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DIY Spooky Halloween Decorations

DIY spooky halloween decorations and a vintage Halloween vignette

As a kid, Halloween was all about dressing up and trick or treating. But as an adult, I look forward to decorating for Halloween. When I decorate, I usually incorporate both hand made and vintage accents into my design. Today, I’m going to share some DIY spooky Halloween decorations and a vintage style Halloween vignette.

How to make a frosted skeleton mirror

Last year, I made a skeleton mirror on a Facebook Live, but I didn’t write a blog post about it. I still have plenty of skeletons left over from Dollar Tree, so this year I’ve decided to share a tutorial. Plus, I’m participating in a Halloween collaboration with some blogger friends. There will be photos and links to their projects at the end of this post!

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supplies needed to make diy spooky Halloween decorations

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • empty frame with glass intact (mine measures 9″ x 7″) – thrifted or from Dollar Tree
  • painter’s tape
  • Dark grey or black paint
  • paintbrush
  • Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint
  • plastic skeleton (mine is 6″ tall)
  • faux black leaves and a dark red or black rose 
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • faux cobwebs
putting painter's tape on a frame

Step 1.

Cover the frame with painter’s tape.

spraying mirror effect spray paint onto a frame

Step 2.

Go outside and spray the glass on the frame with Mirror Effect spray paint until fully covered. You’ll only need one coat. Let dry for at least 10 minutes.

painting a frame with dark grey paint

Step 3.

Remove the painter’s tape and paint the frame. My black paint was dried up so I ended up using a dark metallic grey. You’ll need two coats.

making diy spooky halloween decorations by applying hot glue to a small decorative skeleton

Step 4.

Apply hot glue to the back of the skeleton, center it in the middle of the frame, and glue in place.

gluing a dark red rose to a frosted skeleton mirror

Step 5.

Hot glue a rose to the bottom corner of the frame. This is optional…you can use just leaves or just roses, if you prefer.

gluing black leaves to a frosted skeleton mirror

Step 6.

Hot glue leaves (or flowers) around the frame until covered or to your liking.

creating diy spooky halloween decorations

Step 7.

Put some cobwebs on the frame to amp up the spook factor!

diy spooky halloween decorations and a vintage halloween vignette

How to create a vintage Halloween vignette

For my vignette, I started with a stack of old books as a riser and stand for the skeleton frame. Next, I brought out my vintage clock, which was about the same height as the books and the frame. I think the clock has a spooky vibe… it was featured in my Halloween Tea Party Tablescape two years ago.

Then I added a dark wooden candlestick and a tarnished creamer. The finishing touches are some more cobwebs on the clock, a black crow and some more black leaves and a few spiders on the book stack.

diy spooky halloween decorations by candlelight

Here’s how it looks by candlelight! I love how the frosted skeleton mirror came out. It gives an ordinary piece of glass the look of an aged mirror. I also used this technique on a larger frame last year to create a frosted mirror for everyday decor.

diy spooky halloween decorations and a vintage halloween vignette

And that’s how to style a vintage Halloween vignette! Just gather up some dark colored old things, put them against a lighter background, and move them around until you find a pleasing arrangement.

I hope you found some inspiration from my DIY spooky Halloween decorations. Now, let’s keep the fun going and check out what my talented blogger friends have created for Halloween!

More Halloween Ideas

Kippi from Kippi at Home has a DIY Tray, Pom Pom and Bat Garland, Fabric Pumpkins and DIY Pillows to name a few…

Halloween Spell Book DIY from Agnes of Just That Perfect Piece

DIY Halloween No-Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Bags from Lia of Southern Yankee DIY

Halloween Pumpkin Outdoor Decorations from Chas of Chas’ Crazy Creations

DIY Easy Spider Pom Pom Garland from Jessica of Jessica Welling Interiors

Unicorn Pumpkin from Olivia of Olivia O’Hern

DIY Halloween Pillow Covers from Kirsten from Tribe of Burton

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  1. Your Halloween vignette is spooky and would be perfect for Halloween. The vintage books, etc. add to the overall vibe!
    Have a great day,

  2. What a fun idea! I made a mirror last year for Halloween but the figure was on the other side of the mirror. Love how you decorated with the leaves and skeleton! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. So wonderful Halloween crafting with you!

    1. Ooh, I’d love to see your Halloween mirror, Chas! It was fun making Halloween crafts with you too, my friend 🙂

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