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30 Cheap DIY Halloween Decorations for the Spookiest Holiday Ever

Whether you caught the DIY bug from creating homemade Halloween costumes for your kids, putting together pretty decorated pumpkins, or you're getting crafty for the first time, these homemade Halloween decorations make it easy to trick out your house for the holiday inexpensively — but without looking cheap.

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Boo Bottles

Raid your recycling bin to make these glass ghosts in four easy steps: First, remove labels and caps from bottles (we used Perrier ones here). Spray-paint them white, then draw faces on with black marker. To finish this cheap Halloween decoration, throw in colorful straws for cute centerpieces. Cheap Halloween decorations aren't the only thing you can DIY—you can whip up a homemade Halloween costume, too! Check out the cutest homemade costumes for kids and our favorite DIY disguises for adults.

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Cobweb Coasters

Cups look creepy when sitting on these spindly saucers. To make these DIY Halloween decorations, hook five bobby pins onto a 3/8-inch flat metal washer. Then, wrap twine around and thread through each bobby pin. Spray-paint everything white for that ghoulish look, and scatter small toy spiders around the table. Making cheap Halloween decorations with the family is one of our favorite ways to have some fall fun without breaking the bank.

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Spooky Terrarium

The cute woodland world gets a spooky twist from Today’s Creative Blog. After you search the backyard for twigs, moss, and rocks, scour the house for small Halloween-themed decorations like skulls and scary birds for these cheap Halloween decorations. Then, build your scene on an upside-down lid of a Mason jar. When your miniature landscape looks complete, screw the jar onto the lid and place in the window or next to your front door in lieu of a pumpkin. Try one of these 31 free pumpkin carving stencils.

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Vampire Napkin Rings

Serious chompers make your table settings look so cute it’s scary. Splash white cloth napkins with red Kool-Aid, thread a white twist tie through a set of plastic vampire teeth, and finally secure a twist tie around the center of your napkin. Learn the history behind how vampires—and 13 other things—came to be classic Halloween symbols. If you're a fan of clever Halloween themes, these puns will have you laughing 'til your coffin.

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Creepy Wall Hangings

The Graphics Fairy makes DIY Halloween decorations easier with three free printables and a simple technique to transfer the images directly onto fabric using your regular printer. (Make sure you have a full black ink cartridge.) Wooden embroidery hoops come from the craft store for under $2. If fabric hangings aren’t your thing, pop images into frames and hang them up around the house. Here's the psychology behind why you hate scary movies.

Ghostly Lanterns

These DIY Halloween decorations are cheap and cheerful. Draw spooky faces on empty, clean gallon milk jugs, then fill with white holiday lights to decorate your porch or walkway with a ghostly Halloween glow. Speaking of spooky faces, did you know there's a totally logical reason you're scared of clowns?

Wicked Witch Candy Dish

Turn a pair of old heels into cheap Halloween decorations that act as a bewitching candy bowl. Wrap the heels in cheap sparkly paper, then decorate and fill with Halloween treats. Here are some crazy facts you probably didn't know about Halloween candy.

Hanging Bats and Ghosts

Kids can help turn egg cartons into bat decorations; just cut, paint, and add googly eyes. Make cute, cheap Halloween ghosts by painting leaves white, then drawing a spooky face with a marker. Here are some other great Halloween crafts that the kids will love.

Forever Pumpkins

For cheap Halloween decorations that look like jack-o-lantern and will last past Halloween, cover clean, empty jars with orange construction paper or tissue paper. Add features with black construction paper, then pop in a tea candle—with flames, or battery-operated—and watch your "pumpkin" glow. We bet you didn't know the spooky history behind the jack-o-lantern tradition.

Crafty Spider Sacks

You won't want to dust away these Halloween cobwebs: Create chic, cheap yarn spider webs to decorate light fixtures, drape over curtains, or hang from a railing. Don't forget to attach a tiny plastic spider to each sack.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest