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Selection of easy, cheap DIY outdoor Halloween decorations. It’s easy to turn the yard into a scary, creepy graveyard with these awesome ideas. These are crafts that the kids can enjoy undertaking as well as then decorating the yard in time for Halloween celebrations. Find out how easy this really is!
How do you make scary Halloween decorations? Well I am SO glad that you asked!
You see, with a little bit of DIY, patience and time, your yard will be transformed sooner than you might think. This collection of tutorials will help take your yard from normal to spooky in no time at all.
When Should You Start Decorating For Halloween?
It’s great that you want to decorate your outdoor area for Halloween, but you don’t want to be too enthusiastic about doing this too early.
The most popular time to decorate for Halloween is around the first couple of weeks into October. That gives enough time to enjoy the decorations without getting into it too early.
Unlike other holidays, Halloween decorations normally come down immediately after Halloween. It’s therefore best to schedule an event either on Halloween on the weekend before. Holding it afterwards can come across as an after thought.
How Do You Decorate Outdoors For Halloween?
The great thing about Halloween is that there are SO many things you can do to decorate your yard. Of course there are a lot of store bought items, but there are also so many DIY outdoor Halloween decorations that are also so simple to make. They look just as good and will save you a whole heap of money.
When considering your outdoors, think about the environment that you have. Do you have a large or small yard area? Do you have trees that you can hang things from? What about a large porch where you can display extra items?
Here are a few ideas to get you started for the most common decorations that you can place outside for Halloween.
- Hang flying ghosts. These would look fantastic hanging from trees, porches or the ends of pergola’s.
- Hang flying bats.
- Set up large pumpkins on your porch way. Carve some of the pumpkins into Jack O’Lanterns for added effect.
- Spider wreaths are great as the messier they look the better. Stream them from trees to fences and everywhere in between.
- Create a Halloween wreath and add it to your front door.
How To Make Halloween Props For The Yard
1. Bubbling Cauldron
Source: Scattered Thoughts Crafty Mom
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a cauldron and this bubbling cauldron is a whole lot of fun. If you want some scary outdoor Halloween decorations, then this cauldron will set you off on a good start.
I’m pretty sure if I saw this in a yard I would stop to take a good look. It’s simply sensational.
2. Outdoor Sign Decorations
Source: The Tip Toe Fairy
Despite what decor you choose for your yard, having some Halloween sign decorations will really help to bring the entire scene to life.
Scatter these around the yard in between your other decorations and your outdoor Halloween look will be complete.
3. Cheesecloth Ghosts
Source: Sheri Silver
How freaky as these cheesecloth ghosts. Whilst they look quite technical to make, they are actually really easy.
If you have ever wondered how to make a ghost for Halloween, all you need to do is follow the simple tutorial, and you will have these awesome ghosts covering your entire front and back yard.
4. Spooky Halloween Ghosts
Source: Chicken Scratch NY
Love the idea of the ghosts in the yard, but not sure about the features of the head?
These spooky ghosts are incredibly simple to make, but very effective too.
5. Squashed Witch
Source: The Purple Pumpkin Bog
How about recreating the scene from the Wizard of Oz with a squashed Witch. The tutorial by will help you create the perfect one for your yard. You will be amazed at how super simple this really is.
6. Egg Carton EyeBalls
Source: Drug Store Divas
The kids would have a ball making these egg carton eyeballs. I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to be let loose with a can of spray paint!
Make a whole batch of them, and you will have eyeballs peering out from every bush in your yard.
7. Giant Spider Webs
Source: Chicken Scratch NY
If you are brave enough, how about building a giant spider web in your yard? This tutorial will show you how easy it is to do.
Depending how much you love spiders, you could literally cover the entire yard with various spider webs. Ewww.
8. Flying Bats
So we have the ghosts and the spiders, now it’s time for the flying bats! The kids will enjoy making this easy craft and will love seeing them hanging up in the yard.
9. Upcycled Luminary Jars
Source: Oh So Savy Mom
These upcycled luminary jars would look perfect nestled on the front porch or on an outdoor table. It’s super easy with the printable’s that have also been provided for you.
10. Solar Light Jack O’Lanterns
Source: Bitz & Giggles
These solar light Jack O’lanterns are so simple yet so incredibly effective. Several of these could be made and spread around the yard. They would look amazing glowing in the dark and are perfect for giving that creepy Halloween vibe.
Halloween Decor For The Front Door & Porch
11. Halloween Ornament Wreath
Source: Where The Smiles Have Been
There is no need to keep the wreath’s just for Christmas, Halloween is also the perfect time to decorate that front door. This Halloween ornament wreath is the perfect kind of wreath that you can easily make.
Use a styrofoam wreath, plastic ornaments and don’t forget the spider! The tutorial will show how you can easily put this together.
12. Michael Myers Halloween Wreath
Source: Mooshy Jenne
I love how eye catching this Michael Myers Halloween wreath is. It would certainly be a great welcome for anyone coming to your home.
13. Duct Tape Halloween Wreath
Source: Burlap and Blue
If you would like to make a statement on your front door, this duct tape Halloween wreath would certainly do just that.
14. Halloween Door Mat
Source: Color Me Crafty
So you are standing at the front door admiring the Halloween wreath, now look down! Here you can place your perfectly designed Halloween door mat.
It is a time consuming project, but it will be well worth it when it’s completed. What do you think?
15. Halloween Wood Shutters
Source: Organised 31
Whether you use these on the windows or have displayed next to the front door, these Halloween wood shutters are very cool.
They are a gorgeous rustic style and look fabulous by the front door.
16. White Pumpkin Decor
Source: Making Manzanita
Love the farmhouse style? Then you will love this white pumpkin decor. This super cute tutorial will give you those fresh white pumpkins quick as a flash.
17. Spooky Porch
Source: Atta Girl
Not sure how to throw all these ideas together? This spooky front porch gives you ideas for not only what to put on your porch, but how to place them so that your porch looks absolutely amazing.
So if you are super keen to make those spooky Halloween decorations for your yard then these ideas will certainly help with your inspiration. Perhaps you will just choose one idea, or combine a few together to really create a freaky looking yard.
Each of these tutorials are easy to undertake, the kids will love getting involved and your will neighbors will have yard envy.
Are you ready to get your Halloween craft on?
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