Simple and Fun ideas to get you started with your 3D printing journey for Halloween

Simple and Fun ideas to get you started with your 3D printing journey for Halloween

Halloween is a great time of year to show off your 3D printing prowess. Whether you’re into DIY costume making or simply enjoy decorating, there are so many items you can make to put the finishing touches on your house and yard. Your only limitation is how far your imagination can stretch. Before you know it, you’ll be printing off ghosts, skulls, pumpkins and more! 

It really has become so accessible to customize your own decorations. With Halloween fast approaching, why not make just a few decorating touches using 3D printing? Below are a variety of cool and unique items you can make using your 3D printer.

Halloween décor and decorations to impress
From your front yard to indoor decorations there are simple ways to start creating. And don’t feel like you have to come up with your own ideas to begin with. Keep in mind, with online resources like 
Thingiverse.com there are many options to choose from. This website allows you to download other creators’ designs to print on your own at-home 3D printer. Files for non-commercial use are generally free to download. 

If you’re new to 3D printing and using websites like Thingiverse.com, remember that there are a plethora of Youtube tutorials guiding you through the process. 

So, what could you make? Here are just a few ideas for how you could level up your Halloween décor this year and beyond. 

Pumpkins and Jack ‘o lanterns
Carving a pumpkin can be fun but messy. Why not 3D print your own unique design? A quick search on Thingiverse and you will find exactly what you want. You could print an intricate design at the back of your pumpkin to project or glow on the wall behind. Perhaps if a skull is more to your style try this one here. Maybe your preference is for a pumpkin that transforms into a spider? You can find that
here

Table decorations for your spooktacular Halloween party
From kawaii huggable ghosts to more gruesome designs you’ll be able to print your own table centrepiece. See this
whimsical design for inspiration. Perhaps a model of a Haunted House may suit you or a wall hanging of a bat? There are so many creations that you can make and add to your collection each year. 

Depending on what materials you are printing with, consider how you want the finished product to look. When planning your print you can choose colours for any Pantone colour you want and glow-in-the-dark materials are also available.

Halloween costume ideas
If you’ve been paying attention to any cosplay or costume designers recently, you may have noticed a shift towards using at-home 3D printing techniques. Many creators are learning how 3D printing can level up their costume designs. From the novice to the semi-professional this is an interesting area to watch in regard to 3D printing. 

If you want to see where your skills can take you, check out the
Married Makers based in Canada. Their impressive designs show what’s really possible in the world of 3D printing. Definitely check out the amazing Squirtle head they made. 

Remember, you can start small with your designs. A simple accessory could be just the addition you need to make your Halloween costume pop. If you’re just beginning your 3D printing journey, why not try one of these ideas?

You could try searching on Thingiverse.com for a simple mask, headband, necklace or bangle to add a personalized element to your costume. Here’s an example of a 
rabbit mask you can print in three sections. 

Just getting started? Try this…
Begin with a simple ghost key chain or a necklace pendant for a friend. That way by starting small and simple you can learn the basic skills of 3D printing and grow your hobby. You don't need to be a professional designer or have a lot of expensive tools to create 3D-printed decorations and costume props for Halloween. The great thing about 3D printing is that it's so accessible. 

3D printing is a super simple way to create some fun items this Halloween!

About the Author:

This post has been written by Stephanie Vandenberg, an Australian teacher and freelance writer. She enjoys writing on neurodiversity, education and travel. You can find her work here.