Decorating for Halloween can be so much fun, but decorating for every holiday can be sooo expensive! That’s why we’ve gathered together this top 10 list of useful decorations so that you can get the most out of your Halloween decor:
Did you opt for the creepy insect theme this year? Make the most out of your DIY craft and save it! If you have or know a child who loves bugs, you can incorporate this art into their room. You may be inspiring a budding entomologist! If you don’t want to hang on to this craft, consider putting them up for sale at a craft show or garage sale. Donate them to a local charity that hosts silent auctions. You just never know who appreciates these things.
A trick or treat station offers kids a contactless way to receive their treats, and takes away the tedious task of handing out candy for you. Reuse the station for family gatherings, buffets, outdoor events, etc! If you have a wedding in the family, consider gifting it to the bride and groom. They can use it at their wedding as a candy station, and as a gift they can use in their home.
This DIY decor piece is a year round pleaser. Change the candy out each month to accommodate every holiday. Use a combination of tall, short, wide and narrow containers to create visual interest and continuity. Versatile and delicious!
Creating spooky lighting is an instant mood changer when it comes to Halloween decor. Drop a flameless candle into hanging lamps for a dim, eerie, lantern-like feel. When Halloween is over, hang on to these lights! Place coloured string lights for a Christmas piece, red lights for Valentine’s Day and more. For a forest-fairy vibe when the summer rolls around, place a (waterproof!) battery operated light into these lamps that you’ve filled with a gel-glitter solution. the glitter will reflect the main light source in all directions, creating the illusion of multiple fireflies.
Who says every Halloween piece is for Halloween? While scenes like this raven on a barren branch are common around Halloween and fall, you can use these types of decor all year round if you wanted. Pieces such as these help to create a theme in your home, and it doesn’t always have to be grim. Perhaps you’re a fan of solitude; this throw pillow could easily fit in by your comfy chair and books.
Christmas garland is so popular that the idea has seeped into other holidays like Halloween. Garland such as this moon one are being used to create witch-y themes. Take the idea further! Are you into new age mysticism, witches, astrology or frequency healing? You can easily pair this garland with your favourite crystals, or even just hang it near family portraits. Your Halloween decoration is now just every day decoration.
Ditch the conventional wreath for a reusable one! Use a hanging wicker bag or basket, and fill it with holiday appropriate: plants, items, accessories, colours, food, etc. Place your house numbers on the front, and voila! You’ve got a front door wreath that you can use all year round. It’s easy to put up, and it’s easy to take down.
Is macabre a word that best describes your preferred aesthetic? Use that motif around your home by using skulls. Skull holders are common finds around Halloween time, and they make great decorations! Gain more use out your creepy pieces. Let your houseplant grow in one, keep your writing utensils handy, hold all your remotes in one place, or just use it as a simple candy dish. Talk about filling your head with good things! Bonus: amp up the creepy level by hollowing the eye cavity and mounting a sharpening blade on the inside. Stick your pencils in the eye and sharpen away! You’ve got a large container to keep the shavings in.
You can gain more use out of old brooms by wrapping pantyhose around the bristles. This turns your broom into an excellent cobweb catcher, perfect for reaching into high or hard to reach corners. Pick off and discard the large pieces, and then unwrap and wash the pantyhose to get rid of the smaller stuff. If you’re looking to get rid of your old brooms completely, consider cutting the bristles into small pieces on straw broomsticks. Before the first snowfall or in early Spring, scatter the small bristle pieces across your yard. Birds will love you for it – they can use these pieces to build their nests! If your broom swept up any food particles though, it’s a good to wash the bristles before scattering. You wouldn’t want your home to have mould growing after a month of building it, would you?
What do you do with your jack o lanterns after Halloween? Don’t let them go to waste by putting them in the dump! Reuse your pumpkins with nature’s way: rotting. Cut your jack o lantern up into smaller pieces and add some fallen leaves. This helps the pumpkin to break down faster. When Spring rolls around, you’ll have an excellent, nutrient rich fertilizer to use on your flower beds or garden. Pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are high in nitrogen*, an essential element in fertile soil. If you don’t have a compost heap, or don’t know anyone who has one, consider driving your overripe creations out of the city. Place your pumpkins in or near a patch of trees/bush. These areas are frequented by wildlife looking for cover or shelter. Once they find these, they have a source of food that can help them survive over the course of the winter. Be sure you aren’t near the highway or on someone’s land without permission!
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