11 DIY Halloween Decorations to Suit Any Home Style, from Spooky to Sweet

published Oct 5, 2023
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The air is crisp, the leaves are beginning to fall, and pumpkins are popping up in grocery stores across the country, which means that Halloween is just around the corner. And that means it’s time to get out your very favorite Halloween decorations to dress up your home. 
Classic displays of pumpkins (whether they’re carved or not) are a classic for a reason — they work! But if you want to try something different, there are plenty of easy, doable projects that will allow you to create the DIY Halloween decorations of your dreams this year. Below, find 11 ideas for DIY Halloween decor that range from creepy to cute, so they’re sure to fit any Halloween decorating style.

1. Halloween Feather Wreath

A gold hoop is the starting point for this wreath that’s equal parts spooky and chic. The only other materials you’ll need are feathers, ribbon, and a small decorative skull (although you could also use a bat, pumpkin, ghost, or other Halloween-themed piece). Get the instructions here.

2. Do Not Enter Doormat

Give your porch some, ahem, spirit with a Halloween-themed DIY doormat. You’ll need some precise cutting skills to make your stencils, but other than that, this project is straightforward and totally doable in an afternoon. Find the how-to here.

3. Boho-Style Halloween Lantern

If you prefer your Halloween decor on the subtler side, this project’s for you. Instead of skulls or ghosts, this lantern’s decorated with lunar phases and stars for a witchy, boho look. You can use any lantern for this project; the designs are made with privacy film and black paint. Follow the instructions here.

4. Flying Bats Window Display

These flying bats are an easy project you can whip up in an hour (but probably less!). They’re painted onto glass using washable craft paint, so you won’t have to worry about any flapping paper or falling tape. Find the how-to here.

5. Flying Bats Wall Display

If you’d rather place your bats on a wall, stick to construction paper. You can make a striking display like this one by cutting out the same bat shape (printed clip art makes for an easy stencil) in multiple sizes, and using wall-safe tape to arrange the shapes in a flying flock.

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Craft Stylist: Brigitt Earley

6. Jack-o’-Lantern Planter

This painted jack-o’-lantern planter takes only minutes to execute, and materials cost only about $10. It’s endlessly customizable, too: You can make a smiley guy like the one shown here, or draw on a face with a spookier feel if your decor tastes skew more scary than sweet. Get the instructions here.

7. Floating Witch Hats

Fishing line is the secret ingredient to making these simple witch hats (available online for as little as $10 for a pack of eight) look like they’re floating in air. Thread the line through the inside of the hat so it emerges from the point on top, then hang that line from the wall or ceiling using tape, Command hooks, or even thumbtacks.

8. Treat Bag Halloween Garland

For a fun Halloween-themed display you can hang across windows, doorways, fireplaces, and more, take a cue from Halloween aficionado and avid DIYer Jen Perkins and attach candy bags to a paper garland. Jen used a mix of new and vintage candy bags for hers, but you can buy variety packs online to get you started. See the rest of Jen’s Halloween-loving home here.

9. Witchy Felt Banner

A felt banner is a fun alternative to a wreath for your front door, but it would look just as good on a wall inside your home. This one is no-sew, making it especially easy to pull together. Find the instructions here.

10. Clay Moon Phase Garland

This DIY is for the minimalist Halloween lovers — or anyone who wants to sneakily keep their themed decor in place year-round. The lunar phases are made here with air-dry clay, then attached to a string to hang above a mantel, over a door, or across a bookshelf. Get the how-to here.

11. Skull Garland

For the maximalists, here’s a totally different DIY garland. This gothic-style skull decor is made with plaster and ice cube molds for a piece that’s spooky and statement-making. Follow the instructions here.