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Etsy Halloween 2010: DIY Ideas

Oct 11, 2010

by Mary Andrews handmade and vintage goods

Why splurge on mass-produced one-offs when you know you could do it even better yourself and make lasting memories while you’re at it? Use Etsy as your creative destination for all things DIY this Halloween. 

DIY Costumes

Lion costume kit

By DIYcostumes, $20.

D.I.Y. Birdcage-Veil

By 10eisha, $18.

neon lime green ostrich feathers

By Caracrass, $2.50.

Stage Play Halloween

By pinkquartzminerals, $18.

Short Pettiskirt Kit – DIY

By DreamSpunKids, $24.50.

Make Your Own Fabric Flowers

By jewelboxballerina, $18.


By monkeysbug, $8.

Orange Kitty Kit – Full Set

By starvingotaku, $24.

Burlesque Fan Kits

By BurlesqueBoutique, $86.95.

Maro Kits – The Senior Starter Kit

By MaroDesigns, $7.95.

McCall’s 7861 BABY critters

By monicacarmel, $29.

Velvet Millinery Leaves

By MaryNotMartha, $4.50.

Vampire Chic Mineral Makeup

By SobeBotanicals, $34.99.

DIY Ladybug Costume Kit

By victoriaelizabethqoc, SOLD.

Wicked Collection

By orglamix, $18.95.

Spirite Edwardian corset pattern

By AtelierSylphecorsets, $36.

McCall’s Toddler Critter Costumes

By PatternPeddler, $19.99.

decorate your own felt crown kit

By feltedkitten, $15.

Sewing Pattern Thigh High Fur

By furbabiesboutique, $5.

Make Up Kit with Mineral Powder

By BeautyFinish, $14.

batmobile_main.jpgHow-To: Halloween Bat Mobile

Projects and Supplies

Grave Graveyard Moss Drop KIT

By LBrandt, $32.

Skeleton suit

By woolandwater, $6.

Worsted Weight Wool Yarn

By thesittingtree, $9.

DIY Halloween kids

By goosegreaseundone, $15.

Hoot Owl Pillow KIT 

By cheswickcompany, $24.95.


By ShannonMakesStuff, $15.

Timeless Twine

By bellacreationz4u, $3.50.

Pumpkin Cat Kit

By wissyus, $29.99.

Needle Felting Kit Skulls

By LicoriceTree, $20.


By CreativeARTifacts, $10.

How-To: Glowing Trick-or-Treat Bags

Crow Needle Felting Kit

By fancytiger, $12.

DIY Halloween Puppet Craft Kit

By GreenerGiggles, $5.99.

Candy Corn Aran/Worsted Merino

By mynameisyarn, $15.50.

Felted Pumpkin Knitting Kit

By FiberWild, $15.99.

Sock Skeleton Craft Kit

By MaudeClaude, $9.95.

Halloween Silhouette pillow cover

By peanutbearys, $15.

Crescent Moon and Starry Trees

By Inkandescence, $28.

Natural Sealing wax 

By greencraftstore, $3.49.

Witchy Halloween 5 Yard Bundle

By ScrappyGirlShoppe, $37.50.

100 Assorted Body Parts 

By ChubbyChicoCharms, $46.99.

Parties and Favors

Halloween banner kit

By paisleycouture, $9.

Printable Halloween Spirit Label Set

By printyourparty, $10.

Gone Haunting for Pumpkin

By wallblooms, $7.

Gothic Halloween Party

By paperandcake, $12.95.

Pom Garland – Halloween Edition

By MySillyBear, $27.

Frankenstein Fondant Cake Toppers

By TwoSugarBabies, $18.

Halloween Bat Paper Garland KIT

By HouseOfClouds, $22.

Circle Decorations (12 Designs)

By SpaceshipsLaserBeams, $6.75.

Halloween treat bags kit-20

By therufflyowl, $15.

Halloween Printable Banner

By FlairDesigneryLLC, $10.



How-To: Dexter Blood Slide Candy

Witch’s Brew

By twirliewhirlies, $19.90.

Halloween Party Favor Toys

By FantasticToys, $4.

Halloween Party – Treat Bags

By maryhadalittleparty, $22.50.

Wee Pixie Sprinkles – Set of 12

By TheCraftyDragonfly, $16.

9mm safety eyes for cat in green

By saplanet, $5.85.

Printable Paper Treat Cone

By printyourparty, $5.


By sueniosencantados, $8.

Halloween Vampire Party Invites

By SweetSpotCreations, $12.

halloween gift boxes

By ALittleHut, $5.

Halloween Colorable Stickers

By bmever85, $2.


Looking for more Halloween spookery?

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  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! I love the Dexter slides!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 6 years ago

    It's so much fun to make the kids costumes and they get alot of compliments too!

  • ParadiseBodyShop

    ParadiseBodyShop said 6 years ago

    The Dexter slides are so awesome! Some great finds!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I love pumpkin cat, so awesome! Really looking forward to halloween...

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Halloween is a high holiday at our house! Love all the things to do and make. Woolandwater, yay!

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 6 years ago

    The Dexter slides are awesome!

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 6 years ago

    Great Finds! Nothing is more rewarding than DIY! Thanks MaryMary!

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow said 6 years ago

    such neat ideas!!! love the dexter blood sample tray!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 6 years ago

    Love it all, etsy is getting me so psyched for Halloween!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 6 years ago

    what great ideas! thanks for putting it all together. i really like the halloween banner kit!

  • CupcakesandPinups

    CupcakesandPinups said 6 years ago

    Cool finds!I am so excited about Halloween this year!!!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    What great ideas!!! Thank you for sharing.

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 6 years ago

    Great finds! Love the fleece animal hats.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    Great finds! Those Dexter slides are so cool.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Superb idea:O)

  • ConservationClothing

    ConservationClothing said 6 years ago

    Thanks 4 this article because it's so much better to compose a costume out of vintage clothing you can actually reuse for other times of the year. My shop has and will be listing vintage fashions for costumes encompassing: BOARDWALK EMPIRE FLAPPER '20s inspirations FRIDA KAHLO CHER during her Sonny years PUNK 80s, NEW WAVE and more 2 be listed at

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 6 years ago

    Beautiful great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 6 years ago

    Great article!!! We have Halloween stories for kids!!!!

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 6 years ago

    Awesome ideas! Too fun!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    Great ideas-great finds :)

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 6 years ago

    I love all these DIY ideas!! Makes me want to throw the biggest Halloween bash. :) The kits are so great - that sock skeleton looks awesome. Thank you!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    some great ideas. i love the blood sample slides. :)

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 6 years ago

    These DIY ideas are so cool! Thanks for finding and sharing them.

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 6 years ago

    Oh, wow! There are so many great items here. I've just started decorating and can't wait to incorporate some of these items.

  • therufflyowl

    therufflyowl said 6 years ago

    Wow! What a pleasant surprise to see my Halloween Treat Bag kit!! Happy Holidays everyone :)

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    There are so many great Halloween decoration ideas here. The pumpkin - cat kit is so cute!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    There are so many great Halloween decoration ideas here. The pumpkin - cat kit is so cute!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    i loved being creative with my kids costumes when they were young, just a little inspiration went a long way.

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 6 years ago

    Great ideas and cute finds!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Super cool and beautiful ! Lion costume kit is adorable :) Thanks so much for your time and sharing !

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Great ideas and products! Is it no wonder that this is a fun holiday?

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    I love corsets so the pattern featured may be a great gift idea - hubby, hint, hint!!

  • sewspecialbylois

    sewspecialbylois said 6 years ago

    Lots of great kinds! Cat pumpkin is cute!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    Mary... what a fun collection! I want to make all the how to's and NOW i am in the mood for Halloween! thanks for all you do!

  • sunnywoodvintage

    sunnywoodvintage said 6 years ago

    Great suggestions for my favorite holiday!

  • ClippieDepot

    ClippieDepot said 6 years ago the little boys face in the lion costume :0)

  • Innerversion

    Innerversion said 6 years ago

    Awesome ideas, I love the pumpkin kit!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 6 years ago

    These are wonderful! Im still stumped as what I will be wearing for this halloween :P Thanks for the tips and ideas! ~Wren Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles!

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 6 years ago

    This was the nudge I needed to get out my Halloween stuff! Great ideas :)

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 6 years ago

    Sewing Pattern Thigh High Fur!! Awesome :)

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 6 years ago

    Love DIY costumes the best! Can't wait to help my kids put their costumes together once they nail down what they want to be. Here's the Halloween DIY Treasury I put together last week (we had several same picks!) -

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    wonderful ideas!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Halloween is the best time to craft! Love the 'senior starter kit', haha

  • theeye

    theeye said 6 years ago

    the video with the sugar skull makeup was so cool to watch!

  • oliodesigns

    oliodesigns said 6 years ago

    Spook-tacular article! Love it.

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 6 years ago

    Blood slide candy is great! Also like the crow on the pillow cover ;-)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    DIY fun!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    Dexter slides are really spooky :)

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    LOVE all of the creative ideas. My favs are the party ideas, I love a good Halloween party-- you're never too old to dress up:)

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 6 years ago

    Super Cool!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    the best part about halloween is making costumes and decorations! i love this article!

  • ByronMorrisArt

    ByronMorrisArt said 6 years ago

    great fun! Thanks...

  • cardinalhouse

    cardinalhouse said 6 years ago

    haha- this is great! I LOVE the Dexter blood slide candy! ♥-Kat.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Love the pumpkin cat kit! Really fun stuff!

  • HouseOfClouds

    HouseOfClouds said 6 years ago

    AWESOME ! collection Thanks for featuring my Halloween Bat Paper garland Kit

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 6 years ago

    Inspiring finds!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Thank you Mary! What awesome ideas! Love the sugar skull makeup video--that may just be my halloween costume!

  • janiesmash

    janiesmash said 6 years ago

    i want to have a monster movie party! creature from the black lagoon style!

  • MysticLily

    MysticLily said 6 years ago

    What a great collection of Halloween inspirations!

  • boogirl99

    boogirl99 said 6 years ago

    Bloody slide candy was my fave.

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 6 years ago

    Love this article!

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion said 6 years ago

    Nice! I love the Thigh High Furry monster socks! And the Dexter slide candy too! Great Finds!

  • jilldredge

    jilldredge said 6 years ago

    I love all the fun creative things everyone is making! I'm looking forward to halloween!

  • RosemaryManufacture

    RosemaryManufacture said 6 years ago

    Interesting ideas, thanks for sharing!

  • bubucrafts

    bubucrafts said 6 years ago

    Oh, creepy accessories are so easy to make and fun too! For example, some airdry clay, acrylics and varnish could lead to this kind of accessories: And then a brooch and bracelet to match and there! You're covered in eyes! :))

  • CalaverasApparel

    CalaverasApparel said 6 years ago

    These are great! :]

  • FullofFun

    FullofFun said 6 years ago

    Love the Wee Pixi Sprinkle!

  • sugarnums

    sugarnums said 6 years ago

    these are awesome!

  • mialareine

    mialareine said 6 years ago

    Love these! Those eyes make me want to create something lovely and creepy... :)

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 6 years ago

    what a fun video!! Thanks for sharing

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 6 years ago

    Etsy makes it so easy to find something original with no problem!! All the wonderful creative minds! Perfect!!

  • jillmccp

    jillmccp said 6 years ago

    very inspirational. happy halloween!

  • KattyKinns

    KattyKinns said 6 years ago

    Great finds, have a great Halloween!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    Lovely finds! I just might have a halloween party now!!! ♥

  • Simag

    Simag said 6 years ago

    Great suggestions for my favorite holiday!!!!

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 6 years ago

    The burlesque fans look simply divine! Great accent to any outfit

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    everything is so cute and inspiring!

  • 3pearls

    3pearls said 6 years ago

    Love the sock skeleton!

  • HighStrungBead

    HighStrungBead said 6 years ago

    Seriously awesome ideas!!! I ♥ the Mad Hatter costume!

  • CCcraftsme

    CCcraftsme said 6 years ago

    Very creative!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great Halloween finds! There is so much to choose!!

  • lemondropbay

    lemondropbay said 6 years ago

    Lots of fun ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • perebags

    perebags said 6 years ago

    Love this!!!!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    The pumpkin-cat or cat-pumkin is the funniest thing I have seen for Halloween

  • bigapplevintage

    bigapplevintage said 6 years ago

    some really awesome ideas here, esp. the dexter slides candy. although, to the writer- isn't "mass produced one-offs" an oxymoron?

  • SHAbang

    SHAbang said 6 years ago

    Bought 2 packs of the DIY stickers! Having a halloween craft playgroup here & they will be perfect.

  • cardstyles

    cardstyles said 6 years ago

    I love making my own halloween cards. They're always so fun to make and everyone loves them!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Love the addition of the videos. More interesting things to keep me from working. Love Halloween!

  • Patidecaz

    Patidecaz said 6 years ago

    Great ideas - Thank you so much for sharing them. Etsy crafters always come up with wonderful and unique ideas. Halloween will be here before you know it - Better get busy now! Great selection of ideas, really enjoyed it. If you need supplies - Check out my shop here on Etsy.

  • rule42

    rule42 said 6 years ago

    Threadbanger is AWESOME! She helped me make an amazing tri-corn pirate hat for my daughter's costume last year

  • bejeweledbynikki

    bejeweledbynikki said 6 years ago


  • SiriusFun

    SiriusFun said 6 years ago

    Excellent and inspiring choices! Dexter slides are the most unique thing I have seen so far this Halloween!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Fantastic ideas!! Love it!!!

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 6 years ago

    Those costume patterns are great. Just imagine that turtle crawling. The frog's my favorite though.

  • lilybugembroidery

    lilybugembroidery said 6 years ago

    LOVE the ideas!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    DIYs are great! There's a certain satisfaction that's felt when you create something yourself instead of buying mass produced items.

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 6 years ago

    Thanks 4 sharing halloween whimsy, pretending is still fun even when u grow up, it relaxes the mind, just as reading stories does, so many creative items here

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 6 years ago

    Everything in this collection is so awesome that I had to go through it a couple of times so I didn't miss anything!

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 6 years ago

    very inspiring~ thanks so much!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 6 years ago

    Awwwwe I made my son a Mad Hatter costume this year upcycling vintage threads;) I am soooo making those Dexter slides!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    fantastic and spookey, creative and smart, i love the blood slide candy !yum! edible art

  • salvageshop

    salvageshop said 6 years ago the dexter slides!

  • darkcycleclothing

    darkcycleclothing said 6 years ago

    I will definitely be doing a few of these! Thanks so much for such a fun article!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    So many cute things!!! Thanks.

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    The only thing better than halloween decor is an extra touch with DIY! Love these things!

  • UniversalCharm

    UniversalCharm said 6 years ago

    Love the "BOO!" banner and suspended poms, plus other Halloweenish wall and ceiling stuff and ESPECIALLY "To THE BAT MOBILE!" That is a crack up! Thanks

  • jilldredge

    jilldredge said 6 years ago

    My granddaughter, 12 years, loves the orange halloween socks!

  • Davs

    Davs said 6 years ago

    I especially love the Mario kit!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    The Mad Hatter video is Fantastic! A lot of work but looks sooo great in the End! I love how they added the bit with Alice Coper! Wow!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    Okay, these things are all going into my etsynotes for next year...vintage or redeemed costumes...yeah baby! I am excited...oh help me to think ahead! I am learning...thank you!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Awesome ideas, thanks for always keeping us inspired. Mad Hatter - so interesting!! crazy :p

  • forKMZ

    forKMZ said 6 years ago

    We don't celebrate Halloween in Singapore, after looking at the great stuff above, I wish we do!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 6 years ago

    :D love all this

  • BLinkDesign

    BLinkDesign said 6 years ago

    My favorite time of the year!!!

  • drawcity

    drawcity said 6 years ago

    I love FlairDesigneryLLC bunting!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! We are big on halloween at our house!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    SPOOKTACULAR!!! IDEAS something about blacks oranges purples and greens and a lot of gray in between--love these colors!!!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    I will take one of each please. Love those candy blood slides!

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 6 years ago

    i need a glue gun!

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 6 years ago

    Awesome ideas, so many favorites!

  • smilelifestyle

    smilelifestyle said 6 years ago

    awesome finds! love the Dexter blood slides..

  • CBMLphoto

    CBMLphoto said 6 years ago

    Some very interesting ideas!! Thanks!!

  • luckywalnut

    luckywalnut said 6 years ago

    I love decorations and Halloween is one of my favorite celebrations :) Can't wait to use these ideas for my Halloween party! Thanks~

  • luckywalnut

    luckywalnut said 6 years ago

    These are some great ideas! I love Halloween and can't wait to try out some of these decoration tips for my Party in a few weeks :)

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 6 years ago

    I had my own mad hatter costume last year, I made everything from my pants, to the coat and my hat!

  • Kimona

    Kimona said 6 years ago

    If you aren't feeling festive yet... check your pulse! :)

  • ALovelyThingHappened

    ALovelyThingHappened said 6 years ago

    the dexter blood slide candy is AWESOME!

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 6 years ago

    That blood splatter how-to photo booth idea sounds awesome.

  • raindropdesigns

    raindropdesigns said 6 years ago

    Halloween is my favorite holiday! These ideas are fantastic and I love the idea of doing Halloween yourself!

  • YanniCreations

    YanniCreations said 6 years ago

    Helpful tips and great DIY ideas from talented Etsians. I myself have bought some tutorials and sure helped me a lot.

  • GaGa4GiftTags

    GaGa4GiftTags said 6 years ago

    All of this Halloween stuff makes me want to get started on my Halloween decorating and crafting!

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 6 years ago

    I love everything. Nothing can make me happier than Halloween findings!

  • KitchenWench2

    KitchenWench2 said 6 years ago

    Excellent and full of creative energy!

  • HighlandInspirations

    HighlandInspirations said 6 years ago

    I love this time of year! I wish I had the time to make them all. Thank you!

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce said 6 years ago

    Such great finds and ideas! I love them!!

  • sewZinski

    sewZinski said 6 years ago

    woah! This is sooo cool. The sugar skull makeup tutorial is the bidness!

  • vintageland

    vintageland said 6 years ago

    love the post and Halloween

  • twirliewhirlies

    twirliewhirlies said 6 years ago

    It's the most wonderful time of the year!

  • AndreaFuentesDesigns

    AndreaFuentesDesigns said 6 years ago

    These are super fun. I love Halloween! Most craziest, fun, and creative part of the fall.

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    Love all of these!!!! So orignal and fun. Thanks for sharing!

  • thesittingtree

    thesittingtree said 6 years ago

    Hey Mary! I just realized my Pheasant Yarn was featured in your article!!! Thank you so much~

  • chimera

    chimera said 6 years ago

    Love the felting kits! Etsy is the best place for craft supplies!

  • chicafemmecrafts

    chicafemmecrafts said 6 years ago

    OMG! I love the Dexter slides!

  • FusionSweets

    FusionSweets said 6 years ago

    Such original fun ideas here!

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