too will these delicate displays. Using tape or tacks, secure vintage doilies to the open backs of black frames. The white crochet looks especially moody hung on a deep-hued wall.
Makeover any set of string lights for Halloween with this purrr-fect project.
Step 1: Download our cat face template.
Step 2: Using a white pencil, trace the template onto black card stock and cut out desired number of faces.
Step 3: Fringe the sides of the cat's face and the top of its head with scissors.
Step 4: For each cat, cut three pieces of black waxed twine, about 4" long. Knot them together in the center of the twine, and glue to the cat's face as whiskers.
Step 5: Toward the horizontal center of the cat's face, use a standard single-hole punch to create holes for eyes about 21/2" apart.
Step 6: Hang string lights and position cat faces on 2 lightbulbs, one in each eye hole.
Use skull jiggers to serve up a shot of dark humor: Simply add soil and sedum, and you'll get tiny craniums sprouting green—not gray—matter.
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You'll never look at loved ones the same way after transforming their images into this ghostly display.
Cast a few dark shadows with these glamorous candles. Just cut a length of lace, lay it on a paper plate, and brush on nontoxic, nonflammable black tempera paint. Roll a pillar, taper, or votive across the trim to pick up the pattern. Don't worry if the transfer is imperfect—a slightly decayed look up ups the elegance.
Then, let the paint dry for at least an hour before lighting the candle. Or, decorate a glass holder by cutting a strip of lace-printed tape to fit the vessel and adhering it to the outer surface.
Devil horns may be the stuff of nightmares, but this clever project is a dream to make. Just print our artwork onto fabric-transfer paper. Cut out the horns, and place them, facedown, atop a freshly ironed pillowcase—positioned four inches below the top seam and centered horizontally, as shown. Iron on the horns, following the package instructions, and peel away the backing.
These felt bats are easy to make and ensure your house looks extra spooky. All you need to do is trace a bat shape onto a piece of felt and cut it out. Repeat until you have a swarm of them.
Lure visitors with a spiderweb doormat.
Step 1: Purchase an indoor/outdoor needle-punch carpet. To turn it into a circle: Mark the rug's center point with a Prismacolor white-colored pencil. Measure and mark the distance from that point to a spot about half an inch from the rug's edge. Cut a piece of string to that length. Tie one end of the string to the pencil and secure the other end of the string to the rug's center point with a tack. Pull the string taut and draw a large circle onto the rug; remove the string. Cut out the circle, just inside the white pencil mark, with sharp scissors.
Step 2: Using a yardstick, evenly space and draw eight intersecting lines that cross the rug from edge to edge. Between those lines, draw arches around the mat, using our photo as a guide.
Step 3: Lastly, coat the rug with a clear finishing spray to protect your web from trick-or-treating feet.
When it comes to Halloween handouts, there's perhaps nothing more iconic than candy corn. These sweet burlap gift bags inspired by the tricolored confection make for charming (and reusable!) takeaways at Halloween get-togethers. (Sugar high not included.)
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You can use all of the Mason jar lids lying around to make this amazing craft.
Get the tutorial at Yellow Bliss Road.
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