Upcycling DIY Halloween Halloween Crafts

There’s just something about this time of year that makes us want to get creative and crafty. Perhaps it’s the shorter and chillier days urging us to spend more time indoors, but the upcoming holiday period is always excellent for making some DIY crafts and decorations. Halloween has risen in popularity in the UK in recent years, and you’ll probably notice that lots more houses on your street are getting into the spooky spirit. 

If you’re a keen DIY crafter, you may be looking for some easy Halloween crafts to make at home with items you’re already likely to have to hand. Well, you’re in luck. Read on for our ghoulish upcycled DIY Halloween craft ideas!

Halloween wreath

Get your door decked out for All Hallow’s Eve! Making a Halloween wreath is the perfect way to do it, and there are tons of techniques for tackling one. 

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If you have an unwanted artificial Christmas wreath gathering dust in a box of decorations, that’s the perfect place to start. Simply remove any baubles, poinsettias and pine cones from the wreath using scissors or wire cutters and start with a clean slate. Have your glue gun handy and attach your favourite Halloween accessories to create a spooky and fun wreath. A few ideas of items you can add are:

  • Plastic spiders
  • Cotton web
  • Real or artificial autumn leaves
  • Miniature pumpkins (real or artificial!)
  • Black, orange our purple ribbon

If you’d rather create your wreath shape from scratch, great materials to use are willow boughs, hay, or a polystyrene ring. 


Milk jug ghosts

Illuminate and decorate your front walk with one simple craft! Store up your plastic milk jugs, grab some black craft paper or a black permanent marker, some outdoor fairy lights and you’re well on your way. 

milk jug crafts halloween

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Start by cutting holes in the back of each jug long enough to stuff your fairy lights through. Then create your face using black paper and glue or a black marker. It’s important that the faces contrast the transparent milk jug, so black is key. 

Next, thread the fairy lights through your jugs and string them all together. They’ll look fantastic by your front door or leading trick-or-treaters up your drive or path!

Spooky signs

Who doesn’t love a good spooky sign? These look great dotted about the house or front garden and are incredibly easy to make with things you already have around the house. Gather any scraps of wood from the shed or garage or your latest DIY project. All you’ll need is some paint and lettering brushes to give them an aged, haunted look and add some choice words for the effect you’re after. 

trick or treat Halloween craft sign

Cardboard Haunted House

Haunted house cardboard Halloween craft

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We might be partial to cardboard box crafts, but that’s just because there’s so much that can be created with them! This DIY Halloween craft idea is limited only by your imagination - all you have to do is transform a cardboard box into a decorative haunted house using whatever materials and paints you prefer. It will look perfect in your front window for Halloween night, or could make a festive centrepiece for a spooky dinner party. 

Looking for more Halloween craft ideas? Check out our blog, 6 Fun Uses for Cardboard Boxes at Halloween.

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