Cheap but Chic: Cute but Spooky Halloween DIY’s

Cheap but Chic: Cute but Spooky Halloween DIYs


Looking for some amazing, but spooky Halloween treats and decorations? Well, we at Cheap but Chic, we have just what you need to make this Halloween decorative and sweet.


Halloween Potion Bottles


  • Some sort of bottle ( such as an ibuprofen bottle, garlic powder tin, etc.)
  • pen/pencil
  • Glue gun
  • Black chalk paint
  • Paint, Dark brown, orange-yellow, and rust-color                               
  • Sponge or mop brush
  • Matte clear coat                                                             
  • Toppers for the bottles ( natural woodsy recommended)



  1. Draw your design on your bottle with your pen/pencil
  2. Trace your writing in glue gun
  3. Coat bottle in black chalk paint
  4. With sponge (or mop brush), dab on paint*
  5. Seal with Matte clear-coat  
  6. Make your fabulous toppers (don’t put them on)
  7. Fill your bottle (so it doesn’t tip over)**
  8. Now add your topper to the top


*Paint should be a little watery to take away the sponge look

* Your contents should kind of feel as if it was the real thing

*You can use marbles, sand, uncooked beans, etc. to fill the bottles                                                            

Idea from Magia Mia


Blood Drip Cupcakes


-For the cupcake-

-1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

-1/2 c. Unsweetened cocoa powder

-1/4 c. malt powder

-1 3/4 c. sugar        

 -2 tsp. vanilla extract   

-1 tsp. instant coffee      

-1 tsp. baking powder

-1 tsp. baking soda         

-1 tsp. Salt        

 -1c. Buttermilk               

 -2/3 c. unsalted butter, melted      

-2 large eggs                                                                     

-2/3 c. unsalted butter, melted     

-2 c. Buttercream Frosting   


-For the glass candy-

  • 1/2 c. light corn syrup
  • 3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 c. water

*extra: red food color gel for garnish*



1.Preheat your oven to 350 F. Fill cupcake pan with liners.

  1. Make cupcakes: In the bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder, malt powder, sugar, instant coffee, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, with a mixer. Add in next, 2 large eggs, buttermilk, unsalted butter, and melted vanilla extract, and beat on medium until well combined, about 2 minutes. Pour in 3/4 cup boiling water and beat until well combined. Fill liners 2/3 of the way. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  1. Make glass candy: Line a baking sheet with foil. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and stir until mixture begins to boil. Stop boiling and clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Use a brush and water to wash down any crystals. Bring mixture to 300 F, then pour hot candy mixture onto prepared pan. Set aside at least 1 hour, then break apart candy into shards.
  2. Assemble: Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Insert candy glass into center. Pipe red gel onto cupcakes for a blood drip finish.


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