Halloween is just a few days away, so if you’ve not had chance to decorate your house, why not try your hand at this whimsical vintage halloween decorations? I’ve chosen these 10 great ideas for a number of reasons – first (like just about everything on the blog) they are super easy and cheap to make yourself, without having to buy in lots of bits and pieces. Second, they (mostly) depart from the usual garish oranges and greens of halloween, giving you a slightly more sophisticated way to dress your house for this fun holiday! I hope you have fun making some of these vintage halloween decorations for your home!
1. White pumpkins
Who’d have thought painting a pumpkin white with just a rough touch of paint on the stem could look so good? These pumpkins look great as they are without any further decoration, but they’d make a fantastic base for plenty more embellishment – such as these amazing pumpkins from Kristi at Making it in the Mountains:
2. Black wire spider webs
These superb corner webs are made from black copper craft wire which is readily available to buy at next to nothing. It’s easy to work with, especially if you have some round-nose pliers which often have a wire cutter on them. Here’s a full spider web version from Etsy shop The Dusty Raven – this design looks like one-of-a-kind but the shop sells quite a few others:
3. Poison apples
These cracking toffee apples make a stunning halloween table centrepiece and as a bonus, they’re delicious! The recipe comes from Simply Delicious and can be found here, complete with an easy-to-follow video.
4. Halloween bunting
This gorgeous bunting comes from Jann Olson’s lovely blog. Although I couldn’t find a tutorial, it looks like she’s used white and black twine and script paper, darkening the edges of the paper (perhaps with stamping ink) and using stamps to make the letters. To save having to buy the script paper you could print your own using one of the lighter images here (you could use a bunting template like this one). To save having to buy letter blocks, you could instead print on the letters using a free distressed font from Font Squirrel.
Here’s another fantastic idea for vintage bunting that simply uses lots of different vintage-style fabrics:
This comes from The Frozen Apple on Etsy and is made using lace, burlap, hemp, satin, tulle, cotton, fabric and cheesecloth.
5. Cute bats
These adorable hanging halloween bats are the brainchild of Hoppywood12 on Etsy – priced very reasonably at £3.50 each, made using twine, wooden peg dolls, black acrylic paint, a metal screw hook and black felt.
6. Easy bat garlands
Bat garlands are definitely the simplest and cheapest halloween decoration to make – with so many free bat templates online to print off. The above from Hello Glow is my favourite by far, complete with a free downloadable template that has four sizes of bat.
Bats a little too creepy for you? Try making this cute ghost garland instead (tip: you can darken the edge of each ghost shape with stamping ink). Source: Not on the high street
7. Poisonous labels
If you’re hosting your own halloween get-together, what could be more fun than adding these quirky vintage halloween labels to your drink offerings? They’re from Etsy seller Chocolate Rabbit and they are available for £2.83 as an instant download – just print them off and cover up that tango label with something a little more halloween-esque!
Old labels are also great for making vintage halloween decorations around the room – like these brilliant bottles from Suzy Homemaker. Visit her blog to see how she made each bottle and to get your completely free printable sheet with all the labels on for you to use yourself.
8. Creepy chairs
Whimsical? Sure. Creepy? Very. These spray painted miniature chairs offer the perfect resting place for a small pumpkin. Rather than mounting them on your wall, you could place one or two on the mantlepiece for a spooky display. Source: Your nest design.
9. Witches’ laundry line
Is this not simply the cutest of all vintage halloween decorations that you’ve ever seen? Ever? This adorable witches’ laundry line is brought to you by Merry Stockings, made using fabulously stitched felt with bead and sequin embellishments. There’s a great felt pack here for £3.49 which has all your halloween colours in or if you’re near a Hobby Craft, you can pick up sheets in store for just 50p. If you’re not quite as nifty with a needle and thread, the embellishments will easily glue on with matt mod podge and you could swap out the felt pegs for mini wooden pegs.
10. Ornament theatre
I found these super creepy ornaments hanging in an old wooden ‘theatre’ on Melissa Valeriote’s blog and thought it’d be quite easy to recreate this look with a large aged frame, a few screw hooks and your choice of ornaments, homemade or otherwise. I love her little scary dolls which are made with so much attention to detail.
Other credits: The label in my featured image is licensed from Deposit Photos. The fonts used are You Murderer BB, available free here and Monbijoux, available free here. A few of the links in this post are affiliate links (most aren’t) which means if you buy something (such as craft materials) I get a small percentage of the price and it doesn’t cost you any more.