20 DIY Halloween Decorations
A great idea for a Halloween creation or decoration is one thing, but making it on your own is often the fun part. Check out these 20 Halloween projects to inspire your own creation.
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Build Your own Electric Chair
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Build a Graveyard
Lay to rest any doubts about who can put together the best Halloween decorations with this DIY graveyard project. It’ll take some time to put together the headstones and skulls but with some PVC pipe, stakes and woods, you can have a creepy addition to your yard. Learn how to cut plywood for your own headstones.
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Have the neighbors believing in UFOs with this Halloween creation. A plastic punch bowl atop a round piece of plywood can form the perfect flying object once you place a foam alien head inside the punch bowl and a gray plastic tarp on the plywood. Add some green lights to the plywood and some light inside the punch bowl to create the effect of a light people won’t soon forget. Hang it outside your door for an inviting Halloween entryway. You’ll need some duct tape for this UFO project, which could come in handy if you need a last-minute costume. Check out duct tape costumes to get some ideas.
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Build a full-sized coffin for an interactive yard ornament. This creepy Halloween decoration can fit in the yard easily and requires just a little assembly with some plywood. Have your drill, hammer, saw and staple gun handy to put this coffin together. You won’t need any fancy plywood for this project but you should know plywood grades for the future.
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Pallet Wood Fence
This wood pallet Halloween creation can be done on the cheap if you can find a wood pallet or two and have the equipment to cut them around. The distressed wood gives it a rustic look and when cut in sections, it’s easy to store. Save some of those old pallets for holiday decorations like a pallet tree.
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Tales from the Crypt
If you’ve got an eyesore spot in your yard then putting in this frightening feature might be easier because it involves digging a hole. Once the hole is dug, add in a light, a pallet and some fake hands and you’ve got one of the spookiest yards on the block. Once you’re done using pallets to frighten people, use them to create a serene scene by making mini pallets that float. Add a candle to the top for a tranquil evening.
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PVC is so versatile it can bring zombies to life. Well, in this case at least, maybe not so much anywhere else. This DIY zombie decoration has heated legs and runs on a 5-volt wiper motor to get him swaying. The power pack is cleverly hidden in his shoe. Or opt for an inflatable Halloween decoration for more lifelike, festive designs. Turns out PVC pipe is pretty handy to have around. Learn more about PVC hacks.
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Tin Can Luminaries
Hammer out tin can luminaries in just a few steps to place on your doorstep for Halloween. Mark what you want on the tin can with a marker and freeze water in it before hammering the design out. After you’ve got the design done paint. Once the paint dries place a candle inside and enjoy. Tin can luminaries can reduce the chance of any pratfalls that you make experience with a paper bag luminary.
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Keep your cauldron cooking with these faux burning embers. Grab some spray foam insulation, orange string lights, plastic bottles, rubberized undercoating, plastic floor liner and some spray paint to get going. Check out the complete plans at Instructables.com. Turn any leftover spray foam into something else magical after you discover other brilliant uses for spray foam.
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Scariest Monster in a Box
This DIY monster in a box falls on the elaborate side, considering it uses pneumatics to spring the monster from the box. This project used an air compressor for the pneumatic air supply. The electrical design might take some additional work but it’s spelled out pretty well, including the fog machine at Instructables.com Make the most of your miter saw for projects like this and learn some miter saw tips.
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Concrete Mummy Halloween Creations
These Halloween creations take a detour from the usual ware and make the project fun. Get your hands dirty by mixing up some concrete to create mummies. Grab a balloon, some ping pong balls and plastic wrap to bring your mummies to life. Review the complete plans at Instructables.com If you enjoy this concrete Halloween project, try making some more concrete DIYs.
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If you feel like you’re being watched, that might just be the case — if someone has put these giant eyeballs somewhere. Celebrate Halloween with these light-hearted creations. They're perfect for a neighborhood of kids less inclined to handle scarier stuff. This project takes about 30 minutes to paint and two-to-four hours to have the paint dry. For the full plans go to Instructables.com. Make sure you find the right paintbrush for painting the giant eyeballs.
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Spooky LED Halloween Sign
Halloween window decorations are great because you don't have to worry about rain or wind ruining them. This clever creation fits perfectly in a window near the door to spook trick-or-treaters on their way to the stoop. It takes just a few supplies to put it together. The tricky part might be finding an old photo that’s just haunting enough. Get the step-by-step directions at Instructables.com. If you have trouble finding the type of frame you want, create your own picture frame.
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Lighted Haunted House Portable Decoration
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R2D2 Beer Cooler/Ice Box
There are a number of novelty Star Wars-related objects available on the market but there aren’t as many as refreshing to see as this R2D2 beer cooler. While this cooler is stylish year-round, it makes the perfect decoration for a sci-fi themed Halloween party. Find out how to build it at Instructables.com.
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Since Back to the Future II came out in 1989 we’ve seen some things predicted for the future come true. The Cubs finally won the World Series and we’ve kind of have hoverboards. Today’s hoverboards still aren’t as cool as what we saw in Back to the Future II so why not create your own that looks like the model? Fortunately there are plans available to do that in time for Halloween on Instructables.com. If you’ve got leftover foam insulation from finishing a basement or something, then this is a no brainer. Once you finish your Back to the Future Halloween costume, set up an outdoor projector for a backyard movie night.
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Chairformer Halloween Creation Idea
Transformers might be robots in disguise but the chairformer might as well be dad in disguise. This genius design on instructables.com is sure to put a scare into someone unsuspectingly trying to sit down. Any type of transformer is a popular Halloween costume for kids. This project used a band saw to make the chair. Practice by using a band saw to build a box.
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Mouse Trap Decoration
If you want to see a jump out of someone, this giant mouse trap is sure to do the trick. Don’t worry, it isn’t actually spring-loaded but those who get close enough might think otherwise. The wood from this project came from a bathroom remodel. You never know what you can make out of a pile of old wood.
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Bottle Cap Arm Protector
Zombies still roam the streets on Halloween night but you can ward them off with a bottle cap armored bracer. Armor might be tough to find while scavenging through a wasteland so don’t let bottle caps go to waste. If you have trouble getting finding a bottle opener to get bottle caps off, learn ways to open a beer bottle.
Originally Published: October 11, 2019