One thing some folks may not know about me is that I’m a huge DIY-er when it comes to the holidays, and that’s especially true for Halloween. Sometimes store-manufactured props and decorations can come with a hefty price tag attached, so for those of you who like to keep things simple and cheap, here are ten relatively quick and inexpensive outdoor decorating ideas that you can use this Halloween.
And don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a crafty person, either. Most of these are so easy, even kids can get involved, which means you should do just fine if you follow the directions and remember to have fun with it, too. Happy haunting!
Floating Witch Hat Luminaries
What I really liked about these Floating Witch Hat Luminaries (via Polka Dot Chair) is that even if you don’t have a yard (like this writer), these are still something you can use on your porch or anywhere around your house, really. The materials don’t cost a lot, and you can create a supernatural atmosphere in just mere moments.
Directions (via Polka Dot Chair):
Garage Door Victim
When I came across this Garage Door Victim (via Little Things) on Pinterest, I immediately thought of poor Tatum from Scream, and thought this would be a really fun and quick addition to anyone’s ghoulishly decked-out yard this October. All you need to do is stuff some clothes you have lying around your house with newspaper or straw (which you can pick up at any craft store this time of year), attach some old shoes to the legs of your stuffed pants, and tuck the top half of the body under your garage door.
Finish off your victim by splattering your door with some ketchup (you can thicken it up with some flour), and then you’re ready to freak out the neighborhood. Just a tip: when you first apply the ketchup, make sure to do it on a day with low humidity (it allows it to set better).
Tomato Cage Ghost
This Tomato Cage Ghost (from Lisa from Bulan, KY via Thrifty Fun) is a bit more involved than most of these decoration ideas, but if you have a little patience and are good with directions, this guy should make for an excellent addition to your outdoor Halloween decor (especially if you have a front porch and want someone to be a greeter for all those trick-or-treaters on October 31st).
Planted Zombie Hands
Better Homes & Gardens actually pointed me in the direction of these Planted Zombie Hands (via Sew Woodsy) last year, and they’re something I’m going to be testing out on my own porch in just a few weeks. These ghastly grabbers are super easy to assemble, and you can find the detached hands at any local craft store this October, or even some dollar store chains seem to carry them as well.
All you need to do is zombify your severed hands by painting them gray, then paint the fingernail areas black and spatter with the red paint after the other colors have dried. After the blood layer dries, cover them with acrylic sealant and then let them set for an hour.
Once your hands are ready to go, insert the skewers in the wrist parts, fill your pots with dirt, and set your zombie appendages inside the filled pots. Then let the scares commence (or at the very least, someone might jump)!
Beastly Eyes Front Door
I’ve been a big fan of transforming my front door for years now (in 2015, we did Frankenstein’s Monster and last year, we mummified our door), so when I saw a design for this Beastly Eyes Door, (via AllYou.com) I fell in love. The fur is relatively cheap if you go to Jo-Ann stores (they always have coupons available), and while AllYou.com does offer a template for the eyes, I thought they’d be something easy enough for anyone to do (and they’d make for a great way to get the little ghouls involved with Halloween decorating, too).
Directions (via AllYou.com):
For those of you looking for an idea that might be more friendly to folks of all ages, these Wizard of Oz-inspired Witch Legs (via AllYou.com) would make for a fun addition to your outdoor decor, and they are simple to make. And if you don’t fancy yourself an Oz fan, you can buy tights and shoes of any color and make these appendages look however you’d like them to.
All you need are a pair of tights, a pair of women’s shoes, and newspaper to stuff into each leg of the tights. Cut the tights in half, separating the legs, and then cut them 2/3 of the way up from the toe. Stuff each separated leg with newspapers to get them as full-looking as desired (if you have a pool noodle lying around, cutting one in half and using each half for each leg can also work—just make sure to stuff the feet with newspaper).
Once your witch legs are ready to kick it this Halloween, place them along the edge of your house, putting the shoes on once you get them settled wherever you want them.
Black and White Pumpkin Topiary
One of my favorite things every October is when Target gets their pre-lit pumpkins in stock (and thankfully, a lot more stores are now carrying them as well, like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart), and I have about 18 that I stage around my house each year. If you’re looking to consolidate your pumpkins at all, this Black and White Pumpkin Topiary (via Tatertots and Jello) would be a great way to do just that, and also have a stunning decoration you can put out every Halloween.
This project is a bit more involved, especially because you need some power tools, but overall, it should take you less than an hour to construct (especially if you buy pumpkins that are already black and white, or maybe you just want to create an orange pumpkin topiary).
Body Bag Corpse
Another super easy idea that you can create using mostly items you have lying around the house is this Body Bag Corpse (via InventorSpot), which you can either leave around the yard, or string up in a tree for a truly frightening effect. All you need to do is stuff old clothes with newspapers or hay (which you can find at most craft stores this time of year), making the body shape. Then, cover your body with several white garbage bags (they show up the best), and at various points of the body, use duct tape to wrap around the body, keeping the shape of the corpse intact. And that’s it!
Oh, if you do decide to hang your body bag corpse, you can use a nylon rope (found at any hardware store) and tie it around the neck of your victim, almost like a noose. Also, adding some stage blood to the body is another way to add a little extra goriness to this decoration (and who doesn’t love a little blood on Halloween?).
If you’re going to give your front door a monstrous overhaul, why not do the same for your bushes, too? These Monster-Eyed Bushes (via A Girl and a Glue Gun) are easy to make, and to really give them a spooky feel, you can use glow-in-the-dark paint to cover them, which will make them even more fun in the dark.
Materials (via A Girl and a Glue Gun)
Severed Finger Doorbell
This Severed Finger Doorbell (via Pretty Prudent) is probably the easiest and most inexpensive decoration you’ll find on this list, making it one that pretty much everyone can pull off. When I saw it on Pinterest, it gave me quite a chuckle, and all you need to pull this one off (get it??), is a severed finger and some low-temperature hot glue, which can then be easily pulled off on November 1st (or whenever you feel emotionally ready to move on from Halloween).
[Photo credits: All photos are from the respective links for each DIY project. Top photo is from Sew Woodsy.]
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