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4 Simply Adorable DIY Halloween-Decor Crafts

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Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!

These four crafts can be created using supplies you probably already have sitting around the house.

These four crafts can be created using supplies you probably already have sitting around the house.


The air is cool and crisp, the leaves are starting to change color, and the sun is setting earlier each day. October has arrived! It's officially time to start decorating for Halloween. Get in the spirit of the season with these four Halloween-themed crafts. They're easy to make and require just a few simple items you probably already have on hand. Gather the kids, put on a spooky-fun playlist or movie, and get crafting!

1. Witch Hazel-Inspired Gnome

Growing up, I loved watching Looney Tunes. One of my favorite episodes around Halloween time was "Bewitched Bunny." Witch Hazel has the most iconic laugh, and this is an episode I still watch as an adult. It's wonderful to be able to share this cartoon with my son. This year, I decided it would be fun to create my very own Witch Hazel-inspired gnome. This is a decor item you'll want to display year after year.

Materials Needed

  • Parmesan cheese container
  • Old blue shirt or fabric
  • Old black sweater, shirt, or fabric
  • Old green stuffed animal
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Old black phone, tablet, or computer cords
  • Metal BBs (or something similar for weight)
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Scotch tape
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Remove lid and label from your parmesan cheese container. Save the lid for another time.
  2. Pour enough Metal BBs into your container to cover the bottom. This just adds a little weight to your gnome to keep it upright.
  3. Cut your blue shirt along the seams to open it up flat. Cut out one rectangle torso piece to use and set the rest of the fabric aside.
  4. Place your container on top of your blue fabric.
  5. Cut a hole into your stuffed animal along the seam. Remove a little of the plush to glue around the bottom of your container.
  6. Begin folding your shirt up and tucking it into the container, starting with the sides. Secure with dabs of hot glue. Once the fabric is all tucked in, run a thin line of hot glue around the inner edge to secure. Depending on how much fabric you have left, you might want to stuff the rest into the opening of the container, securing with hot glue.
  7. Take a rectangular piece of light cardboard and roll it into a cone shape. This is going to be the form for your hat. I used the front of an old Cheez-Its box. Gently set the cone on your bottle to make sure it's the right size. Once you have it, secure your cardboard cone shape with tape or hot glue.
  8. Cut the sleeves off of your sweater. Cutting along the seams, separate the back and front of your sweater so that you have two large pieces of cloth. Lay one piece flat and set the other aside.
  9. Starting at the bottom corner of your sweater, roll your cardboard cone one turn. Secure the edge of your cloth to the cardboard with hot glue. Continue rolling the cardboard cone so that it is covered with cloth. Cut off any excess cloth, or tuck it into the bottom of your cone. Secure the outer edge of the cloth with hot glue. If you tucked the extra cloth into the bottom of the cone, be sure to also secure it to the cardboard with hot glue.
  10. Once the glue has dried, hold your hat about 1/4 of the way down from the tip. Carefully bend it forward and then bend it back on itself an inch or so up. This will create Witch Hazel's flowy hat. Secure the top point back with a thin line of hot glue. Let the glue dry completely.
  11. Once the glue is dried completely on your hat, place it on top of your container to get a feel of where you want your nose to be.
  12. Once you have the idea in your mind, cut a piece from your green stuffed animal to create the nose. To make it easy on myself, I cut the heel section of my stuffed animal. It still had a little stuffing left inside, which I left to give the nose shape.
  13. Glue the edges of your green stuffed animal fabric closed. Remove your hat, then glue your nose onto your container.
  14. Cut the end pieces off of your old charger wire. Fold the wire so the ends meet and clip in the middle to create two pieces. Repeat this process until you have the desired length of wire to create the hair.
  15. Carefully glue the wire pieces to the inside of your hat. Allow the glue to dry completely.
  16. Place your hat on top of the container. Shape wire as desired to create Witch Hazel's hair.
  17. Put your Witch Hazel on display as part of your Halloween decor!

2. Spellbinding Picture Frame

If you love unique Halloween decor, this spellbinding picture frame is the perfect addition to your home! You can customize it to suit your taste, and it will look amazing hung up on the wall or displayed on a shelf.

Materials Needed

  • Picture frame
  • Tea light candle
  • Printer


  1. Remove the glass from your picture frame.
  2. In a safe spot, light your tea light candle. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher close by to stay safe. Carefully run the edge of your picture frame through the flame of your candle. Allow the glass to darken, but move quickly so you don't crack the glass. Continue all the way around. Allow your glass to cool. If you'd like to add more spookiness, you can hold the glass on either side and darken the middle of your glass. This is a great time to let your creativity flow, but make sure you move quickly and don't allow the glass to get too hot. I had my husband complete this step for me.
  3. Let the glass cool overnight.
  4. Pick a piece of sheet music to download from MusOpen. They have a variety of copyright-free music to choose from. I went with a classic, Bach's "Toccata in D Minor, BMV 913."
  5. Take a screenshot of the sheet you want to use as your background. Create a free Canva account to make your picture.
  6. In Canva, choose "custom dimensions" to match your picture frame. Upload your image and refit it to make your background.
  7. Select "Add a heading" to type in your text. I chose the words, "I put a spell on you," using Butcherman Caps at size 88.9. Click on effects to add a shadow if you'd like.
  8. Once you're happy with your picture, download it to your computer and print it out.
  9. Put your glass back in the frame, add your picture, and seal it in with the backing.
  10. Display your spellbinding picture as part of your Halloween decor.

3. Deathly Hallows Wreath

I've loved Harry Potter for a long time. I first discovered the books in middle school and fell in love with the movies. To add a piece of the wizarding world to my home this season, I decided to create a deathly hallows wreath. This is a fun, inexpensive, and simple craft that will complement your Halloween decor.

Materials Needed

  • Four sturdy branches
  • Two bendy branches
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heavy floral wire
  • Light floral wire
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Pruners


  1. Head outside and pick out some old branches. You'll want three sturdy branches and two branches that have some bend. I have a large brush pile in my backyard, and I dug through it to find my branches. It's helpful to lay your branches out in the yard to get a feel for your shape. Be sure to double-check each branch for bugs before you bring them into the house.
  2. Lay your branches out in your workspace in your triangle. Secure the branches with hot glue at the three points. Once the glue has dried, wind a piece of heavy wire around each point for added security.
  3. Set your bendy branches in your triangle to make your circle shape. Secure with hot glue. Once the glue has dried, wind pieces of light wire around each section for added security.
  4. Finally, place your final branch in the center of your triangle to run straight up. Secure with hot glue and light wire.
  5. Trim off any hanging pieces with your pruners.
  6. Cut a piece of twine and knot to make a large loop.
  7. Put the loop over the top of your triangle and tuck it through the back to create a hanger.
  8. Display your deathly hallows wreath as part of your Halloween decor.

4. Spooky Tree

While I was gathering branches for my deathly hallows wreath, I found the perfect branch for a spooky tree. This craft is more of an inspirational guide as opposed to a step-by-step tutorial. With this tree, you can really let your creativity shine through.

Materials Needed

  • One or two branches
  • Vase
  • A small skeleton knick-knack, beads, ribbon, old key, or whatever decoration items you'd like


  1. Put your branch or branches in your vase.
  2. Decide where you want all your decorations to go.
  3. I put my skeleton in my vase. I adhered three google eyes with double-sided tape. I hung up an old key, a quartz crystal, and an old pendant using black thread.
  4. I cut out an owl shape from black construction paper and taped it to a branch.
  5. I created a spider using heavy floral wire and hung it on the tree using black thread.
  6. To create spider webs, I stretched out a piece of animal stuffing and added it to strategic places on my tree.
  7. Finally, I added red and silver beads for a pop of spooky color.


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 04, 2020:

Thank you Lora!

Lora Hollings on October 03, 2020:

These are so creative and such fun for Halloween. I think it’s truly amazing how you can take such ordinary objects and turn them into works of art. All of them are wonderful but my favorite is the Spooky Tree. Happy Halloween to you, Alyssa, and thank you for these clever ideas!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 03, 2020:

Thank you so much, Pamela!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 03, 2020:

Thank you, Abby!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on October 03, 2020:

I love Halloween Bill! Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do and I'm happy to create this tradition with my son.

29 days? Is that all?

This year is flying by!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 02, 2020:

I think you do love Halloween and you are so talented with all of your crafts. They looke great, Alyssa.

Abby Slutsky from America on October 02, 2020:

These look like terrific crafts. Thanks for sharign such detailed directions.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 02, 2020:

You are into this Halloween thing big time, aren't you? That's very cool to see. I love your enthusiasm for the holiday, and I'm sure your son enjoys it as well. Twenty-nine days to go, young lady. Have fun!

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