Welcome to our page on easy Halloween crafts! See our new projects here, plus get lots of Halloween and autumn craft ideas throughout our web site. And if you're looking for fun additions to your activities calendar, consider some of these.
We also have a separate page with foody crafts for Halloween. See Creative Halloween Treats for Seniors!
These lacy lights are elegant and very easy Halloween crafts, using only a bit of black lace and a candle-- this one is a flameless battery type, which is especially good in crafts for the elderly. These candles are also nice gifts you can make.
Flameless (better), or no-drip pillar candle
Craft glue, or spray adhesive
Water base craft varnish (optional)
Flat paint brush (for varnish, if using)
I prefer a flameless candle for this project, to make sure the glue does not deteriorate, since regular candles can give off a little heat. Cut your piece of lace to size so that it will fit and wrap around the candle tightly, with a slight ½ inch overlap in back. (Because a pillar candle is fairly straight, there should not be much gapping).
I then made a few small dots of glue all around the edges of the lace and on the overlaps and pressed them firmly in place. You could also spray the back of the lace with spray adhesive.
When dry, painting a coat (or two) of water base craft varnish over all the lace also works well. (Another reason I like flameless candles -- less heat). The varnish assures that the lace will stay nice and flat and in place. Dry thoroughly.
Then put the candle on a black candle holder. You can also set it in a small Halloween garland or candle ring.
Fancy-Hat Gourd Witch
It's almost a must to include funny gourd witches as part of your easy Halloween crafts. Many of the materials can be bought at thrift stores too. The hat is from a craft store, but you can easily make one from black felt. Just make a cone from a circle, and glue it on to a circular brim.
A dark gourd
A witch hat
Decorations for the hat (flowers, baubles, feathers, rhinestones)
Pom-Pom for nose
3-D squirt paint, or acrylics
Glue gun, or craft glue, like Tacky Glue
Small dish, or other stand
I first took many strands of raffia and tie them around the stem of the squash, for the hair. You can do this with two batches of raffia to make the hair thick. Spread out the hair.
I next glued on the eyes and nose and let it dry. Then I squirted on a smiling mouth with the 3-D paint. Or you can use acrylics and a brush. As it was drying, I made the hat. Just decorate it with whatever you may have around. Be sure to glue on all the pieces well. Place the hat over the stem – the stem will help keep the hat on.
Then put the witch on its stand. These are such cheerful and easy Halloween crafts that you might want to have several and put them in a grouping.
You'll find you'll be able to use this fancy witch broom with many of your easy Halloween crafts.
Black decorative Halloween toothpicks
Long kebab skewer
Black ribbon (mine is glittery)
Strong tape (I used black electrical tape)
Bauble, bead, flower, or large rhinestone
… (I used a sparkly orange ball on a stick)
Orange acrylics and brush
Bead for top of broom stick
Glue, if needed
Paint the kebab skewer orange. When dry, take about 6 fancy toothpicks, gather them together around the skewer, and tape them in place securely. Cover the tape with ribbon. If you have a decoration that is on a stick, like the orange bauble that I used, trim the stick so it's 1 or 2 inches long. Slide the stick under the ribbon. You can add a dab of glue to keep it secure. Otherwise, glue on your other decoration. Finally, add the bead to the top of the broomstick. I also put on a bit of glue to keep it in place.
You can see below how it looks with the witch.
Golf Ball Owl
The owl is a popular theme for easy Halloween crafts, and this one is made from an old golf ball (from a garage sale). Here's how...
1 golf ball
3-4 white craft feathers (or make "feathers" from paper)
2 googly eyes (or make eyes from paper)
Black, and orange paper
Jar cap for stand
Glue gun or strong craft glue
First wash and dry the golf ball.
Feet - Fold a square of orange paper in half and cut out 2 simple feet shapes. Glue the cap/stand onto the feet.
Beak - Place the golf ball on its stand for stability. Fold another small square of orange paper in half. Cut out a triangle shape on the fold, forming the beak. Flatten the fold a bit so you can glue it onto the ball.
Eyes - Fold a square of black paper in half, to cut out 2 outer eye shapes. They are shaped like circles, with a flare at the top. The outer eyes should be made quite a bit larger than the googly eyeballs.
Glue the black outer eyes onto the ball above the beak. Then glue the googly eyes in the centers.
Lastly, glue a feather wing on each side of the owl, plus a couple feathers on top of the head.
Not-So-Scary Scarecrow Head
Scarecrow heads are easy Halloween crafts and can be used in many ways: put them on top of a broom stick, create a full scarecrow body, or hang it from the ceiling, mobile style.
Or newspapers to stuff the head instead
Large piece of burlap to go around head
Acrylic or craft paints: black, blue, white, red
Twine or string
Autumn colored ribbon – optional
Paint brushes, rag, water
The size of the piece of burlap you use will depend on the size of the ball for your scarecrow head. Or make tight wads of newspaper and form into a ball, using masking tape to keep them together. Cut a square of burlap large enough to fully wrap around the head form.
Gather it at the bottom. Take your twine or string and begin tying it, but not tightly, as you still need to insert the broom stick. Insert the broom stick at the back of the head if you are using a ball, or into the center of the newspaper wads. Finish tying the twine or string securely at the “neck.”
Next paint a simple face. This one used basic circles and ovals to make eyes, nose and cheeks. The mouth is a simple grin with rectangular white teeth. These types of faces are easy to make and mistake-proof!
If you’re making a lady, add a few eyelashes and maybe some lipstick. You may need to put on a couple coats, as burlap is rough to paint on. You can also add ribbon if you’re making a lady, or an old necktie if it’s a man. Add the hat on top. You can adhere it with a little glue, if needed, or tack it on with thread, running through the burlap and hat.
Then lean your scarecrow broom against a wall or tree. To hang it like a mobile, double up a long (strong) thread in a needle, and loop it tightly through the top of the head a couple times, and then up through the top of the hat.
You could also make a full scarecrow body
(instructions not included here). Scarecrow heads make delightful easy
Halloween crafts, and if you have a group, different people can work on
different aspects of the project.
Painting Clay Pots
Terra cotta clay pots are already an orange color so are perfect for easy Halloween crafts. There are unlimited designs you can use, including nature patterns. Or just adhere simple decals and stickers.
And what you put in the pot can range from traditional to quirky Halloween items. Also take a look at our page on painting clay pots – you may find other design ideas; just change out the colors for Halloween or autumn.
Clay pot and tray, your choice of size
Acrylic paints – black, gold
Paint brushes, rag, water container
Artificial foliage, pinecones
Black roses (optional)
Black decorative toothpicks
First clean and wash the clay pot so there is no residue on the surface. When dry, paint on your design in acrylics. For this one, I simply painted a round moon in gold, with a couple of black bats. (See pattern below). With a flat brush, I also made an edging of square dots and dotted lines around the upper and lower rims.
Now fill your pot with foliage, black roses, frilly black decorative toothpicks, and a black ribbon curling down the side. Or anything else you can think of.
Other uses: Sit a dish of candy in the top instead, or put a pillar candle inside. Use these pots as centerpieces or in the middle of a large serving platter. They also make nice gifts.
Halloween Window Stencils
Make shapes from black felt or colored paper and then glue onto the non-sticky side of contact paper -very easy. Or you can paint shapes (I'd use acrylics) onto the contact paper (2+ coats is best). Then peel the contact paper off its backing and attach to the window. These can be removed and saved to use again, by placing them back onto their backing.
You can also purchase colored repositionable self-adhesive sheets such as in felt or vinyl. I've found them at both craft stores and fabric stores, in a variety of colors. Then just draw your design onto the sheets, cut, peel, and attach to your window.
Using old-fashioned lanterns for easy Halloween crafts is a great way to make a centerpiece. This one has an elegant yet somewhat spooky theme in mostly black. See what you have around to use, or get your group or family to pitch in with materials.
Hurricane style lantern
Black artificial roses, or other foliage
Halloween themed candle, flameless if possible
Fake cobwebs (from craft store)
I had a decorative lamp at home. But you can get hurricane lamps cheaply at a thrift store.
This is just a matter of assembling the various elements of your centerpiece. First, insert your candle in the lantern. You can get a variety of holiday candles in the flameless style (including online). Plain flameless candles look great too.
Tie a curly black ribbon on one side. Then arrange your artificial flowers around the base. Insert the feather where ever there is a convenient gap or opening. Drape the lantern with a few cobwebs, and presto! You have a really fast and easy piece for a table or mantle.
Colorful Corn Characters
These easy Halloween crafts take just a couple steps and a few materials. They can be hung, or propped up against the wall, or added into a centerpiece. Or even given away.
A couple stalks of colorful corn
A twisty or rubber band or string
Pom-Pom for nose, or a candy
3-D squirt paint (red or pink),
or acrylics and brush
Glue gun, or craft glue (Tacky Glue)
Gather together the stalks of corn at the top and bind them together with your twisty or rubber band or string. Then cover the area by tying raffia around it, and a holiday ribbon. Spread out the corn leaves. Glue on the eyes and nose. I like using 3-D squirt paint for the mouth because it goes on easily. But you can use acrylics and a brush. It will make a natural wiggly line because of the bumps of the corn. Very cute!
Hanging Colorful Corn
This is one of our most easy Halloween crafts and can also be used within a centerpiece, or by nesting a few cobs upon moss in a Halloween bowl.
In this photo there is red striped backdrop and red-white-and-blue colors – we have used these for patriotic events too. You can use an orange or black backdrop instead. Artificial corn cobs found at the craft store can be used.
Several ears of colored corn with husks
Wide ribbon with fall colors
Narrow wire to attach berries
Tie together two or three cobs, husks on top as shown. I tie
them first with string, as it is easier to handle. Then ribbon gets tied
over that. Most artificial berries will have their own wire; if not you
may need to use your own wire to attach them into the center of the
bow. Wire attached to the backs can also be used to hang them up. Or use
old ornament hooks.
Ornaments are not just for Christmas, but can also be used for other holidays; certainly for easy Halloween crafts. You will use either a plain colored ornament which you would paint orange; or a gold ornament, which looks fine as is.
Ornament balls, plain color
Glitter craft paint, orange or even black
Craft water-based varnish (optional)
Small 1-inch piece of sponge, if painting
Water dish and paint brushes
Plastic picnic plate for a palette
Black fine-tip marker
Spanish moss or raffia, for hair
Black craft feather
Cord or thread for hanging
If you will be painting your ornament, hold the ornament by its hanger on top while you paint. I find it easiest to sponge paint for fast coverage. Just put some paint on a plastic picnic plate as a palette. Dab a moist sponge into the paint, then dab the paint all over the ornament. Hang it to dry.
Using a black marker, draw on a simple jack-o-lantern face. It can be crooked looking and does not have to be perfect. Dry thoroughly. Then I suggest brushing on a protective coating of water-based varnish from the craft store. Let dry.
Tie on your cord or thread to the hanger. Next, glue a wad of Spanish moss to the top for hair. Tuck in a black feather, and it’s ready to hang!
Ornaments look great clustered in groups or strung together. You
can also insert them into centerpieces. We have other ornament design
ideas -- follow the link for 4th of July crafts and
patriotic themes, because all you have to do is change out the colors
and turn them into unique and easy Halloween crafts.
Painting On Pumpkins
Our list of easy Halloween crafts included painting on pumpkins. A nice and quick alternative to carving a pumpkin, and you can make them as detailed at you’d like, even using markers. See another cute Pumpkin Boy on our Fall Crafts For The Elderly page.
We have a special page that explains the details of painting pumpkins, with more design ideas too. (You can also use our bat and moon templates for pumpkin projects).
The leaves on the pumpkin to the right were painted with acrylics, as usual, using a couple coats of paint. See our page with leaf template ideas, for more patterns to choose from. And the Painting On Pumpkins page (link above) has another leaf motif idea.
Halloween Door Hanger
Door hangers are very easy Halloween crafts because you can use just about anything for the holiday you may have on hand. Popular colors are black, orange, gold, purple, lime.
Black glittery artificial roses and leaves
...(Use any autumn or Halloween foliage)
Small glittery balls on stalks, or other novelty items
Black curly ribbon
A twisty tie
Black foil garland (any Halloween color)
I first gathered my black roses and bound them together in the upper-middle with a twisty tie. Which I then wrapped and covered with a bunch of black curly ribbon.
Next I inserted stalks of glittery balls upside down into the bouquet bundle.
Before putting it on the door hook, I fist hung a loose coil of metallic black garland on the hook. Then the bouquet was hung over that.
Painted Halloween Glasses
These easy Halloween crafts can really be used throughout the fall months if you use a basic leaf motif with a long, curved vine line, and a few round berries. But of course you can make something very Halloween-ish. Try bats, moons, black cats, ghosts, pumpkins.
A basic good design for glassware is to have it swoop diagonally down the glass. Grouping and overlapping keeps a nice tight design, instead of it looking scattered. Also, use some large and small shapes together. And don’t forget to add a little decorating to the stem and bottom.
When painting on glass, always start at least an inch down from the rim, as you do not want to have the mouth touching the painted area. Follow the link for full instructions about how to paint glass (and perhaps get more design ideas).
Apple Doll Witch (or Granny)
Apple dolls are good, old-fashioned, easy Halloween crafts. It does take several days to dehydrate the apples (it can be done in the microwave), so this is a project to be done in stages. But well worth it!
You can also add a mini witch hat (from the craft store) or make a simple one yourself with a colored paper cone shape glued to a circle brim.
Or you may have your own ideas. In this case, making a hat of the same matching black print fabric would look fun too.
For full instructions go to our apple doll page.
Gourd Gouls and Witches
Speaking of witches and other wonderful gourd ghouls, they make very easy Halloween crafts. A local activities director has used this project (with assistance) with her memory care group. Lumpy bumpy gourds can be found in abundance during the fall and are really fun to get creative with.
To get many more ideas, visit our page on gourd craft ideas. You will see that you can use a lot of items to decorate them that you might have around the house. Others can be found inexpensively at thrift stores.
You will also find some very easy ones on that page, which can also be made with elderly and dementia patients.
This hanging ghost craft idea was submitted by one of our readers
in our Share Your Crafts section. It’s made with a standard white
plastic trash bag which you can get in different sizes – a grouping
would look great. These would also work wonderfully hanging indoors at a
party, from the ceiling or on a door. Very easy to do. Follow the link
ghost craft page. You may find more ideas on that page to turn into easy Halloween crafts too.
It is almost a must to include a mouse in one’s easy Halloween crafts. Making mouse crafts has become very popular. This one is made of a tiny clay pot and Styrofoam ball painted black, plus a shoe lace tale, felt ears, and of course googly eyes. And a candy (or bead) nose.
The sample here is perched upon a piece of wrapped cheese. But you can certainly add a mouse to almost to the top of a candy dish, plant, centerpiece, or even hang it.
See our page on mouse crafts for more ideas. Like making Hershey's Kiss mice (with orange and black wrappers, of course). For most of the mouse projects there, you can use the Halloween color scheme.
The Pinecone Fairy
Add some pinecone whimsy to your easy Halloween crafts -- have the Pinecone Fairy for a visitl She'd love to sit at your table. Or on it. Make a few for a display, or add her to a centerpiece.
See this and other fun pinecone crafts on our special page. They're perfect activities when combined with an outing outside to collect things from nature. Pinecones can also be found at thrift stores and dollar stores, and at online craft stores as well (in case you don't have any in your area).
Decorate Caramel Apples
These easy Halloween crafts can be done in two steps (or one, the simple way). First, you need to have the caramel apples. So you can either dip your own and make an activity of that (you can get kits complete with instructions and sticks at the grocery store). Or dip them in chocolate, either dark or white (see our dipping chocolate page).
Second, you can decorate them after they're dipped. If you dip them yourself, as they're setting on waxed paper, press in a variety of candies to make faces while the caramel (or chocolate) is still warm and soft. If you have the already-made kind, use squirt tube frosting as "glue" to attach the faces.
You can also use tube frosting to draw decorative lines when you decorate (like smiles or shapes). Add a drop or two of food coloring to some frosting in a small dish, to color it, then "paint" details on (with a clean, new brush). Below is a photo I took at Disneyland, showing some of the fun apple creations they made!
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