Decorating for Halloween, that is. Each year I do some decorating but usually it's pretty low key, even though I really do love this holiday! This year I decided to kick it up a notch...let's not forget it all started with this mirror!
Each year at Christmas I take down the picture that normally hangs in this "niche" (sorry, no before picture, but trust me when I say, not all that exciting!) above the fireplace and replace it with a wreath and hang some stockings below (it sucks that there is not actual "mantel")...I have never exerted that much effort for any other holiday...until now. Here's what I cam up with:
Most everything here was either items I had on hand, purchased from a thrift or cut with my Silhouette. You know the story of how the mirror came to exist, everything else just sort of fell into place. All the candle sticks came from thrift stores and painted either black or silver. I purchased the candelabra on the hearth from M's last year. The black arrangement on the right was a "natural" color about a week ago...I decided it was time for a change, so why not paint it black and use it for Halloween. Love that cute little bat hanging at the top. The ghosts (did you see them peeking out of the mirror) were cut with my Silhouette using clear contact paper. The rats and bats were cut with the Silhouette as well using Vinyl for the rats and black cardstock for the bats (love the 3D look). Got the bat idea via Pinterest...see I told you that you needed to check it out!
The skulls were from JoAnns, the witch (love her) was from Marshall's. The ghouls beside her are from the Dollar Tree...they really do have some cool things for Halloween there! Spider candles were from M's.
A closer view of the witch...don't ya love her spider buttons?
One more look:
Still kicking it up a notch further I decided to "set" the dining room table. After all, you never know who may be stopping by for a "bite" or two!
I bought white plates from Goodwill for $1 each and once again, used my Silhouette to cut various images out of vinyl...VOILA, instant china! These glittered skulls and hands were purchased from Home Goods...my absolute favorite spot to buy holdiay decor. The trick is to buy EARLY and not wait...I have had these pieces at least 6 weeks! I made my own "blood" candles via Martha...super easy and I love the look. The wine glasses were purchased from the 99 Cent Store (not to be confused with Dollar Tree). Again, all candle sticks from thrift stores and painted. I bought the little eyeballs from M's. Tablecloth was fabric I purchased from JoAnns...I have silver cobwebs facing up, but if you flip it over, they are gold...cool stuff!
Here is the table looking a little more ghoulish with the light on:
Last but not least, I had to add a little something to my buffet in the kitchen.
Boot was purchased at Ross, skull at Home Goods and the rest from M's. You already know how my blocks came about, but if not check here. Funny story about the "Best Witches" written on the chalkboard. I originally cut it out with the Silhouette using orange vinyl, but when I tried putting it on, it just did not want to stick well, however when I pulled it off, this is what I was left with! Guess I will be painting over that after Halloween, lol!
Thanks so much for touring my Halloween decor...whatcha' think?
Now I have to go turn approximately 10 yards of fabric into costumes for my little goblins!
Till next time, have a spooktacular day!
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There's a skinny girl who lives inside of me that's screaming to get out...I can usually shut her up with cookies!