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30 Awesome DIY Halloween Decor Ideas You Can Try This Year

30 Awesome DIY Halloween Decor Ideas You Can Try This Year

Halloween decor need not be scarily expensive. You can have the Halloween decor you want for less. These 30 DIY ideas are sure to make your Halloween a hauntingly good time. Most of these decorating ideas can be done in less than an hour and with things that can be easily found around the house.

1. Tin Can Luminaries

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    You can light the path for those trick or treaters with these tin can luminaries.

    2. Candy Corn Centerpieces

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      Candy corn centerpieces look beautiful whenever you are ready to start celebrating fall.

      3. Hanging Ghosts

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        These hanging ghosts can also be hung from the trees for a ghastly good time.

        4. Crafty Pumpkins

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          Dress up your Halloween decor with these crafty pumpkins.

          5. Cat Pumpkins

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            are so cute, you won’t be able to resist adding them to your Halloween decor.

            6. Flying Bats

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              Add the eerie with a flock of flying bats.

              7. Halloween Wreath

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                Welcome trick or treaters with a wreath on the door or hang one inside.

                8. Pumpkin Family

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                  Have a happy pumpkin family as a centerpiece.

                  9. Backyard Cemetery

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                    Turn your lawn into a creepy backyard graveyard. One idea for an inscription is: “Here lies Wes More. Shot down by a .44. No Les. No More.”

                    10. Ghostly Peeps

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                      These ghostly peeps make for a tasty treat and a peculiar table centerpiece.

                      11.  Jack-O’-Lantern Lanterns

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                        These Jack-O’-Lantern Lanterns will spook up any window sill.

                        12. Shrunken Apple Heads

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                          can be eerily placed around the house, set on a window sill, or table.

                          13. Origami Bats

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                            Save the planet with these Origami Bats made from recycled paper.

                            14. Mod Drilled Pumpkin

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                              Light your pathway with Mod Pumpkins.

                              15. Bat-And-Cat Garage Door Design

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                                This is a great and spooky design for the often neglected garage door.

                                16. Spider Silhouettes

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                                  Get your spook on with these scary Spider Silhouettes.

                                  17. Spooky Jar Lanterns

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                                    Add Spooky Jar Lanterns to enhance you Halloween decor.

                                    18. Spooky Eyes

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                                      are sure to put a scare in any and all trick-or-treaters.

                                      19. Eyes In A Tree

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                                        Add a touch of whimsy to Halloween shenanigans with these eyes in a tree.

                                        20. Bloody Handprints

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                                          Because what could be creepier than bloody handprint clings?

                                          21. Wall Spider Web

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                                            Put the fright into your guests with this DIY wall spider web.

                                            22. Ghostly Garland

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                                              Light the pathway or  porch with a ghostly garland.

                                              23. Hanging Bats

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                                                Put these hanging bats throughout your yard for a scary good time.

                                                24. Jar Lanterns

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                                                  These jar lanterns give off a spooky glow and are perfect for a sidewalk or porch.

                                                  25. A Murder Of Crows

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                                                    Spread Poe’s spookiness with a flock of crows, officially called a murder. Of course, you can always blame Poe for the inspiration.

                                                    26. Frankenstein Front Door

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                                                      Trick-or-treaters are sure to love this monstrous, but friendly Frankenstein.

                                                      27. Boo Doormat

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                                                        Add this ‘boo-rific’ door mat.

                                                        28. Upside-Down Halloween Witch Urn

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                                                          Add an eerie feel to any porch this year with this witch who lost her way. Trick or treaters will love the element of surprise.

                                                          29.  Mice Silhouettes

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                                                            Add these paper mice to your Halloween decor and be overrun by the rodents.

                                                            30. Overflowing Witches’ Cauldron

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                                                              An overflowing cauldron of eyeballs, spiders, and more. You can tell trick or treaters the witches left their mess for you to clean up.

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                                                              Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                              1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                              2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                              3. Upgrade yourself

                                                              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                              4. Talk to a friend.

                                                              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                              7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                              8. Have a quick nap.

                                                              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                              9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                              10. Find some competition.

                                                              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                              11. Go exercise.

                                                              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                              12. Take a good break.

                                                              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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