#3: Haunted Bird Bath

This is a great addition to any outside halloweed ‘graveyard’ or other spooky outdoor decor.  (And I didn’t even find the idea on Pinterest, shocking I know!  :)  I found this plastic bird feeder at the Dollar General (ok, it wasn’t $1, but it was under $10 for sure!), and knew I could ‘spook’ it up.

DIY Halloween Decor Haunted Bird Bath

DIY Halloween Decor Haunted Bird Bath

Supplies:

– Plastic bird feeder

– Black spray paint

– Statue item

– Floral moss

– Hot Glue Gun

STEPS:

1)  Spray paint your plastic bird feeder bowl and base black (using black spray paint specifically for plastic works best)

2)  Spray paint your statue item.  I used an old Christmas angel that I found at the thrif store for $1, something that will look spooky!

3)  After all paint is dry, hot glue the statue to the bowl and hot glue the craft moss to make it look aged

4)  put rocks in the base of the bird feeder to keep it standing upright before setting the bowl on top

Enjoy!  :)

 

#2: Trick or Treat Boxes

This is a super easy project that I found on Pinterest, and I especially love it because after halloween, it stores WONDERFULLY!  All you have to do is put the boxes inside one another :)

DIY Halloween Decor Trick or Treat Boxes

Supplies:

– 3 paper mache boxes (I got mine at Hobby Lobby here, be sure to look for coupons as I got mine 40% off!)  Yes, this is a set of 7, but I used the 4 other boxes to create levels on my candy table, post coming soon :)

– Black spray paint

– Sandpaper

– Halloween Ribbon

– Hot Glue Gun

– Sticker letters or dicut paper letters (I used my Cricut)

STEPS:

1)  Take 3 boxes (in desccending sizes), and spray paint outsides and tops black

2)  After spray paint dries, use sandpaper to distress the boxes in the corners and centers

3)  Hot glue or stick on your letters “Trick or Treat” to the boxes

4)  Hot glue your haloween ribbon to the perimeter of the top of the largest box

Thanks to the blog http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/09/todays-guest-brown-paper-packages.html that my original pin linked to!  :)

DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Boxes

#1: Bat Wing Fan

Let’s start with a very simple DIY project.  Want to decorate your space from floor to ceiling?!  I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall seeing any lame ceiling fans in any haunted houses I’ve been to.  Fans can be an eye sore for us detail-oriented (/”type A”) decorators.  UNLESS, you use the ceiling fan to your advantage in your decor, hence, the bat wing fan!

Matt’s house has 3 fans (of course all in the common areas of our party), one in each living room and one in his kitchen.  So I did this 3 times last year, but saved my wings to use again this year!

I saw this idea on Pinterest here for actual fan blades being sold on Etsy, but I’d say its a very easy DIY project, so I just “WING-ed” it! (GET IT?! Ha, so funny :) )

Enjoy!

DIY Halloween Decor Bat Wing Fan

Instructions:

1)  Measure your fan blades length & width

2) Freehand bat wing long and wide enough to cover each blade

3)  Cut out bat wing and use this as a stencil for the other fan blades

4)  Use duct tape to adhere to fan

*Note – try not to turn on the fan as these are only made of poster board, however, I will note that Matt & I did this a few times and it looks pretty sweet  :)

DIY Halloween Decor | Bat Wing Fan

31 Halloween Projects

If you haven’t checked out my post from last year’s Halloween party, let me warn you:  I am a little bit of a Halloween fene.  Matt and I threw our first annual Halloween party last year, and let’s just say I got a “wee bit” into DIY decorating :)  This year I thought it’d be fun to post 31 Halloween projects/decorating, incorporating some techniques I used last year with some new ones that I will try this year.

Rather than making every single post in October Halloween related, I will incorporate these 31 Halloween projects from now until Halloween.  Trust me from experience, it’s nice to get a head start on the decorating!

Check out my Halloween party post here from last year, and stay tuned & keep checking back for the 31 Halloween projects coming soon! :)

DIY Halloween Decor 31 Halloween Projects

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Vintage Camper – Back Wall!

Matt and I had such a productive Labor Day weekend on the camper.  We tackled the part of the camper that was in the worst condition: the back wall!  (dun dun dun!  cue scary music).  We also had to repair a small part of the paneling on a side wall that had previous water damage as well.  I have to accredit most of the work to Matt, who as we say “winged” it when it came to tearing down the old wall and putting up the new!  A little detail on what we did:

1) Ripped off the old panneling and insulation behind

2) Reinforced some of the horizontal and vertical wood supports with new wood

3)  Tested for water leakage (the initial cause of the back wall’s previous condition) — p.s. this was literally Matt throwing buckets of water on the back of the camper while I stood inside with a “thumbs up” for no leaks! :)

4)  Re-insulated with new insulation

5)  Put up the new paneling (cut holes for light on side wall and outlet on back

Ta da!

I can’t wait to see the paneling painted (feature wall?  stenciled perhaps?!  The possibilities are endless!)

I had to show the progression of before during and after to really show the difference :)

Enjoy!

1966 Vintage Pathfinder Camper Repair

1966 Vintage Pathfinder Camper Repair

1966 Vintage Pathfinder Camper Repair

1966 Vintage Pathfinder Camper Repair

 

1966 Vintage Camper – Before!

Camper Unveiling: BEFORE! Well, Matt & I finally took the first step, we bought a home together.  Oh yeah, did I mention its mobile and from 1966?!  Welcome to our 1966 Pathfinder camper!  For those of you who aren’t familiar, my family is a HUGE camper family, although their RVs could be considered the Ritz Carlton of campers.  :)  HOWEVER, Matt and I thought it would be a super fun project to buy a vintage camper (off Craigslist obviously, #Craigslistjunkie), and renovate it!  Of course practical Matt would love to sell it again for an ROI, but we are both very excited to also be able to use it on some wonderful camping adventures in the future!

Our Goal: To remodel the 1966 Pathfinder camper to maintain its vintage appeal, while updating it with a clean and modern look.  Oh, and in a cost efficient manner :)

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

1966 Vintage Camper Before

Ok, I know what you’re thinking: “What work can be done?!  It’s in PERFECT condition!”  OK, maybe not but here is our current to do list:

1966 Vintage Camper Before

Stay tuned for more camper remodel updates! :)

1966 Vintage Camper Before

 

Custom Subway Art

Custom Subway Art

What’s in right now?  Subway art!  I love the unique use of different fonts and words to create any given mood/feel to a room.  What’s even better than subway art you ask?  Well, CUSTOM subway art of course!  While generic words can still have meaning, if words are meaningful and specifically chosen by a person, that makes the art that much more personable.  Not only that, but it makes it a “one-of-a-kind” piece.

I started with asking my boyfriend Matt for some snowboard words that had meaning to him.  He was obviously confused, so I suggested words like the names of Ski resorts or runs that he had been to or wanted to visit.  I wouldn’t tell him what it was for, because I love surprises.

He gave me his list and I got to work.

Supplies:

  • Canvas (any size, depending on the number/size of words)
  • Acrylic paint (the color(s) you want the words to be)
  • Brushes
  • Sticker Paper & a Cricut (or sticker letters)

Step 1:  Paint your canvas

I used a few shades of brown and painted the canvas to show variation of the tones to give it some depth.  Whatever color you make the canvas will be the color of the words.

DIY Custom Subway Art Tutorial

 

Step 2:  Words

Cut out words with cricut onto sticker paper, or use sticker letters to spell out the words.  It is important to use different fonts/sizes to give the art interest and variation (it also makes it easier to read the words).  This step took the most patience, you almost have to approach it like a puzzle trying to make all the words fit while keeping in mind the design aesthetic.

DIY Custom Subway Art Tutorial

 

Step 3:  Spray Paint

When all my words were stuck onto my canvas, I took it outside to spray paint.  I used black Rustoleum flat spray paint.  You can use any color you want, but make sure that it varies enough from the canvas color so you can easily see the outline of your words.  As I sprayed, a few  of the letters started to come up on the sides, don’t worry, I actually liked this effect as it made it look more rustic and original having some rough edges rather than being perfect.

DIY Custom Subway Art Tutorial

 

Step 4:  Remove Letters

I didn’t want the paint to dry and make the letters stick to the canvas, so I used tweezers to remove the letters while the spray paint was still fresh.

DIY Custom Subway Art Tutorial

 

Step 5:  Enjoy!

Now you have a custom subway art designed just for yourself.  Every time you look at it you think of the words that have special meaning to you.  Matt loves his custom wall art and gets lots of compliments on it at his house (especially his snowboard buddies).

DIY Custom Subway Art Tutorial

 

DIY Tutorial Custom Subway Art

DIY Halloween Party Decor

My initial thought was to blog post about all my Halloween party projects as I did them so we could all gear up for this spooky holiday together.  Well, I bit off a little more than I could chew (typical me, as you will soon realize).  SO, I am going to go a little bit in reverse.  I am going to post pictures of the final outcome of our party and then work backward in my DIY posts of how it all came to life (or death, ha!)  I hope you like the outcome!

{Back Living Room}

DIY Halloween Party Decor

DIY Halloween Party Decor

DIY Halloween Party Decor

DIY Halloween Party Decor

{Kitchen}

DIY Halloween Party Decor

DIY Halloween Party Decor

DIY Halloween Party Decor

DIY Projects Halloween Party Decor

 

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