5 Halloween DIY Projects Using Things You Already Have

Halloween DIY Decoration ProjectsDIY Halloween decorations are as easy as they are fun to make. The best part about making your own décor is that you most likely already have most of the supplies in your house. Halloween decorations usually look creepy, ancient, and in some cases dirty and broken. This means they’re simple and almost error-proof. If you make a mistake, you can make it look like you meant to do whatever it is that you did. I love making things for every holiday, and I’ve probably tried every Halloween DIY project at least once. I wanted to give you guys some good projects you can do without having to hit up the store (hopefully). Check out my list below and if you make something, be sure to post a photo in the comments below!

Ghouls, Ghosts, & Scarecrow Decorations

Use old clothes and stuff them with hay, cotton, old pillows, or other old clothing to make a figure. Paint a face on an old pillowcase, and add a hat for additional character.


Halloween Centerpiece Bottles

Collect used wine and liquor bottles. If you don’t buy spirits, ask friends for their spare bottles. Use chalkboard paint to create a dull, black base on the bottles and write Halloween phrases in chalk!


DIY Halloween Wreath

Use toilet paper to create a mummy-wrap wreath. If you have fake spiders and spider webs, they’ll add a nice touch to the wreath.


Ghost & Bat Balloons

Use white hand towels or pillowcases to cover a balloon and hang from the ceiling. For bats, use black towels or pillowcases, and add wings with construction paper.


Metal Pumpkin

This is great for anyone who has many mason jars or is into canning. Paint the lids orange and place them on their sides. Connect at the middle until they come full circle. Use glue or a cable tie to hold the ring together and it will look like an adorable pumpkin. Use cardboard or a painted dowel for the stem.


Sherrie Carter

1 Month Before Thanksgiving: The Ultimate Checklist

Thanksgiving Dinner ChecklistWe have one month left until Thanksgiving Day! Holiday parties and events creep a little closer every day. Have a plan, prepare early and everything will go smoothly. Today, we’re going to highlight the most important tasks you should work on in the next few weeks. This will make life much easier before the feast, allowing you to take your time and relax with the details. Follow this simple checklist to reduce stress and save time; you’ll thank me later!

1 Month before Thanksgiving

  • This week you should focus on planning your menu and inviting guests. Try your best to get confirmations so you can get an accurate headcount. Leave yourself extra room in your list for unexpected or last-minute guests because plans can change and it’s better to have too much food than not enough. Plan out your menu and seating situations as well.
  • In the month before the dinner, you’ll also want to ensure you have all your decorations, desserts, and centerpieces planned out. If you’re missing something, there’s still time to order it online.
  • If you’re trying a new dish, start practicing it now so that you’ll have it perfected BEFORE dinner. Don’t let Thanksgiving day be your first attempt at a new recipe.

1-2 Weeks before Thanksgiving

  • These weeks are crucial. Make sure you take an inventory of your cooking supplies and nonperishable ingredients. Make a shopping list of any thing you’re missing according to your supplies and recipes. Determine the turkey size you’ll need and plan all appetizers and drinks as well.
  • Head to the store and purchase everything on your list, order the turkey, and double check the list again. Purchase any wine or liquor you may need, as it will keep and spirit stores will be busy closer to the holiday.
  • Deep clean your house to make it easier in the days before Thanksgiving. Clean your baseboards, wash the china, shampoo the carpets (etc.) to make your home look it’s best for guests.

3 Days before Thanksgiving

  • Make a list of perishables you’ll need and confirm your guest list. You should have your turkey by now, so start defrosting it. Purchase the perishables you need, along with napkins, non-alcoholic beverages, and any other small accents you’ll need.
  • Launder all linens and give your home a quick cleaning to refresh the deep cleaning you did earlier in the month.
  • Following this guide will help you reduce stress and avoid cooking disasters before the feast. Happy Eating!

8 Easy Halloween Treats for Your Party

Between decorating, getting candy, and making costumes, Halloween is a busy time. Not to mention, you’re probably also prepping for Thanksgiving and Christmas season. This leaves little time for unique Halloween treats if you’re having a costume party. Luckily, the internet has your back, specifically Pinterest. To help save some time and ensure you have delicious and festive treats to offer, I’ve compiled a list of quick and easy Halloween treats you can make. Check out the links below, and be sure to send us photos of your creations! We’d love to see how some of these killer ideas turn out.

Easy Pumpkin Pretzles


Truffle Mummies


Skeleton Bone Appetizer


Oreo Kitty Cookies


Witch Hat Cookies


Strawberry Ghosts


Monster Eye Cookies


Halloween Pretzle Sticks

Still want more? Check out these 50 Easy to Make Halloween Treats from Parentpretty.com!

Sherrie Carter