Creative DIY Halloween Decorating Projects

You always have the time to enjoy a little Halloween decorating fun. And when you find a really cool, over the top DIY Halloween decorating project that you just can’t live without, it should steal the show! Top tip? Pick one or two cool ideas for each room you want to decorate, then concentrate those on the focal points in the room.  Don’t skimp though! Because you are staying to a tight theme, go all out…not just one spider, but dozens! Get it? These are our top picks for DIY Halloween decorating ideas, perfect for any home, and the tutorials for the projects as well. Photo above from ‘The Crafted Sparrow



Creative DIY Halloween Decorating


Learn how to make cheesecloth ghosts with this easy tutorial from’Instructables‘. A little inexpensive fabric and some liquid starch make these spooky little creatures. You can customize the size for the space as well! Tiny ones for the mantel, a giant one by the front door?


Love the macabre look of this big & black pumpkin from ‘Sweet Paul Mag‘. The secret to this DIY Halloween project is the type of paint they tell you to use. (Hint : It’s NOT glossy!)


Some old skeleton parts and a couple of terra cotta saucers and you have this DIY skull candleholder from ‘Endlessly Inspired‘. I like the one they made better then the piece that inspired them!


One good technique for Halloween decorating is to switch out existing decor with spookier choices. This glitter spider & spooky shelves from ‘Centsational Style‘ works around family portraits and treasures. Love the black and white theme!


Grab a drill and create this easy to put together Halloween vignette by ‘HGTV‘!



Paper mice from Martha Stewart – Several readers report these look very creeeeeepy at night in their windows… I think the key here is a lot of mice! Here’s the template and tutorial

Creative DIY Halloween Decorating


We love this simple DIY Halloween decorating idea. White balloons + dollar store glow sticks = DIY glowing ghosts! Tutorial from ‘Martha Stewart’.

Creative DIY Halloween Decorating


Love the Spider Sacks from MPMK! This is a project you can do with the kids, and can be hung, so it doesn’t take up any floor space, and is out of reach of little hands. (Or furry ones!) Pair it with dozens of plastic spiders both on and off the sacks. Did I mention? Everything you can buy at the dollar store…

Halloween Spider Sacks


These floating witch hat luminaries from ‘Polkadot Chair‘ are really fun DIY halloween decorating ideas, and not too scary if you have small kids. Here is another time “more is more”… One of these by itself would just not be the same!

Creative DIY Halloween Decorating


Halloween spider placemats would be a child’s delight. From ‘Delia Creates‘, this project is simple, inexpensive and easy to use without having to change up your entire decor. You will never guess what these are made of! Don’t forget to look for the printable template.

Creative DIY Halloween Decorating


Spooky crystal ball candlesticks have an eerie floating image in each “ball”… This is a surprisingly easy Halloween decorating project with free printables for the images. From ‘Flamingo Toes‘.

Decorate your home with these creative DIY Halloween decorating ideas, no excuses this year! Happy Halloween! If you enjoyed this post, try our post on 11 ideas for pretty pumpkins!

Image Credits: Polkadot Chair, Instructables, Sweet Paul Mag, Endlessly Inspired, Centsational Style, HGTV, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, MPMK, Delia Creates, Flamingo Toes


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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Norma Rolader
    September 15, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Wow!!! Love your halloween ideas thank you and God bless

  2. October 29, 2013 / 7:21 am

    Thanks for the feature! Happy Halloween.

    Corie @ Design DNA

    • Kathy Woodard
      November 3, 2013 / 11:22 am

      Thanks for the great project Corie!

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