DIY Decor for Halloween

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by Emily Summer, Contributing Writer


Help create some Halloween spirit with these easy and cheap DIY decorations.

It seems that for every time a holiday comes around, so does the phrase, “I can’t believe it’s that time of year again.” Even though these annual occasions are set in stone, they always seem to sneak up on us. On a college campus, where the mind is occupied with midterms, homework and other extracurricular activities, being aware of your holiday calendar is harder than you’d imagine. If you haven’t realized that Halloweekend is upon us, don’t fret. There are still a few days to get into your spooky groove, and the first place to start is your apartment. Luckily, it won’t be so bad with these three clever and crafty DIY decorations that will help you get into the Halloween spirit.


Ghostly Gallonsmilk jugs

These adorable milk jugs are the cheapest and greenest decoration this

What you need:

  • 1 or more Empty, Clean, Clear, Milk Jugs
  • 1 String of White Christmas Lights
  • 1 Sharpie Marker
  • 1 X-Acto Knife

How to:

  1. Start by cutting a small hole, about 3’’ in diameter, in the back of the milk jug with the X-Acto knife.
  2. Draw your best ghostly face on the front side of the milk jug in black sharpie and fill in completely.
  3. Line milk jugs up next to each other.
  4. Gently insert a section of Christmas lights into the back of the milk jug through the hole and repeat for each milk jug.
  5. Plug the lights in and watch your ghosts come to life!


Spooky String WebsIMG_7673

These easy webs are the perfect decoration to adorn your windows
this Halloween and can be reused for years to come.

What you need:

  • White or Black Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Thumbtacks

How to:

For best results, measure your window before beginning your web. Measurements are subjective to the length and size of your windows. A round table is a great surface to do this project on, but any flat surface will do.

  1. Cut three strings of equal length and lay them out so that they form a wheel that crosses in the center.
  2. Tape the ends of the strings to the work surface so that they do not slide around.
  3. Begin cutting smaller pieces of string. Start with six pieces of equal length, then cut six more of the same size but at a longer length and six more equal pieces at an even longer length.
  4. Begin with the center of the web and work outwards. Tie the six shortest pieces in between the original spindles that were laid out in step 1, knotting them on each side. This is the inner circle of the web.
  5. Repeat step 4 with the next length of string and again with the final length.
  6. Pull webs taught and tack onto the outside of the window.


Mummy Mocktailmummy bottle

These mummies are a fun and easy decoration to set on your counter,
or fill them with your favorite Halloween beverage and serve them at your Halloweekend get-together.

What you need:

  • Glass Bottle
  • Athletic Tape
  • Giant Googly Eyes
  • Glue

How to:

  1. Wrap athletic tape around the middle section of glass bottle making sure the tape is wrapped tightly. Leave a small space towards the top to attach googly eyes.
  2. Put two drops of glue on the back of googly eyes and apply to the empty space on bottle.
  3. Allow to dry.


Images from: 1, 2, 3 (taken by Emily Summer), 4

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