This Halloween, skip the party supply store. Instead, make decorations using things you already have hanging around the house. They're cheaper, and are a great activity to do with family and friends around the holiday. Here are 30 favorites:
MILK CARTONS & JUGS
- Cut out the sides and turn a carton into a lantern, as you can see over on Parties for Pennies.
- Little Lovely made a little haunted village by wrapping some in recycled paper and adding windows and doors.
- Makezine made a whole hanging skeleton, using this tutorial from The Party Animal.
- This ghost, from Polly Want a Crafter, lights up a room. Or, attach streamers and hang as a wind sock.
- If you ring in Halloween with a piñata, check out this one from Green Ecoservices.
- Make three of these little pumpkins from Makezine, or string a bunch as garland.
- Mr. Printables has a series of pom pons that are alternately creepy and cute.
- Convert your lampshade into a spooky spider’s web for the month, or just hang as decoration. This project is from Craftsberry Bush.
- This wreath, from Just Flew the Coop, was made out of a bunch of yarn wound around a form, then embellished with felt.
- Craft a bowl to hand out candy, or use as a centerpiece. Prudent Baby has details on how to make one yourself.
- These mini jack o'lanterns from Rebecca's DIY are easy to make and oh-so-cute.
- Better Homes & Gardens used a clementine as a drink topper.
- More Clementines, this time with fangs, from Aaron Jenkinson.
- Just Putzing found them to be the perfect size for Halloween candy bowls.
- If you are short on time, there's always a sharpie. Via Under Construction.
- A mummy luminary from a jar, made by Rambling Renovators.
- This cute ghost becomes a terrarium when it’s finished, via Mason Jar Crafts Love.
- Tonya Staab turned a couple of extras into disgustingly great specimen jars.
- Create yummy graveyard treats, like these from Noble Pig.
- These Halloween drips jars from Momtastic are bloody fantastic.
- Mamaguru made these cute little ghosts.
- Try draping some over furniture to give it that Norman Bates kind of feel. Via Country Living.
- It also makes a good stand in for old spiderwebs, as per Martha Stewart.
- Wrap around a body for a quick mummy costume, like this one from Kara’s Party Ideas.
- Or a pumpkin for an easy no-carve idea, as seen on Design Like.
BRANCHES & TWIGS
- Stick some in a vase and you have a quick and easy centerpiece. Image from Sparkle Living.
- Little tiny twigs make good terrariums, like these from DIY Network.
- Strung with bats, a single branch becomes a atmospheric mobile. Thanks Martha!
- Do a version of a Christmas tree, just for Halloween instead. Mama Biscuit did.
- Incorporate some organic materials into a wreath, using this one by Warm Hot Chocolate for inspiration.