Halloween is coming soon. Although it is easy to go to your local party or decor store, you almost certainly already have many necessities that you can use to make free Halloween decorations. Most of these fun or scary ideas require just a few things that any DIYer would probably have put around the house anyway. In addition, your decorations will be unique to you and stand out from purchased tools from other nearby homes.
You can easily create your own streamers in the colors orange and black. This will instantly transform your room. Start by collecting wide sheets of paper. Fold it into a rectangle. When you have the shape down, drag the page to stretch the paper. Then fold again.
Cut it in half to create two sections. Cut lashes at both ends with scissors to cut an inch or two.
You can use tape and string to hang the streamers wherever you want in your home.
2. Haunted Furniture
If you cover your furniture with old sheets, preferably off-white, it will look like they have not been used for a long time. This will surely creep out of your guests, especially if you place cobwebs nearby. The sheets have the added benefit of being easy to clean, especially if someone with body paint on or a drink in hand is sitting on the furniture.
While cobwebs may not be an expensive purchase, you can actually make them yourself with either pipe cleaning or yarn.
If using yarn, start by cutting three pieces of black yarn. Lay one vertically and two horizontally. Slowly add more yarn by tying a string from one corner to the center of the circle. Once you have ten of these (or more based on personal preference), you can start weaving the threads together to create a cobweb. Start in the middle where your first three pieces are and weave them together in a spiral that works you out.
Using pipe cleaners to create a web is easier but does not get the impressive size of its yarn counterpart. Start by collecting five or six black pipe cleaners. Rotate two of them in X-shape. The third pipe cleaner will also cross through the middle. Then take two or three more pipe cleaners. For each, rotate the pipe cleaner around the existing pipe cleaners a few inches from the center to create a web effect.
Spiders can also be manufactured by pipe cleaners. Simple cross four pipe cleaners on top of each other to create the spider’s eight legs. For their body, you can use an extra pipe cleaner or a piece of candy for a little extra Halloween feeling. If you have googly eyes lying around, you can also tape these to your body.
5. Floating ghosts
You can turn string lights into ghosts hanging from the ceiling. Simply cover the bulbs with white tissue (make sure your string lights do not get hot – some older strings can be dangerous). Similarly, you can cover them with orange tissue and googly eyes so that it looks like the lamps are liquid pumpkins.
6. Spooky Foods
Fold potatoes into the filling material from an old pillow and draw a few eyes on them, or hold a few googly eyes if you have them on hand. These silly ghouls land more on smiley than the scary side.
You can get free Halloween mugs and plates with just one Sharpee. Take existing plates that you no longer want and clean and dry them. Then grab your Sharpees and create a design. You can do something as simple as writing “Happy Halloween” on the plates or trying to draw a spider or pumpkin. You can also use stencils to create a more intricate design.
Once you are happy with the look of your plate, put it in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for an hour. Allow it to cool before removing it. And there you have your own Halloween plate.
8. Creepy photos
Swap photos that are currently in your frames for ghostly images that you find online. This is a subtle decor idea that will surely surprise and / or worry everyone who walks by the pictures, depending on how disturbing you choose to go.
You can paint old wine bottles black and then add a candle to the opening. This will instantly create spooky lights for your home.
You can add branches that are outdoors in front of books, fireplaces or walls. It’s hard to say why this is so spooky, but it is! Maybe it’s because it creates a feeling that your house is coming to life. Maybe it’s because chubby sticks remind us of witch fingers or wizards. Maybe it’s just a festive reminder that the winter cold is sinking over our world. Whatever the reason, twigs and branches are an effective decoration and they literally grow on trees.