DIY Halloween Decorations That Don't Break The Bank

DIY Halloween Decorations That Don't Break The Bank

There’s no reason to spend an arm and a leg on decorations this Halloween (pun intended) when you can print your own! With a little time, research and creativity, you can impress your friends and neighbors and save money, just by using your own Canon PIXMA printer. Sidewalk skulls, ghostly silhouettes, spooky shadow puppets—fright night is all yours for the printing. Here are some ideas to get you started on your DIY décor journey.

DIY outdoor Halloween decorations

The first thing those trick-or-treaters see is your yard, so make sure it’s full of Halloween spirit! Printable sidewalk skulls and tombstones set the tone right away—and are eerier if you print them on glow-in-the-dark paper.

Prime your porch

A little scare goes a long way when you’re talking about upside-down bats (just download the template, print, fold, and cut according to the instructions) on the porch. And don’t forget to primp your pumpkin! PumpkinPile has hundreds of free patterns you can download and print, including mummies, cats, cartoons and even celebrities, like Alfred Hitchcock, for a memorable jack-o-lantern. Want to get a message across? Find a template for your favorite phrase or hashtag—like #sorrynotsorry and carve away.

Spooky Inspired home decor

Grab some frames and fill them with words and drawings that spark your imagination. Cluster a few together and make a skull wall with a stylish vintage skull, a skeleton/spider print, and a romantic skeleton interlude (“Til death do us part,”) or opt for some witchy whimsy with prints from Joanne.com and add the art to the candy table. Create your own Halloween wreath by printing eyeballs, candy corn, and sugar skulls, to really let neighborhood kids know you mean business. Create a banner with free, printable letters and come up with Halloween phrases (like “boo!” “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” and “trick or treat!”) to set the mood. Print spooky clip art images—like zombie hands—and add the silhouettes to windows and doors.

Light up the night

The right lighting has the power to create the perfect ambiance, and you can set the tone by making your own Halloween candle holders, with bats, ghosts, and spiders. Or make your own shadow puppets! Prop them up and aim a light to project them on the wall, or hand out flashlights and let your guests put on a show.

Add some color

Break out the markers and corral the kids! There are hundreds of print-your-own Halloween coloring options for the little ones: haunted houses, trick-or-treaters, and pumpkins galore. For more intricate art, search for adult Halloween coloring pages for witches, monsters and more.

Print your own pranks

If you really want to scare your party guests—or trick-or-treaters—this ought to do it: print your own head in a jar. It straight-out-of-a-horror-movie scary!