Since I’ve posted this, I’ve come across several additional projects on Pinterest. I’ve been hoarding them like a little squirrel with too many acorns. Fabulous, amazing, DIY acorns. I decided to update this post with these projects I found. Please share your creations in the comments below if you try any of these, I’d love to see the variances and personal touches!
Who doesn’t love a huge list of fun holiday crafts? Halloween offers some of the most entertaining DIY projects, from costumes to decor. Nothing is more rewarding than creating a unique decoration that everyone asks about. When you get to say, “oh, I made that” it kind of feels like winning the world. The internet is filled with tutorials and videos to help you create attention-grabbing items. We looked around and compiled a list of the coolest ones for you. Most of these projects are great for kids too! Check out the projects below, and be sure to send us photos of your completed projects. We’ll post the best ones!
Tin Can or Mason Jar Luminaries
Decorate mason jars or large tin cans (think large tomato sauce cans). For the mason jars, you can use cotton and gauze to make mummies, or glow in the dark paint to make ghosts. For the tin cans, punch holes into them, spelling out Halloween phrases like “Boo” or “Trick-or-Treat”. Add traditional LED flameless candles, or colored LED lights to illuminate them.
Purchase a white pumpkin for this project. Unwrap a variety of crayons and place on the top of the pumpkin. Use a heat gun or hair dryer to melt the crayons down the pumpkin. These serve as functional art and everyone will adore them.
— Dave’s Christmas (@DavesXmas) September 24, 2015
Candy Corn Centerpieces
Make candy corn centerpieces in two ways: paint bottles or fill vases with candy corn and candy pumpkins. For the bottles, unused wine bottles look the best, but any glass bottle will work. Paint the entire bottle white, then paint the bottom 2/3 of the bottle yellow. Once that dries, paint the bottom 1/3 of the bottle a bright orange. Whichever candy corn centerpiece you choose will look great. The best part is that these can stay up all the way through Thanksgiving.
Using sticks, faux spider webs, corn husks, and miniature pumpkins, construct a Halloween wreath for your door. This is easy to make, but it requires some imagination. You can also make one from fabric, like in this DIY Halloween Wreath Video from HeyKayli.
Glowing Balloon Faces
These are as easy as they are adorable, however they’re temporary. You may want to make these the day of Halloween. Pick up a few white balloons and some glow sticks. Break the glow stick and place it inside the balloon before you blow it up. Inflate the balloon and draw ghost faces on it. This turns out amazing, but eventually the glow stick will fade and the balloon will deflate.
Customized Candy Bar Wrappers
This blogger has a great tutorial on creating custom wrappers for your candy bars. You can order customized labels from chickabug.com, or you can print the premade labels from iheartnaptime.net for free.
DIY Paper Pumpkin Tutorial
If you’d like a fun challenge, this paper pumpkin makes a great centerpiece for the entire harvest season. Use this infographic below to make your own paper pumpkin.
New Projects Added 10/22/2015:
DIY Watermelon Brain
Candy Corn Bottles
Hocus Pocus Book