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Simple, Quick & Affordable Halloween DIY Projects

Becky Engen

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to drive around local neighborhoods and drool over all the creative and fun exterior decor that people put on display in their yards. This year, I wanted to try and step up my game in holiday decorations, without spending too much money. Thus began my search for cheap Halloween DIY decor ideas, and down the Google and Pinterest rabbit hole I went...

The first project I came across is one I actually have been wanting to do for YEARS and I'm finally putting mine together this season! Here it is:

spooky halloween doors.jpgHalloween Door Decor

This project is so fun, and really brings the "spooky" (and fun!) of the Halloween holiday to life! It's also a way to get kiddos engaged with the decorating process. 

I found some great examples from this post on kidsactivities.com.  To make a basic design, all you'd need is a little construction paper and some tape (we have traditional 1/2" wide Scotch tape rolls at our stores for just $1!). Maybe add a few cotton balls and white pipe cleaners to add some fake spider webs in the corners?

You could also expand this project indoors, and have the kids decorate their own doors. If you want to get creative with stencils and paint but don't want a permanent mummy or monster door on display, you can also buy a door for cheap (doors start at just $5! at the ReStore) and unleash your creativity without worry!

Halloween DIY signs and gravestones

Another fun way to customize your Halloween scene is to create a Happy Halloween sign for your front stoop (or walkway, or put it on a tree in your yard). One of the simplest and most-effective ways to create a sign like this is to use an old cabinet door (which are available at Twin Cities ReStore locations), some paint, and a stencil.

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You can take this same idea and create fake "gravestones" by painting the cabinet doors grey and reusing the stencil to add the text. We also have trim for sale that you can use to make a small fence around your cemetery. 

Webbed Windows & Witches Broomsticks

spider web decor-472292-edited.jpgSimilar to how you learned how to cut out snowflakes with a white sheet of paper in elementary school, this spider web decor is quick, simple, and affordable, and is a perfect piece to add around your windows or on the garage door!

All you'll need to create your large spider webs are a few black trash bags (or white ones, if you prefer), and a pair of scissors and some tape. 

Another budget-friendly decor option is to create witches broomsticks. Simply gather up tall grass and sticks, paired with a large branch/stick and tie them up together with twine or string. You can even add a custom "broom parking" sign, or spray paint with fun colors.

You can also take a look at some of Jan's fun Halloween decoration ideas from last year:


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DIY Project Instructions

Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY