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44 Spooktacularly Simple Halloween Crafts

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Cut and glue your way to perfect Halloween decor with these easy DIY projects. Plus, check out our Halloween craft ideas for kids and fun fall crafts!

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Cut and glue your way to perfect Halloween decor with these easy DIY projects. Plus, check out our Halloween craft ideas for kids and fun fall crafts!

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Pretty in Plaid

Embellish the bottom of this festive fall wreath with flowers fashioned from dried corn husks.

1. Wrap plaid ribbon around 18" wreath form; secure with hot glue.

2. For flowers, soak corn husks in room-temperature water for two minutes; remove and blot excess water. To make a few petals at once, accordion-fold corn husk into 1"-wide sections, then cut out 1" teardrop-shaped petal. Repeat as needed and to make 1½" and 2½" petals.

3. Cut a 1"-wide corn husk strip, fold in half lengthwise, roll into tight swirl, and hot-glue onto a small cardboard circle. Hot-glue on petals, working big to small, back to front.

4. Hot-glue flowers to wreath.

What you'll need: Orange plaid ribbon ($12; amazon.com)

Tin-Light Trio

These embellished pumpkin cans will brighten up your porch or walkway for trick-or-treaters.

1. Draw pumpkin design on metal can with permanent marker. Fill can with water and freeze.

2. With a nail and a hammer, poke holes every ¼" to ½" along the design. Poke a hole on either side at the top for a handle.

3. Once water has melted and can is dry, apply orange spray paint; let dry.

4. Cut a 24" piece of wire and coil around the marker. Stretch out and hook into holes on sides.

What you'll need: 12-Gauge Embossed Apple Green Aluminum Wire ($7; jamaligarden.com)

Skull Lamp

Make this simple and festive lamp by attaching a felt face to the lamp base and a black cardboard brim to a tall shade.

1. Spray-paint round table lamp black; let dry. Cut facial features from white adhesive felt and press in place.

2. For top hat, start with a black drum lampshade. Cut a circle of black foam core that's 4" wider than shade on all sides for a brim; cover outer edge with ¼"-wide black ribbon. Cut a center hole for harp, then hot-glue brim to bottom of shade and attach to lamp.

3. To make spiderweb, squeeze white dimensional paint onto wax paper in web shape; once dry, peel off.

4. Hot-glue ribbon, spiderweb, faux red roses brushed with black paint, and small bones to hat.

What you'll need: Bristol Table Lamp ($100; lampsplus.com); Black Cylinder Shade ($20; lampsplus.com)

Ghostly Entry

For high shine, sprinkle some glitter on leaves and hang this spooktastic wreath with satin ribbon.

1. Spray-paint a boxwood wreath black and dried leaves white; let dry.

2. Cut tops of leaves into ghost shapes and draw faces with permanent marker; hot-glue onto wreath.

3. Apply Mod Podge to desired black leaves and cover with black glitter.

4. Use purple satin ribbon to hang. Hot-glue a ribbon bow on top.

What you'll need: Purple satin ribbon ($4; michaels.com); Mod Podge ($5; amazon.com)

House Numbers Pumpkin Topiary

Make this front porch decoration spookier with the addition of plastic spiders.

Get the tutorial at At The Picket Fence.

What you'll need: White foam pumpkin ($33; etsy.com), Plastic house numbers ($4; homedepot.com), Wooden container ($37 for set of 3; amazon.com), Wooden dowel ($2; homedepot.com), Spanish moss ($8; amazon.com); Hot glue gun ($6, amazon.com)

Pumpkin Magnets

Celebrate pumpkin season with these cute fridge magnets.

Get the tutorial at The Benson Street.

What you'll need: Glass rocks ($9; amazon.com), Magnets ($18; amazon.com), Pipe cleaners ($5; amazon.com)

Halloween Pillow

Cozy up at home with this DIY-decorated pillow while watching Hocus Pocus.

Get the tutorial at The Crafted Sparrow.

What you'll need: White pillow cover ($10; amazon.com), Pillow insert ($11; amazon.com), Pom pom maker ($7; amazon.com), Black heat transfer vinyl ($9; amazon.com), Yarn ($3; amazon.com)

Pumpkin Terracotta Pots

Stocking up on candy corn is the first (and most important) step for this DIY project.

Get the tutorial at Real Housemoms.

What you'll need: Terracotta pots and saucers ($13; amazon.com); acrylic paint ($19 for 18 pieces; amazon.com); Adhesive ($9; amazon.com); Coiled floral wire ($12; amazon.com); wooden knobs ($6; amazon.com)

Halloween Book Covers

Decorating your mantel for Halloween? Cover your books with these eerie titles.

Get the tutorial atThe Idea Room.

Boo Pumpkins

This pretty display sets the tone for a harvest-style holiday. Stenciled, halved Fun-Kins anchor a cascade of maple leaf garlands. Add potted mums in apple baskets and sugar pumpkins striped with dried corn husks for a front door that will last into Thanksgiving.

1. Use a utility knife to halve two Fun-Kins lengthwise.

2. Print and cut out stencils for the word BOO.

3. Trace each letter onto a halved Fun-Kin with a pencil.

4. Use small paintbrush to apply gold enamel paint inside lines; let dry.

5. Hang on door with Command wire hooks .

Tools you'll need: Fun-Kins (from $18; funkins.com); Maple leaf garlands ($11; amazon.com); Apple baskets ($8; amazon.com); Command wire hooks ($6; amazon.com)

Squished Witch

1. With marker, draw mouse holes on hay bale. Carve away hay with craft knife.

2. Use paintbrush to cover inside of holes with black acrylic paint; let dry. Add black rubber mice.

3. Arrange letter stencils (or print and cut out your own) on side of hay bale; secure with T-pins. Cover exposed hay with extra paper to protect from excess paint.

4. Apply orange spray paint inside stencils, then quickly remove and discard T-pins and stencils; let dry. If the letters don't show up right away, add a second coat of paint to make them pop.

What you'll need: Hay bale ($9; amazon.com); Black acrylic paint ($7; amazon.com); Black rubber mice ($5; amazon.com); Orange spray paint ($4; amazon.com)

Friendly Front Door Ghost

Create a creepy graveyard gate out of a metal garden arbor flanked by foam-kickboard gravestones. A DIY friendly ghost plus a skulking store-bought skeleton cat, skeleton arms and rubber bats complete the scene.

What you'll need: Skeleton cat ($24; amazon.com); Skeleton arms ($6; amazon.com); rubber bats ($10 for 10; amazon.com)


1. Sketch lower portion of ghost body onto white foam-core (it should be about 2' to 3' tall); cut out with utility knife.

2. On back of foam-core, position 2 skewers as base of arms; duct-tape in place. Duct-tape loop of monofilament at top for hanging.

3. To create head, wrap 4" foam ball in polyester batting until about 6" in diameter; secure with hot glue. Pierce ball with 3 skewers to create tripod, then poke other end of skewers into top of foam-core body; secure with hot glue.

4. Wrap more batting around foam-core body and skewers. To hold in place, lightly wrap with monofilament. Then, wrap batting around neck skewers to fill out ghost's body. Continue adding and fluffing batting until it feels full.

5. Cut eyes, eyebrows and mouth from black felt; attach with hot glue.


1. Push end of paintbrush into front of 15" foam disk to create various-size craters.

2. Mix together ½ cup light orange acrylic craft paint and ¼ cup flour. Add water or more flour for a paste-like consistency.

3. Spread flour/paint mixture over surface and sides of disk, covering (but not filling) craters; let dry.

4. Tie monofilament to thumbtack and press into back for hanging.


1. Lay top piece of a 7' x 4' metal garden arch on top of 40" x 60" piece of black foam-core. Use ruler to measure 5" above and 5" below arbor arch, marking foam-core with a pencil every few inches to replicate arch shape. (To check size, place 6" wooden craft letters to spell CEMETERY on foam-core arch.) Connect marks, then cut out arch with utility knife; smooth ragged edges with sandpaper.

2. Apply purple spray paint to foam-core arch and stone spray paint to letters; let dry. Hot-glue letters in place on arch.

3. Duct-tape back of foam-core to metal arch in several places to keep it secure, then assemble rest of arch.

Creepy Crawlies

Add some creepy crawlies by spray-painting plastic insects black, then arrange in an itch-inducing swarm up a wall using glue dots, then silver spray-paint a Bag of Bones and pile it in the fireplace.

What you'll need: Plastic insects ($6; amazon.com); Bag of bones ($6; amazon.com); Black spray paint ($4; amazon.com); Silver spray paint ($4; amazon.com)

Thick Butternut Squash Skulls

Suspend a trio of these haunted heads from the front porch. First, use pumpkin carving tools to create a gaping mouth, nose and teeth in an upside-down butternut squash, then secure radish eyes with toothpicks. With highlighter, draw tall rectangle mouth, teeth and smile lines on butternut squash. Carve mouth and lines, then etch skin off teeth with linoleum cutter. Hollow out inside of mouth only. Carve upside-down heart for nose. Cut eye sockets with top of knife tilted toward the pumpkin. Slice an end off 2 radishes and push in black beans for pupils, then add 2 toothpicks to back of each and push into sockets. Poke deep hole in either side of squash at top with an awl. Tape a length of monofilament to wood skewer and thread through holes; discard skewer. Knot ends of monofilament together; use loop to hang.

What you'll need: Monofilament ($9; amazon.com)

Lace Spiderwebs

Add a spooky element to your house with this easy DIY decor.

Get the tutorial.

Cute Candy Wrappers

Enclose sweet treats in these easy-to-make candy wrappers.

Get the tutorial.

Bat Centerpiece

Perch beady-eyed paper bats on boughs for a spooktacular tabletop accessory.

Get the tutorial.

Broom Bags

Two paper sandwich bags, the outer one shredded into partial strips, make cunning Broom Party Favors when they're filled with candy and cinched around a stick with raffia cord.

Newspaper Halloween Wreath

A shiny black wreath fashioned out of spray-painted newspaper is a clever-and easy–– way to welcome trick-or-treaters.

Get the tutorial.

What you'll need: Twine ($7; amazon.com), Floral wire ($7; amazon.com)

Vampire and Ghost Wine Bottles

Using a paint scraper, remove labels from empty bottles of wine. Soak to loosen glue, scrubbing with a sponge. Dry. (You can also use Goo Gone, found at most grocery stores.) With black and white paint pens, draw on faces.

Use Old Wine Bottles As Decor

Create these ghosts from recycled wine bottles. Use a paint scraper to remove the label from an empty dark-colored glass wine bottle, and remove any glue with Goo Gone. Draw a scary face using a white paint pen.

What you'll need: Empty wine bottles ($6 for 6; ebay.com); White paint pen ($6; amazon.com)

Spider Web Wine Bottles

1. Remove the labels from full bottles of red wine using the instructions for Vampire & Ghost. (When soaking bottles, be careful not to get the corks wet.)

2. Using a fine-tipped white paint pen, mark a dot for the web centers and draw lines outward. Starting near the center, connect lines with arcs that curve toward the midpoint, spacing arcs farther apart as you go out.

Lunch Bag Landscape

Adorn votive-lit baggies with templates to create an illuminating scene.

Get the tutorial.

What you'll need: tracing paper ($7; amazon.com); paper lunch bags ($6; amazon.com) black spray paint ($8; amazon.com); ($5; amazon.com), battery-operated candles ($9; amazon.com)

Cat Face Treat Bags

Make a candy presentation that doubles as a temporary decoration.

Get the tutorial.

Spooky Candle Luminaries

Create a quirky patch of pumpkins using round glass holders and tissue paper.

Get the tutorial.

Spiderweb Placemat

Craft these creepy-crawly place settings using a few simple supplies.

Get the tutorial.

Mummy Sign

Get wrapped up in the Halloween spirit with this crafty sign.

Get the tutorial.

Bat Napkin Rings

Spice up your dinner plate with these spooky napkin holders. Plus, all this design takes is black construction paper.

Get the tutorial.

What you'll need: Tracing paper ($7; amazon.com), Black construction paper ($8; amazon.com)

Pumpkin Diorama

Create your own mini landscape inside a pumpkin with Styrofoam, twigs, and miniature figurines.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

Truly Fine Art

Use vintage dollies to create these subtly spooky yet delicately charming pieces of art.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

Skull Bottle

This intricate bottle looks like it could be straight out of a horror movie. Use paper towels to create the unique texture and spray paint to get an antique feel.

Get the tutorial at Endlessly Inspired.

Accordian Paper Pinwheels

These dangling pinwheels only require paper, scissors, and glue to create.

Get the tutorial at This Heart of Mine.

Ghost Button Decor

Get artsy with this ghost picture. Made from buttons, this piece is sure to stand out.

Get the tutorial at Living Off Love and Coffee.

What you'll need: Black burlap panel ($3.80 per yard; onlinefabricsstore.net), White buttons ($5.76; amazon.com), Black buttons ($8.98; amazon.com)

Mummy Vases

Light up the night with these mummy lanterns. Wrap a couple of vases in cheesecloth and light a candle inside to get a subtle glow.

Get the tutorial at Eighteen 25.

Pumpkin Garland

With mini pumpkins and Halloween colored pom-poms, this garland lightens up any room.

Get the tutorial at The 36th Avenue.

Halloween Gumball Letters

These fun letters look perfect on a mantelpiece or resting against a wall. Glue black, white, and orange gumballs onto cardboard pieces for a perfect Halloween statement.

Get the tutorial at Eighteen 25.

Witch Halloween Mantel

Hang a witch silhouette over your mantle that's made from foam board. Include a thin broom to make her look like she's really flying.

Get the tutorial at Home Stories A to Z.

Vintage Halloween Tassels

Paint faces on these tassels to add some personalization to each. Whether frightening or friendly, this three-step DIY project is an easy addition to your Halloween decor.

Get the tutorial at Tried & True.

What you'll need: Oly Fun craft material ($8.41; amazon.com), Doll pin heads ($8.08; amazon.com), Black paint ($5.69; amazon.com), Twine ($7.27; amazon.com)

Trick-or-Treat Pillow

Line your couches and chairs with these playful pillows. Stuff patterned fabrics in oranges, purples, and greens for the ultimate Halloween snuggle-fest.

Get the tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous.

Halloween Wine Bottles

Have some fun with this DIY craft- collect a few empty wine bottles and decorate them with painted Frakenstein or ghost faces. Use glitter for a little extra oomph.

Get the tutorial at Lombardo Lagniappe.

Mason Jar Mummies

Put spare mason jars to good use. Coat them in black and use gold foil to create this mummy-like effect. Keep them together for a pop of decoration or spread them solo around your house.

Get the tutorial at It All Started With Paint.

Arachnophobia Wreath

Confront your fear of spiders with this spooky craft.

Get the tutorial at Electrically Vintage.

Little Spiders

These spiders are probably the only ones you'll ever call cute. Get creative by attaching a black Christmas ornament to a cupcake holder to create.

Get the tutorial at WhipperBerry.

What you'll need: Black glitter Christmas ornaments ($2.85; amazon.com), Spider cupcake holders ($5.99; amazon.com) Self-adhesive googly eyes ($6.99; amazon.com)

Trick or Treat Banner

This cute banner can be hung pretty much anywhere. Whether inside or out, this homemade sign will highlight your Halloween spirit.

Get the tutorial at Tatertots & Jello.

Pin These Ideas!

Save these Halloween craft ideas for later by pinning this image! Follow Woman's Day on Pinterest for more spooky Halloween ideas.


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