Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!
Autumn is in the air. The leaves are beginning to change color and the squirrels are on high alert, stockpiling for the cold season. The amount of sunlight each day is starting to dwindle and pumpkin spice everything surrounds us. Yes, it is indeed autumn!
Now that my birthday is officially past, I'm ready to start decorating for Halloween. This is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! Over the years, my son and I have created cool crafts and continue to add to our collection each new season. We love to make our own decorations and mix it in with a few new pieces, giving our home a unique look every year. It's so much fun to pull out the box of decorations, put on a Halloween movie or music playlist, transform the house, and create lasting memories.
Below, I'm sharing our favorite DIY decorations, tips, and ideas to help you transform your house for the Halloween season.
1. Fireplace Banners
Chances are you've browsed Pinterest and seen countless fireplace set-ups. They are gorgeous and most look like a page straight out of Better Homes And Gardens. You can easily create your own fireplace set-up with a little creativity, time, and effort.
But if you don't have a fireplace, you can always incorporate some of these ideas with your entertainment center or TV stand. Get creative and make it work for your home.
The key to a great fireplace set-up is to keep it simple, with a few cute statement pieces. One of the most important things to have is a fun banner. You can create a banner out of almost anything. For Halloween, I love this burnt book page banner I created a few years ago. I had some old books cluttering up my cupboard and thought it was time to upcycle them. I decided on a phrase and tore out enough pages to spell it out. Using a match, I carefully burned a small section of each page. A black Sharpie, some nice black thread, a hole punch, and some electrical tape helped complete the banner.
I also love this 'Trick-Or-Treat' golden wrapping paper banner with black ribbon and black thread. I made this banner several years ago, but it still looks great! You can make your banner out of anything you want! I love using items I already have on hand to create something magical.
In addition to the banners, I wanted to add a little something extra. I had an abundance of safety pins and decided to try hooking a bunch together to create a unique chain. Out of floral wire, I created a deathly hallows symbol from Harry Potter and used it as a charm for my chain.
2. DIY Spooky Tree
This tree is my favorite Halloween decoration. I created it several years ago and it is always one of the first things we set out. It's easy to make and adds a unique touch to your decor.
To make it you need:
- A small to medium-sized stick from your yard
- Green floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Necklace beads in various colors
- Begin by wrapping your wire around the stick. You want to cover the entire stick in wire.
- To create the base of your tree and help it stand, clip a long piece of wire. Bend it in half and twist it together, creating a loop. Wrap the twisted end around the bottom part of your stick. Bend the looped end slightly to create roots for your tree. Repeat this step four or more times, depending on the length of your stick, to help your tree stand upright.
- To create your spooky branches, clip various lengths of wire, twist them together, and wrap around your tree trunk. Shape them any way you'd like. Repeat this step as many times as you want to create branches for your tree.
- Once you have your tree complete, it's time to decorate it! Place sections of colored beaded necklaces on the branches or wrap pieces of ribbon or thread around the branches. This is the best part because you really get to be creative. I also like to place colored bead necklace sections around the base of my tree to help hold down the roots and keep my tree standing.
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3. Rats Around the Floor or Up the Stairs
I love to add unexpected spooky touches. My son's favorite decoration is our cardstock rats he gets to tape all around the floor molding. These are so easy and simple to make. You can put them all around the house and if you have a set of stairs, you can tape them going up the steps. It's a fun addition to any Halloween decor!
What you need:
- Black or white cardstock
- Black or purple crayon
- Painter's tape
Black cardstock works best for this project, but if you only have white, no problem! Just color it using a black or purple crayon.
- Cut out rat shapes from your cardstock. You can choose to draw your own or find a template online. Cut out as many as you'd like. You might also choose to cut out a house shape.
- Tape them all around your house.
4. Monster Door or Vase
Monsters are so much fun to include in your decor. It's also a great way to allow the kids to get creative. You can transform your entire front door into a monster using materials you have on hand. You could have your kids cut out facial features from construction paper to create monster faces on various doors inside the house. You could also fill an old vase with sticks you gather from the yard. Tape your construction paper facial features to the outside of the vase to create a cute vase monster decoration. The possibilities are endless!
5. Literary Themes
Incorporate your favorite stories into your Halloween decor for a unique and fun display. We love Harry Potter at my house and always incorporate a few wizarding elements. On one of the bathroom mirrors, we write about the Chamber of Secrets being opened, using a red dry erase marker. We have a cardboard sign that points toward our very own "Forbidden Forest." We also have a sign for the bathroom that tells how to get to the "Ministry of Magic." We have labels, "lumos" and "nox" for the bathroom light switch as well.
One of my favorite movies is Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. We have a cardstock Cheshire cat and a few signs hung up on the wall. Underneath that, we have a chess display and two "potions." I used old glass salt and pepper shakers filled with water and red food coloring.
You could easily adopt a few themes from your favorite stories to incorporate into your decor. This creates a fun and unique display that everyone will enjoy.
6. The Ouija Board and Tarot Cards
Chances are you have an old Ouija board game sitting in the attic collecting dust. Now, I'm not about summoning demons, however, I do love to incorporate it in my Halloween decor! You can hang it up on the wall or set it up on a shelf or table. Add some flower petals and candlesticks around it.
Likewise, you can hang Tarot cards up in a pleasant layout and incorporate them elsewhere in your decor. I love using a Celtic or Sun Cross layout on my large wall in our dining room. I don't have any other decorations there and it serves as the perfect yoga photo backdrop for the month of October.
7. Finishing Touches
The finishing touches are the last bits to tie your decorations together. I love putting out my moon and stars incense holder with sandalwood incense. I put out my favorite fall scented candles. I also love to add a few little decorations. I have an old antique-looking key that I put on a piece of ribbon. I made a sign for it that says, 'dungeon key,' and hung it up near the fireplace. I make sure to set out my fireplace broom. I also love hanging up Dr. Bones, a skeleton that I purchased from the Dollar Store 12 years ago.
We have a witch's hat that we put out and we made our own wand using a stick from the yard and black electrical tape. Several years ago, we transformed an old cracker box into a cute little witch's suitcase using ribbon, glue, and electrical tape. It is one of my favorite decorations to date.
I have a bunch of different signs and pictures that we like to hang. These include a beaded skeleton, a black cat, and an invitation to a witch's soiree.
My son loves to make a spider web out of dental floss and thread on the wall. We have a little pipe cleaner spider that hangs up with it. We also have floral wire spiders that we sprinkle throughout the house.
Once in a while, we will buy a few little extra decorations. This year we bought a mini skeleton and an orange LED light set at Target. They are both cute decorations and we only spent $6. These are things we will take care of and be able to utilize for years to come.
© 2018 Alyssa
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 21, 2018:
I try! Hahaha!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 21, 2018:
Great ideas! I'll bet you are a fun mom!