5 Easy Halloween Ideas You’ll Likely Already Have the Supplies to Make

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LOVE Halloween , but not wanting to spend lots of money on new seasonal décor?

If you’ll be decorating your home for Halloween, here are a few creative ideas to get you inspired to use common household items you may already have on hand to DIY your own! These are also fun opportunities to get the kids involved in festive craft projects.

1. Re-Purposed Coffee Container As Halloween Candy Bowl


If you drink Folgers coffee (or other coffee brands that are sold in canisters, as pictured above), hang onto the plastic container and re-use it as a Halloween candy bowl, or creative table centerpiece. I decorated mine as Frankenstein, but you could also paint it orange for a Jack-O-lantern, or white for a ghost.

To Get This Look:

  • Apply a couple layers of green spray paint to container and let dry.
  • Paint the top rim black using black paint or a black King Sized Sharpie as I did.
  • Glue on large googly eyes and gray Crayola marker caps to the sides.

2.) DIY Trash Bag Spider Webs


Make spooky spider webs out of ordinary black trash bags by first laying them flat, cutting off the edges, folding it in triangles, and then cutting a branch shape. My bags had white writing on them, but no worries, I just turned them the other way when hanging. so it wasn’t visible.

Visit hefty.com for a helpful tutorial with photos to learn how. In full discloser, it took me a couple tries at first, but then I quickly got the hang of it and can make spider webs like a BOSS now. LOL!

3.) DIY  Trash Bag Ghosts


Use white trash bags to make easy hanging ghosts. These are my son’s lightweight white plastic whiffle baseballs wrapped inside trash bags. You could also use white Styrofoam balls, white craft stuffing, or maybe even toilet paper rolls instead of balls. I have a roll of black chalkboard vinyl I always keep on hand to make my own pantry jar labels, and used that for the ghost faces.

To get this look:

  • Cut the colored cinch portion off the top of bag if yours has one.
  • Place the ball in the center, and gather bag around it.
  • Secure with a piece of string, yarn, ribbon, etc
  • Add face detail using black adhesive vinyl as I did, or black duct tape, felt, etc.

4.) Halloween Embellished White Candles


Embellish candles or glass jars using things you have on hand like first aid gauze bandages, googly eyes, black adhesive vinyl , or black duct tape. The white candles pictured are from Dollar Tree.

5.) Pillow Case Ghost Chair Covers


Ordinary white pillow cases can become cute temporary chair covers by cutting faces using black adhesive vinyl.


This was such a fun space to put together and I love re-purposing ordinary things! The trash bags really do make a big statement on the walls. We are all set for a Halloween party and the only thing I purchased new were the four dollar store candles! WooHoo!

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Comments 18

  1. Shannon

    Where’s the like button. Love it all!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Shannon!

  2. Richelle

    Cute and fun projects!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Richelle!!

  3. Jackie

    That mummy candle is so cute! 🎃🕸Love it ❤️!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Jackie!!

  4. Luz

    Súper cute!! Thanks for these ideas!!! I Love this section of the website 💝

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Aw thanks Luz – sweet comment.

  5. gilly

    Putting it all together really makes the look work.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Gilly! I agree and appreciate your comment 😀

  6. Tammy

    Those are so cute! Very creative!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Tammy!

  7. Shannon

    Great ideas! Love them all. Halloween is the best!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I know it’s so fun ❤️

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        And thanks!!

  8. Amanda

    Help please! I am trying the spider website and they are not coming together. How did u do these super cute spiderwebs

  9. Yar

    Muy bonito! Love everything that you post, I can wait to do all these!

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