The Swimming Skeleton
Our grave yard came out AMAZING last year!!! We had a ton of left over mulch from doing our gardens so we made these graves going up our sidewalk. I had a coupon for Iparty getting 30% off $50 so we bought one of the boys costumes plus a few other things to make it come out to $50. These graves were fairly cheap I don't remember exactly how much but they were doing a deal if you bought 3 (which is why we got 3) I also set up some cute little lanterns I bought at Dollar Tree so the grave yard had a really creepy feel once it got dark. I will DEFINITELY be setting this up again this year!
Creepy Bat Silhouettes
I love my little dancing ghosts. I would have liked them to be bigger but I used what I had to make these.
I simply stabbed a chop stick through a foam ball (From Dollar Tree or Walmart) I cut up a old sheet into squares, I draped the sheets over the ball/chop stick combo and added a bit of glue to the top of the head.
Use What You Have
This was very cute but it only lasted this one season. I made the sign out of a picture frame painted with some chalk board paint and acrylic paint. I decopodged the frame which was a mistake because it was outside and was ruined the first time it rained.
This is in the corner of my dining room. I have here some decopodge wine bottles that I painted ghost faces on (these were the first wine bottles I ever made) I filled them with some twigs I got from the back yard and spray painted black.
I changed out some of the painted tiles in my plate hanger. I just painted the tiles black with spray paint and glued on some cute scrapbook stickers I had.
The Dancing Ghosts
Halloween is the best. You get to dress up and pretend to be something or someone else for the night. I get really out of control with Halloween but we have a huge costume party on Halloween which is super fun so all my decorating does not go to waste. I'd like to look at some of our past Halloween's before I start another page for this years decorating. I have a few good tips for anyone who really wants to have a crazy Halloween house like mine on a budget.
I made the Candy Corn jars in this picture. The are decopodge. I used Mod Podge to create this look with tissue paper. It was very easy.
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The Grave Yard
Draw on the faces and tie them together and your done!
My ghosts are going on 3 years old so I think this year I will need to make some new ones but they were cute while they lasted and 3 years is a mighty long time for something like this to last!
The Dining Room
My dining room changes every year which I love. I also have a huge hutch which I apparently never take any pictures of. I promise I will do much better taking pictures of my decor from now on. I am missing A LOT. Anyway...
I set him up on the fish tank this year but when we tried to do this again the next year our puffer fish was really upset by him so we ended up having to move him to a window
I hope you enjoyed some of my past decorating ideas for Halloween! I will be making a link for this years decorations once I set them all up and I promise to take fantastic pictures of EVERYTHING this year!
This is a shelf in my dining room, it was run down and broken when I picked it up. I fixed it, painted it, and lined the shelves with wall paper I happened to have. I do a lot of different stuff with this shelf. Here I simply have some of my smaller decorations on it, I got most of this stuff a Dollar Tree over the years.
This blew the minds of my children, They thought the bats were real. This was very simple. I used a cookie cutter in the shape of a bat to trace the shape and then cut them out. I put a bit of tape on them and stuck them on the inside of all our lap shades. It was so easy and so worth it. I might do Spiders this year or something even crazier now that I have a cricut to do the cutting for me.
Other than the decopodge mistake this was super cute. Her shoes were a pair of mine that I no longer wear, I spray painted them red and filled some witch socks I bought at Dollar Tree with news paper (another outdoor mistake)
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
For my Halloween Center piece this year I simply used what was already my fall center piece and added to it. I wrapped some Halloween burlap ribbon around my big piece of wood I use to put all my stuff on (so its easy to move when I want to use my table for other things like crafting) I did the same to the candle that always sits on my table, added this cool witch shoes and boom I was done. I technically only used one Halloween decoration to set this up. Everything else was simply altered.
I used some of the extra bats I had left over from doing my lamps to sick on to my decorative window shudders (I keep those us all year long). I threw some fake leaves onto the shudders and boom. Halloween wonderland.
I have boxes upon boxes of Halloween Decorations, plus boxes upon boxes of fall decorations (which can be used as part of your Halloween decorating. If your anything like me you have all your fall stuff well before its time to start the Halloween decorating, I put some of it away to make room for Halloween but I do leave a good deal of it out.
Spooks of Halloween's Past
I LOVE this guy. He is a hand-me-down from my mother. My mom has a big sliding glass door in her kitchen and as a child my brother and myself would spend A LOT of time and effort setting this thing up every Halloween. She finally decided it was time she part with him so I could set him up every Halloween with my kids like I did with her for all those years. He's all different pieces (hes missing some but hes about 25 years old so hes doing ok) You can set him up how ever you want which is really fun, its extra fun to change him around and see if anyone notices.
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