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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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 inside the punch bowl to create an effect 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 duct tape costume.
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Build a DIY Halloween Coffin
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DIY Halloween 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. After Halloween, reuse the pallet to create a side table.
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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.
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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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Halloween Cauldron Embers
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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.
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Concrete Mummy Halloween Creations
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Giant Eyeballs for Shrubs
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 giant eyeball project takes about 30 minutes to paint and two-to-four hours to have the paint dry.
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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 this LED Halloween sign together. The tricky part might be finding an old photo that’s just haunting enough.
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Lighted Haunted House Portable Decoration
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R2D2 Beer Cooler/Ice Box
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Today’s hoverboards still aren’t as cool as what we saw in Back to the Future II so why not create your own DIY hoverboard that looks like the model? 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
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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