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How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Halloween is one of our favourite occasions to craft for because you get to be so creative! You can hone in on an unusual colour palette, decide which motif is the spookiest, work out how to make 3D decorations with real appeal… what’s not to love? And paper Halloween crafts are – it goes without saying – the best! Let us explain. Halloween decorations made from paper are cost-effective because they require few materials and, more often than not, no fancy gadgets. You can make paper pumpkins, spiderwebs and the like using basic supplies from your craft stash. Cereal box crafts really come into their own for Halloween too. You can make a haunted house from an old cereal box – more on that later!

Plus, with no complicated tutorials in sight, paper Halloween decorations are a prime opportunity to craft with children and get them excited for the spooky season ahead. Let them help you make Halloween bunting, trick or treat bags and more – we’ve got easy paper Halloween crafts for kids of all ages.

If you want to try something a little more advanced, we’ve got a bunch of Cricut Halloween projects as well, from making spider wall decals (genius!) to party-perfect drinks labels and beyond. Explore the Cricut Design Space to see what you could craft in time for 31st October.

So don your DIY hat and craft for Halloween, whether you’re hosting a party or simply creating a window display for passers-by. We’ve got 25 terrifyingly brilliant decorations for you to try…

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

1. DIY Haunted House

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

There is so much to love about this Halloween project – and, thankfully, not a whole lot to be scared about! The spoopy motifs come courtesy of one of our digital paper collections, then the rest of the materials you’ll likely have in your stash... or the kitchen cupboard. Make sure you use a decent glue so this handmade Halloween decoration stands the test of time.

2. DIY Halloween Lanterns

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

You’d think these paper lanterns would require a template, but you’d be wrong! With some precise cuts, you too can create these decorative Halloween lanterns from minimal materials. We’ve utilised our fantastic Halloween paper collection too, which you can download and keep forever.

3. Paper Pumpkins

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

How to make a paper pumpkin... well, with the wonderful Corinne Bradd of course! This pleated design is so much fun and really effective. Using concertina folding and curly fronds, Corinne’s design takes us back to basics in a project that novices and professionals alike will enjoy. All you need are some basic papercrafting tools and coloured cardstock, and you too can have your own little pumpkin decoration!

4. Trick Or Treat Bag

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Use our Pumpkin Patch papers and accompanying template to make a sweet-collecting bag, perfect for trick or treating or party favours this season. It’s a classy take on Halloween décor and we’re all for it.

5. Halloween Party Decorations

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

In this Halloween project you’ll find instructions to make party invitations, party picks and a flying bat decoration – fun! Use Helen Fitzjohn’s incredible templates and your party is sure to be talked about for years to come.

6. Paper Halloween Garlands

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Choose from one of four templates and start crafting! You’ll be cutting and concertina folding a length of paper at certain intervals, depending on which motif you go for. We’ve got bat, spider, pumpkin and ghost Halloween garlands for you to enjoy.

7. DIY Halloween Gift Bags

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or off trick-or-treating around the neighbourhood, these handmade gift bags are sure to come in handy. Simply follow Corinne Bradd’s easy instructions and create bags in an array of sizes, for any occasion!

8. Halloween Party Drink Labels

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Amaze your Halloween party guests with a freaky array of horrid drink labels that are sure to scare. So effective, this project adds an extra dimension to your fright night get-togethers and kids will just love them! These simple labels are whipped up in no time with the help of the Cricut Explore.

9. DIY Halloween Bunting

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Use our Halloween papers to make your own bunting from scratch for the spooky season – all you’ll need in addition is coordinating cardstock, a hole punch, baker’s twine and a decent adhesive. Easy!

10. Spider Wall Decal

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Really freak out friends and family this Halloween with scary spindly spiders on your walls – not the real kind of course! This clever wall decal project has been created with a Cricut Explore.

11. DIY Halloween Crackers

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Who said crackers are just for Christmas? We think they make any celebration better! Learn how to make a cracker with our easy-to-follow instructions, then decorate as you see fit with Halloween papers and toppers.

12. DIY Halloween Luminaries

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Give your Halloween celebrations an extra touch of terror with these Spooky Luminaries made with the Cricut Explore. They’re so much better than shop-bought and can be brought out year after year!

13. Handmade Halloween Tealight Holder

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Use circle dies, coloured vellum and basic craft supplies to make this glowing tealight holder, for LED candles only of course! The project also showcases our Trick Or Treat paper collection, which you can download at the click of a button.

14. Halloween Candy Containers

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Use a Cricut machine to cut spooky shapes from vinyl, then attach them to glass or plastic vases to create eye-catching containers for a variety of sweets. It’s a great idea for parties or to keep by the door for trick-or-treaters!

15. Trick Or Treat Basket

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Littles ones will love this sturdy gift basket for collecting sweets. Or, if you’re worried about it getting tatty, it’d make a fantastic decoration for your party table too. This no-template project has been made with our Trick Or Treat papers.

16. Spiderweb Decorations

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Hark back to your childhood with this beginner Halloween project. It’s effectively like making paper snowflakes! Be sure to use thin paper to make cutting through the layers easier.

17. DIY Pumpkin Bunting

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Use our pumpkin paper collection to make bunting for your home this autumn. Featuring pumpkin pie, pumpkin-flavoured coffees and a brilliant ‘Oh my gourd!’ topper, it offers a more autumnal spin on Halloween decorations.

18. DIY Day Of The Dead Lanterns

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

These Day of the Dead lanterns would make a sensational Halloween display! The designs are in bold, bright colours with patterns that lend themselves perfectly to the art of papercutting. Follow Clare Youngs’ easy step-by-step guide.

19. Witch Hat Decorations

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

How fun are these paper witch hats? Fill with mini sweet treats before sealing for unique party favours, or simply use as decorations for tablescaping at its finest. The choice is yours!

20. Halloween Flower Display

How To Make DIY Halloween Decorations Out Of Paper

Who said crepe paper flowers were solely for spring and summer? This impressive display by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell proves you can make paper flowers for any occasion, including Halloween! Aren't these black flowers downright incredible?

Looking for more Halloween downloads? We’ve got a Halloween activities printable for you to enjoy with family and friends.

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