I remember one Halloween when I was about 8 or 9, I emptied an entire box of kleenex to make as many tiny tissue ghosts as I could. I think I even hung them out in our big apple tree. Unfortunately they didn’t make much of an impact once it was dark out. But we didn’t have Pinterest back then to give us loads of clever ideas! My 9 year old self thanks me for this fun round up of easy DIY Halloween decorations for kids to make. She also wishes Pinterest had been invented sooner. 😀
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I think Halloween is one holiday that begs to be homemade. I’m alllll about the homemade costumes and I appreciate any excuse to make spooky treats! And if you’re looking for something to make too, try this DIY little felt ghost banner!
There’s something so extra festive about getting the kids involved in preparing for Halloween. From pumpkin carving to costume selecting, they might as well help with the decor too!
Here are 12 awesome DIY Halloween decorations for kids to make to decorate the yard and house!
DIY Halloween Decorations for Kids
1. Tin Can Ghost Windsock
Save up a few coffee cans and make a treeful of these spooky cuties.
Tutorial by Chicken Scratch NY
2. Decorative Witch’s Broom
This is kind of a 2 in 1 project since you can take the kiddos out for a nature walk to collect little branches and grasses. I love that this is a zero waste kind of craft too!
Tutorial from A Piece of Rainbow
3. Wall o’Bats
All you need is some black construction paper or cardstock to make a flying trail of bats through your home.
DIY by Marvelous Mommy
4. Eyeball Wreath
I think this would be really fun if you used a variety of google eye sizes and colours. Plus if you store it carefully you can use it year after year!
Tutorial by Number 2 Pencil
5. Trash Bag Spiderweb
I love DIY projects that can be made with household items, no extra money spent! Plus it means you can create this spiderweb during a last minute craft time when you’re desperate for an activity to occupy the kiddos.
Instructions by Fast Forward Fun
6. Ghost Tassels
This project is a good way to use up some leftover bits of yarn from your stash. Use up what you’ve got and make a variety of ghosts, fat or skinny, short or tall, white or multi-coloured!
DIY by My Name Is Snickerdoodle
7. Candy Corn Banner
There’s something oddly satisfying about a project that uses up all the materials, one plate makes 6 candy corn wedges.
Tutorial from Iriemade
8. Fanged Mini Pumpkins
I can’t even handle how cute these are!
Instructions from Martha Stewart
9. Wooden Spoon Bats
Again with the cuteness!
Tutorial from One Little Project
10. Giant Pom Pom Spiders
This one looks particularly vicious, I think I’d make friendlier versions! lol
DIY by Party Delights
11. Eyeball Paper Plate Garland
A little creepy perhaps, but still fun and easy for kiddos to make and hang around the house.
Tutorial by Paging Supermom
12. Felt Decorated Pumpkins
Using felt is my favourite way to craft! You can find all the felt you need in my shop www.wildflowerfeltdesigns.com . The kitty pumpkin is my favourite!
Instructions from Lia Griffith
One More Thing…
If you are looking for more ways to get your house ready for Halloween, check out this article I was featured in on Redfin:
“The ghouls, goblins, and ghosts have come out to play this October, which means Halloween is soon approaching. Before the spooky season is gone for another year, make sure you’ve decorated your home to embrace all that Halloween has to offer. To help you get started, I, along with other experts shared fang-tastic and easy Halloween décor projects you can put together in the blink of an eye. Check out what we had to say so you can give your space a fright this October!”
The little felt ghosts I mention in the article would be another fun craft for kids to make if they want to try some hand-sewing! (With adult supervision of course.)
My boys love when we craft together, I thought they’d get tired of it, but they don’t! They still get excited when I call them to the table to make stuff. 🙂
This year we will be between homes during Halloween, but if we weren’t we’d definitely be making some giant spiders and spiderwebs!
What are you crafting this year for Halloween?
ps. If you need some last minute costume ideas, I got you covered with 34 of them here!