I'm still busy decorating for Halloween. Luckily we still have 26 more days. Knowing me, I'll be decorating up to the last minute.
This year I decided to make a lot of my Halloween decor. Mostly due to the fact that I haven't ventured up into the attic to get down my old Halloween stuff. I've been using the excuse that it's too hot. But in the past week the temperature has gone from 115 degrees down to 60 degrees. So now I don't have the "But it's too hot" excuse. This week, the truth finally comes out. I'm just too dang lazy to climb up the ladder and weed through the mess of boxes to drag out the ones in the very back which happen to be my Halloween boxes.
Plus if I make my own, I actually have new stuff to blog about.
Today I will give you a little sneak peek at what I'm doing to decorate my china hutch.
First off, I made this little "happy halloween" sign. Remember back in September when I went to my local Tai Pan Trading store? I showed you a sign that I wanted to buy but I knew I could knock off.
To refresh your memory, here is the sign at Tai Pan Trading. I don't remember how much this sign was. I'm thinking between $6.00-10.00.
And here is my version. I think I like my version better. The cost of this was basically free. I already had everything on hand. The frame came from a thrift store for a quarter as it didn't have any glass or a back for that matter. I painted it black & added a piece of cardboard to fit in the back. I used some scrapbook paper I had on hand to cover the cardboard. I then printed out "happy halloween" from my computer. I then cut it out & placed it on a piece of black cardstock that I cut out a little larger to make it look like a mat. I then taped everything together. I'm happy with the result.
Next I decided to makeover some faux pumpkins and a white Christmas dove from Dollar Tree. I spray painted the pumpkins "heirloom white". And then antiqued the pumpkins with watered down burnt umber craft paint which I slathered on & then wiped most of it off. I painted the stems burnt umber as well.
I love how I turned white Christmas doves into black glittery Halloween crows. I first spray painted the white doves black. After they had dried, I covered them with watered down white school glue. And then I sprinkled black glitter all over them. Well except for the legs & beak. I did pull out the legs so they would be a little longer before spray painting them black. As crows have longer legs than doves.
I already had all the paint. All I had to buy was the black glitter which I got at Michael's with a 50% off coupon. Plus $4.00 for 3 pumpkins (I used one by the Halloween sign above) and 1 package of 2 white doves (I used the 2nd one elsewhere). The pumpkins and doves came from Dollar Tree.
I also made a couple of mummy votive holders (I'm only showing you one of them). I already had the glass votive holders left over from my wedding a few years back. And I already had the googly eyes left over from a Halloween project from years past. All I had to buy was a roll of gauze from the Dollar Tree. I just glued on the eyes & cut the gauze thinner & then wrapped it around the glass.
To be honest, I really made these last year. Lucky for me they weren't up in the attic, but in my closet where I stash candles & such.
And I stole, I mean, borrowed the idea from Thrifty Decor Chick last year.
And I know all of you have seen these chalkboard rocks from Pottery Barn. They are $16.00 for 4 rocks. FOUR ROCKS!!!! Are they frickin' kidding? Who pays $16.00 for 4 rocks? Not me.
I made my own. Again for free. I took 8 river rocks from my own backyard. Hubby wasn't too happy, but it was for a good cause, me. And I just saved him $32.00 plus shipping. So he should be worshiping the ground I walk on.
I already had left over chalkboard paint. So I sprayed 2 coats of chalkboard paint on the rocks. Then I used my chalkboard pens & wrote "Halloweeny" words on each one. Placed them under my cheese dome cloche & called it a day.
Why is it so hard to take good photos of anything behind glass?
I then printed out more Halloween labels to place on these bottles. These labels came from Kristine McKay Designs. You can find the labels by clicking here. I printed them out on some tan colored cardstock & then taped them to the bottles. I also used a little dab of hot glue.
And finally, I picked up a couple of these spider web stickers from Michael's for 99 cents each & placed them on a couple of white pitchers. Instant Halloween.
I'll be sharing my entire china hutch with you, hopefully soon. I just need to finish up a couple of things first.
I hope that you liked my fast, cheap & easy Halloween decor. And please remember, it's my decor that is fast, cheap & easy, not me.
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