10 Halloween Decorations You Can Make for Free

halloween decorations in a living room

Halloween is coming up soon. While it is easy to go to your local party or decor store, you almost certainly already have plenty of supplies you can use to make free Halloween decorations. Most of these fun or spooky ideas require only a few items any DIYer would likely have laying around the house anyway. Plus, your decorations will be unique to you and stand out from store bought gear of other nearby homes.

1. Streamers

You can easily make your own streamers in the Halloween colors of orange and black. This will instantly transform your room. Start by gathering wide crepe paper. Fold it into a rectangle. Once you have the shape down, pull on its side to stretch out the paper. Then fold it again.

Cut it in half to create two sections. Cut fringe on both ends by using scissors to cut up an inch or two.

You can use tape and string to hang the streamers where ever you want in your home.

2. Haunted Furniture

Covering your furniture with old sheets, ideally, off-white ones, will give it the appearance of not having been used in a long time. This is sure to creep out your guests, especially if you place spiderwebs nearby. The sheets have the added benefit of making cleaning easy, especially if someone with body paint on or a drink in hand sits on the furniture.

3. Spiderwebs

string spider web with spiders

While spiderwebs may not be an expensive purchase, you can actually make them yourself using either pipe cleaner or yarn.

If you are using yarn, start by cutting three pieces of black yarn. Lay one vertically and two horizontally. Slowly add more yarn by tieing a string from one corner to the middle of the circle. Once you have 10 of these (or more based on personal preference), you can begin to weave the strands together to create a spiderweb. Start in the middle where your first three pieces are and weave it together in a spiral working your way out.

Using pipe cleaner to create a web is easier but does not get the impressive size of its yarn counterpart. Start by gathering five or six black pipe cleaners. Twist two of them together in an X shape. The third pipe cleaner will then cross through the center as well. Then grab two or three additional pipe cleaners. For each, twist the pipe cleaner around the existing pipe cleaners a few centimeters from the middle to create a web effect.

4. Spiders

Spiders can also be made from pipe cleaners. Simple cross four pipe cleaners over each other to create the spider's eight legs. For its body, you can use an additional pipe cleaner, or a piece of candy for some extra Halloween flair. If you have googly eyes lying around, you can tape these to the body as well.

5. Floating Ghosts

You can transform string lights into ghosts dangling from the ceiling. Simply cover the bulbs with white tissue paper (make sure your string lights aren't running hot—some older strands could potentially be dangerous). Similarly, you can cover them with orange tissue paper and googly eyes to make it appear that the lights are floating pumpkins.

6. Spooky Foods

potato halloween decorations

Wrap some potatoes in the stuffing material from an old cushion and draw some eyes on them, or stick on some googly eyes if you have them to hand. These goofy ghouls land more on the smiley than the terrifying side.

7. Dishware

You can get free Halloween mugs and plates with only a Sharpee. Take existing plates you no longer want and clean and dry them. Then grab your Sharpees and create a design. You can do something simple like writing "Happy Halloween" on the plates or attempt to draw a spider or pumpkin. You could also use stencils to create a more intricate design.

Once you are satisfied with the look of your plate, put it in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for an hour. Allow it to cool before taking it out. And there you have your very own Halloween dishware.

8. Creepy Photos

Swap photos currently in your frames for spooky images found online. This is a subtle decor idea sure to surprise and/or unsettle anyone who walks by the images, depending on how disturbing you choose to go.

9. Candles

You can paint old wine bottles black and then add a candle in the opening. This will instantly create spooky candles for your home.

10. Branches

cheap halloween decoration with sticks and bats

You can add branches found outdoors in front of books, fireplaces, or walls. It's hard to say why this is so spooky, but it is! Maybe it's because it creates a feeling that your house is coming alive. Maybe it's because knobbly sticks remind us of witch fingers or wizard wands. Maybe it's just a festive reminder that the cold of winter is descending on our world. Whatever the reason, twigs and branches are an effective decoration, and they literally grow on trees.