7 Cheap and Easy DIY Decorating Tips for Halloween

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired October 20, 2016

Turns out you don’t need to shell out big bucks for killer Halloween flair. Check out these seven scarily easy DIYs that take advantage of supplies you probably already have lying around the house.

Tip 1: Make a Garbage Bag Spiderweb

HGTV star Drew Scott shows you this cool, quick and practically free decoration! All you need is a garbage bag, a pair of scissors, and a few minutes to make a spooky spider web.

Tip 2: Make a Scary Silhouette

If you want to really creep out the kiddos who come trick or treating, try design expert Kristen Cunningham’s tip – cut a life-sized silhouette of a person out of cardboard and put it in your window behind a white curtain (or even just a plain white sheet) with a light shining toward the window. It will look like someone is lurking behind the curtain, providing quick and easy creep factor!

Tip 3: Pick the Perfect Pumpkin for Carving

Jack-o-lanterns are one of the most affordable and easy ways to decorate for Halloween. Lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse says you should look for a carving pumpkin that is heavy for its size with walls that are hard – an easy way to test the hardness is to make sure you can’t easily pierce the skin with your fingernail. Also, turn the pumpkin over and make sure the bottom isn’t squishy or soft. Check the stem – if it’s strong and hearty, rather than dry and brittle, you’re good to go because that means it’s been freshly harvested. Now, get carving!

Tip 4: Make Your Own Spooky Lanterns

Just take an old tin can, draw a Halloween theme on it then (carefully!) drill small holes along the outline of the design. Pop in a candle and you’ve got an instant spooky lantern!

Tip 5: Brew Up Your Own Homemade Pumpkin Scent

Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be limited to visuals! You can make your home smell like Halloween too with Rachael’s DIY jack-o-lantern pumpkin scent. She just takes the lid off a jack-o-lantern, rubs the bottom with cloves and cinnamon, then puts it back in place. The heat from a candle inside will fill the house with pumpkin spice fragrance!

Tip 6: Make a Goosebump-Inducing Eyeball Wreath

Just get a foam wreath from the craft store, and glue gun fake eyeballs on to it. So simple, but so creepy!

Tip 7: Craft a DIY Bat Tree

This fashionably creepy decoration is also extremely simple. Just cut bat shapes out of thick paper, then use double-sided tape to affix them to decorative branches in an oversized vase – you will instantly have a quick, easy and creepy bat tree!

Get excited for Rachael's Big Top Halloween Circus Extravaganza on Monday, October 31, 2016 with Rach and John's highly anticipated costume reveal, Bob Harper's post-candy-binge prescription and a snack-o-lantern cheese fondue! Find out when the show is on in your area here.

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