Halloween Around the House & a $5 Halloween DIY

If you’re a long time reader, you know of my intense love for  Halloween. (Check out last year’s blog hop Halloween house tour here and past costumes here.) I thought I’d pop in today with some basic decorations I’ve got going on and a quick DIY for your Halloween party….

When you come into the house you walk in to what we call the sun room, so I always like a few nicer decorations in this space- I’ve got two candy jars on the bar right now (one for dog treats, one for people treats), a few window decorations, and a planter I’ve been meaning to put mums in for about 3 weeks. minimal Halloween decor- simple and cute

The windows both have signs in them, and they’re 2 sided which is nice. From the outside this one reads “Watch for Vampires” and then on the side window (which you can just see a bit of on the left of the above picture) we’ve got a Dracula window decal. There’s also a few little spider and moth decals spread out on the windows- you can see one in the bottom right of the window below.Halloween window decorations - skeleton halloween countdown blocksThe countdown is one of my favorite decorations- I love that sassy skeleton- and the pumpkin is a hand me down from my mom.

Since Halloween is on a Saturday this year we’re throwing a party, the problem is my costume will DEFINITELY scare the kiddos so I can’t be opening the door to them- whoops! We decided to set up a “trick or treat yo’ self” station outside instead. The customized jar from Personal Creations will be for dog treats (lots of my neighbors take their dogs around with the kids) and then I’ve got a cauldron full of candy for kids to help themselves to too.

Halloween candy jars - ceramic halloween decorations

PS- the customized jar is so cute and I’m super thankful Personal Creations offered to send it along! It’s airtight and a great size, we may keep it out all year long. Check out their site for lots of great personalized gifts- including trick or treat bags, doormats, Christmas stockings, and so much more!

personal creations customized canister

In the kitchen I set up our bar cart area with some rubber rats of course, my Halloween mug, and a pumpkin with a big floppy spider perched on it. You can’t tell because the window is so blown out, but there’s a skull and crossbones decal on it and I love that you can see it from the kitchen too.

kitchen coffee cart - halloween decorations

And lastly, our dining area got a few little bits of decor as well:

dining area halloween decor

The decal on the mirror, the skeleton card, and the skull on that plate is all out year round (I know, I’m a weirdo), but everything else is seasonal. I’m especially excited about the succulent jar, which may also stay out long past Halloween because all those plants are the most fantastic fakes you’ve ever seen (the brand is Darice).

Hallooween Centerpiece- kitchen table setting

For our party the house is going to be much much much more decked out- cobwebs and mood lighting and fog and more. Muah ha ha ha! I even made these “creepy cocoons” with some dollar store supplies:

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Henry is concerned, but curious.

  • I took some sticks from my yard and used electrical tape to attach them to a rubber dollar store ball. This created the head and shoulder with for my cocoon
  • Next I used masking tape and tissue paper to shape out my creature
  • I covered the shape with a “creepy cloth” from the dollar tree
  • Then I wrapped the whole thing in a cobwebs.

It’s super lightweight and each one only took about 20 minutes to make. They’re not the most amazing thing I’ve ever made- but for $5 and 20 minutes they’re not too shabby– especially when the lights are dimmed and there’s some fog crawling across the floor. 🙂

Do you go all out for Halloween? What’s your favorite way to decorate?

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While Personal Creations did send me the canister free of charge, they did not require I post about it- I chose to because I really do love it and am super impressed by the quality. You can always count on me to only endorse brands and products I truly adore.

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DIY Wooden State Art

Last week I posted about a DIY Wedding Guest Book Alternative (here), and this week I’m following up with a little DIY gift I made the bride and groom… but it’s totally something you could just make for yourself and frankly I probably will make one for myself because it’s freaking awesome.

I used cut and stained plywood as well as a painted canvas to make a very cute piece of art:

DIY plywood state art- rhode island

I don’t have a ton of in process pictures because I had no idea if I could successfully make those cuts, but let me break it down for you…

Create your state:

  • I googled “Rhode Island outline” and then brought the image I chose into my Silhouette Cameo and cut the shape out onto paper to create my template. (You could also just print and cut out the design yourself if you don’t have a Silhouette)
  • Trace the template onto your plywood with a pencil, then use a Jigsaw or Skillsaw to cut it out. Holy cow is tough- but you will feel like a superhero once you’ve succeeded. I used a jigsaw and very slowly and very carefully cut this out in sections. Please be careful not to cut your fingers off and also wear safety goggles. I am literally the worst at safety precautions but you need to be careful when a power saw is inches from your precious fingers.

Note: I did not use a “scrolling” blade because it kept bending, the plywood was too thick for it. I used the “10 TPI smooth” blade with my saw set to “curved” and that worked much better. There are different blades to switch in and out of your jigsaw to help you cut different materials and achieve different edges.Jig Saw settings- black and decker

  • Once you’ve cut it cut out, sand down all your edges and wipe it with a damp cloth
  • Stain with your desired color! Pictured is Minwax Special Walnut, one heavy coat.

Paint your canvas:

  • As you can probably tell, I am not an artist (sorry, lower right section of the canvas), but I thought the ombre look would be perfect for this. I used a test size of Behr’s Smokey Blue and feathered it on with a bristle brush, mixing in a little bit of pure white paint at each layer.
  • For some reason I added a little water to the paint because I thought it would be too thick, and that was a bad idea. So, if you use wall paint instead of actual painting-a-canvas-paint, don’t water it down. It’s fine.
  • Let it dry completely!

Once your canvas and stained wood are dry, it’s time to bring them together! I used Gorilla super glue to adhere the state to the canvas… and this is trickier then it sounds because you want to press the wood and canvas together while it dries. Your canvas is wrapped around a frame, which means when you place the canvas down the edges sit on your surfaced and the middle is suspended… so toss a book under there, then glue your state where you want it, and then put a weight or another big heavy book over the state to sandwich it together while it dries. Perhaps this doesn’t make sense? Let me know if you have questions!

Anyway! Voila!wood and painted canvas state art

This piece isn’t perfectly sanded smooth, but I kind of like that because the edges of the state aren’t perfectly smooth either, you know? Also, it’s hard to sand in those little grooves and the wedding was like 12 hours from when I started this project so I was kind of in a time crunch. 🙂

personalized state art gift- a DIY project from Sandpaper And Glue