The weather’s getting colder around here (I’ve woken up twice to snow sprinkles on the ground) which means that October is coming to an end. We have just under a week until the big day (aka Halloween!) and today I wanted to share an overview of all the DIY projects I’ve done so far, and maybe give you some Halloween décor ideas in case you haven’t set anything up yet!
Looking for way more outdoor Halloween ideas? Check out this humongo roundup of some great blogger projects.
Let’s just remind everyone that Halloween is my favourite holiday, so that’s why I may have gone a little overboard this year with outdoor décor projects. But don’t worry – we’ll be able to reuse most of them next year, so I should only have a few new ones then haha :)
First up are the cheap DIY gravestones I made last year. I had the Husband choose where he wanted to put them, and they are sort of similar to where they were last year (although the symmetry is a bit off).
Then I had the Husband place the Halloween silhouettes where he wanted. I had taken them down to give them a coat of paint on the back, and made a BUNCH more bats (I have close to 20 now!).
“Oops – I may have broken the cat’s legs, don’t worry you’ll never notice”. And yes, he did try to hide the missing leg with a bat…
In case you were wondering what I was doing at this point, it was trying to make a spider web with some black yarn. I decided to put the spider silhouette against the white trellis fence we built to hide our recycling bins.
The yarn wasn’t that thick, so I had to go over the same path a few times to thicken it up. The Husband even had to come help me too, but he thinks my spider web looked more like a snowflake…
He figured he was done helping, and was wondering why I wasn’t inside yet (hello – pictures!). I took the cut-outs of the “boo” letters from our light up sign and taped them to the window. But I had one last task for him to do…
Blow up the simple spirit balloon head! Now, he did make it a bit too large, so the poor little ghost doesn’t really have a body. Unfortunately, those spirits don’t stand up to the elements like the other decorations, so I pretty much take them down right away (or they naturally fall down a few hours later once some air escapes).
I’d say the spirits DIY was probably the one project I will definitely re-think for next year. I tried to put the little LED light inside to make them glow, but my balloon ended up breaking (which is why there is only one in these photos, I only have two balloons left so I’m saving them for the 31st). The Boo sign will definitely be making a comeback!
And I’m super happy that I decided to incorporate some fake flowers into the festive fall planter, because the mum is now super wilted! I even watered it and everything… Oh, since I have lots of glow sticks leftover from the spirits, I think I’ll just poke some among the flowers as well to give it a nice glow!
I clipped the pumpkin ping pong lights to the planter so that they weren’t just hanging loosely. I think we only lost 4 of the orange ping pongs (because I drilled the holes too large) so I will be happy to save these and put them up again next year :)
I did buy two more real pumpkins, although I’ve (messily) carved mine since taking these pictures. The Husband will probably be carving his soon, it’s already cleaned and waiting for him!
But what’s more important: everything looks great at nighttime too! And considering it gets dark pretty early around here, most of our trick-or-treaters will need to see where they are going!
Those are all the Halloween décor ideas and DIY projects I worked on this year – and no, I don’t really decorate the inside of my house (unless you count my skeleton Scentsy warmer). I think all together everything came in pretty cheaply too – so that’s always a bonus :)
Have you made some decorations this year or do you prefer a plain look for your trick-or-treaters? I like that you can decide to go super scary/spooky, or more neutral with Halloween décor, so there is something for all tastes!
Guess what I’ve got planned for the blog post this Saturday? Costumes!