TOP 5 DIY Budget Halloween Decorations

  1. Enchanting Halloween Lanterns
    In the long, dark autumn evenings, we often find ourselves playing with light: puppet theatre performances, glow-in-the dark toys, lamps and lanterns occupy our rooms.


– jars of different sizes and shapes

– a can of purple spray paint (I used Krylon Purple Aerosol Paint )

– paint marker (I used Uchida Deco Color Extra Fine Point Paint Marker  for making contours and Uchida Broad Point Paint Marker for colouring it)

It was especially fun to hunt for the jars. I wanted them to be different, so the biggest one used to hold pickles, and a couple of smaller ones had jams. What a turn of fate for them to become lanterns! The medium jar was standard sealer intended for home canning. It had a raised design in the glass, but I turned it to the back. At least, it did not have labels! All the rest of the jars had to be submerged in a sink full of very hot water for a while, then scrubbed to get their pickle and jam labels off.



1. Clean your jars thoroughly as any oily residue will interfere with painting.

2. Spray paint the outsides of the jars. The jars need to stay translucent, so start with a thin layer of paint. Once it is dry, drop a candle inside of one jar and see how the light comes through. If you think that one layer of paint was not enough, you can add another thin layer.

3. If you use our design, print it and insert inside the jar. Trace it with a marker on the outside of the jar. I used this black fine point paint marker for tracing the picture on glass and this black broad point marker for colouring. Be careful not to go with the marker over the same line twice. It’ll smear. The trick is to do the best you can with the first layer and later, once the first layer of paint has dried up, touch up the spots with the marker.

If you make your own design, it may be a better idea to sketch it on a piece of paper first. Once it’s done, insert the piece into the jar and trace the outlines. But confident young artists may want to paint right on the jar.

4. There is an alternative way of transferring the designs onto the jars without using paint markers. After you printed the designs, cut them out with scissors and glue them onto the sprayed jars with clear glue like Elmer’s.

Now it is time to put some candles in and add some illumination to the room!
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2. Paper Lanterns for Halloween Decorationspaper_lantern_diy_halloween

What fun it is to explore what the new Cricut Explore will make and especially when it comes to Hapaper_lantern_lightslloween decorations! These mini lanterns are cut from one sheet of 8.5 x 11 black metallic paper and use a half sheet of white vellum to make the frosted windows both from With the Explore score tool creasing the corners, it is easy to assemble the lanterns in just a few minutes. Once made you have spooky but oh, so pretty decorations that are perfect for your mantel, your dinner table or on your book shelf. You can find the SVG cut file below and the PDF template is hosted by for those of you would like to hand cut the lanterns. You can find the links for both below.
Remember, that you will want to use the battery tea lights which you can find at your craft store or most drug stores this time of year. My battery candles actually flicker so they look very real behind the frosty windows of these lanterns.


You can find the SVG and PDF file in link down below.
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Did you know you can transfer images to candles using tissue paper? This is a really fun DIY and a great way to make some inexpensive Halloween decorations!


  • Pillar candleshalloweencandles1
  • Tissue paper
  • Ink jet printer and paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hair dryer

[The first step is to print out the image on to the tissue paper. If you run tissue paper through your printer by itself it will jam, so it has to be scotch taped to paper first. Cut the tissue paper a few inches smaller than the printer paper. Tape all around the border. When you are finished, run an iron over it a few times on the lowest setting to make sure it is perfectly flat]

[Cut out your image. I found it easier to cut through both the tissue paper and printer paper]

[Wipe some glue around the edges and stick the image to the candle- this prevents the tissue paper from moving when you use the hair dryer]

[Using a hair dryer held a few inches away, go over the image. The candle will heat up and the tissue paper will adhere. You can see the white parts of the tissue paper disappear before your eyes!

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4. Glow in the dark cup bowling


What you’ll need:

  • white or clear plastic cups
  • glow sticks
  • clear tape
  • permanent marker
  • ball or bean bag

What you’ll do:

  1. Turn the cups upside down and use the permanent marker to draw spooky ghost faces on the cups.
  2. Snap the glow sticks and shake them until they start glowing.
  3. Fold the glow stick and slide it into the cup. Use a piece of clear tape to keep it in place.
  4. Arrange the plastic cups like bowling pins, then turn off the lights and use a ball or bean bag to knock them over.

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Do you have pumpkin monsters in your front yard yet? No pumpkin has made it out of my kitchen so far, and since I have not seen any of them in the front of the house anyway I made mini pumpkin lanterns for the living room!


The windmills are made with the papermaché technique, but I did not use newspaper or cardboard, but fine silk paper. So the flame shines through the paper and the pumpkin shines in the dark!



For the DiY project you need the following:

1 sheet of silk paper in orange color
1 brush
A black felt tip pen
and tealights

At the beginning you can have a good time, because the silk paper has to be torn to pieces. The balloon must then be inflated until it has a diameter of approximately 9 cm at the thickest point.

So that you do not have to keep the balloon in hand, you can make a small glass bowl. I have mine still with Frischhaltefolie lined, so it does not become too dirty.


Use the brush to put the silk paper on the balloon until it is completely covered. I have a total of 2 1/2 layers applied (thus 2 thoroughly and the third only sloppy). The thinner, the more light shines through the pumpkin.

As with the paste, the motto is clot, do not mess. Too much you can not really catch;) Also make sure that you stick a straight edge as straight as possible and that it is not too thin. Otherwise, he could break down after the balloon burst.


Now you have to have a little patience, the pumpkins have to dry overnight. Then you can easily break the balloon with a pair of scissors and the balloon will dissolve as if by itself from the silk paper layer. (I do not know if it was coincidence, but the dark blue balloons have solved much more easily than the yellow …)


And now is drawn! Grab a pin, your pumpkins, and you’re going to have fun 🙂

And they are finished! I think they look pretty even without tealights, what do you think?

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