Halloween Figurines for Scary Halloween Decorations

Halloween Figurines for Scary Halloween Decorations

When you go to a thrift store (or garage sale…or flea market), there are ALWAYS some figurines available. Whether they are ceramic, porcelain, clay, or other material, figurines are a secondhand shop staple. And as I was on my thrifting adventures over the past few months, I picked up a few along the way. I had a sneaking suspicion with just a little bit of paint, I could create Halloween figurines as scary Halloween decorations with them.

Ceramic figurines at the thrift store to be upcycled into Halloween figurines and scary decorations

I specifically kept an eye out for the “flawed” figurines – ones that had significant chips or cracks, or even some that were missing pieces entirely. This Halloween craft idea is seriously PERFECT for imperfect figurines.

Broken figurines that will be upcycled into scary figurines with demon eyes

After I had hit a few thrift shops, I had a little army that would become the Halloween figurines / haunted objects of my dreams…err, nightmares!

Making the scary Halloween decorations with demon figurines from the thrift store

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Turning Normal Figurines into Halloween Figurines

First, I set up my spray paint station outside- basically, a sawhorse table with my figurines on top. I wanted to raise the figurines up (as opposed to spray painting on the ground/grass) so that I could make sure I was getting paint in all the nooks and crannies.

Using bubbles of wide painter’s tape, I temporarily secured the figurines to my makeshift table. This ensured they wouldn’t tip over from the force of the paint or a gush of wind.

Then, I nabbed some glossy black spray paint and my always-gotta-use trigger handle.

Spray painting the figurines black for upcycling them into haunted objects or Halloween figurines

Two coats later, they looked like this! Part of me wondered if they would have looked better in a satin or matte black paint, but the glossy finished started to grow on me…

Scary figurines from the thrift store as haunted objects for Halloween decor

Now comes the secret to giving these a spooky, haunted Halloween look: DEMON EYES!

First, I used a red paint pen, but I was dissatisfied with the color (it was more pink, less scarlet). So, I ended up using chalky red craft paint, which turned out far better and was the perfect red against the black paint on the Halloween figurines.

Red chalk paint for demon eyes on demon figurines as scary Halloween decorations

A quick tip for painting the demon eyes – I didn’t use a small paint brush! Instead, I used the blunt round end of a bamboo skewer! It allowed me to pick up the amount of paint I needed and could dab it on the figurine in an eye shape! It sounds crazy, but skewers are a favorite secret crafting tool of mine.

Halloween Figurines / Demon Figurines as Haunted Objects for Halloween Decor

And then the Halloween figurines were done. From sweet to scary in no time at all for very little money.

Halloween figurines and haunted objects for scary Halloween decorations

You could definitely change these up and still keep them spooky- grey spray paint for a more zombie-like appearance…or maybe an olive green for a more swamp-like or Godzilla look.

But no matter how you paint them, it makes for super easy Halloween decor that fits into any budget. And going on a scavenger hunt for weird figurines is a LOT of fun!

Demon figurines and haunted objects to use as scary Halloween decor

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for scary Halloween decorations, then you’ll love these vintage Halloween decorations made from Christmas window candles!

Halloween window decorations that started as window candles from the thrift store with flame bulbs by Sadie Seasongoods

Here’s another upcycling idea for Halloween decor that takes no time at all – upcycling those glass light covers into a ghost light!

Ghost light for light up Halloween decorations by upcycling the glass light covers with white glowsticks by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Spooky cute♥

  2. Hilariously fun!

  3. What a fabulous idea! I think my sweet little yellow bird might become a raven!

  4. Props for the idea, even though they’re just a tad creepy-looking :). I guess that’s Halloween.

  5. Yeeessssss!!!! So creepy and perfect!

    And thanks for the spray comfort grip tip, my hands always get so sore from spray painting. Gotta pick up one of those.

    Well done 🙂

  6. amazing!

  7. Kristie Cook says

    I saw this on the Good Life blog and didn’t realize it was you! Duh moment! This is a great idea for all those weird figurines, although I don’t know if I could walk by them every day!

  8. I love it love it!! I’d leave them up year-round!!! Pinning to share!
    Hollie @ http://www.quirkybohemianmama.com/

  9. Great spooky fun…I love this idea!

  10. Who would have thought all those cute little figurines could be so scary! As always paint can do amazing things.

  11. Sadie, what an easy way to make spooky figures. You definitely took that from cute to spooky!

    xo Dianne

  12. I especially like the teddy bear! That is a really good idea of using painter’s tape to hold things down when outside painting. Clever, as always.

  13. These are seriously awesome!

  14. Sarah, these are fabulous! How creative! That’s a great tip about taping the figures while spray painting. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinned to my Halloween Board.

  15. yes, these guys are super creepy. i love their red beady eyes the best!
    b

  16. Haha…what a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. Sarah, what a collection you have! So cute. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design.

  18. What a fun idea. They can be as cute or as creepy as you would like. I will definately try this.

  19. These are so creepy cool! I actually like the glossy look. Pinning for next year. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Very creepy! I won’t be passing up those damaged figurines in the future. I find red nail polish works really well for creepy red eyes, too! Thanks for sharing with Celebrate Your Story!

  21. That is a great idea, I love the spooky little eyes. How cute! Thanks so much for joining us at the DI & DI Link party.

  22. These look AMAZING! I often wondered why anyone would buy some of the figurines they have in thrift stores – now I know!!!
    Found your blog via Creative Muster Party.
    Sarah https://www.enrichmentality.com

  23. What a clever idea! I have a great idea for next Halloween. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  24. Saving this idea, which I love! Even tho I’m reading this pretty well past H day. I can think of some figurines right now that would work great for this!

  25. this is such a great project!!!! simple enough to be done by just about anyone, and super cool looking! a wonderful halloween decoration, too! (hopefully you get tons of traffic after being featured on threadbanger!)

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so much, Karyn! I was so tickled to be included in one of their videos- and Rob was super cool when I left him a comment! 🙂

  26. Spooky little figurines and a bargain. Thanks for sharing at Di&DI.

  27. I love these little characters and they are so perfect for Halloween. Wednesday I went to the thrift store for the first time in weeks. That’s a long time for me. In the Christmas section there were tons of the electric taper candles like the ones you painted black. I almost bought them and then chickened out. Of course, now I wish I had bought them. Thanks for hanging out with us again this week at Celebrate Your Story.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Ooooh, I can’t remember the last time I went several weeks between thrifting visits!! Haha, but my garage would love me to take a long break… 😉 Thanks, Sandra!

  28. So easy to make these and super creepy…perfect for Halloween 🙂

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