Meagan is a mother to two young children, a freelance writer, and a waitress. She has spent countless hours trying to stretch a dollar.
It Shouldn't Cost You an Arm for a Leg!
It's the time of year when goblins are running around begging for candy under an autumn moon—you've got to love Halloween! Of course, one of the best things about this time of year is the decorations.
You can see things like clumsy witches that have flown their broomsticks into trees. You'll notice spiders hanging from webs around every corner. You might be surprised by a seemingly innocent skull that starts chattering at you. Decorating for this time of year can be a lot of fun, and some people take it to the extreme. However, stores are very aware of people's passion for decorations, and they show it in their prices. So, what can you do when you want to join in on the festivities but cannot fit it into your budget?
Luckily, there are tons of DIY Halloween decoration ideas just waiting to be discovered, and we are going to look at some of the best ones below. If you have any other ideas, or think something should be mentioned, please let us know in the comment section below!
Cheap DIY Halloween Decorations
- Basket Decorations
- DIY Halloween Origami Crafts
- DIY Halloween Lawn Ghost
- DIY Halloween Soap Ghost Craft
- DIY Halloween Baby in a Box Decoration
- Painted Pumpkin Decoration
- DIY Halloween Placemat
- DIY Halloween Scarecrow
The best thing about pumpkins is that you can grow them in your own backyard. The seeds normally cost less then a dollar, and they require very little maintenance to grow. Once they're all grown up, you can turn them into anything! Want a witch on your table? Carve one! How about a mummy? Yep, carve one! You get the picture, right?
There are some crazy patterns available on the internet that you can print off and use to turn a normal pumpkin into something spooky or delicious! The only limit to this inexpensive Halloween decoration is your imagination!
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2. Basket Decorations
The results of this idea are absolutely stunning and make a great center piece for a table or coffee table! Making this Halloween decoration couldn't be easier. All you need is:
- A basket of your choosing
- Dry grass or colorful leaves
- Pumpkins or gourds
- Any other fall-ish item you would like to put in there!
Fill up the basket with the dry grass or leaves (you can find these outside or buy fake ones from a hobby shop). Put the pumpkins, gourds, or other things you found on the top and you're done!
You could decorate the basket with spray paint, fake cob webs, spiders, or other Halloween items to look more festive.
3. DIY Halloween Origami Craft
This is a super cute and super inexpensive idea! All you need is:
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- Construction paper
- Glue or Tape
- Googly eyes (optional)
Fold the paper lengthwise multiple times, making sure to make the folds even. Twist the ends around and tape them together. This should leave you with a completed circle of folded paper. Add the desired finishing touches to complete your decoration! You can make anything: pumpkin, cat, ghost, Frankenstein, or a zombie. All you need is the right colored paper and a bit of creativity!
4. DIY Halloween Lawn Ghost
Okay, technically this falls under a DIY Halloween costume idea, but it works for decorative purposes just as well. Instead of throwing it over your child, toss it over a frame on your lawn. You'll be amazed at how many people recognize it as the Charlie Brown ghost! All you need is:
- Old white sheet you don't mind parting with
- Black paint
- A frame of some kind, a simple wooden cross made from 2x4's works well and doesn't cost too much to build
- Paint brush (unless it is spray paint)
Just paint a few black circles on a white sheet and toss it over the frame in your front yard! It's as simple as that, but the results are not simple at all! People won't have a clue how easy it really was!
5. DIY Halloween Soap Ghost Craft
This one couldn't be any cuter if it tried to be! You probably already have the ingredients laying around your home, but if you don't, you can pick them up for very little at your local dollar store. All you need is:
- A white bar of soap
- Sharp knife to carve the soap
- Toothpick or something similar
- Marker or food coloring
You can either draw the outline with a felt tip marker or carve it into the soap with the toothpick. If you're pretty creative, you can try to freehand the design. Once you have done this, you can begin carving out your ghost. When it is finished, add some eyes and a mouth with the marker or dye.
Tip: I smoothed the edges out with a butter knife that I heated up with a lighter, but you do not have to do that step. I thought it made it less rugged looking.
6. DIY Halloween Baby in a Box Decoration
If you have children, then you probably already have an old baby doll laying around your home. If you don't have one, then you can easily find them at a local thrift store. It doesn't have to be pretty for what we plan to do! What you need is:
- An old baby doll
- Paint brush
- Black doll clothes (optional) if you don't have the clothes you can paint them on
- A box, basket or other container
Paint the dolls face in a Halloween spooky sort of way and either paint on creepy clothing or paint the existing clothes. Stuff the doll into a container and decorate with other spooky Halloween items (spiders, bugs, eyeballs, etc.). This decoration looks good outside on a porch or stairs.
7. Painted Pumpkin Decoration
Who says pumpkins have to be carved? There are many advantages to painting a pumpkin. It's easier to paint one than to carve, and it won't rot as quickly as a carved pumpkin. You'll need:
- Pumpkin or gourds
You can paint whatever you like; there are hundreds of patterns online. Even those of us on the short end of the artistic spectrum can make a basic scary face!
8. DIY Halloween Placemat
Not quite sure what to do with the big open table in the middle of the room? Do you have an amazing center piece but the rest of the table just doesn't quite mesh with it? Well, these handmade Halloween placemats are sure to pull it all together and make your table the center piece of the room. All you need is:
- Placemats, if you can keep them in the color scheme of the season it works better
- Fake autumn leaves, you can typically find these at the dollar store or hobby shop
- Hot glue gun or regular glue if you don't have a glue gun
Simply glue the fake leaves around the edge of the placemat and put them on your table, stand back, and admire a job well done!
9. DIY Halloween Scarecrow
Farmers have used scarecrows to keep birds away from their crops for centuries. They originated in ancient Egypt when farmers used nets draped over crosses to scare birds away from the fields. Today we have come a bit further with our design, but the scarecrows priorities are the same: to scare something! You can easily make your own scary friend. All you need is:
- A full Halloween mask that can be stuffed with something
- Old clothing
- Straw, leaves or news paper (news paper doesn't work well if your going to put your new friend somewhere they may get rained on)
Stuff the clothing and mask with the filling and assemble your pal! It really is that easy!
Note: Sometimes I use a Jack-O-Lantern for my scarecrows head, but they rot quickly. You could use the mask for the upcoming weeks and trade it for a pumpkin head on the big night!
There are countless ways you can decorate your home for Halloween on a budget. I will continue to add ideas for the rest of the season! I hope these ideas were a good start and gave you plenty of new things to try! Enjoy and happy Halloween everyone!
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Do You Have Another Great Idea? Let Me Know!
Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on September 09, 2017:
Great cool do it yourself article Meagan. I carved a pumpkin once and would like to do it again and also cook with pumpkin.