Easy DIY Halloween Decor Ideas

September 15, 2021

Autumn is here, and the spooky season is in full swing. October 31st is just around the corner. And now is the time to transform your home into a witch’s haven. Even if you don’t plan on hosting a Halloween party this year or if guests like trick or treaters never enter your home, it’s still nice to give your front porch a festive makeover. From DIY Halloween decorations like floating candlesticks to creepy jack o lanterns, these spooktacular decorating ideas are sure to cast a spell over onlookers well past the witching hour. Here are a few ideas to get you into the spirit of the season.

DIY Halloween Wreath

Take a trick out of a prankster’s playbook and decorate your door wreath with plastic snakes for this simple DIY Halloween-inspired wreath. Get started adorning your front door for fall with a wreath you can make in just a few minutes. Keep reading for details on this black-painted wreath you’ll be sure to use again and again.

All you need is a few simple materials, a wreath hook, plastic snakes (it doesn’t matter what colour), black spray paint, a hot glue gun, and a vine wreath. You can also add spiders for an extra creepy look. Head over to HGTV for assembly details and a short video. 

Floating Candle Sticks

Ditch the candle holders and steal a scene from your favourite witchcraft and wizardly series with these floating candlesticks. Bring some sorcery to your fireplace, above a doorway or just about anywhere. All you need is wax-coated remote-controlled, batter-operated flameless candles, triple-a batteries, clear fishing thread, clear command hooks and some scotch tape. 

Head on over to apartment therapy for their blog on this trend that took Instagram by storm last year. However, we would be remiss if we failed to mention the creator of this trend, Mallory Fletchall of Reserve Home. Check her out for other unique and different ways to decorate your living space.

Put the Jack in your Lantern 

Sculpted into a ghastly creature or murderous villain, this Halloween, your pumpkin is cut out to be the most terrifying on the whole block. You don't have to be a professional pumpkin artist to carve a scary scene. All you need is this video from R Humphrey, a little practice, the correct tools and twisted imagination. 

To make things a little easier for you, start by using a template (you can draw one or print one out online). Trace the pattern onto your pumpkin using any sharp object you might have around the house. Once you’ve marked the outline of the template onto the pumpkin, now it’s time to start carving. For best results, use a pumpkin saw.  

DIY Floating Witch Hat Luminaries

For a hocus pocus and Hogwarts-inspired touch to your porch, try these magical floating Halloween witch hats from Polkadot Chair. The hanging witch hats are easy to make and add a different element for trick or treaters to enjoy on hallows eve.

You can use inexpensive witch hats from the dollar store or amazon. You will need a fishing line, safety pins, outdoor command hooks (for lights), and a long needle. For lighting options, consider choosing from a selection of LED light sticks, tea lights or light pucks. Be sure to check out Polkadot Chair’s instruction video and detailed blog, including advice from other DIYers.


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