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Oct 22 2015
by Mia Renee Cole

6 Cheap & Easy DIY Fall/Halloween Decorations

By Mia Renee Cole - Oct 22 2015

1. Mini Decorated Pumpkins

The only two supplies you’ll need for this DIY project are a sharpie and a small pumpkin, and it’s as easy as that! Draw your own jack-o-lantern with any silly/scary designs you can think of, or just leave the pumpkins as they are and keep them out until December (or until they go bad).

2. Solo Cup Jack-O-Lanterns

Don’t have pumpkins? I bet you have Solo cups in your dorm room! If you can, get your hands on some orange ones and use a black sharpie to make them look like jack-o-lanterns. To create an effect, simply get some cheap battery powered tea candles to put under the cups, and you'll definitely have a spookier way to play your next pong game.

3. Glowing Eyes

This next DIY Halloween hack involves saving up your used toilet paper rolls!! All you have to do is cut out some cool eye shapes and hang these babies from your window on Halloween night. Get your hands on some glow sticks and watch them create a “glowing” effect with your eyes. You may scare some passerby, and if not, at least they’ll admire your creativity.

4. Yarn Spider Web

If you’re a crafter like me, you probably have spare yarn lying around somewhere. Grab a darker color (preferably black or brown), and create a large spider web on your wall. Nothing says Halloween like creepy giant spiders!

5. Leaf Garland

Halloween not so much your thing? Fortunately for you, there are many other reasons to be excited about fall. Autumn leaves are a huge hit with decorations since they’re already so naturally pretty with their different array of colors. You could potentially use real leaves for this one, but artificial ones will be your best bet (and reusable for next year). String these babies up on some twine and let them hang in your dorm! Want an extra “pop”? Spray paint them a metallic color or mod-podge them with glitter.

6. Candy Corn Pennants

Similar to the leaf garland, these candy corn pennants look great hanging on your wall or door. Celebrate October in a less spooky way.

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Mia Renee Cole - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mia Renee is currently the Senior Editor with Fresh U and a student at UNC Chapel Hill, where she is studying Spanish and French. In her free time she enjoys knitting, photography and drinking hot tea while writing on her personal blog. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @miareneecole or her blog at!

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