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Spooky Outdoor Upcycled Halloween Decorations

Explore these great DIY ideas for spooky, upcycled Halloween decorations. These outdoor decorations feature giant squid tentacles as a centerpiece to frighten all the Halloween tricksters that visit your home this holiday season!

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations for Giant Squid Tentacles

Ideas for Outdoor Upcycled Halloween Decor

Every year my neighbor at the end of the block decorates her house for Halloween. She starts planning in summer and on October 1st she starts decorating. This year she created some new spooky outdoor DIY Halloween decorations to add to her existing outdoor Halloween decor. These fantastic handcrafted tentacles were one of those new additions.

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations for Giant Squid Tentacles

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations for Giant Squid Tentacles

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations for Giant Squid Tentacles

How to Make Giant Squid Tentacles for Upcycled Halloween Decorations

To create these tentacles for their outdoor upcycled Halloween decor my neighbor used pool noodles. Genius, right?! She also used duct tape, zip ties, burlap, recycled egg cartons and spray paint.

To make these upcycled Halloween decorations, first she taped three pool noodles together then they zip tied the egg cartons onto the pool noodles to form the “suckers.”

Then, she wrapped upcycled burlap from her crafts stash around the noodles.

Once the burlap was attached to the pool noodles with a glue gun, she then used spray paint in a variety of colors to give the tentacles life.

Of course then they also needed a few random body parts like hands and feet warning you to keep your distance. So, these elements were also added using upcycled doll parts from the thrift store.

More Recycled Halloween Decorating Ideas

Here are some of the other DIY Halloween decorations they created using repurposed and upcycled materials. Many of these were found objects that were giving a makeover using paint. Additional elements were then added to the decorations. 

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor DIY Halloween Decorations

Repurposed Halloween Decorating Ideas

If you’re looking for more, easy and fun Halloween decorating ideas for your home, then explore these other upcycled Halloween decorating projects.

printable poison halloween apothecary labels for diy halloween decorations

Repurpose Bottles for Halloween Poison Apothecary Jars

Check out my printable poison apothecary labels for Halloween. These Halloween apothecary labels can easily be adhered to jars and bottles to create extra sinister Halloween decor for you home or Halloween party. You can put these on apothecary jars, mason jars, tins or even beer or wine bottles. 

clay diy halloween decorations

Upcycle Mason Jars for a Halloween Haunted House

Or learn how to make these spooky DIY Halloween decorations for preserved organ jars. Inspired by the season one intro of American Horror Story, this clay craft project is perfect for families to make together! It’s also a wonderful way to repurpose used mason jars or other containers.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

Repurpose Cereal Boxes for Outdoor Halloween Decor

Another great idea for outdoor upcycled Halloween decor are these upcycled cereal box tombstones. This fun Halloween craft project is a fun way to create your own graveyard for Halloween. Especially if you waited too long to shop and your local stores have already sold out of their outdoor Halloween decor.

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  • Emily Marie

    October 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Your neighbour had an amazing halloween yard! Reminds me of my uncle who goes all out as well. I might have to share the tentacle idea with him for next year.

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