Halloween Decoden Crafts for Tweens

Last Updated on September 3, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Looking for decoden crafts? Check out these cute Halloween crafts for tweens that y0u can make using Decoden decorating accessories.

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Decoden Craft Ideas for Tweens for Halloween

I’ve been looking for Halloween gift ideas for tweens and teens because it seems like everything I find in the store is geared towards little kids.

I still like to give the kids a small gift for Halloween even when they are past the age where they’re interested in stickers and little plastic toys.

Using some craft supplies from Mod Podge, I created a fun Halloween gift. 

I’ve been fascinated by decoden lately and have been wanting to try some simple decoden craft ideas. I love learning new types of crafts especially when they’re easy to do.

I’m not someone who has hours to devote to one craft project. But, if I can make something cute relatively quickly, that’s my type of craft.

What is decoden?

If you’re not familiar with decoden, it’s really the combination of two words – deco for decorated and den for which is short for denwa which means phone in Japanese.

This cute craft craze started out as a way to decorate your cell phone case. It quickly became a fun way to decorate any small object whether that’s an Altoid tin, a trinket box or a compact mirror.

There are a lot of decoden craft ideas on Pinterest if you want more projects.

Decoden is the art of decorating with small trinkets, glitters, rhinestones, beads, etc. Basically, the more sparkly and over the top the better.

Because I’m relatively new to decoden, my project is fairly simple. You can cover the entire surface of the item if you like or leave enough space to see the surface below.

Halloween Gift Ideas for Tweens | Decoden Craft Ideas

This is what you need to get started on these decoden craft ideas. Feel free to adjust the colors, types of molds, and the markers and trinkets if you want to.

You don’t need to stick to my design.


  • Mod Podge Collage Clay in Vanilla which is white (try this one)
  • Silicone Craft Mat to protect your craft surface
  • Acrylic Paint in Purple
  • Mod Podge High Temp Mini Mod Melts Glitters (try these)
  • Hot Glue Gun (NOT low temp)
  • Markers – pink & black to do my design
  • Mod Podge Mod Molds Trinkets #25130 (try these)
  • Altoid tin, clean
  • Rhinestones in purples
  • Mini putty knife to apply Collage Clay

Decoden craft ideas directions

  • Insert a silver Mod Podge High Temp Mini Mod Melt into your glue gun. Let it warm up and very carefully fill the skull cavity on the Mod Mold with it. Allow to dry for 10 minutes and pop out. Color the bow pink or purple and the eyes black. Repeat for as many skulls as you want.

Halloween Gift Ideas for Tweens | Decoden Craft Ideas

  • Mix the Mod Podge Collage Clay with a small amount of Folk Art Multi-Surface Neon Acrylic Paint in Purple. Stir until well mixed.
  • Using a mini putty knife, spread the Purple Collage Clay on the top of the Altoid tin like you are frosting a cupcake. If you want more traditional colors for your decoden craft ideas, you can use orange for Halloween instead.

mod podge and a tin with decoden topping

  • While the Collage Clay is still wet, apply the sequins and the skull to the top covering as much of the surface as you like.
  • Allow to dry completely & fill with something cute like lip balm and mini nail polish.

a tin with pink and purple nail polish in it

More decoden craft ideas

So, if you’re looking for a few more decoden craft ideas, check out these projects. Why not make this cute decoden phone case. I love the design they chose.

Or, try these unicorn ornaments that were made using decoden. They’d be great for Christmas or just to decorate a room. Get the directions here.

So, don’t be afraid to get creative with this one. If you want to use a different color or a wooden box instead of an Altoid tin, you can do that.

Choose whatever types of rhinestones and embellishments you enjoy. The idea is to let your creativity come through. You could also find little mini skulls in black and use white rhinestones to make this a bit more traditional for Halloween. 

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4 thoughts on “Halloween Decoden Crafts for Tweens”

  1. Definitely pinned to my crafts board. I never heard of giving Halloween gifts. My family wasn't too keen on the gift giving, but I'm a bit different.
  2. I love this craft. I would've totally wanted something like this when I was around 13. I had no clue Mod Podge had so many different products out - thanks for sharing :)
  3. What a cute craft for Halloween! I didn't realize Mod Podge made mold melts. I am so out of touch when it comes to being crafty!!

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