Halloween Crafts to Upcycle

Halloween Crafts to Upcycle

The thrift store is full of items that are just waiting to be upcycled into something spooky. From baskets to light fixtures to ceramic figurines, any number of Halloween crafts can start on a thrift store shelf. So, if you’re in need of some spooky inspiration, check out these upcycled Halloween projects before your next trip to the thrift shop.

Halloween Moon Light

halloween moon light

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An old light fixture is the perfect thing to transform into an eerie Halloween moon lamp like this– complete with a flying witch! Interestingly enough, the painting technique for that moon-like “texture” couldn’t be easier, either.


skull decor on an embroidery hoop

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This is the perfect creepy craft for anyone who happens to have a stash of white buttons, especially white ones! A skull made of buttons is a simple project to make but is the unexpected piece of Halloween decor you never knew you needed until now.

“Floating” Ghosts

floating ghosts for halloween decor

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These friendly little ghosts appear to float, but there are no strings attached. That’s because they have a secret underneath, and it’s something you can easily find at just about any thrift store.

Bandana Pumpkins

Fabric pumpkins from a Halloween Bandana

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There are fabric pumpkins…and then there are bandana pumpkins. Orange and black bandanas with their delightful paisley prints are the perfect thing for making this popular fall project, and just in time for Halloween.

Halloween Crafts with Figurines

halloween figurines for spooky decor

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You know all those dust-catching figurines that fill up thrift store shelves? A little black paint and some haunted red eyes transform them into the spookiest little figures for your Halloween decor. ESPECIALLY if they happen to be a little broken- missing arms or a crooked head just add to the creepiness.

Haunted House Picture Frame

halloween picture frame

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This house-shaped picture frame was a little creepy to begin with, but a simple makeover and some images from vintage Halloween postcards turned it into a festive haunted house!

Halloween Crafts with Embroidery Hoops

spooky silhouettes as halloween window decor

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Embroidery hoops from a thrift store are fun to upcycle into Halloween silhouettes for any of your favorite creepy characters. And they appear to “float” inside their hoop frames, too- thanks to another thrifted find.

Jack-o-Lantern Door Hanger

Halloween door hanger from a wicker paper plate holder

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Remember how we used to put paper plates on top of wicker chargers to feel fancier? It seems silly now, but a LOT of those paper plate holders ended up at thrift stores. And it just so happens that they’re perfect for repurposing into a jack-o-lantern door hanger.

Candy Corn Cones

candy corn decor

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Depending on where the thrift store is, you may find cone-shaped spools of thread in the secondhand craft supplies. These spools of white thread were perfect for upcycling into candy corn with a little bit of paint and imagination.

Halloween Crafts with Flower Pots

Terracotta jack o lantern for boho Halloween

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Terracotta flower pots from the thrift store are already orange-ish, which can only mean one thing: Jack-o-lanterns! And faux cacti as their “stems” is just the icing on a Halloween cake, if you ask me. This is definitely one of the easiest Halloween crafts out there!

Magic Potion Bottles

magic potion bottles for halloween

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If a mad scientist’s laboratory is what you’re going for this Halloween, then may I suggest thrift shopping for a vintage spice rack? It’s the perfect thing for upcycling into magic potion bottles like these!

Halloween Candy Basket

halloween candy basket

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A round basket from the thrift shop gets a simple jack-o-lantern makeover which turns it into a charming little Halloween candy basket. Perfect to set around the house or on your desk at the office.

Halloween Crafts with Books

diy spell books for halloween

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Ahh, the thrift store bookshelves- usually one of the fullest sections at any secondhand store. Which means books are perfect for Halloween crafts- such as these DIY spell books, for example. Such a fun and creative form of mixed media art to celebrate spooky season.

Caught in a Spider’s Web

spider web decor for halloween

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Let’s face it- a lot of Grandma’s doilies end up at thrift stores. But you can upcycle her hard work into Halloween crafts like a fun spider web to hang on the wall. This Halloween craft is especially perfect for any torn or stained doilies, as well.

Halloween Crafts with Glass Light Shades

ghost lights for halloween

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Glass light shades from ceiling fans and bathroom sconces often end up at thrift stores after a remodel. But look how PERFECT they can be as little ghost lights! This Halloween craft takes just a few minutes to make, and their eerie blue/indigo glow makes all the difference.

Jack-o-Lantern Coasters

pumpkin coasters on terracotta saucers

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Since we’ve already upcycled some thrifted flower pots, let’s not forget about the terracotta saucers that go underneath them. Aren’t they delightful when repurposed into jack-o-lantern coasters? Another one of the easiest Halloween crafts you can make!

Have Fun with Halloween Crafts!

halloween crafts from the thrift store

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I hope this collection has inspired you before your next trip to the thrift store. So many Halloween crafts, so little time…but LOTS of inspiring project ideas!

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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