9+ Halloween DIYs For A Perfect Spooktober

Diply 12 Oct 2018

Guys, if we can make spooktacular a thing, we can also do it for Spooktober, right? Let's be serious, October is pretty much a month-long Halloween bonanza, so why not call it what it is?

Anyway, whether you're a fan of renaming the month of October or not, I guarantee you'll be a fan of the collection of Halloween DIYs I've put together below.

1. DIY Doll Costume Wind-Up Key

eHow | Kirsten Nunez

This is an idea I can't get enough of. Dolls are by far the creepiest things you can have in your home, which means being a life-sized one for Halloween is a great way to scare the pants off of everyone.

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eHow's Kirsten Nunez used cardboard and a paper towel tube covered with copper paint to create a wind-up key for a doll costume. 

eHow | Kirsten Nunez

It's such a simple idea but I think it packs a pretty terrifying punch!

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2. DIY Mini Pumpkin Garland

Lovely Indeed | Lovely Indeed

If you want a simple piece of decor that has the perfect mix of modern and traditional elements, this faux pumpkin garland by Lovely Indeed is the answer.

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For this DIY, you can work with whatever color scheme your heart desires, and you can make the garland as long as you want, too!

Lovely Indeed | Lovely Indeed

It's also a project that can be completed from start to finish in a single afternoon, which is a bonus.

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3. DIY Ombré Spiderweb Pumpkins

Plaid | Plaid

Carving a pumpkin is fun, but if you're not in the mood to hunker down on the floor and get your hands covered in pumpkin guts, it isn't ideal.

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So, if you'd prefer something a bit cleaner and kid-friendly (and by that I mean no knives involved), these ombré spiderweb pumpkins are the perfect alternative.

Plaid | Plaid

Plaid has all the crafty details you'll need to recreate this look, so make sure you head over there and save the tutorial for later.

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4. DIY Skull Candle Holder

Gina Michele | Gina Michele

Gina Michele used terra-cotta plates and plaster skulls to build a wicked candle tower for her Halloween tablescape. Both items can be purchased at most dollar and craft stores, which means you can recreate this DIY on a budget!

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If I were going to replicate this idea, I'd actually make three towers at varying heights.

Gina Michele | Gina Michele

Wouldn't it be amazing to have three towers to display under a mantel or beside your front door?

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5. DIY No-Sew Strawberry Costume

eHow | Kirsten Nunez

For those looking for a simple Halloween costume idea that doesn't require any sewing or over-the-top crafting skills, this strawberry outfit by eHow's Kirsten Nunez could be the one.

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To make the base of the strawberry, Kirsten glued seeds made out of black card stock to a red dress. 

eHow | Kirsten Nunez

And for the stem, thin wire and green felt formed leaves that were then secured to a hat with a bit of hot glue.

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6. DIY Faux Crow Taxidermy

My Sister's Suitcase | My Sister's Suitcase

There are a lot of faux taxidermy DIYs out there, but this is the first Halloween-themed one I've come across. And the best part about it is that all of the necessary materials can be found at the dollar store.

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Holly and Nat of My Sister's Suitcase sliced a decorative crow in half and mounted the head to a wooden plaque that had been painted silver.  

My Sister's Suitcase | My Sister's Suitcase

I think it turned out pretty well, don't you?

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7. DIY Haunted Thrift Store Figurines

Sadie Seasongoods | Sadie Seasongoods

I've actually tried this DIY, so I know how easy it is and how awesome the results can be. I didn't get my figurines at a thrift store, but I did manage to find some at our local Dollar Tree.

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Sadie Seasongoods used black and red paint to give innocent thrift store ceramics a haunting makeover. 

Sadie Seasongoods | Sadie Seasongoods

Don't they look amazing?! This is by far one of my favorite Halloween DIYs, and I highly recommend giving it a try.

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8. DIY Tissue Box Halloween Lantern

Hometalk | A

Believe it or not, you can turn an empty box of tissues into a spooky Halloween lantern using materials you probably already have somewhere in your home.

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To see what I mean, check out the tutorial a Hometalk user posted that outlines all of the steps you need to take in order to make that happen.

Hometalk | A

The final result looks so good!

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9. DIY Yarn-Covered Pumpkins

Freutcake | Freutcake

Another awesome, no-carve idea you can try on this year's batch of pumpkins is covering them in colorful yarn like the creative people over on Freutcake did.

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Don't them look simply darling? 

Freutcake | Freutcake

And depending on the look you're going for, you can work with yarn colors that'll compliment it perfectly. Like so many other DIYs, the sky's the limit with this one.

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10. DIY Jawa Costume

Red Shoes. Red Wine. | Red Shoes. Red Wine.

If you have a Star Wars fanatic in your home, you're going to want to pay attention to this amazing costume that Sheila of Red Shoes. Red Wine. made out of inexpensive, accessible materials.

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For me, the hood + mask combo is the most impressive part of the entire outfit.

Red Shoes. Red Wine. | Red Shoes. Red Wine.

All Sheila used for it was a plastic Friday the 13th mask, some sheer black fabric, and clip-on LED carabiner lights.

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11. DIY Water-Only Fog Machine

Instructables | wannabemadsci

Some people take Halloween way more seriously than others, and if you happen to be one of those people, this DIY fog machine is going to go straight to the top of your must-do list.

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Instructables user wannabemadsci used a number of hardware store items to create a fog machine that doesn't require any fancy dry ice juice. 

Instructables | wannabemadsci

In fact, it uses things like a vaporizer and good old-fashioned water to get the job done.

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12. DIY Nibbler Plant

A Mason Says What? | A Mason Says What?

I know I shouldn't find something like this cute, but I do! This adorable "nibbler plant" was made by A Mason Says What? using hot glue and papier-mâché.

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Yes, those pearly white teeth are made of nothing more than white hot glue sticks.

A Mason Says What? | A Mason Says What?

For all the crafty details that'll allow you to make one of these cuties for your Halloween setup, head over to the blog and check out the tutorial.

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