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7 Quick & Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

26 September 2010 39,097 views 10 Comments

by heather

Everyone loves quick and easy ideas! Here are some great Halloween crafts from Better Homes & Gardens that can be done with dollar store materials. First up is this awesome spooky silhouette project. You don't have to be artistic, because BHG even has the spooky templates available for download - just cut them out of black cardstock. Buy a dollar store frame and paint it black. Pick up a mat for a couple bucks, or make your own out of card stock. [how to make a spooky silhouette]

Project Estimate:

  • Frame, $1
  • Card stock, $1

Total: $2

Spooky Witch Hat Flower Arrangement: $5

The dollar store has a whole aisle of faux flowers, and I am floral department impaired, so I never make anything with faux flowers (anyone out there want to volunteer to do a guest post for me featuring faux flowers?). BHG made this stylish and sassy halloween flower arrangement that looks like a witch hat. You can make this with stuff from the dollar store, too! I think this would be a fun arrangement to have on your desk at work. [how to make a witch hat flower arrangement]

Project Estimate:

  • Floral cone, $1
  • Black and purple faux flowers, $4 and up
  • Card stock, on hand
  • Hot glue, on hand

Total: $5 and up

Evil Googly Eye Pom-Pom Wreath: $6

This wreath made me laugh. It's half-Martha half-Muppet! Make a googly eye wreath with stuff from the dollar store - a wreath form, pom-poms (although these look like moss to me - you could use those moss-covered rocks they sell at the dollar store), googly eyes and a pretty ribbon. Everyone likes making wreaths! [how to make a googly eye pom-pom wreath]

Project Estimate:

  • Wreath form, $1
  • Pom-poms, $3 and up
  • Googly eyes, on hand or $1
  • Hot glue, on hand
  • Ribbon, on hand or $1

Total: $6

Long-Legged Spider

This project is cute, fun, and simple. My kids would be very entertained by this. Ooh, I bet it would be cute to make a mini version of this guy. [how to make a long legged spider]

Project Estimate:

  • Foam balls, $1
  • Wire, $1 or on hand
  • Black craft paint, on hand
  • Glue gun, on hand
  • Wire cutters, on hand
  • Googly eyes, on hand

Total: $1 and up

Ghostly Image Mirror: $1

This craft is kind of mind-bending, but awesome. They show you how to transform a mirror to reflect a ghostly image - so creepy! This is a definite dollar store craft candidate, because you will want to use a mirror that you don't love for this project (you have to permanently alter the mirror). [how to make a ghostly image mirror]

Project Estimate:

  • Mirror, on hand or $1
  • Sandpaper, on hand or $1
  • 2 printed pages, on hand

Total: Free and up

Halloween Glasses: $1

These glasses are decorated with hand-painted skellies. You could easily do this with dollar store glassware, and BHG makes it easy by providing skeleton templates that you can easily copy. [how to make halloween glasses]

Project Estimate:

  • Glassware, $1
  • Craft paint, on hand

Total: $1 each

Creepy Plate Display: $1

These creepy dishes make a great display, and are made with free clip art and our friend Amy's favorite technique: decoupage. [how to make creepy plates]

Project Estimate:

  • Plates and serving ware, $1
  • Printed creepy pictures, on hand
  • Mod Podge, on hand

Total: $1

I probably could have featured almost every halloween craft from Better Homes & Gardens on my site. Their readers must like the same things as my readers: simple, quick, and attractive crafts. These were a few of my faves. Which ones did you like? Will you make any of these?

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10 Comments »

  • ScrappyScavenger said:

    Id love to know if there is somewhere I can get the jpg. of that face image? Great projects! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!!!

  • heather (author) said:

    @ScrappyScavenger, I don’t see the photo anywhere on the BHG site. It would be cool to use old timey photos of your grandparents, maybe. Or check a stock photo site or Flickr for photos.

  • Wendy said:

    I want to volunteer to do a guest post on faux flowers! I make hair clips for my girls from them and they are darling!

  • Amy said:

    I bet the Graphics Fairy has something you can use – and they’re free!
    http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/

  • Chica & Jo said:

    So funny! I have a pile of wiggle eyes on my craft table to make a wreath and then I saw the one above. I will have to link to this picture as well when I post my wreath on the blog.

  • Heather said:

    Wow! I love all of these! Thank you so much for sharing them. I’ve been wondering what I was going to do with that bag of googly eyes. :)

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  • Mod Podge Amy said:

    LOVIN’ these!

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  • colormebeth said:

    The spider is adorable but the minute I saw him all I could think of is the THOUSANDS of wire coat hangers we have from the cleaners. Cut each corner to be the bend in the leg, Styrofoam head and feet, fishing line threaded thru so he can hang and then black spray paint over the whole thing. Dozens of them hanging from the big tree in my front yard? What fun! Yea recycling!

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