Archive of ‘Entertain’ category

#15: Old School Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Activities Pumpkin Carving

What would Halloween be without the ‘old school’ pumpking carving?!  While our designs have evolved a bit from the geometric shaped faces, the carving process is still one of my favorites.  Check out our witch, tombstone, and owl desgns!

Halloween Activities Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Activities Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Activities Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Activities Pumpkin Carving

Happy Carving!  🙂

 

#14: Haunted Portrait Art

DIY Halloween Haunted Portrait Art

Dress up your walls for Halloween with this Haunted Portrait Art!  This DIY project is a cost-efficient and unique way to put an eerie dispaly on your walls!

Step 1:  Buy Canvas

I used 12 x 12 canvases from Michaels (they come in packs for savings!)  Plus the 40% coupon 🙂  You will need 6 for the display I showed above.

Step 2:  Buy Scary Masks

Thrift it up!  You won’t be wearing the masks, so don’t be freaked out by second hand!  Just find something that will take well to spray paint. (I found the hard masks worked a bit better than rubber)  You will need 3 masks.

Step 3:  Spray Paint

Spray paint your 3 masks and 3 canvases black.

Step 4:  Cover 3 Coordinating Canvases

Use scrapbook paper (which is convinetly 12×12 just like your canvas!) and mod podge it onto the 3 canvases.  I also chose to add some bats that I cutout with my Cricut machine, which I also mod podged on.

Step 5:  Hot Glue Masks

Hot glue 3 masks onto black canvases.

DIY Halloween Haunted Portrait Art

Step 6:  Display!

Enjoy!

#13: Painted Pumpkins

DIY Halloween Projects Painted Pumpkins

What are easy to find amongst a sea of Halloween decorations?  Pumpkins!  Fake pumpkins are great for re-purposing year after year, but (I admit) they can be BORING.  Solution?  Paint them!  The possibilities are endless!  We used a variety of techniques on our 3 pumpkins, ranging from free form spiders and geometric patterns to puff paint (throwback 90’s!) dots in an intricate design.

DIY Halloween Projects Painted Pumpkins

DIY Halloween Projects Painted Pumpkins

DIY Halloween Projects Painted Pumpkins

DIY Halloween Projects Painted Pumpkins

DIY Halloween Projects Painted Pumpkins

Enjoy!

#12: Glitter Skull Tray

Halloween Decor Glitter Skull Tray

Any opportunity to work glitter into a Halloween project adds a touch more excitement for me!  Glitter adds some glam and beauty, but in keeping with the dark Halloween ambiance.  Glitter skulls look awesome and you can find them fairly cheap at Target (dollar section!), dollar stores, or of course, thrift stores.  I chose to display mine on a vintage silver platter with some black spray painted roses (from this post).  I displayed them on a round dining room table, below the chandelier (from this post).  Finally, when looking for a table cloth I thought all the plastic Halloween ones looked cheap, and unoriginal.  So I went to the fabric store and bought this black and white print fabric.  It is waterproof and can be easily cleaned.

Halloween Decor Glitter Skull Tray

Enjoy!

 

#11: Halloween Party Invite

Remember when you were a kid and it was the most exciting this in the world when you got mail?!  Now, as a ‘grown up’, we dread the mail because all we expect are bills and junk mail (dear Visa, stop trying, I don’t want another credit card!)

Well, I sincerely enjoy both designing and distributing the Halloween invites.  I just hope that when a recipient receives theirs in the mail, they get a little smile and excitement for some FUN mail for a change!  This year I went with a postcard ordered off Snapfish, so it was nice not having to deal with envelopes!

Halloween Party Invitation

Enjoy!

 

#10: Creepy Halloween Mirror

creepy halloween mirror

This creepy halloween mirror is perfect to display all October long, especially if you are having a spooky gathering! Halloween + spooky mirrors = match in Hallowen Heaven.  I know what you are thinking, “Big mirrors are so expensive!”  My response?  Yes, new mirrors are very expensive.  However, thrifting big mirrors, is not.  The mirror in the photo above I got for a whopping $8 at a thrift store.  But it looked like this on the left below:  Ewww!  Brightly colored with random gemstones, someone let their 5 year old go to town on this baby.  But nothing a little black spray paint can’t reverse 🙂

creepy halloween mirror

After that I used cheesecloth on a stand to set some Goodwill glass jars I found.  I filled them with plastic eyeballs and spiders (Party City, under $2).  Finally, I added touches of my ‘go-to’ vintage silver with another frosted candle from this post, and ta-da!  My spooky mirror and accessories was a great addition to the party!

creepy halloween mirror

Enjoy!

#9: Eerie Crow Birdcage

Eerie Crow Birdcage DIY Halloween Decor

One thing super random you should know about me, I have a phobia…of birds.  They TOTALLY freak me out!  I think it stems from living on a farm, riding the lawn mower and having barn swallows swoop down at me, trying to take off my head.  Regardless, I was super excited about how my eerie crow bird cage turned out for Halloween!

I had been eyeing this ornate birdcage at Savers (thrift store) for a few weeks, then I finally decided to go get it, and low and behold, it was green sticker Monday! (Or something like that, where it was 50% off!)  So I got it for $20!  🙂  After that, a little black spray paint and dollar store crows (eww!!  Soo scary!), and we had a haunted birdcage!

p.s. This one even creeped Matt out, he wouldn’t let me put it up in his house until the party  🙂  I don’t blame him!  I wouldn’t want those spooky crows staring me down either!!

Eerie Crow Birdcage DIY Halloween Decor

Enjoy! 🙂

#8: Spooky Flower Arrangement

DIY Halloween Decor Spooky Flower Arrangement

I don’t know about you, but I’d imagine if I were in a haunted house that any flowers in sight wouldn’t be pretty and colorful, they’d be black and scary! 🙂  I like these little touches that add some character throughout the Halloween party.  Oh and don’t worry, very easy & cheap to make!

DIY Halloween Decor Spooky Flower Arrangement

1. Gather fake floweres from Goodwill or thrift stores

2.  Spray paint flowers black (you will have to spray and flip to get all angles, although some color coming through looks kind of cool too! 🙂  (you can see some red showing through in my arrangement above)

3.  Display in vintage silver (again, Goodwill/thrift stores!!) with accents such as spiders and pumpkins

Enjoy!

 

#7: Halloween Head Waiter

DIY Halloween Decor Head Waiter

 

This Martha Stewart DIY Halloween Head Waiter was one of my favs.  I will talk you through my steps:

Step 1:  Gather Supplies

You will need:

– Styrofoam head (these can be spendy, look at thrift stores!)

– Paper towels

– Old coffee

– Mod Podge

Step 2:  ‘Dye’ paper towels

SO easy, just dip crumpled paper towels in coffee and let dry in crumpled state, this gives a really cool eerie & decrepid look to the paper towels

Step 3:  Mod Podge

After paper towels are dry, use mod podge to adhere the paper towels to the strofoam head (you will have to put some on the head first for the paper towels to stick, and then on top of the paper towels again).  Keep layering in a random order.

Step 4:  Add Accents

I decided to use some of my dollar store spiders on the head waiter for an even spookier look, and placed the head waiter on a vintage silver cake stand,  that held our Halloween cupcakes.  Use extra coffee stained paper towels around the head base.

Directions can be found here.

DIY Halloween Head Waiter

#6: Halloween Chandelier

DIY Halloween Decor Spooky Chandelier

Matt’s Mom gave me an awesome chandelier that I was able to transform for Halloween.

Step 1:  Spray Paint Chandelier

“Surprise”- black spray paint!  You can tell that you go through a lot of this for Halloween decor.  I hung the chandelier from a wire in a tree to spray paint it to be sure I covered all angles.

Step 2:  Add Beads

I found some beads at the thrift store for under $1 and spray painted those black too.  These give the chandelier an aged look and add some interest

Step 3:  Lights

Again, I opt for the LED tea lights since these are no worry in terms of fire hazard and can just be clicked on or off (and they even flicker, gotta love craft technology advances!)

Before & After! 🙂

DIY Halloween Decor Spooky Chandelier

Enjoy!

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