Do you want to ghoul up your home without spending a fortune this Halloween? These easy-to-make decorations will add the scare factor and cost next to nothing…

Mood lighting

Halloween is all about the eerie lighting, and we have a few ways you can light it up (or down).

Jack-o’-box surprise light

What you need:

• Small to medium size boxes
• A box cutter
• Black paint
• Paint brush
• Small solar lights or candles
• Coloured transparent papers
• Black insulation tape

What to do:

1. Trace scary shapes onto the boxes with a pen or pencil. The outline of scary faces, cats, bats, stars or ghosts work well, but you can draw whatever you want. If you’re not that good at freehand drawing, simply print shapes from the internet, cut them out, glue them to the box and trace the shape.
2. Use the box cutter to cut out the shapes.
3. Paint the boxes black.
4. Once the boxes are dry, glue the transparent coloured paper of your choice on the inside, making sure it covers the cut-out shape completely.
5. Now you just insert the light and close the box using black insulation tape.
We recommend using solar or battery-operated lights, but a candle can work as well if you make sure to secure it accurately and keep an eye on it. No one wants to accidentally set a fire on Halloween…

DIY Lanterns

Cheap Jack-o’-box surprise light

Eerie floating light

What you need:

• Big glass jars
• Tall glasses
• Tea light candles
• Red cordial or food colouring
• Candle lighter

What to do:

1. Mix up a big pitcher of red cordial or colouring and water. You don’t want it to be too dark.
2. Fill the glasses halfway with water and place a tea light candle on the water’s surface.
3. Place the glass in the jar.
4. Slowly pour the coloured water into the jar around the glass. Pour the water as close to the rim of the glass as possible.
5. Use the candle lighter to light the tea light candle.
As an extra you can drop a few jelly sweets into the jar for that added creepiness.

DIY Cheap Halloween decor

Floating light

Dazzling solar jars

If you have a few solar jars you can crinkle transparent papers in different colours into them for extra lighting.

Solar Jars

Solar jars

Idle hands

If you want to decorate your walls with something different this year, why not cover them in bloody handprints?

What you need:

• Red paint
• Black paint
• Brown paper roll sheets
• Masking tape

What to do:

1. Spread the sheets on your floor.
2. Pour the red paint into a bowl.
3. Press your hands into the red paint and go crazy on the paper sheets.
4. Once you’re done with this, add spatters of red and black paint. Use the black paint to add a few scoff marks, and voila!
5. Once the paint has dried, paste the sheets onto your walls with masking tape.

Halloween wall decor

Idle hands

Ghoulish ghosts

These awesome decorations are eye-catching and so easy to make.

What you need:

• Plastic grocery bags
• String
• Black paper
• Scissors
• Glue

What to do:

1. Turn the grocery bags inside out.
2. Depending on how big you want the ghost’s head to be, bunch 2 to 5 bags together and place these into another bag. This bunch will form the head of the ghost.
3. Place 2 to 3 more bags over the bunch. The handles of these bags will form the ‘tentacles’ of the ghost.
4. To shape the ghost and keep the ‘stuffing’ from falling out, close it off with a piece of string directly underneath the ‘head’.
5. Fluff out the handles, and cut them to create long, dangly ‘tentacles’ that stick out at odd angles.
6. At the top of the head, pinch together the plastic between your fingers and gently press the scissor’s tip through to form a little hole.
7. Pull the string through this hole and make a knot. Leave the string as long as you need, depending on how high or low you want your ghost to dangle.
8. Cut a mouth and eyes from the black paper and glue these onto the ghost.

Cheap Halloween Decor

Ghoulish ghost

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