When money is tight, most people cut back on the extravagances in their lives, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop having fun. You can still have new things for your home and even decorate with style. There are lots of cheap projects you can do to create décor for, say, Halloween. If you’ve got a buck or two – or even less – you can easily make many different, spooky crafts.
Use an empty milk jug to make luminaries to line the walkway, light up the deck or even create a centerpiece for a table. Simply place a strand of battery-operated, white lights inside the jug. Tape the switch to the inside of the lid so you can easily turn them off and on. Use stickers from a craft store to make the scary or silly face on the jug. Or, cut eyes, nose and mouth from black paper and tape or glue them to the jug.
A set of jack-o-lantern face stickers can help you make a jack-o-lantern from unusual things, like a clay pot. Turn the pot upside-down, add the facial stickers, then glue a short wooden dowel, or even a piece of a stick, to the top of the pot. These are cute as centerpieces or just to set outside.
Create a Halloween door cover by using a black trash bag. Cut off the top of the bag, cut down the sides, and open it up to be a long, wide piece. Tape the bag to the door then use stickers, paint markers, colored tape and similar things to make the door cover you want. A black trash bag can also become a tablecloth or Halloween banners for indoors.
Shop dollar-theme stores for orange or black ribbon. A simple piece of ribbon can give any number of things a Halloween theme. Wrap a piece around a candle, use double-sided tape to make a wide ribbon wainscote around a room, or just tie a ribbon around a lampshade.
Black or orange tape is another way you can quickly create cheap Halloween décor. Use the tape to make patterns on a sliding glass door, mirror, picture frames, interior doors, baskets and more.
Got yarn and glue? Then you’ve got all kind of decorations! Place pieces of yarn on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet and shape them into ghosts or other images. Fill the outline with ordinary white glue and allow it to dry. Then, lift it off of the wax paper, poke a hole near the top, and use a string to hang it. Colored glue makes it easy to create black cats, orange pumpkins and more.
For a buck or two you can purchase a witch’s hat that will help you make an adorable outside decoration. Tack the hat to a tree then do the same with a long, black dress. Spread the long sleeves of the dress out and around the tree and tack them in place. Lay a pair of boots (you can secure the with wire or ties) below the dress. This arrangement gives the illusion of a witch who has run face-first into the tree. Wire a broom beside the tree for effect.
When you think of holiday decorating you normally think it will cost a good bit of money, but when you use these inexpensive ideas, your house can be the picture of creepiness without the high price tag!