Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More Halloween Tricks!

Ok, I promised you all some more Halloween decor tips today and here they are.

Now, Martha Stewart I am not, but I like to think I'm not totally incompetent when it comes to decorating. And while I love it when other people admire my decor, it think it is ultimately mot important to please yourself. You are the one that has to live with the end result. Anyway, back to Halloween.

When it comes to Halloween decor, I'm into to having interesting details. For one thing, I've always wanted one of those little Halloween villages like they have at Michael's, but they are way too expensive for me, so I'm slowly building up my own alternative.
The houses are tealight holders from Target. Our store didn't have them this year, so I unfortunately wasn't able to expand. The tombstones came from the Dollar Store and the coffin was a paper mache coffin from Michael's that I painted. Once upon a time the tree was a white tree for Easter that I got from my mom. Considering I don't decorate for Easter, I decided it was better served for Halloween and painted it black. The spiders hanging from the tree came from my mom. It's something I can build up a little at a time and is going to have a much smaller price tag than the village sets you can buy. Deven even wired the larger house up with LED lights for me.

The next decor hurdle I had to deal with was the empty aquarium in the corner of the living room. It was my birthday present from Deven, but we haven't yet had the chance to get it filled. We solved this by covering it was black fabric and creating a little scene on top.
This, again, was relatively inexpensive. The bedazzled pumpkins were gifts from my friends Cecilia and Jessica and the bedazzled skull was also from Jessica. The beakers came from my mother (isn't my mom awesome? She always finds me the best Halloween stuff!) The other skull is a votive holder from Michael's we got super cheap since the back was broken.
Behind it is a tree I made a few years ago from poster board that I spray painted black. Doesn't get much easier than that.

We generally keep the lights low for atmosphere, but still want there to be some light. We use orange string lights in the kitchen and on the curtain rod. This year, Deven also put some under the couch to add a glow underneath it. We also had this:
Now, I can't lay claim to this one. This was made by Deven's brother Justin and his girlfriend, Shelby, from PVC pipe, hot glue and led tealights.

I made this:
I cannot tell you how easy this is to replicate and it will help you add some lighting to your Halloween decor. I used one strand of orange lights and some orange tulle in a large hurricane jar. This one is also super easy to do with different light/tulle color combinations.

What are your Halloween decor dilemmas? Or nifty ideas? I would love to hear them! I'm always looking for new ideas!

Happy Halloween kids! I'm working on something fun for tomorrow too!

1 comment:

  1. Dollar Tree has little ceramic houses like that around this time of year. They're supposed to be a Christmas village, but I bet spray painted black, they'd look Halloween-y.