Inspiration Monday : Halloween
One of my favorite things about being the crafty type is seeing things I like in stores & online and thinking to myself, “I could do that, and probably cheaper & more customized.” I’ve felt that way several times within the last few weeks in regards to Halloween decorations so this past weekend, I took action. The first floor of the w2 house is completely decked out for Halloween & I’m so excited about it!
Let me also state for the record that even though I change up my decor almost monthly, I’ve never gone over-the-top for Halloween. Until now. [We live in an area where there aren’t a ton of kids so we don’t get trick-or-treaters on Halloween, so in the past I haven’t bothered decorating.] Below are some details & photos into the eerie wonderland that is our house, as well as where I got a lot of supplies.
I started my decorating with the shelf that I consider our mantle in the living room. I’ve got black curtains which match the everyday decor really well and I think will accent the Halloween decor even better! I picked up some adorable pumpkins at Target in two different sizes and three different colors. I also got the purple lights [some blink, some don’t] at Target as well. In addition to the foam witch hat and creepy black bird, I got the letters spelling B-O-O at Pat Catan’s for less than a dollar each.
The letters and left side:
The right side:
Never in my life have I ever purchased the scary spiderweb stuff. Until now. I always thought it would be hard to use and separate – it totally wasn’t! And for less than $2 you get so, so much! I put it on some shelves, covered our staircase with it and also hung some on mirrors behind our television as well as on the lamp above the kitchen table leading to our bar.
I’m pretty sure I scared the bejeezus out of Jon when he came home from work. He definitely wasn’t expecting spidey webs all over the house! What else is perfect for the scary effect, you might ask? Spiders! I got a huge bag of these plastic spiders [about 150 of them!] for $3 at Target and I got a magnetic sheet at Pat Catan’s for about $1. After cutting the magnets into small pieces and adhering them to the backs of the spiders, I covered the front side of our front door!
They aren’t overly realistic up close, but from a little bit away, it’s enough to give your heart a little jolt! Another creepy-crawly that I think are scary? BATS! The amazing Cathy Zielske posted on Instagram & Facebook that she created a digital die cut file that she was willing to share & I’m so, so happy she did. I had been dreaming of putting bats in our half bathroom off of the kitchen and her file, available here, was perfect!
I couldn’t get a fantastic photo with the lights on, but the shadows that are created from light creeping in are awesome. I cut the bats out of three different sizes and staggered them along two walls, heading towards the window. I also took Cathy’s tip and added score lines in the middles of the bodies for a more realistic effect. The light that flickers from a candle add a spooky effect also. And said candle was made from a random jar and some crepe paper I picked up at Target. I also got a huge bag of googly eyes at Pat Catan’s and they were the perfect touch.
Here’s my mummy candle without being lit.
And with the little tealight inside lit. So, so adorable. Love him! As I mentioned, the bag of googly eyes was so huge I couldn’t just use two of them. I needed to make the purchase worthwhile, so I made this, also on display in our half bathroom.
What’s creepier than a gazillion eyeballs looking at you, right? And yet, somewhat adorable. The frame was one that I had lying around but I remember that I got it at [surprise, surprise] Target on clearance for about a dollar.
I had seen a pin on Pinterest about using old wine bottles to make bottles resembling potions and I thought I’d try my hand at that. I swiped a couple bottles from work that were empty & I tried out a pin I’ve had pinned forever for getting the labels off of them. [You soak the bottles in warm-hot water with dishsoap for about 20 minutes and then the labels just peel right off! No scraping or scratching necessary!] I had picked up some white and black acrylic paint while at Pat Catan’s and I filled each bottle [once they were dried out] with an entire bottle of paint before twirling the bottle to cover the entire thing. This was much easier than attempting to paint the outsides. I used a skull and a spider from the Silhouette store and cut them from vinyl before adhering them to the bottles.
Rounding out the decorations in the kitchen are this banner that I made with some simple patterned paper, wood pieces & my Silhouette. It’s pretty long so I thought it best to hang it in front of our patio doors.
The font that I used is one of my recent favorites, called KG Ray of Sunshine. Super adorable! I had the ribbon on hand and I love the way the green plays off of the colors of the banner, as well as the walls of my kitchen.
The goriest part of our decor is the centerpiece for the kitchen table. It’s a plate featuring jars of various sizes [I got them at Hobby Lobby] filled with bones, eyeballs & a brain all floating in water, tinted with various colors of food coloring. So realistic and so awesome.
That about sums it up in terms of decor for us. I’ve got a few additional things here and there, but nothing super photo-worthy. I’m looking forward to celebrating the season of Halloween as opposed to just one day!
Did you or do you decorate? Do you go all out? Let me know what your favorite decoration is! I love sharing and finding inspiration!