DIY Halloween Play-Doh ornaments
DIY Halloween Play-Doh ornaments by Jennifer Perkins

The idea for this Halloween ornament came to me because of a common mom dilemma—my kids kept leaving the lids off of their Play-Doh, which meant lot’s of empty containers to throw out. Then I thought: “Hey, those would make adorable little Halloween ornament dioramas”! So I dug them all out of the trash and busted out the glitter! So easy, fun and customizable!

DIY Play-Doh container Halloween diorama
DIY Play-Doh container Halloween dioramas by Jennifer Perkins


  • Small Halloween toys
  • Empty Play-Doh containers
  • Glitter
  • Craft glue or decoupage medium
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Decorative trim
Play-doh ornament materials
Apply decoupage medium to the inside of the Play-Doh container

Apply glue or decoupage medium to the inside of a small (and shallow) Play-Doh container. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle glitter. Shake off the excess.

Glitter coated Play-doh containers for Halloween ornaments.
Glitter-coated Play-doh for Halloween

Allow the glue or decoupage medium to dry completely.

DIY Halloween diorama ornament
DIY Halloween diorama ornament by Jennifer Perkins

Using hot glue, adorn the outside of the Play-Doh container. Decorative trim, small toys, pompoms, ribbon, and more can be added to the outside. Inside the diorama, use small toys, erasers, or even googly eyes.

Decorative mini Halloween black christmas tree
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These wee little dioramas are a great project to make with the kids; it was their Play-Doh after all. It is also a great ornament for a smaller tree, like the Tuxedo Black Table Top Tree. I hope you have been inspired this week to make a few of your own DIY Halloween ornaments. Don’t forget to check out Black Cats, Doll Part Stew, Stenciled Monsters, and Slithering Snakes!

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