Last Minute Halloween Decorating

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Easy Last Minute Decorating for Halloween

Have you left your Halloween decorating until the last minute? No worries! Here are three cheap and easy crafts that you can get done in a day and that won't break the bank!

The first one is these cute little ghosts made from a white plastic tablecloth from the Dollar Tree. I got four ghosts from one tablecloth. All I did is folded the tablecloth in half and cut it into 4 equal squares. Using a sharpie I drew on a 'scary' face in the middle. A plastic grocery sack becomes the little head. I wrapped a piece of wire around the neck and twisted at the back to secure. The tails of the wire were wrapped around my bushes to hold them in place. A little fluff and they look like they're flying :)

Next are these skeletons, again from the Dollar Tree. Mine got a coating of glow-in-the-dark paint (bought at Home Depot). I brushed on two coats, letting it dry thoroughly between each coat. The sun activates the phosphor in the paint, so I hope it's sunny on October 31!! A glittery bow around their neck bones gives an extra touch of cuteness.

Last up is a BOO banner I made for my door. It's just 3 burlap rectangles that I cut into banner shapes. I made my own letter stencils by cutting out letters on my Cricut machine and using the negative space. I spray painted two coats of white paint. You wanna know a secret? I made the banner double-sided! Yup, the other side says JOY!! You'll have to wait a couple weeks until I reveal that one :) I glued the burlap together along with the jute string and added some jaunty little bows. I attached it to my door using small, clear 3M adhesive hooks. I think it adds just the right touch above my Happy Halloween sign.

I think I'm ready for Halloween now! The decorating is done, the candy is purchased, costumes are bought....bring on the trick-or-treaters!!

How about you? Are you ready or are you still scrambling? Please feel free to use these ideas and/or pin them for future reference :)

Happy Halloween!

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Hutches Revealed and Button Swap

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I love a good hutch and a great button swap {more on that below}

Painted Hutches

Anyone who knows me well, or who has been to my home knows that I love hutches and they play a big part in my decorating....because they are, well...big!  Kinda hard to hide a hutch!

But there is no way I would want to hide these beauties!  After all, I searched high and low to find them. Waited months for one of them. Scouring Craiglist ads day after day :)

Double-sided Halloween and Thanksgiving Hanging

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Reversible Fall Hanging

This is a two-fer.

You know, two for the price of one, BOGO (that's Buy One, Get One for those of you who always wondered!). In other words, two great projects in one!

It all started with this little metal basket that I got from Pottery Barn (I think it was 75% off or something crazy like that) a couple years ago.

Like a lot of my great clearance finds, it sat around for awhile until I finally figured out what I would do with it!

I was torn between a Thanksgiving wall hanging or a Halloween one. So I decided to make both. I would make it reversible! I got brains and I'm not afraid to use 'em :)

For the Halloween side, I started with a base of coordinating papers in fall colors.

And then layered on a charming vintage postcard that I found and printed from the Graphics Fairy. A few stamps, some ribbons, a little tag and it was all done. Isn't it sweet??

The Give Thanks side started with a base coat of white crackle paint.

I love the rustic texture of it.

This side got stickers, flowers, ribbon and trim. I like using Fabri Tac adhesive for projects like this. It dries clear and unlike hot glue, doesn't dry in a big glob. It's also very tacky, so stuff sticks really quick.  It was helpful to use on this project with the rounded edges.

I love my little two-fer project :)

When Halloween is over, I'll just flip it over and enjoy it all during Thanksgiving.

Thanks for visiting today! Are you inspired to make something reversible? 


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Nature's Creepiness

Monday, October 21, 2013

I woke up to a cold, foggy morning. Woke up with cold toes and had to turn the heat on :)

The fog covered the ground and rose above it to create a really ethereal-looking atmosphere. Or spooky if you want to think of it that way.

I grabbed my camera and threw my shoes on to run outside and snap these pics of some big spider webs that Mr. Diy had noticed the day before. I knew the dew/frost/whatever was on them would make them stand out and really show up well in a picture.

Boy, was I right!

I had no idea we had so many spider webs around the house!

In the bushes, around the deck, the trees, pretty much you name it....the spiders are there!

That thought creeps me out a little more than I'd like to admit. I'm not a bug person. They don't make me run screaming, but I'd rather they stay where I don't have to see them.

This morning, thankfully, I didn't see any spiders....just the proof that they'd been there....spinning industriously while I lay quietly asleep in my bed.

It's a bit of a disquieting thought!

Who needs to create spooky decorations outside for Halloween when nature does it so well? I don't think I can compete with this! 

I've got to admit, this is one pretty amazing web, isn't it?! 

How do you decorate the exterior of your house for Halloween? Do you go for creepy or cute? Spooky or silly? Do you have to deal with spiders?

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Features and How to Make Burlap Wreaths for Halloween

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fabulous and easy burlap wreaths to make! Find out how at diy beautify!

I can't wait to share these burlap wreaths that would be perfect for Halloween decorating! They are easy to make and very budget-friendly!

HUGE Link Party

Thursday, October 17, 2013

It's a Party!

I'm so honored to be co-hosting the "Pin Junkie's 1-year Blogiversary" link party with the Pin Junkie and several other co-hosts!! Join us for this fun celebration and link up your great projects. We will each be featuring and pinning our favorites throughout the week and the Pin Junkie will be having a Huge Feature Post at the end of the week. 21 bloggers are co-hosting this party!! What does that mean for you??? When you link your project here, it will be seen on MORE than 20 blogs!!

Huge Link Party

Link Party Rules
 The rules for this link party are easy! Here's what you need to know:

 1. Please follow your host & co-hosts!
 2. Link back to this party in some way.
 3. Link up something YOU made - it can be a craft, recipe, or project as long as YOU made it. (No giveaways, contests, or link parties please).
 4. Link directly to a specific post - not your main blog (Keep it family friendly, please)
 5. Show some love by visiting some of the other links and HAVE FUN!

These are your co-hosts for the Pin Junkie Blogiversary Party!  Please visit a few of these blogs to stop by and say hello!


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