I LOVE the fall! The fall in the Washington DC is particularly stunning. Anyone who has driven down the George Washington Parkway in October knows how beautiful autumn is here. So, I am always excited when I begin to notice the chill in the air and see the leaves starting to turn bright shades of yellow, orange, and red. The change in season inspires me to get creative and think up some easy DIY Halloween decor!
After standing in my front entryway, I decided to focus my energies here. It needed some sprucing up anyway, and this is also the spot that trick-or-treaters would enjoy the most!
Decorating the Front Entryway Table
First up, I decided to update the entryway table. The basket ended up here when there was no other space for it, and it quickly became a catchall. No thanks. Basket is gone, and now I had room for a few of my Halloween decor pieces. I purchased the light-up cat and lantern from Pier One a number of years ago. My son picked out the white pumpkins on a recent trip to Butler’s Orchard. The “flowers” are actually super cool and funky napkin ring holders, repurposed and displayed in two small mercury glass vases. The mercury glass votives hold flickering candles (LED of course!). Throw in a Happy Halloween sign and an extra pumpkin and the table is complete! Simple, yet festive!
Creating Easy DIY Halloween Decor
Now, however, the rest of the hallway seemed decidedly, very un-Halloween. I needed an easy and budget-friendly artwork update! So I decided to create some spooky art of my own!
Paper Garland Bats Wall Art
I already owned two of these paper bat garlands, but this year, I wanted to use them in a new way. I removed the string that ran through the garland and carefully pulled apart a few of the bats where they connect at the wings. Now I had rows of bats to display in my artwork. Next, I covered my existing framed pieces with either light-gray or white drawing paper, creating the perfect backdrop. I adhered the paper to the framed glass with a few loops of regular scotch tape because I knew this would be easy to remove after Halloween. By placing the bats on the diagonal, they direct the eye inward and welcome guests who enter!
Felt Skull with Decorative Border Wall Art
Our existing framed piece in the middle of the wall is much larger than the others in the hallway. First, I purchased a piece of white poster board to cover the main portion of the glass. Then, to completely cover any visible edges and the frame, I cut out a wavy border design from matte black wrapping paper. Lastly, I found the center skull design at Michael’s when I went in to purchase the piece of poster board. The felt material of the skull design easily adhered to the poster board with regular craft glue. Three pieces of art complete!
Skull and Crossbones Wall Art
Next up: covering up my existing black and white print! Luckily, its black framing already coordinated with Halloween colors. The piece was also super easy to make! The skull and bones are actually the deconstructed pieces of another garland that I already owned. I laid out the design and glued the pieces down to a piece of gray drawing paper. Once again, the drawing paper is easily attached the framing glass with a few loops of scotch tape.
Finally, I had enough bats to do one more bat artwork on the other side of the mirror. I love how the paper-thin wings seem to flutter off the paper!
And there you have it! My front entryway has been completely refreshed for the season with easy DIY Halloween decor! I particularly love that after this Halloween, I can take down the “artwork” and keep it safe in a portfolio until I am ready to “hang” it back up next year!
Let Me Know…
What has been a favorite DIY Halloween decor project in your home? This Mama wants to know, so leave me all your ideas and suggestions in the comments below!
Need More Halloween Decor Ideas?
Don’t forget to check out this post featuring gorgeous Halloween table decor! Happy Halloween, friends! And happy decorating!