DIY Halloween Decoration Inspiration

Hello there! In case you didn’t know, I am mad about Halloween. The minute that Autumnal orange glow starts to appear along with the early morning chill, I can’t help but think about pumpkins, ghouls and parties. To help you in your Halloween celebrations this year, I’ve put together some of my favourite craft DIYs to decorate your home. I’m pretty pleased that two of my own DIYs have made the cut – enjoy!

Shelley Makes_DIY Halloween Inspiration

For full craft tutorials, check out these links:

1. Make & Tell, DIY Ghost Pinatas | 2. Aww Sam, DIY Emoji Ghost Balloons | 3. Studio DIY (via This Heart of Mine), DIY Paper Spiderwebs | 4. Minted, DIY Paper Lantern Skulls | 5. Oh Happy Day, Printable Spooky Candy Poppers | 6. Studio DIY, DIY Silly Ghost Balloons | 7. Shelley Makes, DIY Halloween Paper Quilled Pumpkins | 8. Shelley Makes, DIY Halloween Tombstones | 9. Kraft & Mint, Non-Scary Halloween Décor Printables

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Halloween Inspiration: DIY No Carve Pumpkins

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons; I love the red-tinged light that washes over everything, and it gets me thinking about two of my favourite festive events – Halloween, and Christmas! Usually I like to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, but if you hate the goo and the mess, or you just fancy doing something a little bit different, here’s my round-up of the best DIY no-carve (painted) pumpkins.


For full DIY tutorials, check out these blogs:

1. DIY Pun-Kins, Studio DIY | 2. DIY Donut Pumpkins, Studio DIY | 3. DIY Emoji Pumpkins, Brit + Co | 4. Hand Painted Floral Pumpkin, Craftberry Bush | 5. DIY Tiny Message Pumpkins, Lovely Indeed | 6. DIY Hand-Painted Pumpkins, Simple as That | 7. DIY Paint Pen Pattern No Carve Pumpkins, Lovely Indeed | 8. DIY Mud Cloth Pumpkins, Homey Oh My | 9. Decoupage Paper Pumpkin, Brit + Co | 10. Balloon Dipped Pumpkin DIY, Paper & Stitch | 11. DIY Pumpkin Ice Cream Cone, Sugar and Charm

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DIY Halloween Tombstones

To mark our first Halloween in the new house we’re throwing a fancy-dress party! To decorate the house, my boyfriend had the genius idea to make DIY tombstones out of breeze blocks.

DIY Tombstones by Shelley Makes

I couldn’t believe how easy this was, and it’s also really cheap and quick too. All you need is a couple of breeze blocks (about £1.50 each), which you can buy from Wickes, as well as a few tools.

You will need:

  • Breeze blocks (aerated blocks) – 1 brick makes two tombstones
  • Saw, or jigsaw (optional)
  • Hammer (for distressing the edges)
  • Chisel or screwdriver (something with a sharp pointy edge)
  • Pencil (optional)

DIY Halloween Tombstone

How to make:

Start by sawing your breeze block in half (making two thin tombstones). Next, mark in pencil the shape you want to cut – you might want a rounded end, a rectangular end, or even a cross shape.

Depending on the shape, use a saw or jigsaw to remove the excess, and then use a hammer, saw or any other blunt instrument to chip away at the right-angle edges, leaving them looking ‘distressed’.

This will create a bit of dust, but it’s easy to sweep up at the end. Next, think about the message you want to inscribe on your tombstone. You can go with dates, messages, or even your guests’ names, to really freak them out.

We went with a simple ‘RIP’, and also an old year, ‘1806’ – no idea why, that one just came to mind. Using a chisel, or any sharp instrument you can get your hands on, scrape away the letters you want.

This is super easy, and you don’t have to be skilled or particularly accurate, as any mistakes you make only add to the ancient graveyard authenticity; the more rugged, the better.

Once done, you can place your tombstones in the garden to give trick-or-treat’ers a fright. To help them stand up (if your lawn isn’t flat), use a drill to partially insert a screw to act as a stand.

1806 Tombstone

These took about 10-15 minutes per tombstone, and you can personalise them how you wish. They cast great shadows on the lawn by day, but you could also light them up to cast eery shadows by night.

What are you up to this Halloween? Share your Makes below.

Halloween Pumpkins & Banners

Happy Halloween ya’ll! I hope you all got up to no good? It’s a belated post from me, but I wanted to show you some of the crafty things we’ve been making this Halloween to spook-ify our flat.

Pumpkin carving teeth

1) Pumpkin Carving

I headed to Drink, Shop & Do, a fantastic cafe-bar close to King’s Cross, which hosts a range of crafty events from sewing to biscuit-icing. My favourite event is the annual pumpkin carving evenings! For just £8, you get a Halloween cocktail, plus a pumpkin and carving equipment.

Last Halloween, I carved a tiny pumpkin named Bob, however I left poor Bob on the train, so he never made it to Halloween. This year, I was determined to do better, so I carved Bob Junior. Regardless of my intentions, my pumpkins always end up looking happy, instead of scary…

Pumpkin googly eyes

When I got Bob home, Jack had a go at carving too. Needless to say, his was FAR better – check out the full set of teeth cut into the rind. Jack also took the lead on a Halloween feature window.

2) Halloween Chinese Lantern Banner

Halloween chinese lantern banner

Jack made a Halloween banner using 1-2m of natural twine, a stem of chinese lanterns, white card, and a pair of scissors. Using slip-knots, he attached the individual lanterns (pulled off the stem) to the twine at regular intervals. He then added some card cut-out ghosts, tied on with wool. The result is a brilliantly bright autumnal banner, complete with tiny Halloween ghouls.

To add to the effect, he also attached some ghouls to straws, and stuck these into the soil of the fern on the window-sill, draping a stem of chinese lanterns on top for a burst of colour.

Somewhat awkwardly, I’ve wandered over to the window numerous times, only to find neighbours standing outside looking in. Other than the pumpkins, which take time if you want to achieve an ambitious design, all the decorations were incredibly quick and simple to make.

Hope you had a Happy Halloween!

DIY Halloween Inspiration

Halloween poses the perfect excuse to deck the house in silly decorations, as well as dress up like a spanner for fancy dress parties. Below are my favourite Halloween DIYs for adults.

Stay tuned, as next week I’ll be pumpkin carving at Drink Shop & Do in London. Can’t wait!

Halloween inspiration

What are you doing this Halloween? Only two weeks to go! I know Halloween is huge in the US, but I hope it continues to kick off here in the UK – nothing like being scared and eating sweets!

For full tutorials, visit these blogs:

1. Country Living, Spooky Paper Cut-Outs | 2. Martha Stewart, Witch’s Broom Treat Favours | 3. This Heart of Mine, DIY Paper Spider Webs | 4. Martha Stewart, Skull Potato Stamp