20 Cheap And Easy Halloween Decorations You Can DIY

Because Halloween is quickly approaching, the spooky decorations section at your local Walmart is probably looking a little barren, and not everyone has a Spirit Halloween around the corner. Not only that, but maybe you don't want to spend loads of money on expensive decor. If so, don't fret — there's still time to create some inexpensive and last-minute decorations.

Or, maybe you're decked out for Halloween night, but you want some ideas on fun crafts to complete with your family or friends. If so, making some additional decorations could be the perfect project. Upscale Living says DIY projects will save money, get you thinking creatively, and bring your loved ones together. And homemade decor pieces will provide your house with a one-of-a-kind design.

Even if DIYs aren't usually your thing, you'll be able to complete the following projects. Each one only requires a few cheap materials and is super easy to make. Below are 20 Halloween decorations to create at home.

1. Happy Halloween banner

If you're having a Halloween party, you'll need something to welcome your guests, like a Happy Halloween banner. To make this, either cut out the letters from construction paper or draw them on triangle banners and string them together. 

2. Painted pumpkins

If you're not keen on the idea of carving pumpkins, you could paint them instead. This project would be ideal for those with young children who aren't ready to yield a sharp carving knife just yet. 

3. Paper bats

Paper bats could be taped to your walls, doorway, or banister, to make your home look like a haunted house. All you'll need to do is trace and cut the bats out of black construction paper. 

4. Bloody handprint

If you want your home to look like a crime scene, dip your hands in red paint and press them onto your windows or garage doors. 

5. Recycled monsters

A fun way to reuse materials like water bottles, plastic cups, and tin cans is by transforming them into cute monsters. Bring out the paint, construction paper, and googly eyes and get creative. 

6. Felt spiders

You could also stitch together felt spiders and place them on your walls or in fake spider webs. To make them look friendly, add large eyes, or if you want a more realistic appearance, you could ditch the eyes and leave them plain. 

7. Haunted spell books

To create a witchy setup, you'll need potions and spell books. An easy way to construct spell books is by covering books in black construction paper and labeling them with a white marker. 

8. Painted mug

To spice up your hot chocolate or apple cider mugs, draw on a skeleton face and cut out construction paper bats for the straws. 

9. Napkin ghosts

To surround your home in ghosts, make a tissue garland. You could tie them together with orange ribbon and use a permanent marker to draw on the faces. 

10. Witch broomstick

Placing a broomstick near your front door will make it appear like a witch has entered your home. To build one, tie small branches to the end of a larger stick. 

11. Mummy jars

These mummy jars could make a fun Halloween centerpiece. To construct them, glue on eyes, wrap the jars in gauze, and add a candle. 

12. Bleeding candles

Create bleeding candles by adding red food coloring to white candles. You could also drip the wax from a red candle onto a white one. 

13. Ghost leaves

These leaf ghosts are extremely easy to make. Just gather a pile of leaves and paint them white, then add the face with a black permanent marker. These could be taped to your walls or strung up along a banister. 

14. Monster leaf bags

Speaking of leaves, maybe you want an easy way to clean your yard while also making a fun decoration. If so, gather your leaves into colored trash bags and draw on a monster or jack-o-lantern face. 

15. Spooky lanterns

A fun way to jazz up jars is by drawing spooky scenes on them with permanent marker. To begin, add a thin layer of paint to the jar, then draw on your design and add a candle. 

16. Makeshift tombstone

A classic way to adorn your yard with Halloween decor is assembling a graveyard scene. To make the tombstones, you can cut them out of cardboard or plywood and paint them black or gray. Add your own creative epitaph for an extra spooky look. 

17. Halloween wreath

While everyone else is putting together generic fall wreaths, you can make one specifically for Halloween. To do this, attach a spooky garland to a wreath frame and glue on pumpkin, ghost, and bat cutouts. 

18. Haunted house diorama

You could also make a haunted house diorama out of cardboard and construction paper. Cover the windows with yellow paper to look like the light from inside, and fashion pumpkins out of orange clay.

19. String spider web

An easy way to build a spider web is with black string. Just tie the pieces together to assemble a web and hang it on your wall. 

20. Creepy eyeballs

An easy way to make decorative eyeballs is by drawing the design on white ping pong balls. To make it appear like you've been collecting them, add them into jars with liquid and a little bit of food coloring.