When decorating your home for Halloween, you don’t have to blow your budget. Amanda Everhart, at Harts and Crafts Design, came up with this clever idea using inexpensive dollar store items for some scream-worthy DIY Halloween decorations that will cost you about $4.
Everhart uses two small laundry baskets to create “cages” for skeletons that she then hangs from her front porch. She found all the items needed at Dollar Tree, making this a great idea for bargain Halloween decorations.
“I make many of my own decorations for holidays, and friends and family always love them. I always get the questions ‘Did you make that!?’ or ‘How did you do that,'” Everhart told Family Handyman. “These baskets are super easy to put together.”
- Zip ties or shower curtain rings
- Two round laundry baskets (If they sell black, buy those to save a step later)
- Fake chain
- Black and metallic silver spray paint
Making Skeleton Cage Halloween Decorations
For her first step, since the baskets had slightly raised handles, Everhart cut out a spot for the handles on one of the baskets. This is so the two baskets can sit flush with each other. She used the cut basket as the top of the cage so if they are placed in an area that will get rained on, the water can drain out instead of creating a puddle on top of the basket.
“The hardest part is cutting the handles from the baskets, but that step could always be omitted if someone doesn’t feel comfortable cutting them out,” she said.
Next, use a shower curtain ring or zip tie at each end of the chain to attach it to the bottom side of one basket. Everhart also used a couple of extra rings to hold the two baskets together.
While Everhart used skeletons in her cages, you can use any fall or Halloween decor, such as scarecrows, ghosts or witches. Check out a craft store such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for these types of decorations.
Everhart then spray painted the baskets and shower curtains rings using a flat black paint (you can skip this step if your baskets and rings are already black). Once that was dry, she went over them with a metallic silver to make the baskets look dirty and aged.
Then, just put everything together and hang it up!