Creative Halloween Crafts on the Cheap

by Jessica · 6 comments

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Creative Halloween Crafts on the Cheap

I love to decorate for Halloween and have been very good and reusing my decorations from year to year and buying a couple new things to add to my collection. This year I decided on a warm fall day that I wanted to make a some Halloween decorations using only supplies we had at home.  It was the perfect day to use spray paint and so I’m going to show you how to make 5 different creative Halloween crafts using just 2 cans of spray paint (leftover from other projects) and things we had around the house.

Creative Halloween Crafts on the Cheap

Making a Halloween wreathSpooky Stick and Bat Wreath

I had this cutesy scarecrow wreath on the front porch but it wasn’t fitting with all the other porch decorations. I wanted to amp up the spookiness, plus I figure I can swap out the spooky wreath after Halloween and put up the cute one for November. To make this Spooky Stick and Bat Wreath (pictured above) I just cut out a round wreath form from cardboard and hot glued sticks I gathered (and cut to size) from the yard around the perimeter. Then I spray painted the whole thing with black paint and glued in to place a plastic bat that I attached to a rubber band.

I also made this Creepy Feather and Eye Halloween Wreath, which is hanging in my dining room (that room and the porch are my primary Halloween decorating areas.)

Creative Halloween Craft: Ghostly Tree BranchGhostly Tree Branch

This is simply a tree branch that is spray painted black to which I hot glued on plastic white & glow in the dark skulls, skeletons, insects, bats and googly eyes. I had previously bought the plastic creepy things from the Dollar Tree and took out the things I was planning to use for another activity, so these were all leftover.

I then stuck my black branch in this large decorative vessel I have in my dining room, adding it to the grasses already it. I do have it in another location and not in front of a doorway, but it didn’t photograph as well in it’s real location.

The spray paint I used was all the cheap stuff from Lowe’s and they were leftover from other projects. It only costs a couple bucks for a can. I had most of a can of black glossy and most of a can of black matte leftover to complete all five of these projects.

If you like skeleton crafts and Halloween decorations that are white on black, then check out my Fun & Easy Skeleton Craft for Little Ones.

Creative Halloween Crafts: The Square PumpkinMaking the square pumpkin craftThe Square PumpkinSquare Pumpkin project in progress

I enlisted the help of my son in making this project. I cut off pieces of masking tape and he helped my put them over the entire pumpkin. I thought it actually looked pretty neat with just the tape square all over it and was thinking I could have achieved a similar effect if I had used black electrical tape and could have skipped the steps of spray painting the entire pumpkin and then peeling off the tape, but I didn’t know it would look so neat until I already had all the masking tape on. Oh well. Now you have this tip for yourself, or you can get the same pumpkin as I finished above by spraying and peeling.

For other projects to do with your children, try these 5 Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Kids or 5 Last-Minute Easy Halloween Projects for Little Ones.

Creative Halloween Crafts: Black PumpkinsBlack Pumpkins

These were styrofoam pumpkins that I bought last year from the Dollar Tree and let my kids decorate with peel and stick decorations, but this year I turned them in to black pumpkins. One of the pumpkins I hot glue to the top of a candlestick (I bought for a different project I have yet to complete, so for now they will be used for Halloween decorations.)

Black Paint Bottle Candle Holders
Creative Halloween Crafts: Candle HoldersI opted to go with a tiered effect with my bottles, but you could make them all the same size if you have them, just make sure the opening is the right size to push a candlestick in to.

All I did here was spray paint all of the bottles (after removing the labels) with matte black spray paint and then wrote B-O-O on them with white chalk. I decided to combine my black pumpkins and black bottle candle holders and the remaining candlesticks (deemed for another project some day) created a larger table scape (See picture below.) These were both quick projects for an adult to do.

Creative Halloween Crafts: Decorating the home

 Happy Crafty-ween!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cindy d October 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

Ooh I love that wreath! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!


2 Lexie Lane October 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

I am just loving all the creativity! Very nice! I’ve truly never seen a black pumpkin so … very nice!


3 Alaina Bullock October 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

So many cute and creative ideas! You did an amazing job, and gave me some ideas of my own! I love creating our own decorations and costumes–it is amazing how much money you can save!


4 Amber Mabry October 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm

What easy and cute looking DIY Halloween ideas! My kids would love this


5 Sarah Bailey October 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Thank you so much what some fantastic idea I’m loving the bat one very spooky :) x


6 Filipino Recipes by trina October 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Such awesome ideas! Love the Ghostly Tree Branch. :)


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