Liven up your outdoor space with some spooky and sometimes sweet Halloween decorations. From scarecrows to sugar skulls, we’ve got you covered in harvest style.
These projects take anywhere from a few minutes up to a few hours and are easy enough for kids to complete.
Our favorite Fall Decorating projects:
Paint the symbol of Day of the Dead, colorful sugar skulls, on terra cotta flowerpots and plant chrysanthemums inside for on-trend style.
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a popular celebration of food and festivals that originated in Mexico and honors the lives of those who have passed on. Colorful calavera skulls, known also as sugar skulls, are the most recognizable symbol. Find out how to create your own skull flowerpot using our downloadable PDF.
Turn a galvanized bucket into a Jack O’Lantern with this crafty cutout. Fill with fall mums and pansies in shades of yellow, red, orange and purple, and display on your front porch or patio.
The secret is flexible magnetic sheets cut into shapes to create funny and spooky faces. Get the how-to at The Home Depot’s Garden Club. You can make them in multiple sizes, from small to large, and decorate your porch or patio.
When life gives you a plethora of pumpkins, pull out the craft paints and learn how easy it is to transform a pumpkin into a whimsical painted pumpkin creation all your own. There’s no prep involved, just a clean pumpkin and your imagination. Get inspiration for painting pumpkins.
Got a couple of hours and an enthusiastic helper? Put together this simple scarecrow who will recline on your front porch. Kids will have fun stuffing the overalls and creating the ensemble.
A cascade of pumpkins in all shapes and colors from orange to blue, interspersed with bright pops of yellow and red mums will carry your outdoor decor from Labor Day through Thanksgiving. Cornstalks and hay bales complete the look.
Make a smiling Jack O’Lantern out of a canning jar that you have on hand, or pick up a box of jars from the canning and preserving section in your Garden Center and make enough to light up a mantel or porch. (Image and instructions provided by Ball Canning)
Instructions for Jack O’Lantern Jar
- 1 regular canning jar
- 1 regular canning band
- Painter’s tape or masking tape (2 inches wide)
- 1 (2 ounce) bottle orange acrylic craft paint
- 1 (2 ounce) bottle green acrylic craft paint
- 1 (1-inch wide) paint brush or foam brush
- Natural raffia
- Silk leaves (available from a craft store)
- 1 LED candle
- Getting Started. Read complete Jack O’Lantern Jar instructions before starting. Assemble all supplies.
- Assembling Jack O’Lantern Jar Base. Draw eyes, nose and mouth for pumpkin onto painter’s or masking tape. Cut out shapes and place on the side of the jar. Paint jar with orange paint. Paint band with green paint. When orange paint is dry, remove masking tape. Adjust green painted band onto jar.
- Finishing touches. Add raffia and leaves to complete your Jack-O-Lantern jar. Place LED candle inside jar.