Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Cornucopia of Halloween!

Hanging Witch Hat
Hello again!  More Halloween decor to feature.  I know I should have been smarter and posted some of these say last week, but I didn't.  Better late than never.   One of these days I will slow down and document as I go, that is if I remember to do so!

Anyway, this post has my decor that is mostly store bought and then just pieced together by myself.  Like this witch hat I hung on my front door.  I found the hat at Target in their bargain bin for $2.  The orange berry sprays and bow I bought at Michaels.

I have admit that with all the supplies and decor I bought this fall, I didn't buy anything that wasn't on sale.  And even one purchase I wound up getting $100 worth of supplies for $35 thanks to a super sale at Michaels and a coupon for 20% off my entire purchase, including sale items, thank you very much!  You gotta love a great sale!  That and those wonderful bargain stores like Big Lots, Ollies and the dollar stores keep my crafting obsession at a pretty low cost.

My next project was a "potted" witch.  Lucky for me, when we bought our house seven years ago, I found the black cauldron planter in a flower bed in the yard.  Unfortunately, until a month ago, it sat in the flowerbed upside down full of dirt.

The following photo was my inspiration, which I found over at Pinterest.  After repinning, I visited the blog it came from,  Birshykat.  Great ideas over there by the way.  Now that I see mine next to it, I see how much more elegant it is than mine. 

So consider mine an ode to many of our financial states these days -- short and squatty!   Or if nothing else, I call it whimsical on a dime.  And, that is literal.  The boots were an old pair of mine that I spray painted black.

I bought the witch tights at Target for $4 and spider webbing and black "hay" for $1 each at none other than the dollar store.  As I previously mentioned, I already had the cauldron pot.  I also already had the stuffing for the legs and dowel rods that I slipped into the legs to help them stand up.  Oh, and I almost forgot, the broom I found at Michaels for $2.99.  Bargains do a soul good!

The real pumpkin compliments of the local farmer's market and the plastic carved Jacks I have had for almost 20 years, a Salkeld Halloween tradition.  Not to mention now that my boys are in college, we can get away without having to carve a Jack! 

My little trick or treater ghost I have had for almost 15 years.  Up close it's wear and tear is evident.  It used to have little packets of fake candy glued into its treat bag.  I bought him long ago at a craft fair and he has adorned our front porch every Halloween since.  This year I added the devil ears.

Pumpkins at the farmer's market this year were very plentiful.  I've never had a white pumpkin, so I bought the huge one and three small ones.  Note to self:  It seems that the smaller white pumpkins tend to rot quicker than any other pumpkins.  At the time I had taken this photo, one had already been placed in the compost pile in the backyard, may his little pumpkin soul R.I.P.

Mr. Albino Jack has a face made out of black sticker letters......those are 'w's for the mouth.  I didn't have enough 'm's.  Now that Halloween is over, I can de-face him so he will be fit for Thanksgiving decor.

I hope you have enjoyed my conglomeration of posts on Halloween.  You can look at it either way --- late for this year or early for next year! 

Black & Bloody Pumpkins


When I decided to step up my Halloween decorating this year, I perused the local dollar store and found these orange plastic pumpkins.  So I bought a dozen of them with the plan to alter some for halloween, some for Thanksgiving and then leave some as is.

As you can tell, these are the Halloween ones I spray painted and decorated to go with my eerie mantel display in our family room (see photo below).  The first one I used plastic sticker letters (BOO) and a sticker spider.

 Dead Jack

Dead Jack was created with plain silver staples for his face.

Bloody Ghost Pumpkins

Bloody ghost pumpkins I spray painted white and then used a red alcohol ink to make the blood stains.  I used black staples for the mouth and those are asterisk stickers from alphabet stickers.

Mummy Luminaries

I saw these on Pinterest, repinned them, and then made them myself.  I think they are so adorable! And, one of the things I love about them is that you can recycle old jars, worn t-shirts, old sheets or other material.  I used some small canning jars I had and my son's old undershirts.  Actually one of my little mummies is made from gauze I had and I added some tshirt strips to him.

We had just sent all of our empty glass jars off to the recyclying center so I actually had to go out to Michaels to buy a few large mason jars.  Now every time we finish a mayo or pickle jar, I'm conviscating them for my craft supplies!

I had planned on lining my front porch steps with these little guys on Trick Or Treat night (last night), but Mother Nature decided to rain on everyone's parade, so to speak.  However, I think they gave a nice seasonal flare to my indoor stairs in the foyer.

Here is a list of supplies I used:

- Empty jars of different sizes.

- White material ripped into strips.

- hot glue gun

- flickering plastic tea lights(battery operated)

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