DIY Halloween Decorations: 4 Cheap & Easy Things to Make in MinutesLifestyle
Halloween is around the corner, which means it’s time to decorate your home! But you don’t have to go all out and break the bank with over-the-top decorations. The List teamed up with decorating pro Kyla Federowicz and hit the dollar store to conjure up a spooky DIY Halloween decorations for your porch! Read on for four creations that will scare the trick-or-treaters without frightening your bank account.
1. Gather the Goods
Before making your DIY Halloween decorations, you’ll need to know what supplies to grab at the dollar store, with a little help from decorating pro Kyla Federowicz. We’ll know you how to creep out your porch with a bone wreath, scary specimen jars, and shrunken apple heads. When you’re out making your supply run, pick up some wall decor, a bag of apples, plastic bones, and scary critters. Then make sure to get some LED lights and a Bluetooth speaker, complete with a Halloween-themed lava lamp, which you’ll use for some “special effects.”
2. Putting it All Together
Our second step is to put it all together, starting with the bone wreath.
Graveyard Bone Wreath
Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas – you can also incorporate them into your DIY Halloween decorations!
3 bags of bones and body parts
Twine or string
Webs and spiders
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Arrange Bones in the pattern that you want
Glue them together and let dry
Add string to back for hanging
Glue skull to wreath
Add flowers and webs
Hang on front door
Next are the shrunken apple heads, which are the kind of DIY Halloween decorations that have a fun, old school vibe.
Box cutter or knife
Glue gun and sticks
Carve faces into apples
Place in oven on lowest temp for five hours to dry out
Glue on hair and add knot at top
Add jewelry and accessories as wanted
Hang from hooks or nails by knot in hair
DIY Halloween Decorations: Specimen Jars
Here’s how to make some spooky specimen jars – one of the most macabre DIY Halloween decorations you can make!
5-6 spooky specimen (rats, a brain, big bugs, bones)
5-6 large jars or containers
Place labels on jars
Add wax to rim of jars
Arrange specimens in jars
Pour water into jars
Squeeze highlighter into water
Cover with webs and bugs
Shine with black light for glowing effect
Add dry ice if wanted
3. Special Effects
Our last step is to decorate your porch with your new DIY Halloween decorations, and add ad in some haunting special effects, which will only cost about $25. We have smoking dry ice cauldrons lit with led lights. You can pick these items up at any grocery store. Just make sure to an oven mitt to handle the ice, as it can be scary. But you know know what isn’t scary? We found $10 Bluetooth speakers! Yes, and these are going to give you the most ghoulish sounds, guaranteed to scare the kids right off your porch. You can stream some Halloween-themed background music for free off YouTube. Learn how to make the smoking cauldron below.
Smoking Dry Ice Cauldrons
Fill plastic “cauldrons” with water about halfway.
Using gloves, add a chunk of dry ice
You will need to add more water every hour or so, depending on outside temperature.
If you’re looking for DIY Halloween decorations, now you’ve got four ways to keep it scary while saving some cash!
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