Roundup: 7 of our Favorite Easy, Non-Cheesy Halloween DIYs

with crunchy leaves season upon us, I wanted to share some of my favorite easy, non-cheesy Halloween DIY ideas. i love a good DIY, but nothing makes me more bummed than when I attempt one and it comes out looking like something I made when I was 12 during the Halloween day at school where everyone came in costumes and got to DGAF around all day gluing stuff and eating candy corn. so i thought i’d round up some of the web’s best DIY Halloween projects that are fun, quick, easy, and sophisticated spooky.

1. Skull Succulent Planter


via sage to silver

this is a super quick and easy DIY that packs a ton of design punch. it looks refined enough to sit on the mantel for the season without feeling like a 5th grade craft project, and i love anything that incorporates plants!

and if we’re gonna get suuuuper deep it’s also kind of a fun play on the juxtaposition of death and life.

2. Galaxy Star-Studded Pumpkin


via dream a little bigger

this is one of my favorite painted pumpkin designs i’ve seen in awhile. it’s really unexpected and would look gorgeous if you had the patience to make a few in different sizes!

3. Matte Black Slithering Door Wreath


via martha stewart

martha stewart still knows what’s up. i love the minimalist look of this plastic snake door wreath, not to mention matte black color. it looks really sleek, and could be a perfectly subtle way to rep some serious Nagini vibes on your front door this season.

4. Gilded Insect Faux Taxidermy


via the gathered home

this is another example of something really fun and easy that doesn’t look cheesy for a Halloween party. i love that she varied the shapes and sizes of the ovals and the bugs!

5. Circle of Skulls Display Tray


via darice

i’m in love with this! this DIY is meant to be a jewelry tray, but i think this would be just as cool as a stand for snacks, barware, napkins, straws, etc. it would also make a perfect centerpiece for a Halloween party, and would be the perfect resting place for a cool candle or flower arrangement.

6. Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks


via flamingo toes

this is another super simple DIY that looks a lot more fancy than it actually is. i really love these printable designs she offers, and the fact that everything is black and white make this DIY easy to work into any kind of Halloween decor.

7. Periodic Table Cocktail Chart Wall Art

via laura hooper calligraphy

this one is my absolute favorite! this gorgeous design by Laura Hooper Calligraphy (who actually did my wedding invitations- she’s amazing!) is a perfect way to lure guests over to the cocktail concoctions. i love how she styled this rose gold bar cart with the perfect mix of moody Halloween decor, black highball glasses, and those apothecary jars!

because she didn’t have a DIY listed for this periodic table, I made my own faux chalkboard wall art with my brush lettering and a vector of the periodic table i found here.


though Laura’s chalkboard is pretty large, i think this would be really cute as an 8x10” in a frame on a bar cart, or hung above the bar cart with a couple of other festive art pieces in a mini gallery wall.

here’s a link to the 8x10” download!

just print at home or at a local drugstore and pop in an 8x10 frame like this one atop your bar cart!

if you’re feeling ambitious and want to get Laura’s same big chalkboard look, i created some bigger scale printables for 18x24” and 24x36” sizes. (spoiler alert, these files are huge):

here’s a link to download the high-res pdf in 18”x24”

here’s a link to download the high-res pdf in 24”x36

you could print these at a local printer like FedEx - or print in pieces and tape together at home - and frame with a standard frame like this one. or, for a more casual and easy look, tape up with masking tape!

no matter what size you go with I think you’ll end up with a really cool festive piece to dress up your Halloween cocktail game.

what are your favorite DIYs this time of year??

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