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This year my daughter is throwing a Halloween party for her friends at our house. And she plans to do it on a crazy, ambitiously ridiculous small budget. We’ve been staying up at night scouring Pinterest for the some cheap and effective DIY Halloween decorations ideas. We’re talking Big, Bold & Scary! She plans (as only teens can plan) on taking things to next level scary as her guests are all over 16. So far, we have narrowed it down to these 10 Cheap and Nasty Halloween Decorations.
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1. Homemade Slime
This three ingredient DIY slime makes a cheap and effective halloween decoration. Fill jars with green or blue (or any other creepy color) and pop in a couple fake eyeballs, dolls heads for a DIY Frankenstein display.
2. Zombie Closet Prop
My hubbys old overalls will do nicely for this one. I just won’t wash them for the week :) You can pick up old pallets from pretty much anywhere (Ask at your local hardware store if you’re stuck). The uglier the better. Stuff the overalls with newspaper to bulk it up and use your old garden gloves as hands.
1. Old Clothes (Raid your cupboard or head to your local Charity Store)
2. Garden Gloves (Dollar Store)
3. Wooden Pallet (or random pieces of wood)
4. Red Paint (for the blood)
5. Black spray paint (for the back)
6. Zombie Mask with grey hair
8. Hammer and Nails (to keep it all in place)
3. Sewer Cockroach Invasion
You can decorate the entire room for under $3 with this simple and super creepy cockroach explosion.
4. Escape from the Pit
1 Pallet, 1 red light (or a couple red LED candles), some light digging, and a couple hands = a very eerie Halloween Prop. We are so doing this!!! It gives me goosebumps just looking at it.
5. DIY Haunted Graveyard
An easy way to turn a large garden area into something a little scary. Less is more when it comes to this haunted graveyard. These DIY Gravestones will do the job nicely. I must admit, we will be cheating a bit and using cardboard boxes instead of wood because the budget is tight.
6. The Red Lighting Effect
This is the BEST Halloween Hack EVER. And should be a must on any serious DIY Halloween Decor List. Change all the light bulbs in the house (or at least the ones in the party area) to red for a creepy, looking Halloween Home. Seriously effective simply trick that will bring everything together.
1. Red Light Bulbs
7. Raven on a Dead Branch
An easy DIY. Spray paint a dead branch and position a plastic raven sitting and watching over the room. To mount, screw the cut end of the branch on to a wooden mounting board or piece of wood. This makes it easier to mount to the wall or stand on the ground.
8. Gigantic Garden Spider Web
For under $10 you can decorate an entire corner of your garden. A little DIY goes a long way with the gigantic spider web. See the Tutorial here.
1. Hooks (optional as you can slow toe the ends of the rope to secure)
2. White Rope
9. Crime Scene
I fell for this one instantly. White sheets covering all the furniture at a party with a bunch of teens? Um. Yes. Please. Put this Halloween Decor look together with some white sheets and plastic tape. Easy!
1. White Tape
10. MY SECRET TRICK TO TAKE YOUR HALLOWEEN PARTY TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF CREEPY
I learned this little trick at a Theme Park Haunted House Ride and it works like magic in a darkly lit room. Hang long pieces of sewing thread from the ceiling. The pieces need to to fall so that the ends touch peoples faces as they walk through the room. It feels as if you have a spider web touching you and it’s seriously creepy.
Enjoy yourself watching your guests swatting the ‘imaginary spider off their faces’.
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