Lucky 13: Halloween Decorations You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

published Oct 28, 2016
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If you’re like me, you want to decorate for the holidays, but you don’t always have the time. With Halloween fast approaching, spending an entire afternoon (or even a few hours) decorating may be out the question, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a few festive touches. Here are 13 little projects and ideas that will have your home feeling particularly boo-tiful, while hardly taking up any time at all.

Above: If you don’t mind investing in a bat hole punch, you could definitely knock out this bat-covered pumpkin in under half an hour (or maybe a little bit longer if you choose to cut them out yourself). Get the tutorial from It All Started with Paint.

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Nothing could be easier than stacking a few mini pumpkins in a hurricane vase (especially if you already have a hurricane vase). Bonus: Uncarved pumpkins will keep for a long time, so you can leave these out for Thanksgiving, too. (From Adore Home via Redbook)

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These bat balloons from Second Street are both sweet and spooky. The instructions are in Russian, but the photos are fairly self-explanatory.

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Blogger Ann from On Sutton Place created this DIY mini pumpkin wreath. She said it took her about 20 minutes to wire on all 16 pumpkins.

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This little gourd family from Parents Magazine is seriously cute, and will take you hardly any time to make.

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From Woman’s Day, here’s another idea for hurricane vases. All you need is a little candy corn, which you are welcome to eat once the holiday’s over.

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These magnetic spiders are just those spider rings you knew as a kid, with the ring bit cut off and a magnet attached. Super fun, or maybe super creepy, depending on who you ask. DIY from Delia Creates.

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Painting pumpkins is so much easier, and less messy, than carving them. And, if you paint them in a matte black, they will look incredibly stylish and mysterious. DIY from Sweet Paul.

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These gourd candle holders, from Revel via Kylie M Interiors, would make a great Thanksgiving decoration as well. (A knife would do the trick, I’m sure, but cutting the gourd would be super easy if you had a hole saw that was just the right size—and that you didn’t mind getting a little dirty.)

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A flock of these cut-out bats (or as many as you can cut out in half an hour) is a great way to add some spooky Halloween ambience to your home. DIY from Made Everyday.

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(Image credit: A Subtle Revelry)

This idea is so pretty, and yet so stupidly simple, that I wish I had thought of it myself: covering a pumpkin in pushpins. The white one (which is actually covered in colored paper brads) has a funfetti look that I love. Get the details from A Subtle Revelry.

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Spray-paint some wine bottles in shiny and matte black, and add some black candles, for a little (nearly) instant atmosphere. Image from Elle Decor, via Fun Holiday Crafts.

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Here are even more painted pumpkins, this time in a spectrum of cheerful colors, from Lovely Indeed.