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Quick and Easy Halloween DIY projects

Try one of these cute Halloween DIY projects to dress up your home and yard for the holiday and for fall in general.

Halloween is the beginning of the festive season that seems to lend itself to decorating.  

The colors of autumn really lend themselves to setting a Halloween mood.

Thees 30+ Halloween Decor projects will transform your home into a spooky and eerie place for the holiday

Bring the outdoor inside with colorful leaves, pine cones and pumpkins for low cost and natural decor. It doesn’t take much to turn these colorful items into spooky themes for Halloween and beyond.

Any of these ideas could be used for your fun party this year.  Be sure to check out these adult Halloween party ideas for more great suggestions.

Transform your home with one of these Easy Fall and Halloween DIY Projects

Most of these projects are all easy to do and many use items that you already have at home, or can get from the dollar store for very little money. It’s time to get creative!

Do you love the look of pumpkins on your step but hate the mess of carving them? Try this sunflower pumpkin project, instead. It is easy to do and so colorful and bright.

Sunflower Pumpkin

Pumpkins and mums just call out for you to decorate with them.  The colors go well together and look so homey and cozy.

For this project just stack some heirloom pumpkins, add a few mums and throw in a couple of colorful planters for good measure. Easy, peasy!Pumpkins mums and garden planters make and easy fall decoration

Turn the corner of any room into a spooky wall of bats.  This easy DIY project used a cutting machine but they could just as easily also be cut by hand.Transform your ceiling into a wall of bats from

Add some wiggle eyes to an old man cactus, and you will have an instant Halloween decoration!  The long white hairs and sharp spines on the pumpkin only hold the eyes in place, but also give the impression of a mummy or ghost.

Old man cactus and lantern for Halloween
This is another project for a no carve leaf pumpkin.  It comes together in just minutes!

Attach silk or real leaves to a light colored pumpkin and attach a fall wire edged ribbon bow at the top. Easy, fast and very pretty.

No carve Autumn Leaf PumpkinMost grocery stores sell ornamental gourds this time of the year for just a few dollars. Grab an old bath utility basket, and give it a quick spray of paint.  

Add some sphagnum moss, arrange the gourds in the basket and hang it on an outside wall. Super easy to do and very effective looking.Ornamental gourds and pumpkins in a basket

Is embroidery your passion? I’ve put together a list of Halloween cross-stitch patterns for you to consider. From Frankenstein, to witches and the headless horseman, there is a project for every stitcher.

Transform any door in your home to a mummy door with some white crepe paper streamers and black and yellow construction paper.  This will set the mood for any Halloween party!Mummy door decoration

It’s always fun at the end of the evening to send people home with some Halloween party favors.  Good thing that they are super easy to make!Cute Halloween Party Favors

Grab some construction paper, jute, a glue gun and mason jars and you’ll have some spooky Halloween luminaries before you know it.

These fun decor items are super easy to make and will really set the mood at your Halloween party.Halloween luminaries

Got an old gardening hat?  This one got turned into a cute scarecrow door decoration. Super easy to do too!  This has been one of my most popular fall tutorials!

scarecrow door decoration

Imagine the giggles and squeals when your trick or treating guests find this scary snake basket on your front step.  I put it together in just about an hour with a few supplies from the Dollar store.  

snake head basket

These autumn leaves make great framed prints.  Just press leaves of your choice between books first and the display the leaf between two pieces of the same sized glass.

Wrap the edges with book tape in a color of your choice and display with an attractive fall vase with berries in it.  Idea shared from Better Homes and Gardens.

Easy Fall Mantle Decor

I did a mail box makeover a few years ago and had some left over wood that just called out to be put to use for some crafts.

I turned the pieces into these fun Halloween spooky ghost blocks and love the way they turned out.Spooky wood cut out ghosts

Although the project is no longer on Rachel Ray, these candles look sort of tricky to do, but are actually easy.  Just use a hot glue gun that has been fitted with red sealing wax and draw a line around the candle.

Next add some “drips” to the line.   As your candle melts, the “blood line” will begin to drip too.

Bloody candlesThis easy to make Hurricane Lamp Fall Centerpiece uses three staples of fall cooking – popcorn, kidney beans and green split peas, although any dried beans or peas would do.

And if you don’t have a hurricane lamp, you can easily make one yourself with a vase and upturned glass.  Just insert a small fall candle of a matching color, layer your seeds and tie a jute bow around the outside. 

Some moss under the base adds a nice rustic touch. I also used a clay pot pumpkin candy dish and gourds for extra autumn flair.

hurricane lamp centerpiece

This easy candy corn centerpiece is so simple to do. Just gather some branches from your yard and spray them black.  Add some silver glitter and fill the vase with candy corn and candy pumpkins for an easy and effective fall display.

candy corn centerpiece

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