Better Ways to Save: DIY Halloween

We can’t get enough of Halloween DIY décor. It seems the possibilities are endless! So, asked bloggers to use Target coupon codes and create Halloween crafts that could be repurposed in their home afterwards. Our household savings expert, Jeanette Pavini, went on the Better Show this week to highlight some of the projects.


DIY-chalkboard-labelsCandy Table Chalkboard Labels. This idea came from Kristin at Bliss at Home. She used paper straws, wood plaques and chalkboard paint to make these adorable candy labels. After Halloween, she’s using the white bowls for cereal and the glass jars to store dog food. Visit Bliss at Home for complete instructions.

Jeanette’s Tip: Use candy coupons to help fill those jars.

Save $1 on two bags of M&M’S, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way or 3 Musketeers

Save $1.50 on two bags of Jolly Ranchers & Twizzlers


cobweb-gobletsCobweb Goblets. Cassie from Primitive & Proper made these spooky goblets. She used a white glass paint marker to draw webs on black stemware. If you can draw straight lines, you can tackle this simple, yet impressive craft! Visit Primitive & Proper to see how it’s done.

Jeanette’s Tip: Make it a bleeding cocktail. Freeze cranberry juice in ice cube trays. As it melts, your drinking will get a frightening touch.


Halloween_living_room-corner3_cuckoo4designDay of the Dead Vignettes. Julia of Cuckoo 4 Design created this skull wall art. She photocopied a skull picture from a Mexican Graphics book. Then her daughter helped her color it in with colored pencils. Once framed, the wall art truly looks professionally done. Visit Cuckoo 4 Design for step-by-step instructions.

Jeanette’s Tip: Repurpose the frames throughout the season to display kid’s artwork for all of the upcoming holidays.



37 thoughts on “Better Ways to Save: DIY Halloween

  1. I LOVE diy arts & crafts! I love the skull wall art design and how Julia included her daughter’s artistic skills to create them ;)

  2. I love the idea of the Day of the Dead prints. Something to keep my niece occupied the next time I babysit and I get cool decor out of it.

  3. These are neat :) And the best part is they are all easy enough that even my un-crafty self could manage them lol its amazing how adding the frame to the skull art really does make it look professional and the chalkboard labels are just too cute!

  4. I really love these wine glasses. i am into DIY yourself things and I just made some etched wine glasses that turned out great.

  5. The cobweb goblets are great, as are all the other DIY projects. Little touches like this can really add that special touch!

  6. For the chalkboard labels, you can easily print them on your printer rather than paint them with chalkboard paint. There are free ‘chalkboard’ fonts out there and you can create whatever labels you want and print them up whenever you need them. You can also make them bigger and tape them to the front of the jars and you won’t need the sticks then either. You can use mini ladles to scoop up the candy with so everyone doesn’t use their hands.

  7. I like that chalk board idea, you can use it over and over again. also like the idea about printing out pictures and letting your kids decorate it. it’s charming and easy to change up.

  8. I like the chalkboard labels. We made labels with black construction paper and a white crayon and put them on mason jars that we will fill with candy for our Halloween party.

  9. The Cobweb glasses are super adorable. I wish I would have saw this post before my sister’s Halloween party yesterday.

  10. I really love these DIY tips and tricks…the bleeding cocktail is a great one! I also think the Day of the Dead Vignettes are pretty cool and a cool idea not just for Halloween.

  11. My favorite are the cobweb goblets. With decorations getting more and more expensive every year these DIY projects for the holidays are a great alternative.

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