10 DIY Gothic Inspired Halloween Craft Ideas

Gothic inspired Halloween craft ideas

One of my favorite series, Penny Dreadful, got me all excited to do a Halloween decoration tutorial inspired by gothic horror. Unfortunately, I came down with a miserable  cold and have had to lay low for the past week, which put a damper on my crafting attempts.

But I did the second best thing and rounded up a list of 10 DIY Halloween decorating ideas that would look right at home in a haunted Victorian mansion.

Gothic candelabra

Thrifted candlesticks and old chandeliers can be combined and painted black,  then decorated for a romantic gothic effect. You can find the details here at Costuming Your Candelabra

Gothic tulle wreath

This gothic glam black tulle wreath was created by Sara of Our Best Bites, where you can find the instructions to make your own. According to Sara, it only takes a couple of hours to put together.

Skull lamps

Am totally loving these skull lamps made with thrifted lamps, foam craft store skulls and gauze fabric. See this Halloween Forum post for how to make.

Halloween Cloche

Nancy from the Craft Your Happiness blog made these fabulous Halloween display cloches from plastic soda bottles. Always happy when I see things being reused/recycled. And what a delightfully eerie collection they would make grouped on a mantel or sideboard. Instructions here.

Gothic Mansion Mantle

And speaking of mantels, Shannon from the Fox Hollow Cottage blog shows you how to put together this gorgeous Gothic mansion inspired display for your  fireplace mantel.

spectral image

The tutorial for this spooky spectral image in an ornate Gothic style frame can be found on the Country Living blog.

black rose wreath

Another stunning gothic inspired Halloween wreath, this one incorporates black and purple fabric roses. All ingredients purchased from the Dollar Tree store. Kylie from the How to Mom blog shows you how here.

skull centerpiece

Erica from Honestly Yum blog has a tutorial on how to make this spectacular skull centerpiece with fresh flowers. But I’m sure you could use dried or faux silk flowers as well. The options are endless.

lace candle holders

Black lace covered candle holders ,  an easy project that packs a big punch. A grouping with different trims would make a gloriously gothic statement. Tutorial on the BigAng blog.

steampunk pumpkins

And for my final pick, I had to include a tutorial for these amazing Steampunkins because what is Steampunk but a marvelous mashup of science fiction and Victorian Goth style?

Instructions provided on the Huckleberrylife Blog.


Till next time….



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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 30, 2018 at 8:10 am

    The thing about the cloches is, if you didn’t want to do a Halloween display, they would work for any Holiday theme. I do love those Steampunkins and would really love to try making one.

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    Ann October 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I have to confess I’m not really into Halloween. Even so, there’s a couple of ideas I quite like, the skull lamp shades, for instance and – my favourite – the display cloches! I’m quite taken by the Steampunkins too! xxx

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