Lynn Ferris of Holiday Décor & More claims she’s never designed anything in the steampunk style before, but her steampunk Halloween decorations are most impressive. And most of what you see here was created with items from the aisles of The Home Depot, as well as some Halloween decorations we sent her for our Halloween Style Challenge series.
Lynn shows just how easy it can be to create a steampunk vibe for your Halloween decor.
Steampunk Halloween Ideas
I am a bit of a fanatic when it comes to decorating for Halloween, and I am happy to share some of my DIY ideas and designs.
As part of this challenge, I received several Home Depot Halloween items as part of a mystery box. In addition to other items, I received two very large skulls (14-in.), two “life-size” skulls, two packages of black flocked spiders and two Edison Halloween light fixtures. At first, I was unsure how to incorporate the Edison fixture into my design. After doing a little research on Edison-style bulbs and fixtures, I realized the perfect theme for my design– I’d make a steampunk Halloween.
Steampunk sci-fi stories are often set in an alternative-history version of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American wild west. In other words, it’s kind of like Victoriana meets Wild, Wild,West, meets Men In Black. Throw in some top hats, gears, aviator goggles, lots of metallics, and you’ve got steampunk.
I walked up and down every aisle of my local Home Depot store in Poughkeepsie, New York looking for interesting items that could be used for my steampunk design. I found packages of MD craft metal sheets. I purchased two different styles in silver, as well as some Rust-Oleum Metallic gold spray paint.
I really hit the jackpot in the hardware aisle. Washers and nuts, in various shapes and sizes, in both silver and gold, would work perfectly for my steampunk Halloween ideas.
Using cut strips of the craft metal sheets, I coiled them around a paintbrush handle to make metal rings. These went around my spiders’ legs.
I added the washers and nuts, in addition to dollar shop jewelry pieces and craft store jewelry findings.
Using my hot glue gun, I attached the metal pieces to the spiders. The results were some very cool steampunk spiders. I may even turn some of them into jewelry pieces!
Now on to the steampunk skulls. These, too, I decided to embellish with various metallic items. Home Depot hardware, dollar shop items and flea market finds were all hot-glued to the skulls.
Top hats are a popular look in steampunk, so I decided to make one for one of the large 14-in. skulls. I was stumped on what to use as a flexible brim that would fit the large skull. While wandering through a close-out store, I stumbled upon a display of aluminum catering trays.
The large round tray was sturdy, yet flexible, big enough for the large skull, and less than two bucks!
After forming the brim and cutting out the center, I attached cardboard with duct tape. The size and shape were perfect! I then covered the hat with black felt, black Duck brand tape and various gears and metallic items. And my top hat was complete!
What do you think?
A Steampunk Halloween Mantel
I used an inexpensive torchiere lamp from Home Depot with an Edison bulb to provide lighting and tie into the theme. You can see the floor lamp on the left side of the photo at the top of this article.
To make the lamp pole look more like pipe, I used 1” clear plastic tubing from Home Depot. I slit each piece up the back, length-wise and wrapped it around the lamp pole. Hammered gold spray paint (also from The Home Depot) was used to paint the tubing.
The balance of my display included found items such as a birdcage, brass candlesticks, old books, an antique typewriter, an old steamer trunk, etc., etc.
Gears are another common element of steampunk. I debated on whether or not to make a gear-themed piece of art to hang above the mantle. I could cut something from either foamboard or plywood. Instead, I found the perfect piece in a Home Decorators Collection catalog. I was thrilled when I found this gear-themed clock!!! It was perfect for my steampunk Halloween display!
I painted a PVC pipe gold and used it to suspend letters spelling out “Happy Halloween”.
After arranging all my items, re-arranging, and arranging again, my Halloween mantel was complete! Home Depot proved to be the perfect resource for this Style Challenge. And now you, too, can create an awesome steampunk Halloween display.