4+ Dollar Store DIYs That Have Me Even More Excited For Halloween

Diply 9 Oct 2018

Guys, it's finally October! I don't know about you, but I wait all year for this month to arrive, and that's because it means my favorite holidays are upon us: Halloween and Christmas.

To celebrate the arrival of one of the most anticipated times of year, I decided to give some of my top Halloween Pinterest finds a try. Basically, I gathered a few Pins, hit up the dollar store for all of the necessary supplies, and then lit a bunch of my fall-scented candles to mark the beginning of my spooktacular crafting extravaganza.

The results of this Halloween-inspired DIY session are waiting for you below. I hope they inspire you to get crafty, too!

1. DIY Googly Eye Candle Holder

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For this first DIY, all you're going to need is a small vase from the dollar store, a few packs of googly eyes (in a variety of sizes), and a hot glue gun.

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Once you have all of those materials gathered, you're going to let the hot glue heat up and dump a bunch of the googly eyes onto your work surface.

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Starting at either the top or bottom of the vase, glue the eyes around the rim, changing up the sizes as you go.

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When you've finished that portion, do the exact same thing to the other end.

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As soon as both rims are complete, you can begin to fill in the rest of the vase. Remember to alternate the eye sizes!

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After all of that gluing, you'll be left with one of these.

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I wouldn't recommend putting an actual candle in this vase, but a flickering LED works just as well. Pretty cool, right?

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2. DIY Halloween Wreath

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You can't decorate your home for Halloween without having at least one festive wreath thrown into the mix. And if you think you can't make one on a budget using dollar store supplies, you're about to learn a thing or two.

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Start by grabbing a wire wreath form and a roll of decorative mesh in the color(s) of your choosing. 

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Cut the mesh into five-inch strips and then cut those strips in half. Pinch the middle of three mesh pieces using your thumb and index finger, and use a pipe cleaner to secure them together.

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I ended up making approximately 18 bunches, and I used the pipe cleaner ends to attach them to my wreath form.

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Because I didn't have black pipe cleaners, I ended up taking my wreath outside and spraying the entire thing with a matte black paint to dull the gold peeking through the mesh.

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After the spray paint had dried, I decorated my wreath with a bunch of spooktacular accessories.

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When I was happy with the way it looked, I hung the wreath on my front door using a Command Hook and some fishing wire.

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3. DIY Skull Graveyard

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This is by far the easiest DIY I did, which means there's no excuse you can give for not giving it a shot yourself! The only thing you need to make it happen is a small collection of plastic skulls from the dollar store.

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The reason I bought skulls that were mounted on plastic stakes is because they were cheaper than the ones without them. 

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I also initially intended to keep the skulls and stakes together.

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However, I quickly discovered that the plastic posts were not only incredibly flimsy, but they were also unable to withstand any sort of wind. 

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So, I removed the stakes and scattered the skulls in a small, narrow area between our house and the stairs leading up to the front door.

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I've never been able to figure out a good way to utilize this space, but now it's one of the coolest pieces of decor for our Halloween setup.

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I think I might even add more skulls to it next year. Wouldn't it be cool if the entire space was full of them?!

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4. DIY Spider Magnets

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I actually tried this DIY a few years ago, but I didn't take any pictures during my first attempt. Plus, I ended up finding better materials for it this time around.

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Most dollar stores sell plastic spiders during the Halloween season, and more of them are starting to carry small magnets, too.

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To create your magnetized critters, all you have to do is glue a magnet to the back of each plastic spider.

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The first time I did this, I used E6000 because the magnets I used were from a hardware store and super powerful. But because I was able to purchase magnets from the dollar store for round two, I got away with using my hot glue gun.

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Once all of your spiders have their magnet glued in place, allow them to dry.

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As long as your front door is made of steel, you'll be able to cover it with your new, creepy crawly creations!

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Don't they look great?! This is one of my favorite ideas, and it's something I get compliments on every year.

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5. DIY Pumpkin Carving Hack

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Carving a pumpkin is fun, but it can also be super messy and time consuming. However, with the help of a few simple hacks, you can make this Halloween tradition a bit easier to manage.

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Start by changing the way you carve the top of your pumpkin.Instead of creating nothing more than a circle around the stem, add a rectangular point of entry to the back, too.

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Removing that extra bit creates more room for your arm, which means it'll be a lot easier for you to maneuver it inside the pumpkin while you're scraping out the guts.

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And rather than using a spoon to remove the innards, grab an ice cream scoop! I found this trick allowed me to remove more from the pumpkin in one swipe.

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And because of its sturdy handle, I didn't have to get my hands covered in guck like I would have if I'd been holding the base of a spoon.

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Once you've cleared the pumpkin's wall, grab a small garbage bag and cover the carved top. Flip the pumpkin upside down and give it a few shakes and taps so that all of the guts fall into the bag. 

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Next, use a vibrant piece of chalk to create the design you want to carve. Chalk is easy to see and wipes away with minimal effort.

When you're happy with your design, use a small paring knife to get the job done.

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6. DIY Haunted Ceramic Cherubs

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I saved this DIY for last because it was the one I was looking forward to trying most, and it ended up producing my favorite result.

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I found three ceramic cherubs at a local dollar store and covered them in a few coats of matte black spray paint.

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Once they had dried, I used red acrylic to paint in their eyes.

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Just like that, I had myself a terrifyingly adorable collection of haunted knick-knacks!

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These cuties were the perfect addition to my entryway tablescape. They complimented the rest of my decor and really amped up the spook-factor.

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Everything in this setup came from the dollar store, was DIYed by me, or was purchased from a clearance rack.

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This proves that decorating your home for Halloween doesn't have to involve a massive budget. As long as you're willing to put your crafty side to work, you can end up with Martha Stewart-worthy results on a dime.

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