Easy DIY Halloween Decorations Any Ghoul Can Make

Gabby MartinResidential & Commercial, Seasonal & Festive

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6 Scary Easy DIY Halloween Ideas

  • Giant Black Spiders

  • Fake Broken Windows

  • Handmade Outdoor Yard Ghosts

  • Homemade Fingerprint Kit

  • DIY Crime Scene Tape

  • Bubbling Witch's Cauldron

Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

Halloween is a fantastic time of the year that everyone looks forward to. Everybody wants to impress their guests with scary outdoor yard decorations and indoor fun. If you’re looking to step up your DIY with cool and cute Halloween decor you can make from the dollar store, you’ve come to the right place!

1. Giant Black Spiders

Everybody can appreciate awe from stationary, realistic looking giant spiders. It has never failed to add a creepy aesthetic to the dinner table for a fun Halloween feast. And it also adds cool IG aesthetics for creepy and scary outdoor and indoor shoots. And, toddlers LOVE making these!

For Each Black Spider:

  1. Make the body by blowing up two balloons (one large one for the body and a smaller one for its head)
  2. Tie or use black tape to fasten the two balloons together, and you have the body.   
  3. For the legs: Add black faux fur and wrap it in 12-gauge kid-safe craft wire or eight lengths of an unfurled wire clothes hanger (we recommend an adult using this method only). Of the eight lengths, twist the ends of four lengths, and do the same with the remaining lengths.
  4. Assemble your spider by wrapping a black pipe cleaner around its legs. 
  5. To hang it, tie a fishing wire around its leg.

For more visual learners, here's a video of how it's done:


Bear in mind this DIYer makes their's extra furry with a cardboard cutout and by hotgluing faux fur around the body

2. Fake Broken Windows

DIY can be therapeutic, addictive, and oddly satisfying, so why only stop at giant black spiders? Make the front of your home look extra eerie with fake broken windows. They’re one of the simple Halloween decorations to make and only take a few minutes. 


What You'll Need:

Take the contact paper, turn it over, and draw your design of broken windows on the shiny side (using the ruler, if needed). Technically, you don’t have to draw the design. You can just cut out random zig zags and place them on the window. Whichever way you decide, make sure the window you use is clean, and for the best effect, use single-pane windows if you can. 

After cutting the contact paper, stick it onto the windows (the frosted contact paper linked in this article is removable and leaves no adhesive).

3. Handmade Outdoor Yard Ghosts

This is another super simple and scary Halloween decoration to make at home and they look great in the front yard.

Get a tomato cage and place its wider end on the ground outside. Wrap the cage using your multicolored string lights. One set of lights is enough for each ghost. Take a white pillowcase and slit it quarter-way on both sides to slide over the tomato cage.

Using a sharpie, color the pillowcase and make a mouth and eyes. Make them as spooky as possible. Slip the pillowcase over the top of the tomato cage and wait for dusk to turn on the lights.

Another way to do it is the way She's Making Something has done them. Note: she hot glues foam to a plastic clear bowl and anchors taller tomato cages with Christmas lights strung through them to put these on her porch.


4. Homemade Fingerprint Kit

For those who want to dress up as Sherlock Holmes or leave traces of an investigation in their home, you’ll want to leave signs that the forensics have been fingerprinting (wink wink). 

To make a CSI evidence fingerprint kit of your own, you’ll need:

  • Some colored chalk
  • A butter knife
  • A tiny paintbrush
  • Cornstarch or baby powder
  • Clear tape for lifting prints
  • Paper

Scrape your colored chalks using the butter knife to get some fine powder. You can also take your DIY skills a notch and use a grater. Measure the same amount of chalk and mix it with an equal amount of corn starch (or baby powder). Viola! You have made homemade fingerprint powder. Very effective.

When you find some fingerprints, sprinkle some dust on them using the brush. If you have sprinkled too much, place the overflow in a ziploc or cup to throw or store in case you use more later. Use the tape to lift prints off the surface.


5. DIY Crime Scene Tape

This DIY crime scene tape will go well with the Sherlock Holmes persona or just as an outdoor prop. You can even hang some in the corner of your room to decorate. 

How to Make:

Very simple: Get a broad yellow ribbon. Use black markers to write something like "POLICE CRIME SCENE: DO NOT CROSS" in capital letters. 

6. Bubbling Witch's Cauldron

Create a bubbling witch's cauldron with a cast-iron Dutch oven. Make it fog spookily by adding some dry ice and a little water into the oven.

Check out how this works:


Other Ideas For a Creative Halloween!

Halloween is a fun time for the whole family and community! It's time to get your Frankensteins alive. There are thousands of DIY Halloween ideas online, even for how to make DIY decorations and costumes.

Didn’t see any here you liked? Also check out:
DIY Halloween Decorations on Pinterest
Last Minute DIY Ideas
Mom Approved DIY Halloween Crafts (Youtube)
Printable Decor

Other themed Halloween decorations:
Alice in Wonderland
Cemetery and Graveyard
Nightmare Before Christmas

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