DIY Halloween Decor You'll Actually Want to Display

Budget-friendly ideas that make for a hauntingly cool Halloween.

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With the spookiest day of the year just around the corner, a party is surely in order. While it’s no secret that Halloween decor can err on the side of the less chic (and more creepy), we took on the challenge of recreating a few of our favorite decorative details, with a budget-friendly take in mind. See for yourself.

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Bloody Candles
Staying true to the spirit of the day, we’re all for setting the scene for a séance of sorts. At the top of our decor list? Bloody candles.

What You’ll Need:

  • ball candles, for the base
  • red taper candles, we opted for two different shades for a dynamic effect
  • spray paint, color of your choice
  • brushed metal candle stand

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Directions
Spray paint the candle stands to match the color of the candles you will be using. Set the candles on the base and light them. Once the ball candle has burned enough that a shallow well has formed at the top, light the red candles.

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Gently position the red candle horizontally over the ball candle so that the flame of the ball candle is directly beneath the top tip of the red candle. Allow the red wax to drip along the sides of the ball candle until it’s complete.

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Complete the look by spray-painting a styrofoam skull for a chic display!

Matches, Skeem Design

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The Creepy-Crawly Table
A thematically-appropriate table setting is key. We’re pairing tulle with a bold black backdrop to emulate a smoky, dry ice-inspired feel to the table.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 yards of ivory or cream-colored tulle (more or less, as needed)
  • rubber spiders or toy bugs
  • gold spray paint
Directions
Designate a spot for the buffet or table and cover with the tulle. Spray paint the toy spiders or bugs and assemble them along the tulle. For additional reinforcement, adhere the toy bugs onto the tulle using a dab of glue.

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The Haunted Bar Cart
No Halloween party is complete sans some spirits (pun intended). For a truly spectacular and equally frightful bar cart setting, we’re bringing in a few haunted touches.
 
What You’ll Need:
  • empty glass bottles,  assorted in size
  • test tubes
  • black rock candy
  • hot glue gun
  • sprigs of dried lavender

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Directions
Assemble the bottles and test tubes on a bar cart or tray, as you would normally would to serve. Once you begin adding the faux cobwebs, it may be a bit difficult to move the items around.

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Using the hot glue gun, place a dab of glue on the tip of the taller bottle and let it sit for five seconds. Using the tip of the glue gun or a knife, gently drag the hot glue over the bottle and onto the top of the smaller bottle.

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Repeat the above step until the bottles are covered in the faux cobwebs. Extend the effect onto the tray and even the walls. It can easily be removed once the evening is over.

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Published on October 03, 2017 - 5:30am EDT

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