7 Spooky and Pretty DIY Halloween Crafts

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I have never really enjoyed decorating for holidays, including DIY Halloween crafts, despite having kids and knowing how much they’d enjoy it!

I have spent all my time prettying up the basics around the house, the last thing I ever wanted was to spend time decorating pumpkins!

But after participating in The Home Depot Style Challenge, where they sent me a box of Halloween decor and challenged me to decorate my front door, I had the most fun putting it all together!

Stay tuned, because tomorrow I’ll share with you how it all turned out!

In the meantime, check out some of the coolest Halloween DIY crafts from my blogger friends!

How to Make a DIY Halloween Wreath Out of Women’s Colorful Stockings!

I have to admit, this is pretty genius!

My friend, Debbie, from Refresh Restyle, made the cutest DIY Halloween wreath out of a pair of women’s stockings!

Not to mention her front door is suuuuch pretty wood!

Get the tutorial here.


Repurpose stockings into a DIY Halloween Wreath


Halloween Ghost Lights For Your Front Porch or Yard

My reader, Cindy, offered to share her tutorial on how to make these amazing ghost lights out of a tomato cage, foam ball, lights, white sheets. Love this! And it takes less than 30 minutes.

Get the tutorial here.


Halloween Ghost Lights - Easy DIY Crafts - Thrift Diving


Pretty Halloween Mantel

My friend, Jeanie, from Create and Babble, is a master Silhouette crafter and DIYer. If you don’t know what a Silhouette is, it’s a personal cutting machine that cuts out cute shapes in vinyl…paper…you name it.

It’s around holidays like Halloween where crafters all over the world are breaking out their Silhouettes and creating pretty mantel decor like these frames Halloween frames and vinyl wall decals!

See her Halloween mantel tutorial here!


How to create a Halloween Mantel

How to Make DIY Halloween Ghosts and Jack-o-lanterns Out of Scrap Wood!

Oh….if you could see how much scrap wood I have in my garage, you’d know how excited I am over this project my friend Gail from My Repurposed Life created!

With nothing more than paint (and maybe a saw to even out the blocks of wood), you could create this in about 1 hour!

See the tutorial here!

How to make DIY ghosts and jackolanterns out of scrap wood


Turn Pumpkins Into Fall Planters

I have to admit that I’ve never considered turning pumpkins into planters, but hey–why not?? If my friend Karen from The DIY Bungalow did it, I can, too!

See her tutorial here!

Fall Pumpkin Planters


How to Distress Bottles for Halloween

I love this idea from my friend Kim from The Kim Six Fix!

With just a little bit of sandpaper and paint, you can create potion bottles that look like they were dug up from a spooky grave!

See the tutorial here!




DIY Halloween Candy Dispenser Upcycled From a Thrifted Fish Bowl!

How excited I am to show you guys what I made!

I had found an old fish bowl at the thrift store and decided to turn it into a DIY Halloween candy dispenser!

I’ll be sharing with you soon how I created it!

Stay tuned for the tutorial!

(P.S. Yes, it actually works when you pull the lever!)


How to Make a DIY Halloween Candy Dispenser - Thrift Diving


Coastal Pumpkins With Power Tools

DIY pumpkins are all the rage but have you ever decorated one by drilling little holes in it and making art that way? Well, my friend Wendi from H2O Bungalow did just that and it turned out really cute!

See how she did it here!

Coastal Pumpkin


My Halloween Front Porch

I’m not a big decorator for Halloween, but I’m loving how this turned out!



Decorate your porch for Halloween - BEFORE - Thrift Diving


Decorate your porch for Halloween - AFTER - Thrift Diving


What’s fun is that I made a large DIY Halloween spider from plywood and crib parts.

The legs of the spider were removed from the crib and attached to the plywood, then painted.


Repurposed crib used for Halloween decorating. - Thrift Diving


DIY Halloween spider - Thrift Diving



DIY Halloween spider on the porch. - Thrift Diving


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  1. Oh these ideas are awesome! I am not good at doing crafts but I may venture into some of these.

  2. Love these ideas my friend! I am not so much a Halloween person but after seeing these fun ideas I’m motivated to do more šŸ™‚ Thanks for including my pumpkin in your round up too!

    1. I’ve felt the same way as you, Wendi! I have loved Halloween, because it’s fun (and hey–the kids get us parents TONS of candy. LOL). But after decorating, I really think I am a reformed non-holiday decorator! I really enjoyed decorating this year, and the kids loved it, too! It will be sad to take them down after Halloween!

  3. But…but…what if I’m afraid of giant black spiders?

    Kidding! I love Halloween and I’m dying to see what you’ve done with your front porch. We go nuts around here on Halloween, always have. Mike carves all the pumpkins we grow, my son puts out inflatables and makes a haunted house on the deck using black plastic sheeting. We have over 350 kids at our door each year.

    1. Alys, that sounds so fun!! I should do something similar. We’ve never had a haunted house before. I’d love to see a picture of that! What are you dressing up as this year? I’m trying to think of some ideas.

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