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5 décor hacks to get your home Halloween-ready this spooky-season

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Getting into the Halloween spirit (pardon the pun) shouldn’t be a chore! For the crafty amongst us, it’s surprising what you can make when you put your mind to it. Shop-bought decorations can be expensive for what they are, and you can often make something twice as good for half the price using things you already have lying around the house.

We’ve put together a list of simple décor hacks to turn your home into a Halloween-haven this week.

Hanging ghosts

Cheesecloth and styrofoam Halloween ghost decoration

What you’ll need:

Styrofoam balls

Black paint

Small paint brush

Cheesecloth (2 yds per ghost)

Eye screw


How to make:

Insert an eye screw into the top of the ball (this is how you will hang it up.) Paint two large black eyes onto the Styrofoam ball and leave to dry.

Place some dots of glue onto the ball and drape two, one-yard squares of the cheese cloth over the Styrofoam. Let the glue dry and then cut rips into the cloth to create hanging strands.

Finally, cut a small hole to access the eye screw and loop a piece of string to hang the ghosts.

Wine bottle candlesticks

Black wine bottle Halloween candle holders

What you’ll need:

Black paint

Empty wine bottles

Paint brush

Orange candle

How to make:

Take some empty wine bottles and remove any labelling by soaking them boiling water. Let them dry before painting them black (a couple of coatings may be needed).

Add a tall, orange (or white) candlestick into the neck of the bottle and there you have it! Ensure to put the candles on a dish or plate as the wax is likely to drip down.

Giant balloon spiders

Black balloon spider DIY Halloween decoration

What you’ll need:

Black balloons (two sizes)

Craft wire

Faux black fur

Pipe cleaner


How to make:

Blow up one large black balloon for the body and one smaller black balloon for the head. Tie the two balloon knots together.

For the legs, wrap eight lengths of craft wire (or deconstructed wire hanger) with black faux fur and hold into place with Sellotape or glue. Twist the ends of four lengths together to create a bundle of legs and repeat with the other four.

Now for assembly. Wrap a black pipe cleaner around the twisted ends of the leg bundles. Attach them to the ‘neck’ of the spider with another pipe cleaner where the balloons are tied together. Hang the spider with fishing wire or simply use existing hooks around the home.

Bat branches

Bat branches Halloween decoration idea

What you’ll need:

Black card

Black thread

A needle

Thin branches


A vase

How to make:

Use a stencil or just free-hand to cut out about 30 bats from strong, black card (use glittery card for an extra sparkle).

Source some thin branches from your garden or a park (birch branches work well) and trim until they are about 3’ tall.

Use a needle to poke the thread through the middle of the bats in order to tie them to the branches (tie them tight to ensure they stay in place.) Alternatively, use a hot glue gun to attach the bats. Point the bats in slightly different directions to give them the appearance of a flock that have been disturbed. Arrange the twigs in a glass vase and use as an amazing and dramatic centrepiece.

Glow stick broomsticks

Glow stick broomstick Halloween decoration idea

What you’ll need:

Glow sticks (bracelet ones)


Craft paper (brown paper)

Double-sided tape


How to make:

Cut a piece of craft paper so it’s about 7.5” x 5”. Cut thin strips along the length of the paper, stopping roughly an inch before you get to the other side.

Place a plastic connector onto the end of the glow stick (this will help make sure the paper doesn’t slide off). Add a strip of double-sided tape along the edge of the paper, above where you have made the cuts.

Roll the paper around the glow stick, just above the connector. Keep rolling until it is entirely rolled around the stick. Fan the paper strips out and there you have it, a glow stick broomstick! Use Blu Tack to attach to the wall, or hang up using fishing wire (use another connector to stop the wire sliding off).

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