Halloween is just around the corner! It is time to start stocking up on supplies and doing some arts and crafts. Skulls, spiders, and zombies are things that I like year-round. The macabre aesthetic just always hits the spot. Today we are going to look at my favorite DIY projects for Halloween.
I tried to pick unique tutorials that are manageable for crafters of all skill levels (with a few exceptions). There are a lot of basic ways to make effective Halloween decor. More importantly, many of these tutorials allow us to be as creative as we want. There is room for us to put our personal touch on the project.
Harry Potter Wands
My wife and I made these a few years ago and they came out great. We are huge Harry Potter fans. Custom wands were a no-brainer when we were looking for a new project. We still keep them on display on a shelf in our living room.
This is a simple project and the wands come out looking great. There is also a lot of room for creativity. I ended up tweaking the design to make a bone wand and a battery-operated wand.
- Chopsticks or small dowels
- Hot glue gun
- Acrylic Paint (mostly wood tones and whatever else works with your designs)
- Foam brushes
- Spray Seal
Tutorials are available all over the internet. I based my wands on tutorials from Boxy Colonial and Vintage Kitty. Instructables has an interesting tutorial where the chopsticks/dowels are replaced with rolled up paper.
Fake blood is a must-have for any Halloween project. It can be used for costumes, decorations, and crafts. There are many varieties of fake blood. Each recipe has its own color and consistency. It is important that we find the fake blood recipe for the project at hand.
Most fake blood recipes use similar ingredients. This includes corn syrup, corn starch, food coloring, chocolate syrup, and laundry detergent. Everyone has their own concoction for these ingredients. Before applying fake blood to a project we should be doing a few test rounds.
These masks look great and work well for a quick costume or party favor. The templates make this craft doable for any skill level.
Similar to the wolf mask, these super hero masks look awesome. They would work great for a comic book themed Halloween party.
However, it doesn’t have to end with superheros. With a little imagination, we can make a felt mask for any creature or character.
The tutorial for these masks can be found at Cutesy Crafts. They also offer free templates for those who sign up for their newsletter.
No carving is needed to make this unique pumpkin design. It offers a bright and fun break from a lot of the dark and scary Halloween designs. Using a miniature pumpkin can make this craft into a great desk decoration.
I love this project because it reminds me of the pineapple boss from Spanky’s Quest for SNES.
The tutorial can be found at Studio DIY.
I threw this one in here for fun. This project seems like it would be difficult to pull off without at least a basic understanding of electronics. However, it was too cool to pass up. This pumpkin is impressive to say the least. Now if there were only a pumpkin that would let me play Fallout New Vegas.
This Floating Frames DIY project is a great way to spruce up the house in October. When vinyl is added to the frame’s glass it gives the appearance that the picture is floating inside of the frame.
There is a lot of room for creativity with these frames. They can hold any picture we can come up with. There are endless styles of frames and ways to paint them.
The tutorial for Floating Frames can be found at G Rated.
Who says wreaths are just for Christmas? This door decoration will put fear into any ophidiophobe. I love this design. The snakes paired with the wreath’s twigs and sticks gives this project a “lost in the woods” feel.
The tutorial for Snake Wreath can be found at Martha Stewart.
I find these decorations to be super creepy. I am not super afraid of spiders, but the sheer quantity of spiders in this project is a bit much. A swarm of spiders is much scarier than the lonely little guy that likes to hang out in your bathroom.
The tutorial for Spooky Spider Eggs can be found at Passionate Penny Pincher.
This candle tutorial gives me all of the creepy feelings that come with body horror. This candle is simple to make. Tacks/nails are inserted into the candle. A second red candle is melted and dripped onto the nailed candle.
The tutorial for Tortured Candles can be found at Family Chic.
Giant Tentacle Monster Lawn Decoration
For Halloween this year I wanted to set up skeletons in my yard depicting an ordinary situation. How funny would it be to have a skeleton writing at a desk while another is lounging in a chair reading?
While looking for ideas like this online, I stumbled upon this tutorial for the Giant Tentacle Monster.
This project blew my mind. It is incredibly creative. I would love to see more lawn decorations like this as an alternative to the inflatable figures we see in every store.
The tutorial for Giant Tentacle Monster can be found at Instructables.
DIY Projects For Halloween
Halloween is just a few weeks away! Though most of these crafts are within range for people of any skill level, they do take time. Preparation is key when it comes to holiday decorations. Most of these decorations will be able to be used for many years.
What are your favorite DIY projects for Halloween? I am always looking for fun new things to craft. Let me know on social media!