5 Easy Halloween DIYs to Add Some Spirit to the Outside of Your Home

published Oct 2, 2020
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Porch featuring Halloween DIYs, including a skeleton topiary, bats on the window, a spooky luminary, painted doormat, and feathered wreath

Like many holidays and traditions, Halloween’s going to look a lot different in 2020. In a year of social distancing, trick-or-treating is up in the air and huge bashes are off the table—so it can start to feel like there’s no room for festivities. But there’s one place where you can still share the holiday with friends, neighbors, and strangers passing by: your front door.

These five easy DIYs can each be done in under a couple of hours, and will give your home’s exterior a little spook all season long. You don’t even have to have a porch to take advantage of these, either: A front door will do, or a window that faces the street. Choose one project or do them all—in any combination, you’ll be able to bring some fun and fright to your neighborhood.

Make a boho-inspired feathered wreath

This feathered wreath nails the witchy, spooky Halloween vibes without feeling too cheesy or costume-y. The secret? A minimalist metal hoop for its base, and a casual, asymmetrical style.

Check out the full step-by-step instructions for making your own here.

Paint a custom Halloween doormat

You can choose any phrase that makes your stomach drop (or a non-spooky one, too, if you’d prefer). Then it’s as simple as making a stencil and spray-painting your creation.

Get the full step-by-step here.

Craft a bewitching (and completely temporary) Halloween luminary

This moon phases luminary is the perfect amount of witchy ambiance for a porch, stoop, or window. Best part? All the modifications are totally temporary so you can use this lantern once the season’s over, too.

Love it? Us, too. Learn how to make your own here.

Give your windows a hint of Halloween

If you live in an apartment building, your windows—and not your door—might be your best bet for creating some spirited decor that’s visible to all. This flock of bats is easy to make and impactful, with just a few quick steps taking you from start to finish.

Check out the full batty tutorial here.

Build a spooky skeleton topiary

This creepy addition to your porch plants comes together in under an hour. What takes it from good to great: climbing faux vines wrapped around the bones that make the skeleton look like it’s always been there, waiting for visitors.

Find out how to make your own boo-tiful topiary here.