Frightful and delightful DIY Halloween Decorations

halloween smoothfoam decorations

Whether you’re hosting a community haunted house, competing with the neighbors for the best-decorated yard, or just looking to make the night more fun for those trick-or-treaters who come knocking – these spooky good DIY Halloween decorations are too fun to pass up! Check out our designers’ full tutorials for each craft project below and enjoy the haunt!

Vintage-inspired Halloween pumpkins
Light-up Jack O’Lantern
Spider candy dish
Graveyard tombstones
Light-up owl
Haunted house centerpiece


Vintage-Inspired Halloween Pumpkins

smoothfoam carved pumpkin decoration

There is just something about vintage Halloween decorations that makes me so happy. One can’t but help smile at the sight of flying witches, scaredy cats and grinning pumpkins all printed in orange in black on old costume boxes and metal noisemakers. Thus inspired, I had fun coming up with this cute Halloween pumpkin craft of three jolly pumpkins all ready to brighten up a Halloween table! Learn how to make these foam Halloween pumpkins below.

2” x 4” x 12″ Smoothfoam block
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Proxxon table top Hot Wire Cutter Thermocut 115/E
Handheld Hot Wire Cutter Thermocut 12/E
Dimensional paints – black, crystal
Acrylic paints – black, bright orange
Paint pens – white, orange
White glue, paintbrush, scissors

  1.  Click here to download* my pumpkin trio design. Print the pumpkins onto a Sulky transfer sheet. Peel off the backing release paper and apply the adhesive sheet to the Smoothfoam block. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.


2.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam block with the table top hot wire cutter.


3.  Use the handheld hot wire tool to carve the outlines and other details into the foam. Peel off the transfer sheets when finished.


4.  Paint the foam block black. Let dry.

5.  Outline the pumpkins with white paint pen. Color each pumpkin with bright orange paint. Add sparkle to each eye with a drop of crystal dimensional paint. Scribble the dimensional paint on the back of the block to add texture. Let dry.

6.  Paint the Smoothfoam disc black. Let dry. Add details to the side with the white paint pen as shown. Draw a simple spider web on the top of the disc with black dimensional paint. Let dry.

7.  Glue the pumpkin stack onto the painted disc. Let dry.

* Copyright:  You are welcome to use my original artwork only for your own use or for a gift/donation. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale.

Haunted House Halloween Ornaments

Haunted House smoothfoam halloween Ornaments

I have to admit I kind of love the idea of Halloween tree. I mean, who says trees are just for Christmas? These little haunted houses, using Smoothfoam house shapes, are perfect if you have a Halloween tree. Learn how to make this DIY Halloween ornaments below.

smoothfoam Haunted House ornament


Smoothfoam house shapes
Dimensional paints
Black paint
Black glitter paint
Small hooks
Black yarn

smoothfoam Haunted House ornament


Paint the houses however you like, using dimensional, acrylic, and glitter paints. Get creative! Think Halloween-style gingerbread houses!

Allow the paint to dry, then push a small hook into the top of the house. Secure with a dab of craft glue, if desired.

Run string through the hook and hang on a Halloween tree.


Junk + Pumpkins = Halloween Junkin’ Punkins!!

SMOOTHFOAM halloween pumpkin wallhanging

Welcome to fall, my favorite time of the year! I love re-purposing everything vintage and using up all the bits and bobs that end up in my craft stash! I discovered a rustic version of Junkin’ Punkins on Pinterest made with gears, springs and chains on real pumpkins,THEN I adapted the idea to use with Smoothfoam discs! Make an entire family of Junkin’ Punkins!

Here’s what you will need:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
8″ Smoothfoam disc
10″ Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints – Black, gray, dark brown, light orange, bright orange, rustic orange, tan
Crackle medium
Tacky glue, scissors, paintbrush
Spray inks
Wired twine, canvas leaves
Sawtooth picture hangers
Knobs, drawer pulls, keys, bottle caps, wood pieces, rulers, metal numbers, gears, faucet handles, etc.

Paint the Smoothfoam discs – one black, one gray and one brown, let dry.

Apply a generous coat of Crackle Medium to each disc, let dry according to package directions.


Brush a thick coat of paint to each disc with the different orange and tan shades. Let dry to reveal the crackled effect.



Arrange junk to create faces on each pumpkin – when you are happy with the composition, glue everything down and let dry. If some of your junk looks too new, distress it with a little black or brown paint by rubbing a bit on with your finger.


Mist the canvas leaves with ink, let dry. Cut and twist wired twine. Glue canvas leaves and fancy drawer pulls to top of your Junkin’ Punkins and let dry. Insert wired twine next to the leaves. Attach a sawtooth hanger on back of each Smoothfoam Junkin’ Punkin’ and let dry.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the Smoothfoam Facebook page for tons more inspiration!

Light-Up Halloween Jack-O-Lantern

Smoothfoam light-up halloween jack-o-lantern pumpkin

I love this time of year and fall colors are my favorite thing. I love the red and brown of the leaves, the purple, the gold and burgundy of the the flowers and, of course, the orange glow of pumpkins. Literally.

This pumpkin with it’s spooky message is designed to glow with a battery-operated tap light.

Here’s how easy it is to make with Smoothfoam:

Two 12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount sheets
Spray inks – red and yellow
Craft paints – orange, metallic gold, dark green, black
Dimensional paint pens – gold and copper
Black glitter pen
Craft knife
Extra-strength craft glue
Toothpicks, pencil
3″ tap Light


Draw and cut the pumpkin and BOO! shapes from Smoothfoam. Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. Cut a 6″ x 4″ piece of Smoothfoam for the back support. Sand the edges to remove any rough spots.

Smoothfoam BOO Pumpkin cut outs CWindhamTip:  Rubbing wax along your cutting blade with make it glide through the Smoothfoam – thanks to Cindi Bisson McGee for this tip!

Paint the BOO! cutout black. Spritz the pumpkin with red and yellow ink. The spray inks make it easy to get the color inside the eyes, nose and mouth.

Smoothfoam BOO Pumpkin Spritz color CWindham

Highlight the shape of the pumpkin with orange craft paint, then metallic gold. Paint the stem green and black. Paint the back support orange. Allow to dry.

Smoothfoam BOO Pumpkin Spritz all color with stemCWindham

Draw the outline and ridges of the pumpkin and outline the features with dimensional paint pens.

Smoothfoam Boo Pumpkin Add Pearl pens CWindhamDot the BOO! with black glitter pen and outline the edges with copper pen. Allow to dry.

To assemble, insert two toothpicks dipped in glue into the base of the BOO! about halfway. Dip the remaining ends in adhesive and insert them into the top of the pumpkin.Smoothfoam Boo Pumpkin toothpicks 1 CWindhamInsert the two remaining toothpicks dipped in adhesive into the base support about 3/4 of the length of the toothpicks and insert the remaining ends, dipped in adhesive, into the bottom back of the pumpkin.

Smoothfoam Boo Pumpkin support toothpicks 1

Place the pumpkin on a tabletop or shelf and place the tap light on the base support. Turn it on for an eerie glow.

Smoothfoam Boo Pumpkin Tap Light CWindham

Light-Up Owl Halloween Decoration

Smoothfoam halloween owl

This Halloween owl decoration will light up any fall celebration! His eyes are made with tea lites and Smoothfoam  mini wreaths.  This DIY light-up owl is a little spooky and a lot of cute, so let me tell you how to make one!

You will need:

2″ x 4″ x 8″ Smoothfoam block
Two 2.5″ mini Smoothfoam wreaths
3″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
2 battery-operated tea lights
Large recycled peanut can
2 sheets 12″x12″ orange cardstock
3″ black JOY embroidered Letters: B O O
Acrylic paints – black, burnt sienna
*Optional: Black high-gloss enamel paint (for painting the can rim)
Paintbrush, 3-ply jute string, scissors
Heavy-duty craft glue, dry adhesive tape
Hot wire foam cutting tool
Toothpicks, wood skewers

Smoothfoam Halloween Owl decoration


For the owl’s body, cut away a rounded piece at the top of the Smoothfoam block with the hot wire tool, to create the shape of the owl’s head and ears. Make sure the block fits in the can.

Cut the half-ball in half again to create two wings. Cut 1″ off one end of each wing so they can fit flush against the sides of the block body.

Using a skewer for a handle, paint the block body burnt sienna and paint the wings and wreaths black. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Smoothfoam painted halloween owl

Make sure that your tea lights fit inside the Smoothfoam wreaths as shown. Paint the sides of each wreath sienna, then paint around the edges with black. Apply glue to the inside edge of one wreath and insert a tea light to make an eye for the owl. Repeat for the other eye.

** Important:  Apply the glue to the back of each wreath, but do not get it on the tea light. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before touching it again, so that you’ll be able to remove and replace the tea lights to turn them on and off.

Measure and cut the orange cardstock to fit around the can and glue in place. Wrap and glue the jute string around the top of the can as shown. Glue the embroidered letters to the front of the can.

Smoothfoam halloween owl decoration

Place the block body inside the can and push up against the edge. Poke a toothpick halfway into the flat end of one wing, then push the opposite end of the toothpick into the block. Repeat for the other wing and add glue to secure. Adhere the wreaths to the top (head) of the block with adhesive tape – they should stay put well enough to keep from falling off; but still come off easily enough to allow for turning the tea lights on and off. You could try using Velcro dots as an option.

Cut a triangle from a scrap of orange cardstock for the owl’s beak and glue it between the bottom edges of the eyes. Dress up your DIY light-up Halloween owl decoration with little pumpkins, candy and other Halloween embellishments and enjoy!

Spider Surprise Halloween Candy Dish


Now that it’s October, it’s time to plan those Halloween gatherings! Here is a easy-to-make candy dish that has a spooky surprise inside!


Smoothfoam half-ball
Glass stem candle holder (check your local Dollar Store)
Small plastic spiders
Glittered or realistic-looking medium size spider
Silver acrylic paint
Silver spray paint
Super thick tacky glue

paint smoothfoam half ball

Paint your half-ball with the silver acrylic paint. This may take a few coats to get it really shiny. Let dry in between coats.

Spray paint your candle holder silver, let dry, then glue your bowl to the top of the candle holder. Let the glue completely set before the next step.

Glue the small spiders to the outside of the bowl and candle holder. Glue the medium spider to the inside bottom of the bowl.

smoothfoam halloween candy bowl

Fill with candy and wait for someone to shriek when they think they are going for the last piece of candy but instead they get the spider! Happy Halloween!

Halloween Tombstones to DIE for

smoothfoam halloween tombstone decoration

I am so excited to show you some more of my CREEPY creations using blank Smoothfoam tombstones. After making one tombstone craft for my post from last month, I realized one tombstone wasn’t enough…I just needed more. These DIY Halloween tombstones are so great for Halloween party décor. Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween and Happy Haunting!


Smoothfoam tombstones
Smoothfoam letters
Smoothfoam ball
Heat tool with stylus
Acrylic paints and brayer
Connie Crystal black rhinestone sheet

smoothfoam letters BOO

I like the rounded top of this tombstone – perfect for carving in a spider web. Use a stencil for the basic web lines, then carve in the rest freehand. After carving, paint a blend of black and white paints over the top using a brayer. Paint the Smoothfoam letters – BOO – black and then distress with bits of white.

To make the spider body, paint a small Smoothfoam ball (cut in half) black.

Smoothfoam crystal spider

After gluing the spider body to the web, trim strips from the crystal sheet for the head and legs and glue in place. Add a little diamond of crystal on the spider’s back. Glue on the letters and let everything dry.

carved smoothfoam tombstone

As you get more comfortable carving Smoothfoam with a heat tool, try to make faux stone – it’s so fun! Carve out the individual stones and add texture to each stone. Paint a few recessed lines black, use the brayer over areas where you want white carving to show through, then paint the rest of the stone with a brush, blending several different earthy colors.

carved faux stone smoothfoamMy third tombstone is a fun one. My niece does not like chickens or roosters, so this is my tribute to a pet cemetery. I also wanted to add some color to the stone. I used my stencils to carve the face of the project, then used a small brush to paint all the colors inside the carved out areas. I made sure to blend fun, bright colors on the rooster and also the sun.

pet cemetery smoothfoam tombstoneOn all these DIY Halloween tombstones, when I was done carving and adding paint to the recessed areas, then I used the brayer to cover the rest of the flat surface. The rooster really came out nice and very colorful – my niece even told me she thought it was cute!