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7 Fun Outdoor Decorations to Craft for Halloween

While we might not be able to enjoy the main excitement of Halloween — costumes, candy and scares — due to the lockdown preventing trick-or-treating and big parties, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the fun themes of Halloween. Dress up the outside of your home with these spooktacular makes to show everyone exactly who the most creative and crafty house on block belongs to.

Fun Outdoor Decorations to Craft for Halloween

1. Hanging Bat

This cute tissue paper pom-pom bat makes for a charming decoration, and kids will love to craft him – just look at those googly eyes! You’ll soon find yourself batch-making a whole colony of bats in different colours and with different expressions. Simply check out Charlotte Newland’s handy tutorial here, download the helpful template for the wings, and get crafting.

2. Door Plaque

There’s no better project for practising your beautiful brush lettering than a plaque that you can hang on your door for all to see, and due to the season, you can get really creative with the message. Pick up a base like the Dawn Bibby MDF Plaques, and then think up a fun, spooky message like ‘Beware all who enter here’ or ‘A witch, her little monsters and a handsome devil live here’.

[image source: gingersnapcrafts.com/2014/10/diy-halloween-sign-with-happy-crafters.html]

3. Carved Pumpkins

Halloween isn’t Halloween without a carved pumpkin, and we’ve got a fab selection of free templates you’ll love here – simply cut them out by hand or with a ScanNCut, stick them on your pumpkin and cut around the templates. Alternatively, you can get creative with your own spooky expression! Get the kids involved in the fun design process, too – just make sure only adults handle the sharp tools.

4. Door Wreath

This illuminated ribbon wreath is a fantastic way to decorate your door in preparation for the big day, and you can tailor it to suit your style perfectly with bats, spiders and haunting Halloween eyes – check out Kelly Anne Jordan’s fantastic guide here and see what appeals to you! Kelly uses a ScanNCut to cut out the little critters, but you can easily use dies, templates or sketch out your own designs.

5. Ghost Windsock

A flowing ghost windsock will look delightfully eerie in the dark. You can easily make one using a painted tin can and long strips of white fabric or ribbon, such as the Eleganza Deco Mesh Ribbon. It’s a great project to get the kids involved with, as you can make a few and design different spooky faces for each one. Just watch out for any sharp edges when handling the tin cans.

[image source: chickenscratchny.com/diy-tin-can-ghost-windsock]

6. Window Hanger

Sarah Jackman-Read’s fantastic hanging decoration is sure to delight on a dark, spooky night. She’s attached fairy lights to the back so it has an eerie glow, but you can also hang it over the window of a lit room for the same effect. It doesn’t need to be a pumpkin either – get creative with different Halloween-themed silhouettes, such as spiders, witches and ghosts.

7. Glowing Eyes

This project is perfect for making creepy glowing eyes that stare out from the dark of hedges or trees, and all you need to make them are toilet rolls and coloured glow sticks – LED Tea Light Candles also work if you don't mind having only one colour. Simply cut an eye shape out of the side of a roll, making sure the pupil is attached to the top or sides, and pop in your light.