Upgrade Your Halloween With Four Spooky Goodwill DIYs
By Alia Hurst and Alana Sesow
Looking for unique Halloween décor? Visit your nearest Goodwill! Sometimes you can score big with original items, but creators and artists who practice sustainable thrift flips use their talent to showcase a cost-effective option of decorating your home for spooky season. Try the following ideas or create your own, and remember to tag Goodwill in your final photos for a chance to be featured on our social media pages.
So head to Goodwill, grab some craft supplies and let’s get to it!
1. Halloween Gallery Wall.
Jennifer found a variety of art pieces at her local Goodwill and used spooky add-ons to create a Halloween gallery wall. She starts with a vintage painting of a woman and adds plastic snakes and a black frame to transform her into a spooky medusa. Thrift as many art pieces as you want to create a picture-perfect display for your haunted home. The possibilities are endless!
2. Animated Spell Book
Inspired by Hocus Pocus, the Wicked Makers used tissue paper and Mod Podge to turn a gently used Goodwill book into a magic spell book with an animated eye. Grab your sisters for coordinated witches costumes, or simply add this book to your existing Halloween display!
3. Elixir Bottles
Susan, the author and creator of Home Road, used resources from her local thrift store to create frightening elixir bottles. To execute this dead-easy DIY, pick up a few clear jars at your nearest Goodwill and add poisonous labels. Look for spooky stickers in Goodwill’s Bits & Pieces section or print your own at home. Add a few spiders or an eyeball to make them scarier, if you dare!
4. Animatronic Rocking Chair Witch
The Wicked Makers upgraded an already-frightening rocking chair witch using materials from their local Goodwill. With vintage clothing, boots, cloth, accessories, and a few additional craft supplies, you can create a unique porch decoration that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on neighborhood trick-or-treaters.
Crafting with secondhand items doesn’t just add uniqueness to your Halloween; it also improves our community and planet. The revenue from Goodwill’s thrift stores in Lincoln and York helps fund a variety of employment services and programs in the Southeast Nebraska community. These services help local job seekers overcome traditional barriers to employment so they can find work, earn a consistent paycheck and achieve greater financial independence. In 2021 alone, Goodwill served over 3,500 job seekers in Southeast Nebraska and diverted over 2.3 million pounds from our local landfill.
For more DIY Halloween ideas, follow Lincoln Goodwill on Pinterest.