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Decorating for Halloween: DIY Project Ideas

Black Flowers

Black flowers are perfect for Halloween. You can use them as a centerpiece or table scape on your kitchen table or you could sit them on a table or shelf in your living area along with other Gothic pieces, like a candelabra or some lacy black candles, like those a few projects down from here.

Here are a couple of my favorite Halloween flowers. The first is a bouquet of black roses made from duct tape from Lowes Creative Ideas. I think they are perfect and can't wait to try to make them. In the second photo are some carnations made from crepe paper streamers that I found at Country Living. I love how they sort of hang over the container. Both sites have great tutorials showing how to make these flowers if you are interested. For the Country Living flowers, click on the link and do a search for black crepe paper flowers and it will bring up the tutorial for you.


Banners and Garland

As always there are LOTS of great garlands and banners out there to make and use for Halloween decorations. I found so many it was hard to choose what to feature here. I decided on four different ones. The first is a garland I found over at Buggie and Jellybean and it's super cute and so easy to make. It's basically just strips of fabric in various colors and patterns in Halloween colors tied onto a string of yarn. I really love the look of it plus there's a few other cute and easy Halloween decorations shared there as well. The second one I found at Sweet Something Designs was Pottery Barn inspired and it's got that rustic look to it.. I think it's fabulous and perfect for the fall season. The third one is a simple one made from construction paper in Halloween colors that I found at Please Note. Simple and very cute! The fourth I found at Crafty Sisters and it is a very attractive pennant banner, perfect for Halloween, so cute! The pennants on this one are made from a very thin wood but you could easily substitute chipboard (cereal boxes) or even card stock.


Oh Bats!

What is more perfect for Halloween than some creepy bats flying around on your walls?! What I love about this decoration is it's super easy, doesn't cost a fortune and it's very bold. No one will miss seeing the bats on your wall for sure! It really helps lend a creepy atmosphere to your home during the spooky season. You basically cut the bats out and stick them on your walls. I love the look of the bats in both of these photos. The first I found at Thrifty Décor Chic and I love how she has them coming off the top corner of the mirror and then continuing on up the wall. The second photo I found over at Jane of All Crafts. I love that it's a whole flock of bats (is that what you call it?) is flying across the entire corner of a room on both walls. So bold and spooky! I was thinking that you could make the bats bigger or even multiple sizes if you wanted, though it may not look as realistic. Another idea I had was you could hang several bats from the ceiling using fishing string or you could string them together to make a garland. the possibilities are endless.


Candy Corn Candles

I have been seeing several of these candy corn candles. What could be easier than taking a container, pouring some candy corn in and putting a candle in the middle of it. It's easy and it's perfect for Halloween and the Fall season. I picked two of my faves to show for examples.

The first photo I found over at rosebudinnh's arts and crafts. I love the containers holding these candles!

The second I found over at Poppies at Play and I love that they are in wine glasses. You could get creative and use different types of containers for these.


Gothic Lace Candles

Can you imagine some of these sitting alongside the Halloween flowers above? They have that Gothic look.. and just like so many of these decorations.... so, so easy. Simply wrap some black lace around some clear votive holders. I found these over at Family Chic and I'm really excited about them. I have some black tulle I was going to try and use in place of the ribbon and see how that looks. What I love about these is you can use any lace really so you could use them anytime of the year and change up the looks according to the occasion or holiday. I LOVE these!

Something else I thought about is if you have some of those fishnet stockings, you could wrap those around clear votive holders as well or even a larger clear candle holder or vase.

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