30 Easy Halloween Decorating Ideas Using Everyday Items

published Oct 14, 2014
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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:


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.