DIY Halloween Decorations

Now that it’s October, it’s time to decorate your house with all of your Halloween essentials. If you want to spice up your house with new decorations this year, try making your decorations instead of buying them! This list has easy and fun DIY Halloween decoration ideas that you can make in the comfort of your own home!

  1. “Spirit Jugs”
Photo by: Alice G. Patterson

For this DIY, you might want to start saving your empty milk jugs! All you need are some empty milk jugs, a sharpie, a craft knife, and some lights to make a spirit jug. By using these household objects, you’re able to make a Jack O’Lantern without having to buy a pumpkin! Check out the website linked below to see the final product and the steps in between! 

Spirit Jugs

  1. Bat Branch Centerpiece 

This DIY will have you scouring your backyard for tree branches. All you need to make this DIY are some thin branches, bat cut-outs, a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, and a cylinder vase. Once it’s done, you have the perfect centerpiece! Check out the website linked below for the full tutorial!

Bat Branch Centerpiece 

  1. Halloween PomPom Coasters 

This is a DIY that you’ll be able to use every year! These pompom coasters are super easy to make and only require a few materials. You’ll need a variety of colored pompoms, a cork coaster, a hot glue gun, a sharpie, and some scissors. Check out the link below to see the final product and a full tutorial! 

Pumpkin PomPom Coasters

  1. Googly Eye Wreath 

If you’re bored of the same old wreaths sold in stores, then this is the perfect DIY for you! The main thing you’re going to need is A LOT of ping pong balls and googly eyes. This DIY might take you a little longer to make than the other DIY’s on this list, but it will be a decoration you use for years to come! Check out the website linked below for a full tutorial.

Googly Eye Wreath

  1. Melted Crayon Pumpkin 

Remember that trend a few years ago when all you needed was a crayon, hairdryer and canvas to make a masterpiece? If you do, this DIY is similar! The only difference is that instead of a canvas, you use a pumpkin. So if you want to stay colorful during Halloween, then this is the perfect DIY for you! 

Melted Crayon Pumpkin

  1. Painted Pumpkins

If you don’t have crayons laying around for the last DIY, then try painting your pumpkins instead! This is an easy DIY that you can add your own personal touches to. Remember that you don’t have to be an artist to do this DIY, so have fun with it! 

Easy Painted Pumpkin Ideas

Tips and Tricks for Carving Pumpkins

If you haven’t gotten around to carving pumpkins yet, then you should be happy you waited because now you get to hear some advice for carving the perfect pumpkin. Once you learn our tips and tricks, head over to your nearest pumpkin patch and start making a pumpkin masterpiece! 

  1. Selecting the Perfect Pumpkin

If you’re stuck between choosing the right pumpkin, make sure to take the following recommendations into consideration. You’re also going to want a pumpkin that is the perfect size for your design, has a smoother surface, and sits flat. Watch out for pumpkins that are soft or have blemishes, these pumpkins are more likely to go bad. If you want a fresh pumpkin, look for ones with a green stem!

  1. Find a Template 

Finding the perfect design is probably one of the most important steps in carving your pumpkin. You can go free hand, or you can print off a template! All you need to do is tape the template onto your pumpkin and poke holes (using push pins) in the pumpkin where the design outline is. After you’re done, take off the template and begin carving where you’ve poked these holes! 

40 Pumpkin Carving Templates

 

  1. Removing the top or bottom

Most people go the traditional route of cutting the top off of the pumpkin to clean out the insides and put the candle inside. Though, you can just as easily cut the bottom off! This makes placing the candle in the pumpkin a lot easier since you don’t have to reach your arm inside the pumpkin. If you prefer cutting the top off, we suggest cutting at a 45 degree angle so that the top doesn’t fall through! 

  1. Get Creative! 

If your pumpkin has a great stem, consider making it a part of your design. You can flip the pumpkin on it’s side and make a face using the stem as a nose! This makes for a fun, easy, and creative design. Another great idea is buying a smaller pumpkin that fits in your jack o’lanterns mouth. This requires a bit more skill, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort! 

  1. Use an Ice Cream Scoop

If you don’t have many tools around the house for carving pumpkins, one easy tool for getting the insides out of your pumpkin is an ice cream scoop. This works better than big flimsy spoons and faster than small spoons. Also, it’s just more fun to use! 

Activities for Fall

Fall has just begun! That means it’s time to start enjoying those activities that are reserved specifically for fall. If you want ideas to add onto your list of fall activities, this is the list for you! 

  1. Make Apple Cider

Making apple cider is the perfect activity for a day spent inside. Not only will it make the perfect drink for any meal, but it will also make your whole house smell amazing! . We recommend checking out an apple orchard near you to get fresh apples for your cider! 

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe 

Apple Orchards near Lake Geneva

  1. Go to a Pumpkin Patch 

If you have a whole day off, going to the pumpkin patch and heading back home to make a jackolantern is the perfect way to spend a fall day. While you’re cutting your pumpkins, don’t forget to save the pumpkin seeds to make a nice snack! 

Easy Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Pumpkin Patches near Lake Geneva 

  1. Make a Pie

This is not an activity exclusive to the fall season, but if you have left over pumpkin or apples from the previous two activities, consider turning those leftovers into a delicious pie. If you’re not the biggest fan of pie, it can also make the perfect gift!

Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  1. Have a Scary Movie Marathon  

Everyone has those movies that give them that nostalgic feeling of the fall season. Maybe you want to save some of your favorites for when Halloween is closer, but if you have a few movies that you’ve been wanting to watch, reserve a night to watch a few! This is also the perfect time to sip on your apple cider and snack on some pumpkin seeds. 

  1. Have a photoshoot

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to have a photoshoot, remember that the leaves are only going to be colorful for a few weeks out of the year! Head out to a hiking trail or your local park and you’ll find the perfect spot to take some pictures with the changing leaves. 

Hiking Trails Near Lake Geneva

Fall DIY’s

Fall is less than a week away, that means it’s time to start decorating! If you’re a crafty person who prefers to make their decorations, then we have a few DIY’s that you have to try this season. 

  1. Fabric Pumpkins

This is the perfect DIY to put your old socks and leftover fabrics to use. With some basic sewing skills, fluff, and rice, you’re able to turn your old socks into a cute centerpiece that can be reused throughout the years. 

How to Make Fabric Pumpkins From Old Socks

  1. Embroidery Hoop Wreath 

If you happen to have an embroidery hoop laying around, you’d be surprised to know that it can be made into a beautiful wreath! With just a few faux flowers and a hot glue gun, your embroidery hoop is transformed into an outdoor decoration that will have your neighbors asking where you got it from.

Fall Embroidery Hoop Wreath 

  1. Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns 

If you’re not using your mason jars for jam, turn them into a leaf lantern! All you need for this DIY is a mason jar, some fall leaves, a mini candle, a sponge, and some modge podge. Once complete, light the candle inside and you have a mason jar leaf lantern! 

Mason Jar Leaf Lanterns 

  1. Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland

With just a few pine cones, some string, gold paint, and a few tools from around the house, you’re able to make a garland that you can hang anywhere in your house. Though you could leave the gold paint out of the equation to make this DIY easier, a little gold helps to make it stand out! 

Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland

  1. Pumpkin Succulent Planters

If you’re a plant lover, then this is a DIY that you have to try! All you need is styrofoam pumpkins, some succulents and dirt, and a few tools to make a pumpkin succulent planter. This DIY is one that will have to be maintained throughout the season, but it’s definitely worth the effort. 

How to Make Fall Succulent Planters