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12 Easy DIY Halloween Decorations

GhostAccording to the National Retail Federation Americans plan to spend $8 billion dollars on Halloween this year. But instead of purchasing expensive single-use costumes, artificial-everything candy, and novelty witchy tchotchkes consider crafting your own spooky house decorations like shrunken apple heads, flayed skin cheese balls or origami bats. With these creative home decor ideas your Halloween party will be a truly enjoyable one.

Bird's Nest Ghosts

To make these rather sweet instead of eerie ghosts you need some paper from the recycling stack and some non-toxic glue. 

Jack-o'-Lantern Lanterns

We bet there are a lot of used empty jars somewhere in your house, just waiting to be refilled or to be used for such a project as Jack-o'-lantern lanterns! This creative room décor requires little more than tissue paper, glue, and old jars, pumpkin candle holders like these are a breeze to craft.

Shrunken Apple Heads

Just looking for fun and easy ways to decorate your room for Halloween? It's hard to imagine something easier than making these cute shrunken apple heads which you can scatter about the house, place a bunch of them in bowls of snacks, or float in a bowl of cider.

Day of the Dead Cookies

Edible decorations are always win-win as they serve as decorations and as a treat. And they are waste-free and taste delicious! Traditionally, these Sugar Skull Cookies from 101cookbooks.com have been used for the Day of the Dead, but as these two holidays have so much in common that these make suitable tasty food table decorations for Halloween party as well.

Recycled Paper Bats

You can make these charming paper origami bats with 100 percent recycled construction paper and the chances are that you may want them hanging year-round.

It's a Mod, Mod Pumpkin

Forget the traditional Jack-o'-lantern and choose a mod drilled pumpkin instead. And they won't frighten young trick or treaters with a spooky startle.

Oh-So Creepy Food

Your Halloween centerpiece will look nice with such edible decorations the lovely Flayed Skin Cheese Ball and Mozzarella Eyeballs. And don't forget to add some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Spider Silhouettes

These simple shady spiders which don't require much effort to make will create a creepy atmosphere ideal for Halloween celebration. Such a creepy hairy tarantula variety can be made from recycled construction paper, or some fabric scrap or old fun fur.

Halloween Pomander

With just an orange or a grapefruit plus some whole cloves, you can have both easy decorations and a way to perfume your home and closets long after the witches and spooky ghost have left the building.

Zombie Cupcakes

If you happen to have a drawer full of doll parts use them to make "Rising from the Dead" cupcakes. Just bake your favorite cupcakes, then get creative with random toy parts when making a convincingly creepy cupcake topper.

Spooky Jar Lanterns

Spooky decoration ideas are never ending. These spooky lanterns are made from cheap jars from a discount store, but old jars that need to be up cycled would suit the job as well.