Get Vintage Halloween decor ideas and inspiration to turn thrift store finds into spooktacular decorations for your home!
If you’re looking for ideas to decorate retro-style this Halloween then you’re in the right place.
I transformed a few thrift store finds and inexpensive items from the flea market into vintage-inspired Halloween decorations. I made duplicates to have a few items for my antique store booth too.
Upcycling these thrifty finds was so much fun! Check out all of the details on these easy Halloween DIYs below.
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1. Oddities Shelf
Pick up a small shelf at a thrift store like Goodwill to upcycle into a Halloween curiosities and oddities shelf. You can also find reproductions of apothecary shelves on Amazon.
Fill the compartments with a mix of items like plastic skeletons and small glass bottles.
2. Creepy Figurines
Most thrift stores have shelves of knick-knacks and figurines. Be on the lookout for figurines like these with eyes that peer through to your soul!
To transform the figurines, I applied Mod Podge and pieces of crumpled tissue paper to them. Below is a better look at the process. This gave the statues texture and a layer for the paint to adhere to.
Then I painted them a dark gray by mixing black, brown, and white acrylic paint colors together. Once they were dry, I used a small paint brush to paint the eyes red.
3. Candelabras and Candle Holders
Add the spooky to your Halloween decor by spray painting old candlestick holders or candelabras!
Side Note: To get the fake dripping blood effect I used a red crayon and let the wax drip down the sides of the candles.
4. Potion Bottles
That brings me to Potion Bottles! Raid your recycle bin or check out your local antique store for vintage glass bottles to turn into apothecary bottles. I have a full post on how to make these fun potion bottles and how to get a mercury glass finish. Check it out and make sure to download the free printable labels –> Easy DIY Potion Bottles for Halloween – Free Labels.
5. Pedestal Skulls & Old Picture Frames
Visit the thrift store or antique store to find interesting small vintage table lamp bases to make pedestal skulls. Ornate candle holders would work great too. And while you’re there, look for old picture frames like the ones below.
With a little spray paint and plastic skulls from the dollar store, you can transform these ordinary items into vintage Halloween decorations.
6. Cloches and Pedestal Glass Jars
Keep an eye out for old cloche and large clear glass pedestal jars. These are perfect to fill with twisted vines, twigs, small skulls, moss, and other creepy decorations! Or make one using 2-part Epoxy to glue a Dollar Tree clear glass vase and candle stick holder together as shown below.
7. Vintage Ephemera
Add a personal touch to your spooky display with old junk journal pages, handwritten or typed letters, and vintage black-and-white photos. I found old pictures and letters at the antique store but you can also find vintage and Halloween ephemera here on Etsy.
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