To me, Halloween is the start of the Holiday Season. The official kick-off, if you will. The first holiday that has it’s own box-o-decorations in the garage. It’s also the holiday that I tend to be the most ADD about. I make *so many* Halloween decorations every year and then toss them to make new ones the next year. (The ironic thing is that I forget that I’ve tossed them… and then wonder where they went. Le sigh.)
So far, I’ve managed to get the dining room started with some things that made it into the storage box and a new idea.
The decanters have been infested with black spiders. Some of the spiders have green glitter on them from a failed glittered spider wreath from two years ago. The wreath was never completed but I do love the occasional green glittered spider that I come across now.
Behind the spider infested decanters hang the transformed silver chargers and serving trays. I can’t bear to trash the left over vinyl from my Cricut projects. I stash it in a “scrap box” until some little project rolls along. I used the vinyl scraps to make faces on the silver pieces. The vinyl peels off when I’m done with no damage to the finishes. It’s a subtle touch that I love!
Opposite the bar is my dear “Frankenpumpkin” – my standard entry into any and all pumpkin decorating contests (usually at school!). The hair and stem are painted with acrylic paint, the whites of his eyes were challenging to get really white so I ended up using white embossing powder with regular glue to get the reallyreally white whites. His nose, mouth, eye outlines and scar are all on top of the glitter created with tshirt paint and the bolts are legit bolts that I poked into the carve able pumpkin and hot glues into place. He never won a contest – but the kids always knew he was mine!
This year I wanted to dress up the light fixture (aka chandelier) in the dining room and make it Hall-O-Tastic. A few years ago, Martha (do you know my bff Martha Stewart?) put spooky silhouettes inside of some lamps in one of her homes. Since the fixture is lamp like, I thought the same principle would work in my favor.
It’s REALLY cool in person … I’m just sorry that I’m not a talented enough interior photographer to get a balanced picture to show you! The bats are subtle – but when you notice them you can’t stop looking!
I used the googles to find a bat template and wouldn’t you know that Martha came through for me again. This bat template was just the right size for my shade. I printed one copy and cut several while holding a stack of paper. No tracing or cutting a bazillion times here, kids. We do it “teacher” style. Stack and cut. I removed the diffuser from the bottom (it needed dusting, anyways) and used some good-regular tape to attach the bats to the inside of the shade. By “good-regular” I mean it was just regular tape (not packing or duck or fancy) but I used a good quality (not my el cheap stuff).
I moved the silhouettes around until I was happy with the placement. Since this will probably be a trash-it project, I’m thinking ahead to next year when I’ll probably cut a few different sized bats. Live and learn.
(Look! I left my mess on the table to keep it real. Because sometimes a project is just so simple and so satisfying that it demands immediate photographing and posting.)
Really – this would work in so many ways… a witches face and hat, a jackolantern face, spiderwebs. Seriously. It might not stay bats until Halloween!
I’m trying to work on the rest of the house but I have so many ideas that I’m finding it hard to focus and get any of them done. The dining room might end up being my only decorated room!