You don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to decorate your home for Halloween.
Today I’m going to share how I made this tablescape for less than $50 bucks.
We are talking about the spooky, creepy Halloween season. And you have plenty of time to create a fun halloween dining room.
I have always decorated for Halloween, but I have just recently started sharing about it here on our website.
Having one son who loves creepy stuff, and another who loves dressing up, it’s always been an exciting season for them!
And we have spent many years making DIY halloween decorations during those younger years.
And still today, the moment October hits, the boys are always eager put up our outdoor halloween decorations.
Last year, I made a video talking about how we made boarded up windows for our exterior in order to have the appearance of a haunted house for trick-or-treaters.
And I recently shared a DIY grapevine bat wreath that we made for our front door.
So I thought ‘why not bring it inside?’
Since our latest room remodel was our Dining Room, I thought it would be festive to add some halloween table decorations.
And the best part is that it was so much fun!
Let me show you what I’ve done with our dining room.
Easy DIY Halloween Table Decor for less than $50
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This year, everything that I used for this project was either purchased at the Dollar Tree, Walmart, or Michaels or I purchased them last year at 70 or 80% off when the season is ending.
So I always try to keep things budget minded when I do these projects.
So let’s just dive right on in.
Let me tell you the supplies that you’ll need in order re-create this table setting:
- Freaky or Creepy Fabric: Dollar Tree – $1 or Walmart – $3
- Table Chargers: Already owned – similar ones here: Amazon
- Black Plastic Plates: Dollar Tree – $1 or Amazon – $8
- Paper Square Skeleton Hand Plates – $1
- Plastic Skeleton Hand Goblets: Dollar Tree – $1 ea
- Black Skeleton Serving Tray: Walmart $5
- Black Twig Trees – Dollar Tree $1
- Black Candle Holders (preowned – similar ones) with Black Candles – $2.25
- Faux Black “greenery”: Michael’s has many options
- Coffin Charcuterie Board: Walmart
This is so simple – here are the easy steps to make an affordable table for your halloween celebrations.
The first thing I added to the dining room table was a table runner.
For the table runner, I used freaky fabric. I love this stuff! I use it for so many decorations during this season.
It really doesn’t take a lot of effort – I just opened up the creepy fabric and put that down in the middle of the table.
I did have to use two of them because my table is a bit longer.
You want to spread it out and create kind of that spider web type feel on the table.
You want it to be messy to add to that creepy factor.
One of my favorite things to collect is tarnished silver.
The chargers for the table setting are silver trays that I have collected over the years.
So that’s just a supply that I had on hand, but you could use something similar or find some very affordable silver chargers like these to mock up the same look.
For each place setting, it’s a simple layering of the tarnished silver charger with plastic black plates (yes those are plastic) and then the dessert plates – which are paper plates!
You wouldn’t even know it – they look great!
The black plastic plates came from the Dollar Tree. The square skeleton dessert plates with the skeleton hand came from Walmart.
The goblets are from Dollar Tree as well. Those are actually some great dupes from Pottery Barn. They have a very pricey and expensive real glass real metal goblet that you can purchase.
So I was able to get six of them for six bucks – not a bad deal, if I have to say so.
The centerpiece is another tarnished silver tray that I had on hand.
But I did add this fun black tray with skeleton edge with some bones and a skull.
The black little mini shrub trees with no leaves came from the Dollar Tree, but I have found some similar ones online for you.
The twiggy branches were a perfect addition to the centerpiece.
Now the candlesticks were recent purchase, but not for this project. So I won’t count that in but they were about 10 bucks each.
When you’re creating a Halloween table centerpiece, you always want to create varying heights.
That’s why I put the large charger in the center with the tray on top – just to kind of elevate it.
I chose a tarnished silver water pitcher for the centerpiece to put all of the faux greenery in. I guess I should say blackery because it’s not green at all – it’s all black and that creates that height in the center of the table.
The ‘blackery’ 😉 is a mixture of black roses and stems. Michaels or a dollar store is the best place to find halloween flowers to recreate this simple Halloween centerpiece.
You want it to either taper down from the center down to the sides.
Or you can have the center be lower with something like two candlesticks that are higher on either side.
So you can play around with different heights.
Having varying heights can create a focal point and something interesting to look at when you are wanting to create a table setting.
The little coffin charcuterie tray is just so adorable.
It looks like slate and it has little rope ties that you can carry it in.
You can see this Halloween table decor is very easy to recreate and extremely affordable.
Now let’s move on to the hutch.
I kept the Halloween decor on the hutch on the simple side.
Another thing that I love to collect are those vintage glass medicine bottles.
You can find them in all different shapes and sizes and I had a bunch of those on hand.
So I added those in with some of those Halloween apothecary finds that I got at the end of the season last year. I also added one of the black crows I purchased a few years ago.
You can group those in different settings.
This spooky Halloween table decor would be perfect for a Halloween Party.
So I always try to keep things budget minded when I do these projects.
With the exception of those candlesticks that I purchased for another project, the total out-of-pocket was about $35!
Not bad if I say so!
I hope you enjoyed these halloween table décor ideas!
And finding a way to create seasonal decor with just a little money has been such a great thing.
We are currently in a little bit of a financial pickle after the year we’ve had, which happens to a lot of us!
It’s just kind of a season in life.
But that shouldn’t stop you from being able to create a look for your home on a budget that works.
If you’re in the same boat as us, you can still enjoy the change of season. You can still decorate your home!
I hope this gives you some encouragement when you feel like your hands are tied.
Some More Halloween Table Decor Ideas to Try:
- Use different Halloween elements to add that creepy factor: Spanish moss, a plastic skull, or a witch’s hat would be a fun element to add to your dining table.
- Repurpose what you already own with DIY projects: Make your own DIY decoration if you have craft supplies like black acrylic paint or black spray paint. You can hot glue googly eyes to repurposed decor to create an easy craft. Add mason jars filled with black tea lights to set the scene.
- Add natural elements: Vintage books or a faux skull to create a spooky scene for your halloween dinner party.
- Try a different color scheme: If all black isn’t your vibe, you can still create a lighter version using white pumpkins, or a skull centerpiece.
- Make it kid friendly: You can steer clear of the creepy halloween decorating, and opt for more family-friendly decor. You could even sprinkle candy corn around the table.
- Use different Halloween centerpiece ideas: Use an x-acto knife to carve a plastic hollowed-out pumpkin and fill it with floral foam and fresh flowers.
I have lots more budget-friendly DIYs that will help make your home beautiful but with affordable attainable easy DIYs that you can do.