Saturday, October 15, 2011

A few Halloween decorations

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Are you all in the Halloween spirit? Christmas is my favorite time to decorate, but I love traditional and vintage, cheeky Halloween decorations. As much as I love the fun look of haunted houses, I'm not into the extremely creepy or gory decorations that are sold at so many stores today. My family can attest that I'm a first degree fraidy-cat and I also hate the evil that is now all too often associated with Halloween. Since we've moved quite a bit, having to store lots of huge holiday decorations is bit of a down side, so I always find myself going back to making paper decorations.
Come on in!
I had a banged up white/corkboard frame from a clearance rack. After painting it black, I cut out paper bunting and stamped it all with black ink. The tulle wreath is based off of something on Pinterest. As much as I love Halloween magazines and inspiration like Pinterest, I really like to just have fun creating from things I have lying around.
The bats are cut out with black paper and hung with fine silver floral wire and the old orange ginger jar lamp was bought for $5 at a thrift store. I cut out some black felt to lay over the shade.
I love Halloween trees after seeing the clever ones my mom's been making and displaying in my childhood home for the past 20 years. She was way ahead of her time.
I took some old tree branches we had cut in the backyard and spray painted them black. The container is a pot stuffed with newspaper to hold the branches in place (could use floral foam, I didn't have any on hand) and then wrapped in some leftover black felt. The branches are wrapped in orange Halloween lights and then covered in upside down mini cupcake wrappers to make them look like mini lamp shades. The paper was bought on clearance from Michael's and then stamped with some Martha Stewart halloween stamps from last year that I love.
The ghosts were made with the old trick of putting them on a bottle with wire arms attached and then starching the cheesecloth and letting them dry. The eyes and mouth are felt cut-outs. The candy containers are vintage from my Grandma. I decided to hang some ghosts over our kitchen lights, and it's neat how they really look like they are glowing and floating mid-air.
What kind of decorations do you like/do? Are you going trick-or-treating with family? Our neighbors have a full-on haunted house, the hit of the whole neighborhood, so I think we'll have a few children coming by this year. Have a happy, cozy October and Halloween!


  1. You'll definitely have a kid coming by to trick-or-treat this year. He's big, and lives right in your house. I LOVE the starched ghosts! Gotta try!

  2. I absolutely LOVE the ghosts!!! And your house looks so pretty! I'm loving this blog.

  3. I love, love, love all your Halloween stuff!!!