10 DIY Halloween Projects That Won’t Make You Cry Because You Hate DIY Shiz

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It’s the most wonderful time, of the year! Come on people Johnny Mathis it up with me all Halloween style! I LOVE Halloween. But what I don’t love is spending a gazillion dollars on new decor even though I want everything new always. Target is VERY dangerous for me during the Halloween season. When I am smart and I have extra milk money I love to hit the department stores the days after a major holiday and squirrel away Halloween decorations I have bought on the cheap for the next year, but even doing that I still find more things I want! I also love doing busy projects with my kids because it amuses them and I love kid crafts, but to be honest I am more Miley Cyrus than Martha Stewart and I am totally joking because I am NOT like Miley at all except I also love red lipstick. But I would assume Miley also sucks at crafts like I do so maybe we are more alike than I think. Anyway, here are 10 DIY crafts for lazy moms like me who suck at the glue gun.

Halloween Balloons



(Image: Pinterest)

These are so stupid and by stupid I mean STUPID easy! All you need is a sharpie and some orange and white balloons. You could probably cut out eyes and mouths and let your kids take a glue stick to these babies too.

Milk Jug Luminaries



Find the tutorial at, and if your kids drink milk like my kids do you should roughly have 600 milk jugs by Halloween.

 Spider Cookies 



This is blowing my mind it looks so disgustingly cool. According to Pinterest, you take a toothpick when your cookies are still warm and drag the toothpick through chocolate chips to make legs. Your kids could totally do that.

 Mustache Pumpkins

super-simple-mustache-pumpkinsAlexa from swell designer has the cutest mustache pumpkins ever, and considering my daughter is all mustache obsessed I will for sure make these this year.

Eyeball Trees 



From Spoonfull, if you have some branches and some google eyes and some dime store cobwebs, you and your kids can whip us some spoooooky branches in no time at all.

 Paper Plate Spiderwebs 

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There is no tutorial for this one but because I’m a genius and you are as well I think we can figure this one out. Little kids LOVE lacing things so I am especially fond of this craft idea.

Gelatin Worms 


I keep seeing these all over Pinterest and I am dying to try them! I find it very difficult to believe that the “worms” are that easy to release but I want to give it a go anyway. Maybe a bunch of us should attempt this and post our results.

Creepy Trees 


Another awesome “Why didn’t I think of that?” idea. I am totally doing this. I always have paper rolls and glow sticks are dirt cheap at the dollar store.

Milk Carton Ghost 

0ca77d1c24928015f51bde61aae640a2I love this guy! I love crafts where you can tell that a kid obviously helped create them. No tutorial, but it seems pretty self-explanatory.

 And More Elegant Ghosts 



I love these so much, and it may be tricky for me to accomplish on my own, but I can force my husband to help me and the kids, riiiiiight?


And also, a bonus biker baby because this made me crack up.

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  1. AmazingE

    September 24, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Creepy trees seems like a prank that could be used year round, i’ll have to keep that one away for later use.

    • chickadee

      September 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Creepy trees is something to play in the house under your daughter’s bed.

    • Wendy

      September 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Hahaha! Wicked pranking fun!

    • chickadee

      September 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I am going to do it. We are just using up the last of a roll of toilet paper….saving it so I can be the best mom EVAH.

  2. NicknamesAreDull

    September 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    The straw Jell-o worms were kinda hard for me, and I’m really into channeling my inner Martha Stewart. I was pretty disappointed,

    • Eve Vawter

      September 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

      OH tell us how you did them!

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

      The first time, I followed all instructions and the worms just didn’t come out well. None were whole, it look like a pile of nasty- not a pile of nasty worms that were actually delicious.

      The second time, armed with more patience and a shot of vodka, I bundled the straws together with twine first, sprayed them with cooking spray, sacrificed a lamb, made the Jell-o mixture slightly thicker and let them gel longer. I held the straws over a pot of boiling water and steamed the worms out.

    • Eve Vawter

      September 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Did they come out more wormy the second time? I also really like your recipe. especially the vodka part

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 24, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Yes, they did. The second time they worked fairly well, I think 90-95% of the straws came out intact. I did them for a Halloween party and everyone got a kick out of them. My daughter (of course) asks for them all the time now.

      They won’t work without the vodka. It’s almost as important as the Jell-o.

    • Eve Vawter

      September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

      did you mix colors of jello or just use red?

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

      I used Raspberry Jell-o, green food coloring and whipping cream to get the color just right.

      First, I loosely bundled my straws . They were tied tight enough to stay together, but not so that the straws bent. I put them in a container that could securely hold the 100 straws, I think it was a liter Coke bottle. I lightly sprayed the straws with cooking spray.
      I then took two 3oz packages of Raspberry Jell-o, a package of unflavored gelatin and mixed them with 3 C. of boiling water. Once the mixture was room temperature, I added 1/2 C and a couple tablespoons of whipping cream and green food coloring. I slowly poured the mix over the straws, then let them sit for about 10 hours.

      To get them out, I held each one horizontally over a pot of boiling water for about 3 seconds,spinning it like a rotisserie chicken. then squeezed an end over the bowl I wanted to use. If it wouldn’t come out, I held it over the boiling water again, doing the same thing

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 24, 2013 at 11:12 am

      I also used the end of a clean syringe to blow them out, that was fun but a bit messy.

    • Eve Vawter

      September 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Basically I need you to come over and make my worms for me

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Someone needs to invent a service that sends crafty, patient people to your house so you can try out all the Pinterest pins with ease. They do the work, you stand in the general area, with an apron on. BAM! craftiness that’s stress free.

    • Tea

      September 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      This would be my dream job. I want to make all the crafty things, but don’t have kids/local friends/a good reason to do all of it.

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Do you have an Etsy shop? That seems to be a crafty flocking area.

      I was going to mention that before my daughter came about, I crafted things with/for my dog, but that isn’t entirely accurate because I still do. He’s a lot more fun to work with than my daughter.

    • Erin Murphy

      September 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      We should go into business together! This is also MY dream job!

    • Emmali Lucia

      September 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Like rent-a-Martha-Stewart?

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Exactly. The only thing your rental Martha can’t do is give you tips on the stock market.

    • Emily

      September 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Are these worms superior to, say, gummy worms?

    • Eve Vawter

      September 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Yesh, we need to know the level versus gummy worms on a scale please

    • Meredith Bray

      September 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I made the worms twice last year. First time was a disaster – regular bendy straws, followed the recipe. Second time, I used LARGER bendy straws and had lower expectations. They traveled well in a lunchbox an hour to work, but sitting on the counter they got runny. They were a hit with the non-vegetarian college aged crew though.

    • JeanBean

      September 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      You can make Jell-O without alcohol?

    • NicknamesAreDull

      September 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

      I don’t think so. They were good, but they didn’t have the same texture or flavor of gummy worms. I liked them because they looked gross, and I love Halloween. Gummy worms are way superior.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      September 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      As a college student i now find the taste of jelly strange UNLESS it contains vodka.

    • Emmali Lucia

      September 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      I thought the sacrificial lamb was what made the worms… Not the vodka.

  3. Emily

    September 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Another: take tomato cage out of shed and stick in front yard. Drape Christmas lights over it and throw a sheet on top… WA-LA, glowing ghost.

    PS- I took a zillion years of French but still like to say WA-LA. In all caps. Just like that.

    • Eve Vawter

      September 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

      It’s totally WA-LA, always and forever

  4. kay

    September 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

    we used to stick the baby monitor into a monster on our porch (we stuffed some old jeans and a shirt, and had an ugly monster mask. easy peasy). Then you’d watch through the window and when your friends came you’d use the other half of the baby monitor to say “megggggannnnn I see youuuuu!!”

    Added bonus: it scared away some trick or treaters. More candy for us!

  5. staferny

    September 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I am totally making ‘creepy trees’ to leave in the bushes of the park near my house to mess with the kids that go there to smoke the dope. Maybe I’ll even get a cheap baby monitor and set up a trail cam so I have some pictures to cheer me up on sad days, it’ll be so Blair Witch.

    • Eve Vawter

      September 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

      YES! hahaha

  6. allisonjayne

    September 24, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    YES YES YES these are awesome!!!!! Stealing some of these for my co-ops annual haunted house (we get 1000 kids usually!).

  7. JudithLi6

    September 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    on a side note…


  8. Wendy

    September 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    These rock! Thanks! I was depressed because I won’t have time on Halloween to carve my fun pumpkins, but I can make cool jugs ahead of time!

  9. scooby23

    September 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Must do creepy trees anytime, then sit on my porch pretending to read innocently, and watch as my neighbors scream 🙂

  10. katrina

    September 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    The spider cookie image is fake. Note the worth1000 tag on the photo. It is a site dedicated to contests for photoshopped images.

  11. Andy

    September 27, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Not a craft per say, but my MIL and FIL had the best Halloween prank ever one year. At the start of October MIL put a scarecrow on the bench on their front porch to ‘acclimate’ the neighborhood kids to it. Halloween night my FIL dressed up like the scarecrow and sat there with the candy next to him. Most kids still rang the bell and said trick or treat, and he’d do a small movement (turn his head, cross his legs ect.) just to give the kids a little fright. If the kids tried to steal candy he’d jump up and scare the crap out of them.

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