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Dollar Tree Halloween Crafts

Halloween is prime time for crafts but crafts can be expensive if you anticipate lots of teens.  However, if you have a Dollar Tree in your town or the internet, you can do some really cheap crafts. If you don’t have a Dollar Tree in your town, you can order these items online. I will recommend that you order them VERY early, because it can take up to two weeks to get your order.

Sugar Skulls

Budget: $25+/25 teens (Budget depends on the supplies you have on hand)

Supplies Needed:IMG_6230

  • Dollar Tree Skulls
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Sharpies Paint Pens


  1. Pre paint the skulls different colors.
  2. Sharpie paint pens (water based) work very well because they are pigmented. They are also expensive but worth the investment. Give teens Sharpie pens and a picture and let them create.

Pumpkin Painting

Budget: $25+/25 Teens (Depends on the supplies you already have)

Supplies Needed:

  • Dollar Tree Pumpkins
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Sharpie Paint Pens
  • Puffy Paint (optional)


  1. Pre-paint your pumpkins white. It took a couple of coats so get some volunteers to do this if you have the luxury.
  2. Allow teens to paint their pumpkins however they like.
    1. I usually recommend they find inspo from their phones or I provide iPads for teens who don’t have phones.


Budget: $5/Teen

Supplies Needed:

I purchased everything from the Dollar Tree

  • Dollar Tree Foam wreathsKsGatWMSTkiZJHS7Y0e
  • Dollar Tree Black roses/varied plastic flowers
  • Dollar Tree Ribbon
  • Dollar Tree Tulle
  • Dollar Tree Plastic spiders, mini skulls, bats, etc.
  • Anything else you’d like to purchase
  • Hot glue and hot glue guns


  1. Provide pictures of examples for inspiration.
  2. Have teens begin by wrapping their wreath in ribbon. They can use one color or various colors.
  3. Allow teens to design freely.


  • It can be overwhelming with all the supplies on the table. Give teens time to design their wreath first before they dive in.


Flower Crowns

Budget: $5/TeensIMG_6259

Supplies Needed:

  1. Dollar Tree headbands
  2. Feathers
  3. Dollar Tree flowers
  4. Dollar Tree mini skulls
  5. Dollar Tree tulle
  6. Hot Glue and hot glue guns
  7. Dollar Tree ribbon


  1. Give teens a headband, some hot glue, and let them create


YA Librarian. Maker. Slytherin. Mgn of YALSA Programming Hub. Podcaster at The Novel Universe.

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