Quick and easy DIY Halloween decor

October 31, 2013

We’ve had the outside decked out for Halloween for weeks and done a few things inside, but last night the Bub was feeling better so I pulled the bins in and I let him put stuff wherever he wanted. He had a BLAST and could care less that it will only be up for a couple more days.

I thought I would share some of my projects from the past so you too can plan ahead of time for next year if you’d like to try them out. If you have time and all. ;)

I use a LOT of paper for Halloween decor. The BOO letters are just cheapy wood from the craft store covered with Halloween paper:

paper halloween bat cut outs

I used my vinyl cutting machine to cut out a ton of black bats (out of black paper) and I reuse them every year:

paper halloween bat cut outs

I also cut out spiders and webs and I put those on the inside of the lamp shades:

paper halloween cut outs

You can only see them when you turn on the light. So cute!

And yes…I put the mice on the stairs again this year, even after the mouse debacle:

Halloween mice on stairs It’s part of my healing process. ;)

The bonus to all the paper is that it’s super easy to store year to year!

Last year I tried a new idea and it turned out well at first:

mummy door with tissue streamers

You’ll have to see the how-to to see how it turned out. It was SO cute though.

A few years back I made mummy votives:

mummy votives

Again, a super easy and cheap project!

I used the computer and printer (and some spray paint for the frames) to make some Halloween art a few years back:

Halloween art

And I free-handed a ghost shape on contact paper and put it on a mirror:

Halloween ghost with contact paper

I still use him every year! :)

And here’s how the Bub decorated this year – I found Stan the Skeleton in my office:

Sparkly black skeleton

Stan scared me to death when I walked in here this morning, not even kidding.

He decorated the TV dresser quite well, I must say:

I especially loved the little touches like a skeleton head perched on top of the spider:

We have a lot of stuff hanging on door knobs:

He made sure to position this guy with his hand up:

Still not sure why but he’s wavin’ it around like he just don’t care.

He ran out of door knobs so moved on to other areas to hang stuff:

And the mantel is positively spooky:

He did good, right? Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that he could care less how it all looks – it doesn’t need to be in a perfect vignette to make him happy. He had SO much fun running around decorating last night. I think we’ll do this every year. :)

Hope you have a wonderful, SAFE Halloween! We’ll be carving our pumpkins tonight since we won’t be trick or treating till tomorrow. Happy Halloween!

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  1. So I've got to tell you... yesterday while driving I saw this adorable yard decoration that I was really excited about trying to recreate and I kept saying "skeleton head" while talking to my husband about it. Eventually he said "You know, there is an actual term for that...it's called a skull." and I hadn't even realized I was saying skeleton head. LOL He's been picking on me (in a very lighthearted way) about it ever since and says he hopes I never call it a skull again. Imagine my delight and surprise to come here today and see you USE THE SAME TERM. It's a THING!!! I can now inform him of this. haha

    I love how the bubs decorated, perfection!

  2. We're having rain all day here in the Chicago area too, but I think Halloween is still on for today. It will just be a wet one ;) Have fun carving pumpkins tonight! We skipped the carving part with our toddler, but let her decorate her pumpkin with glitter glue instead.

  3. Love all your projects! I also didn't get around to putting up all my decorations this year (not even close) and those mummy votives were on my list but didn't come to fruition. Oh well - next time! At least I got around to making a quick Halloween wreath. Good for your son for being excited about decorating. :)

  4. Woo hoo he did a really good job! I love your easy yet spooky and full of impact Halloween decor!

  5. We've been having thunderstorms the last two days here in Houston. It's still pouring down rain right now, but it's supposed to clear up this afternoon in time for Halloween. We shall see....but regardless we have some friends coming over for pizza and trick or treating, so Halloween will go on! You've had some amazing decorations over the years, but I do love the idea of letting your little man do it all himself however he likes. How fun. Happy Halloween!

  6. I love that enjoys putting up the decorations. How sweet. And moving Halloween?! I've never heard of that, very interesting.

    Super cute Halloween decorations. I have nothing Halloween so I feel like a bit of a slacker. Maybe next year when my daughter is a bit older and understands it more.

  7. Good Gravy sister... YOU have HANDS DOWN the best Halloween EVER !!! I want to take pics of it all. Can you email them too ME OMGOODNESS LOVE

  8. Looks like Bub hangs things within his reach so he doesn't have to get a ladder to decorate the rooms... LOL I think it's the same method when children decorate Christmas trees... xox

  9. Love your son's decorating!! My guys (10 &12) did the same thing... I was a little lazy this year so they took it upon themselves! So glad they all have such great teachers... won't their future wives love it!!

  10. Love teh Bub's decorating. How fun. Happy Halloween, Hugs, Marty

  11. I also live in central Indiana, and I am very surprised they postponed trick or treating until Friday night! As my husband says "when we were little we had to walk in the rain to trick or treat". Times change, and I'm glad folks are concerned about kids' safety. I love Bub's decorating-so spontaneous! Diane. anewchapter-diane.blogspot.com

  12. In the town where I taught in Maryland they would always pick a night for trick-or-treating. They would move it to the closest Fri. or Sat. no matter when Oct. 31 really was. The first time I heard somebody ask "When is Halloween this year?" I thought they were crazy.

  13. How do you reuse the contact paper ghost every year? I guess I mean how do you store him?

  14. that is some really great decorating!! :) i hope he has fun trick-or-treating, even if it is delayed :) great pictures-thanks for sharing!!

  15. We had a very wet Halloween in WI but we still had fun, we just cut it short a little. I love that you let your son decorate I am afraid what my kids would do but I guess that is not the point, thanks for the reminder. Have a wonderful Halloween!

    Tammy @ thecoloreddoor.blogspot.com

  16. Your blog is the first place I ever saw those mice on the stairs, and I thought they were so fun! Then my little grandson turned four, old enough to help with decorating for holidays, which he loves to do, and I showed him your mice. I cut several from black vinyl and they are all over my house, just in random places on the walls, but I LOVE how he decorated by himself. I think the memories created by letting them do the decorating sure beats what we'd do ourselves!

  17. Just have to tell you I love the name you call him "The Bub." I think he did a very good job. Must be in the genes!

  18. He did a wonderful job! One of my very favorite things in the world is when my sweet kids decorate to copy me. My daughter keeps setting up "parties" for me, just so she can decorate their playroom and show me her work.

    Oh, and I'm so glad the mice are back :) They're some of the cutest critters in blogland, as long as they're not the live kind. We had a flea debacle this year and it made me think of your hideous mice disaster. Solidarity, sista! ;)

  19. aw sweet idea. And love the contact paper ghost!

  20. Describing his decorating just made me smile the whole way through this post. SMILE!! Fun. I can just imagine him darting around proudly putting things out. I imagine he will want to do it every year now, that can be the Bub's thing. Hee.

    I was shocked to see the vermin made it this year. :)

  21. My daughter is living in Ohio this year for graduate school and it was the first we have ever heard of moving Halloween because of weather. Here in Colorado we hardly ever get a year where we aren't trick or treating in coats and sometimes in several inches of snow. So funny how different parts of the same country can be!

    I love seeing all the decorations but the mice will always be my favorite.


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