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DIY Halloween Decorations from Wood Scraps

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You can make these DIY Halloween Decorations from Wood Scraps in less time than it takes to watch a 30 minute TV show!! It took me about 10-15 minutes of hands-on time… the rest is just waiting for paint to dry!

wood scrap halloween ghosts

Remember about a month ago, I was over on Facebook complaining bragging about all of the scrap wood in our garage?! Well, I really wasn’t joking. This isn’t even all of what we have left! There’s still a pile on the back patio and a ton in the shed.

wood scraps from remodel

And this pile is missing all the wood that we used to build the desk from 2×4’s, picnic table, blanket ladder and shelf supports (posts coming soon on those last two!). I’m telling you, the scraps from a major demo are no joke!

So with winter approaching, my husband is on a mission to get this garage cleared out so we can park actual cars in it (hahahaha!! He’s hysterical!). With that in mind, and the holidays approaching, I wanted to make some decorations for our new home.

The key being that they needed to be EASY and I wasn’t really willing to spend any more money!

Ta da!!

scrap wood 2x4 Halloween ghosts


These little scrap wood ghosts fit the bill and are simple enough for a beginning woodworker or a novice painter to attempt!

I picked whatever scrap wood I could find (in this case 2×4’s and one 2×6 piece).

scrap wood

Simple Directions:

  1. Using a saw, square off the bottom of your wood so it will sit flat.
  2. Using a jigsaw, round off the one end for the top of the ghost. I wasn’t worried about it being perfect since I want it to look rustic, so I just eyeballed it.
  3. Sand any rough edges. Mine was pretty rough and I’m a fan of rounded sides, so I just gave it a really quick sanding.

unfinished ghost shapes

4. Paint your entire piece white.

5. Add a face with black paint. You could even cut the face out with black vinyl if you wanted to go really simple!

And that’s it! Super simple, free and one step closer to parking in our garage! 😉

Don’t forget to PIN this project so you can always remember where you found it!

scrap wood Halloween ghosts out fo 2x4s

For more fast and easy Halloween Projects, be sure to click on the button below! All of the projects featured can be made in under 15 minutes!

If you’re looking for even more easy Halloween fun, these little Frankenstein pudding cups will be your favorite! I made these for my daughter’s class at school about 6 years ago, and they continue to be a hit on Pinterest every year since!

frankenstein pudding cups halloween dessert school snack

Frankenstein Pudding Cups

This Chinese Takeout Box costume was one of my favorites of my daughter’s! I made it using poster board and a red marker in the back of my minivan while she was at her piano lesson! SO fast and cheap, and it was perfect for Chinese food obsession!

chinese takeout box halloween costume1

Check out the Halloween Costumes post for more pictures of the other 2 sides!

And if you’re looking for an easy dessert to take to a Halloween party, this one is perfect! Let the candy do all the decorating! My daughter pretty much decorated this one entirely by herself!

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Thursday 8th of September 2016

Such a cute idea! I'm going to have to find time to make some!