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42 Super Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Sweater pumpkins are a cute Halloween craft idea.

Sweater pumpkins are a cute Halloween craft idea.

Get Crafting for Halloween With These Easy DIY Ideas

When Halloween is approaching and you're running out of time to make decorations, this article will be an enormous help. Most of the craft projects included in this article can be made in 30 minutes or less.

These are all great family night activities. Remember, you are making “forever memories” with your children, and many of the items made will become treasured family heirlooms. Family heirlooms don’t have to be perfect; they just have to evoke fond memories, and that you can be assured of.

How Do I Make Those Sweater Pumpkins?

The tutorial for making the sweater pumpkins shown above can be found at Confessions of a Plate Addict.

Raven Wreath

Raven Wreath

1. Raven Wreath

Treat your Halloween guests with an entrance door raven wreath. You can find the tutorial for this project at A Pumpkin and a Princess.

Halloween Luminary

Halloween Luminary

2. Halloween Luminary

This luminary is super easy to make, which makes it a perfect project for kids. Go to Made to be a Momma for the directions.

Pumpkin Spider Nest

Pumpkin Spider Nest

3. Pumpkin Spider Nest

From the directions given at The Magic Onions, it appears that they have used a real pumpkin to make this spider nest, but I think it would also work to use a paper mache or plastic pumpkin. I'd want it to last for years if I made this scary-looking item.

4. Quick Halloween Wreath

Jar Jack-o-Lanterns

Jar Jack-o-Lanterns

5. Jar Jack-o-Lanterns

I love it that these jack-o-lanterns use orange tissue paper instead of paint to color the jars. You'll enjoy this project, and it's one the kids will enjoy also. Go to instructables for the easy-to-follow instructions.

No-Sew Felt Ghost Family

No-Sew Felt Ghost Family

6. No-Sew Felt Ghost Family

No sewing machine? No problem. This ghost family is made using Styrofoam cones, felt, and glue. Templates for the ghosts are included with the tutorial found at Yesterday on TUESDAY.

TP Roll Bats

TP Roll Bats

7. TP Roll Bats

Aren't these some cute bats? Imagine how much fun the kids would have making their own version. Using TP rolls keeps this an inexpensive craft, so they can make lots of bats. You'll find the directions for making these bats at the mollymoo site.

Spider Sacks

Spider Sacks

8. Spider Sacks

Let's face it, the object of Halloween decorating is to gross folks out. And I really think these spider sacks will do the trick. The tutorial for making these spider sacks is found at MODERN PARENTS MESSY KIDS.

Glowing Eyes

Glowing Eyes

9. Glowing Eyes

You'll be surprised to see how easy it is to make these glowing eyes. Imagine placing them in the bushes leading up to your home, to greet the ghosts and goblins that come to visit. The directions for making glowing eyes can be found at Fab Art DIY.

Melting Candles

Melting Candles

10. Melting Candles

This is another great Halloween project using paper towel rolls and tp rolls to make the faux melting candles. These will look great in a Halloween centerpiece or on the mantel. Great instructions for making the candles is found at MAKE LIFE lovely. Flameless tea lights provide the candle light flames.

Skull Treat Containers

Skull Treat Containers

11. Skull Treat Containers

If you like to make the treats that you give on Halloween to be unique, consider using plastic eggs for the containers to make them look like skulls, and fill them with candy worms, or candy corn. Make these skulls a hit in the neighborhood by following the instructions for making them at TALLY’S TREASURY.

Owl

Owl

12. Owl

Using the same premise as for making the owl, you'll also find ideas for making a cat, bat, spider and pumpkin, on The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman site. Not a lot of instructions needed for making this project.

Spooky Village

Spooky Village

13. Spooky Village

Now, here's a project that I'm going to have to make. I love the spooky village idea and by following the instructions at THE36THAVENUE you'll see that it's super easy to make and a decoration that can be used for years.

Vintage Halloween Balls

Vintage Halloween Balls

14. Vintage Halloween Balls

Use paper mache balls to make these vintage Halloween balls, or use Styrofoam balls or plastic Christmas balls. Since you'll be painting the balls you can choose which to use. I'm for recycling something that I already have on hand, whenever possible. The directions for making the vintage Halloween balls is found on the Live CRAFT Love site.

Handprint Halloween Decorations

Handprint Halloween Decorations

15. Handprint Halloween Decorations

Make these handprint Halloween decorations using air-dry clay.

BOO Wreath

BOO Wreath

16. BOO Wreath

This outstanding Halloween wreath is made with strips of burlap tied to a round foam wreath form. This simple and attractive wreath can be made by following the instructions at CRAFTAHOLICS ANONYMOUS.

Glitter Candle Jars

Glitter Candle Jars

17. Glitter Candle Jars

It's so easy to make these little glitter candle jars by following the directions at LOVEBUGS & POSTCARDS.

Spider Headband

Spider Headband

18. Spider Headband

Then little kids in my art classes loved making these spider headbands. They are easy to make and the kids couldn't wait to take them home to show mom and dad. The directions for this project are found at Kids & Glitter .

Paper Towel Ghosts

Paper Towel Ghosts

19. Paper Towel Ghosts

You'll have so much fun making these paper towel ghosts. A Styrofoam ball, chenille strips and Mod Podge are simple to use when making these ghosts, and posing them in different positions. You'll find the instructions at Posable Paper Towel Halloween Ghosts.

Tin Can Pumpkins

Tin Can Pumpkins

20. Tin Can Pumpkins

Pet food cans are transformed into outstanding Halloween pumpkins. Find the tutorial for making these pumpkins at Yesterday on TUESDAY.

Soda Bottle Ghosts

Soda Bottle Ghosts

21. Soda Bottle Ghosts

When you visit the mom it forward site for the instructions, you'll notice how much fun the kids are having making these ghosts.

Hanging Spiders

Hanging Spiders

22. Hanging Spiders

This is probably the quickest Halloween craft of all, it takes all of five minutes. Find the instructions at THE JOYS OF BOYS, and enjoy a couple of hours making hanging spiders.

Craft Stick Door Hangers

Craft Stick Door Hangers

23. Craft Stick Door Hangers

Even the youngest of the little kids can help make these craft stick door hangers to hang on a knob for Halloween fun. The easy directions are found at The Suburban Mom.

Spiders in a Jar

Spiders in a Jar

24. Spiders in a Jar

I have a hard time saying that this is a cute craft only because I'm not a lover of spiders. Of course, plastic ones only look scary, so this is actually a fun decoration. You'll definitely receive comments on it. To make this spiders in a jar project, go to Cosmo Cricket for the tutorial.

Sock Cat

Sock Cat

25. Sock Cat

This is such a sweet little black cat who doesn't look like a bad omen at all. It's so easy to make using a black sock, some buttons, and a ribbon. Find the complete instructions at frog prince papery.

Halloween Bookmarks

Halloween Bookmarks

26. Halloween Bookmarks

Making Halloween bookmarks is super easy to make when you follow the instructions given at HAPPY Go Lucky.

Fun Foam Bats

Fun Foam Bats

27. Fun Foam Bats

Download the bat template to make this a super easy decoration to make. Fun foam is so easy to use and you always get terrific results when using it. The tutorial for this bat project is found at HGTV. So simple, but an outstanding Halloween activity.

Box Spiders

Box Spiders

28. Box Spiders

Use any cardboard box you wish, consider bar soap boxes as well as vitamin or pill boxes. Flat ones or squares ones. Any of them will make great spiders. The instructions are found at mollymoo.

Scrap Wood Ghosts

Scrap Wood Ghosts

29. Scrap Wood Ghosts

If you don't have scrap pieces of wood, talk to a woodworking neighbor or go to a building supplies store and ask for scrap pieces. When you make wood ghosts like these with directions at MY {re}PURPOSED LIFE, you have decorations to use for many years.

30. Spooky Halloween Decorations

No-Sew Treat Bags

No-Sew Treat Bags

31. No-Sew Treat Bags

When you can make treat bags without having to do any sewing, you know the project is easy to make. YELLOW Bliss ROAD is where you'll find the instructions for making no sew treat bags.

Easy Felt Placemats

Easy Felt Placemats

32. Easy Felt Placemats

Dress up you Halloween party table with easy felt place mats. Use felt in fall colors of orange, gold, yellow, green and purple. Go to Fairfield World for the place mat tutorial.

No-Sew Puffy Pumpkin Pals

No-Sew Puffy Pumpkin Pals

33. No-Sew Puffy Pumpkin Pals

What a cute way to use some of the Halloween ball ornaments. Dress up your Halloween table arrangement with no sew puffy pumpkin pals. The directions for this craft are found at I Dig Pinterest .

Halloween Coasters

Halloween Coasters

34. Halloween Coasters

Check out all the different Halloween coasters at WING IT VEGAN, and see how easy they are to make following the instructions there. Find Frankenstein, a ghost, a cat, a spider, and a pumpkin. All are very cute.

Spider Napkin Rings

Spider Napkin Rings

35. Spider Napkin Rings

Make napkin rings to add to your Halloween table settings. These spider napkin rings are made using chenille strips, pom poms, felt and google eyes. Simply a great craft. Find the instructions at the HGTV site.

36. BOO Blocks

Gorgeous Skull Candle Holders

Gorgeous Skull Candle Holders

37. Gorgeous Skull Candle Holders

Find all the supplies you'll need for making these gorgeous candle holders in a dollar store or any craft store. You might even have items in your craft room that will make your holders unique. The tutorial for this project is found at OHMY!Creative.

Spider Suckers

Spider Suckers

38. Spider Suckers

This is an especially great idea when you need to make treats for a large number, like for a classroom or for treat or treaters. Easy to make when you follow the instructions at i heart naptime.

Rats in a Jar Solar Lights

Rats in a Jar Solar Lights

39. Rats in a Jar Solar Lights

Just when I thought I'd been totally grossed out with spiders in a jar, I found this jar of rats. Ugh! But, if gross is how you like your Halloween decorations, this is perfect. The jar, lit with a solar light, can be made by following the tutorial at TRACY’S Trinkets & Treasures.

Super Easy Bling Pumpkin

Super Easy Bling Pumpkin

40. Super Easy Bling Pumpkin

If you prefer an "almost" elegant Halloween arrangement, this bling decorated pumpkin definitely looks elegant. Even the spider has a "sort of" elegant look. The instructions for this Halloween craft are found at Sugar Bee Crafts.

Witch in the Fireplace

Witch in the Fireplace

41. Witch in the Fireplace

Fall garage sales and Goodwill stores usually have tall black boots for sale. If you want to catch a witch in your fireplace, this is how to do it. Check out the tutorial at CRAFTY IN CROSBY to see how easy this actually is.

42. Cheesecloth Ghost Tutorial

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Did you find a Halloween craft that you want to make? Or leave a comment.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on September 25, 2017:

Wow! I absolutely loved this. And the ideas! The glowing eyes, the drippy candles, the spooky village, the soda bottle ghosts--and the fireplace witch!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 08, 2015:

Great choices Emese, I'm also really interested in the Halloween village made using Dollar store houses. These super quick crafts are especially great when time, to craft, is limited.

Emese Fromm from The Desert on October 06, 2015:

Some really great ideas that I haven't thought of before. Since I am partial to ravens, I am set to make the raven wrath. My daughter will want to make the glitter candle jars, and that's just a start..... Thank you for sharing all of these Halloween crafts.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on September 23, 2015:

Thanks, purl3agony, for your nice comment. It's hard to believe that it's already the end of September and time to start planning for Halloween and then the holidays. A great time for crafting!

Donna Herron from USA on September 23, 2015:

So many great ideas in the wonderful hub! I love the luminaries and lollipop spiders. Thanks for sharing these projects!