DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NeonSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

I do love my Sharpies so I happily accepted the offer to participate in the Neon Sharpie campaign with a fun colorful Halloween project. I used the coupon link shared below to snag my 5 pack at Target…along with more than that of course…isn’t that always the way in that store?

NEW Sharpie Fine Point Neon markers have fun ultra vivid colors in natural light with ink that turns fluorescent in black light.

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial

Materials: 

  • 5 pack Neon Sharpie Markers
  • Wooden shield or route 66/road plaque (I picked mine up at a yard sale but you could also cut your own from thin plyboard or purchase online or in craft stores)
  • White craft paint
  • Black Sharpie

Tutorial:

My plaque is a shield/road route shape but doesn’t it look like the shape of an owl too? Perfect for this project! I gave it two coats of white paint and let it dry.  candy skull halloween owl

candy skull halloween owl tutorial

After a quick online image search to get an idea of candy skull designs, I practiced a few design sketches on a piece of paper.  candy skull owl tutorial

Using a pencil, I traced my camera lens cap for large circle eyes then utilized a few stencils but mostly just doodled with my neon Sharpie markers. I filled in the white surface with designs, shapes, flowers, spirals, etc.  candy skull stenciling

and filled in some more… candy skull tutorial

and more. I tried to keep things symmetrical but being an amateur candy skull artist, it’s a bit off. I compensated here and there with design but a part of having hand-drawn charm is the imperfection, right? It doesn’t jump out and say OFF BALANCE. It’s still pretty! diy candy skull halloween owl tutorial

Sometimes, I walked away when interrupted or at a loss of what else to draw then came back with a fresh look and filled in the design some more… DIY candy skull owl

until I was happy with my overall design. I love the bright vivid colors. So fun!

Next I outlined everything using my black Sharpie… Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

 One of a kind… DIYShowOff Candy Skull Owl

 Isn’t it cute? Perfect for a fun colorful Halloween accent! candy skull owl decor

It’s so cool that the neon marks show fluorescent under a black light too! DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

1$ off coupon (available while supplies last and in select stores) to purchase the 5 pack of Neon Sharpies from Target. Coupon Link: http://coupons.target.com/sharpie-coupons

See more fun Sharpie ideas:



Halloween Mantel

The Raven (Nevermore) Halloween Mantel:

Nevermore Halloween Mantel

nevermore Halloween tree

The Raven Halloween Mantel  

  1. Halloween Nevermore Tree Tutorial
  2. Halloween potion bottles and jars (DIY by my daughter, Ali)
  3. Halloween poison bottle (Thanks, Ali! Love them!)
  4. Iron cake stand with skull {affiliate link}

Halloween raven mantel

The Raven ~ Edgar Allan Poe

  Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.’Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; – vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
`’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; -
This it is, and nothing more,’Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
`Sir,’ said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you’ – here I opened wide the door; -
Darkness there, and nothing more.Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!’
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!’
Merely this and nothing more.Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,’ said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; -
‘Tis the wind and nothing more!’Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,’ I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning – little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door -
Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as `Nevermore.’

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.’

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
`Doubtless,’ said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore -
Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden bore
Of “Never-nevermore.”‘

But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore -
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking `Nevermore.’

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
`Wretch,’ I cried, `thy God hath lent thee – by these angels he has sent thee
Respite – respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! -
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted -
On this home by horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore -
Is there - is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us – by that God we both adore -
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore -
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels name Lenore?’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!’ I shrieked upstarting -
`Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! – quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!

Halloween mantel

 More DIY Halloween here and here

DIY Halloween Highlights – Part 1

DIY Halloween Highlights: I’ve been collecting some awesome DIY Halloween features from the weekly That DIY Party. Looking for some last minute Halloween ideas? These are awesome! DIY Halloween

Witch’s Clothesline at 21 RoseMary Lane - so cute! 

witch's laundry at 21 RoseMary Lane

Paper Halloween Display at Design Sprinkle - fun free printables to create your own spooky vignette.

paper halloween display at Design Sprinkle

Scary Halloween Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio - I can almost hear the spooky organ music.

Scary-Halloween-Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer - so important and necessary for this time of year!

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer

Glittery spidery candles from The Messy Roost - glitter, glam and 8 legs. 

spider candles - messy roost

a Halloween bedroom at the DIY Dreamer - sweet dreams. bahahahahaha!

Creepy-Crawly-Bedroom at The DIY Dreamer  

Halloween Ghost Feet at the Moody Fashionista - awesome sweet keepsake gift idea!

Halloween ghost feet at The Moody Fashionista

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade - so creative and festive!

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade

Repurposed grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion - clever and creepy! Love the simplicity too!

grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion

and three of my own most recent:

DIY skeleton ghost

DIY Halloween Ghost

wooden candy corn accents

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals  

trick or treat tote bags

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

I’ll be sharing more Halloween this week! Stay tuned! 

Please remember to pin from the original source by clicking the links above or easily repinning from the That DIY Party Pinterest board

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A BIG thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their spooky fun DIY!

Do you have a Halloween DIY to ‘show off’? Link up at this week’s That DIY Party!

Personalized Trick or Treat Bags

Trick or Treat is coming up at the end of the month. I sure do miss having little ones at home. We don’t even get trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood but I do have two nieces and one nephew, all under the age of 5. With help from FrogTape® and Happy Crafters, I whipped up a little Halloween surprise for them. They’re going to love these personalized trick or treat bags!

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Materials: DIY personalized trick or treat bags

  • canvas/linen tote bags
  • fabric paints
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape (I used all 3 patterns: chevron, wave and scallop)
  • stencils (I created my own stencils using glossy black vinyl and transfer paper from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial: (please pardon the poor lighting…it’s raining today)

Part 1 – Shape Tape

Iron the tote bags to remove wrinkles.

Insert cardboard into the tote bag (to block bleed-through to the other side).

Cut a piece of FrogTape Shape tape a little wider than the bag. Decide placement. Remove half of the strip of wax paper backing from the Shape Tape. Position and press into place. Remove the other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. I found that securing the edges of the tape to the table underneath on the sides, kept my tote bag from sliding around, holding it in place for painting.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Repeat step 3 to create a ‘stencil’ border/line for the design. 

Using a credit card, I rubbed the Shape Tape to make sure it was nice and secure, sticking to the canvas…check closely to be sure the Shape Tape is complete adhered to the canvas. 

Paint! Be careful not to lift the Shape Tape with brush strokes. It helps to move the paint brush from ‘on the tape’ moving to the fabric rather than starting on fabric and pushing paint to the tapeline. 

Remove Shape tape. Nice crisp lines!!! Let the paint dry.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Part 2 – vinyl stencils

Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I created name stencils as well as purchased a few Halloween shapes from the Silhouette American online store. Then sent it to cut to create vinyl stencils.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Peel away lettering and design to create a stencil. Using transfer paper, position vinyl stencil on tote, rub with a credit card and remove transfer paper – leaving the vinyl stencil in place on the canvas.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint and remove vinyl. Allow paint to dry 4 hours. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

*Using a black Sharpie, I traced around the ghost where his white body met with the white chevron. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

Aren’t they darling? Years of use! Machine washable (inside out) after 72 hours. Cute.Cute.Cute! DIY personalized trick or treat bags

 

Now I have three little trick-or-treaters! Treators? What’s your favorite kind of Halloween candy?

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*I’m a member of the FrogTape® Blog Squad. This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. As always, the opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. See more DIY from the FrogTape® blog squad.

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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DIY chicken wire cheesecloth Halloween ghost tutorial

October? Already?! Let’s start off the month with a Halloween DIY. As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I received a gift card to purchase the materials for a Halloween decor challenge. I made a cheesecloth ghost and what a challenge it was! Because of the large life-size, I ran into some obstacles and almost threw in the towel, accepting defeat and attempted to think of another project. The joys of DIY: sometimes a big fat fail. 

BUT I switched direction and saved the project! Below I share what I did, recommendations for what I’d do different and how I rescued the project making it a success. If this is something you’d like to tackle, read through my tutorial to decide the best way to go about making your ghost. DIY Halloween Ghost

Materials for a chicken wire cheesecloth ghost:

Tools:

  • wire cutters
  • drill will very small drill bit

Tutorial:

Open the cheesecloth packages. Unravel and unfold cheesecloth. how to make a cheesecloth ghost

Spray the top of the skull with spray adhesive. Wait a few seconds/fan with your hand a few times. Attach one strip of the center of the cheesecloth to create a “hood” around the skull. Let dry.

Using wire cutters, cut the chicken wire to create a torso and arms. I attached the arms using the cut side pieces of my strip of chicken wire along with extra wire. ghost tutorial

When skull/cheesecloth glue is dry, using a drill bit smaller than the cup hook screw, drill a small hole into the top of the skull, towards the back. Too far towards the front of the skull will have it looking up, more towards the back, the skull will look down when hanging. Screw in the cup hook. (Add a dab of Gorilla Glue if needed and then screw in the cup hook.)  scary DIY Halloween ghost

Place the skull onto the chicken wire torso. I used small cut pieces of wire through the cheesecloth hood at the base of the skull like a twist-tie , securing/twisting inside of the chicken wire torso frame to secure the skull into place. Drape more cheesecloth over the arms and torso, covering the chicken wire. Use more wire twist-ties where needed to keep cheesecloth in place. Halloween ghost DIY

Hang using fishing line and an s-hook. Bend arms and torso if needed after hanging. cheesecloth chicken wire ghost

Things I attempted, failed and learned. Optional:

  • You can search Google for starch ghost recipes for success in making smaller ghosts. I used 1 1/2 containers of cornstarch and 6 cups of water which did not hold my extra large ghost’s shape when dry. I think less water and making more of a wet paste would have maybe had better results. However, I still would NOT use the starch method if you plan to hang your ghost outdoors. Water (rain/dew/frost) will deactivate the starch and your ghost will lose it’s shape. That’s why the chicken wire frame is a better option. There’s less room for failure.  

    cheesecloth ghost

    Mistake: starch is too watery and not a good option for an outdoor ghost.

  • Also, I used garden stakes and wire to create a frame for forming/drying the starched cheesecloth. A super heavy gage wire is necessary. Even coat hangers weren’t really strong enough for starch soaked cheesecloth, causing the arms to droop, which is why you’ll notice I had to use more stakes. This still didn’t work for me. My ghost did not hold it’s shape, although my cheesecloth is a little stiffer.

    cheesecloth ghost tutorial

    Even with a frame/mould for the starched cheesecloth, the large size ghost is too heavy to stand hold it’s shape when dry.

  • Rustoleum’s Glow in the Dark spray paint (sold in the Halloween/seasonal dept. at Lowe’s) does show up on mesh/cheesecloth! However, it’s difficult to tell where it’s been sprayed and needs a generous coat. The weather forecast is calling for rain so I’ve brought everything back inside but I will be updating with a better photo once I give it a more thorough spraying. Rustoleum Glow in the Dark spray paint

DIY friends, meet phantom of DIYShowOff… DIY ghost tutorial

Despite the trial and error, the final result…spooky, right? He’s transparent, blows in the breeze and real-enough-looking. Creepy!  scary DIY Halloween decor

Looks to me like he’s inviting you to have a snack. Service with a smile. scary DIY Halloween decor

 ::evil laugh:: DIY cheesecloth chicken wire ghost

 He is smiling. He just wants a hug, I think. YOU GO FIRST! spooky ghost tutorial

It’s almost too scary for me. Scary Halloween … not my thing. My reaction is to cry. Real tears. And did you ever see a fainting goat? Hilarious! {search youtube videos} That’s so me. Frozen with fear.

How about you? Do you love scary?

And yep! That’s a sneak peek of the finished grape arbor/gazebo with recycled brick patio/path you see – all complete! More on that coming up. So.many.pictures.

Sharing at Centsational Girl.

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

Love that cake plate too? For those of you who’ve asked, you can buy it here:

Charlotte Footed Cake Plate With Dome {affiliate link}

DIY Vinyl Pumpkin Decals

With the girls all grown up and on their own, I have little desire to carve a pumpkin to create a jack-o-lantern. And my pumpkin carving skills are a bit juvenile so I’m loving this alternative to carving…my pumpkins look so pretty! 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

Materials:

  • large glossy adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • transfer paper  
  • pumpkins

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

1. I purchased a deer silhouette and frame from the online store and sized them in my Silhouette Studio designer software to fit my pumpkins.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

2. Then sent my decals to “cut”. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

3. Peel away (weed) the negative part of the design.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

4. Cut transfer paper to size. Peel away wax paper backing and smooth transfer paper into place.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

5. Rub design with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

6. Peel away paper backing from the vinyl decal, transferring it to the sticky transfer paper. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

7. Position on pumpkin and lightly rub decal with a credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

8. Peel away transfer paper. This might get a little tricky because of the pumpkin’s uneven surface. You may have to use your fingernail to help with the transfer.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

9 .There are also wrinkles in my vinyl decal…but it doesn’t take away from the design. I just smoothed it down the best I could using my fingernail and credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

All done and so cute! SO many options. I noticed that the Silhouette America online store even had sets of eyes, noses and mouths for jack-o-lantern faces. A monogram or spooky ghost or black cat would be great too!

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

See the tutorial for the candy corn here.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

Linking up to the Lettered Cottage, Pumpkin Party and Cuckoo4Design Pumpkin Parade

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Wooden Candy Corn Accents

We’re making progress on the grape arbor/gazebo, recycled brick path and patio AND a laundry room makeover and in between those bigger DIY projects, I’m having fun with some stress-free easy DIY. I just saw the cutest little candy corn bean bags somewhere which inspired this project…a scrap wood version. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

Materials:

  • Scrap 1 x 6 wood
  • FrogTape®
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft paint

I used the miter saw to cut three triangle shapes from my scrap wood, then sanded the edges.

DIY Halloween craft

Candy Corn Fact: My DIY version goes from orange to yellow to white but the official candy corn striping starts with yellow on the bottom, orange in the middle and white on top. 

I taped off each section using FrogTape®, rubbing my thumbnail along the edge of the tape. I started at the bottom with orange craft paint. After I applied a second coat, I removed the FrogTape®. Let dry and move on to the middle yellow section following the same steps, finishing with white craft paint on the pointy part of the triangle.  Allow drying time between each color. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Optional: seal with a protective clear coat. 

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Aren’t they cute?

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

I think these would make a great fall hostess gift tied up with ribbon.

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

Sharing at the Lettered Cottage and Centsational Girl.

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*I’m a member of the FrogTape® Blog Squad. This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. As always, the opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

Happy Halloween ~ DIY Fall Festival linky party and Halloween Highlights

Happy Halloween, DIY friends! It’s a day when I miss when my girls were little and I was sewing Halloween costumes and getting the two of them set to head out to trick-or-treating. Now they’re grown up and we live in a location with ZERO trick-or-treat’ers coming to the door…so just another Wed. evening around here {and actually it’s been postponed until Saturday due to rain and heavy winds} but it doesn’t stop me from taking time out to appreciate your Halloween craftiness!

I LOVE the entire Halloween mantel over at Days of Chalk and Chocolate but especially her Halloween glam wreath:

Halloween glam wreath

Lynda from Focal Point Styling always does an amazing job at well, “styling’ and seasonal is no exception. Her harvest entry is so warm and welcoming…

Harvest entryway at Focal Point Styling

and the spooky Halloween entryway inside is enough to chase me right back out…

Focal Point Styling spooky Halloween entryway

She has some more awesome Halloween decorating ideas you’ll want to check out too and I LOVE her steampunk Halloween collection.

Courtney from A Diamond in the Stuff has a GREAT idea for all of that left over Halloween candy (or in my case since we don’t get trick-or-treaters…clearanced Halloween candy!)…Halloween Candy Bark. YUM!

halloween candy bark

Got something AUTUMN/FALL/HALLOWEEN related to share? Time to show off!

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

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Next week will be the last DIY Fall Festival of the season. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your autumn DIY projects. The week before Thanksgiving, the DIY Holiday Highlights party starts…I can’t believe the countdown to Christmas is on!

DIY Holiday Highlights

Reminder: Today’s the last day for the Silhouette America Halloween deals! Use promotional code “SHOWOFF” to take advantage of the specials!

Silhouette Cameo Halloween deal

Halloween Crafts from Lilacs & Longhorns

Hi everyone, my name is Julie and I write a little ol’ blog called, ”

I am so excited to be guest posting here for Roeshel at the DIY Showoff!

Thanks to my kiddos, I’ve got Halloween on the brain, so today I’m going to show you how to decorate for Halloween the DIY and thrifty way.

Here are my super simple projects:

Quick Craft #1 – Spooky Skulls

We love crafting at our house so I like to get my kids involved whenever I can.  We made the cute little paper mache skulls you see on the cake plate above.  They were so easy and inexpensive!

I bought little brown paper mache skulls from Michaels for about 99 cents each.

Then we used white, grey and black craft paint here and there all over the skull – we painted rather sloppily to create an old and aged look.  I don’t have pictures of the actual technique, but trust me, there isn’t much of one — my kids did this!!
If we were to do it over again I would probably add a little brown or yellow to make it look even more aged and not so white, but they still look good, I think.
When we were done, they looked like this.  This only took us less than 20 minutes and it was easy and fun for my kids.

When they dried, I put them on this glass cake stand surrounded by spooky rats, crows, plastic spiders and spider webs all purchased at the Dollar Tree.

My kids love it!

Quick Craft #2 – Poison Bottle

This craft is even easier and it only takes a few minutes.

I found this cute little  for free (I am in love with free printables!)

I feel almost silly telling you how to do this it’s so easy!  I printed the label from The Graphics Fairy, cut it out and used Mod Podge to glue it to an old wine bottle I saved.  The end.

I think it looks so great and fun!

Quick Craft #3:

Finally, my other easy peasy project is another printable.  If you’ve been browsing blogs for awhile, you’ll know there are a lot of great freebies out there.  I found this one last year at The Diary of Dave’s Wife.

I printed the sign out in high resolution and then put it into a frame I already had. Easy and free!

(Probably can’t call this last one a “craft”…”project” maybe?!)

By the way, she’s got another cute printable available this year…isn’t it fun?!

 

Really, there are so many great resources on the web that you can find just about anything that suits
your tastes.  I personally love free printables and am currently compiling a big list of them to be
posted on my blog soon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my quick and fun little Halloween projects today.  It’s been fun being a guest DIY Show Off and I’m grateful you’ve taken the time to read my post!

Please stop by and see me sometime at Lilacs
and Longhorns
— I love new visitors!

Thanks so much to Julie for sharing her fun Halloween DIY! Super cute! Head over to Lilacs & Longhorns to see more awesome projects from Julie and check out her Fall Favorites Friday feature (so inspiring!). 

DIY Fall Festival and Halloween Highlights

The past week sure has flown by! Sorry for the late start today to the DIY Fall Festival (2 posts today!), but have you seen the awesome HUGE giveaways this week? WOW! You’re not going to want to miss them! {see side bar for links}. NOW, it’s time to share more fall DIY! Since it’s creeping up on Halloween, I chose to share a few awesome Halloween DIY from some pretty talented blog friends who shared by linking up last week {decorating with natural elements for Fall}.

DIY Fall Festival

I love {chills} this spooky skull Halloween mantel over at Anthingology. Frightening fabulousness – my favorite part is the skulls and skeletons in costume jewelry. It’d lure me in…then the skeletons and ravens would get me! YIPES!

skeleton mantel at Anythingology blog

You’re in for a {trick-or} treat over at Dixie Delights with one super awesome Halloween home tour…mice & ravens! ::scream!:: (She also shares a sweet “Nevermore” printable.)

Halloween Home Tour at Dixie Delights

I jump a mile high every time someone catches me off guard with a “BOO!”. Am I the only one? I prefer the subtle fun of Courtney’s BOO pumpkins at A Diamond in the Stuff…

DIY boo pumpkins - A Diamond in the Stuff blog

I have a confession. I have not read the Harry Potter series or watched the movies. I know, where have I been? Another confession: I’ve been collecting the books from thrift shops and plan to start reading while on vacation next week! Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage decorated an amazing Harry Potter Halloween mantel…just for her daughters and their love of Harry Potter…

The Shabby Creek Cottage - Harry Potter Halloween mantel

Halloween isn’t my favorite time of year…seriously, I’m a huge chicken. You won’t find me touring a haunted house. Being chased through corn mazes in the dark freaks me out. I CRY when I’m scared. And of course those ghouls and zombies LOVE to target the scaredy cats. I much prefer watching Halloween from a distance. ;)

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All Hallow’s Eve Nevermore Craft

Once upon a mid-day dreary, a Halloween “Nevermore” tree served as a lonely focal point in a spooky Victorian vignette but nevermore thanks to the rare and radiant craft maiden, Martha Stewart Crafts!

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

Now, there’s an eerie glow with the addition of candlelight.

painted glass

It felt more like Christmas than Halloween when a stash of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies arrived at my door…

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This is my kind of trick or treat goodies!

I chose to accessorize glass candle holders with an Edgar Allan Poe/Victorian Halloween vibe with black lace accents {love Halloween that’s not so “Halloween-y” and can be re-used all year round}

DIY nevermore black lace candle votives

Materials:

  • glass candle holders, jars, vases (with a smooth surface)
  • squeegee
  • Martha Stewart adhesive silkscreens (lace doilies)
  • Martha Stewart metallic glass paint (black nickel)
  • Martha Stewart adhesive stencils (small holiday collection)

Tutorial:
1. Prep: Cut apart adhesive silkscreens. Peel away the backing of your adhesive silkscreen. Clean glass with rubbing alcohol.2. Place adhesive silkscreen onto glass and smooth into place with a squeegee. They are re-position-able so if it looks crooked, just peel it away and replace. You may also want to tape the side to further secure into place but I didn’t find it necessary until after several washings.
>3. Apply a small amount of glass paint to the outer edge. Using the squeegee, pull the paint vertically, then horizontally, filling in the pattern. Up and down, left to right, down and up and right to left…the silkscreen dance.  painting glass craft
4. Carefully peel away the adhesive silkscreen. painting glass
5. Immediately wash the adhesive silkscreen with water (I just ran mine under the faucet and used my fingers to help clean away the wet paint). washing adhesive silkscreen Set aside to dry (and replace on original backing to store).< 6. Let glass dry. Glass paint air cures in 21 days or you can speed up the curing process in the oven (follow instructions).

I love the metallic shimmer of the Black Nickel glass paint...
Martha Stewart lace doily silkscreen

So pretty and the perfect accent to complete a Victorian Halloween vignette, don’t you think?
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I also used the adhesive stencils (the crow) for a smaller glass votive holder…
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And now the Raven tree is accessorized all the more.
The adhesive silkscreens and adhesive stencils are so fun … you’ll want to go crazy with them! I can’t wait to try it on fabric. Bri tested the adhesive stencils on painted/distressed wood scraps. So cute!

wood scrap fall letters

See more Martha Stewart Halloween craft ideas…


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October’fest of Fun – craft highlights

Yesterday’s theme was “fall/Halloween” crafts (party is open for a week!). Did you link up? Here are some fun crafts from my fellow October’fest of Fun hostesses:

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia shared her bath salt pumpkins

sparkly bath salt pumpkins

and bling pumpkin

bling pumpkin

Debbie from DebbieDoo’s shared her adorable DIY fall sign

DIY fall owl sign

Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage has a great tutorial for painted distressed glass vases

distressed painted glass vases

The fun continues today!

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Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage is hosting the “fall/Halloween” mantel event. I love her spooky Gothic haunted Halloween mantel. Need some mantel decorating ideas? Check out the festive links!

gothic halloween mantel at fox hollow cottage

October’fest of Fun! {Theme: Fall Crafts}

Welcome, DIY friends! In lieu of the regularly scheduled DIY Fall Festival this week, I’m super excited to be kicking off and hosting the October’fest of Fun with some of my blog friends! Today’s theme is “crafts”. All fall crafts, including spooky!
I decorate one area for Halloween every year, one small fun Halloween vignette. This year, I’m bringing back my “nevermore” tree that I made a few years ago. I swapped out the container, added a few more crows. Here are some tips on how I made mine for making your own:
Materials:
  • Vase, container, urn. I used glass this time but any container for holding small branches works. A few years ago, I used an old thrift store vase and spray painted it black…

DIY Halloween decor

  • Small branch (desired size that fits your container). Choose one that has several branch-offs to look more like a tree.
  • Black spray paint
  • Styrofoam cone
  • Handful of dry moss. Other options: shredded newspaper, crinkled paper
  • Dollar Store accessories: faux crows, plastic spiders, cotton spider webbing, ribbon
  • Optional: low temp hot glue
Tutorial: DIY nevermore tree tutorial
1. I started by spraying my branch black and adding a touch of black to my dried moss and let them dry.
2. Because I used a glass container, I lined it with a scrap piece of dropcloth.
3. Paper, newspaper, moss would also work.
4. Using the bottom of my tree branch, I poked a hole into the circular side of my cone. Insert the Styrofoam cone into container with the circular side/hole facing up. You can secure your foam to the container. I didn’t.
5. Insert the branch into the Styrofoam hole. Secure with hot glue if needed.
6. Cover styrofoam with dried moss, crinkled paper or shredded paper. Glue into place if desired.
7.  8.  9. ACCESSORIZE: I strung more dried moss and spider webs to my branches (drag the spider webbing). Attach crows. I used black twist ties to attach some of my crows, others are just propped on branches. I did use hot glue to attach a few plastic spiders and added a couple of snips of sheer ribbon here and there for a little added whimsy.
Stand back and admire!
Do you decorate for Halloween? Any fun fall crafts to share?
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Don’t forget to visit these blog friends this week:
Thursday: Link up your fall mantels with Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage

Friday: Share your fall tablescapes with Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Saturday: Debbie @ Debbiedoo’s - share your fall home tour!
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DIY Fall Festival and Autumn Highlights

Welcome back to the week DIY Fall Festival! You’re invited to share your fall craftiness and autumn decorating or browse the links to visit our festive blog friends already all decked out for fall! There were so many great links last week. Here are a few fall favorites:

5 Minute Fall Crafts

Super cute canning lid pumpkin tutorial at Simply Klassic Home.

canning lid pumpkin tutorial

Looking for an easy autumn decorating or fall gift idea? Check out the cute vintage Halloween (or any season) candle tutorial over at Confessions of a Plate Addict.

easy seasonal candle

Fall plates craft by Dear Emmeline.

fall plate craft

Last week I shared my DIY yarn pumpkins, a super easy and quick fall project:

how to make yarn pumpkins

Fall Mantels

The fabulous fall mantel at Mom4Real has the perfect combination of texture, fall colors and a fun pop of whimsy in that polka dotted pitcher.

fall mantle at Mom4Real blog

Remodelando la Casa has a fall mantel full of DIY goodies. Love the burlap fall blocks and her awesome painted tree with falling flying leaves is perfect for the autumn season!

fall mantel  

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This week, I’ll be working on some fall decorating {finally!}. In the meantime, here is our fall decorated dining room last year…

Halloween Vignette and The DIY Fall Festival

The DIY Fall Festival is one day early this week!
This week, since I moved the wingback chairs out of our ‘mudroom/sitting room/whatever-I-want-it-to-be-this-week-room”, I got to rearrange things again (see yesterday’s post to see the transformation of this room). We don’t decorate much for Halloween but I took what I had and decorated this room just a little.  It’s not quite where I want it to be but it takes me a few days of rearranging to settle down and walk away satisfied plus I’m on the hunt for a settee of some sort for in here.  In the meantime…
vocabulary cards are a garage sale find
This room gets a lot of morning and afternoon sun (when there is sun shining), so it’s a great spot for our plants. Sun = happy plants.  Normally and very fitting for Halloween, I have a black thumb but I’ve managed not to kill a few!
Nevermore Tree Tutorial, Obelisk is a .50 garage sale find.
Stenciled Pumpkins
When we bought our house:
Today:
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DIY Fall Festival and 31 Days of Spooktacular

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Hi friends!  I’m Coley over at What You Make It and am thrilled to be joining you for the DIY Fall Festival.  What better day to be a guest poster?  After all, fall is my favorite time of year! Who doesn’t like vibrant colored leaves, pumpkin pie lattes, and cozy sweaters?

 

At the start of September I begin covering every inch of my home, interior and exterior, with autumn decor.  The aroma of pumpkins, apples, and squash fill my home and my open-toed shoes are put into storage. By October, my party menu is finalized and I’m jumping for joy with anticipation for our Halloween party.  

 

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Because of the fact that I am so neurotic about this holiday and that there are endless creative Halloween-related projects out there, I started a 31 Day Spooktacular Series on my blog.  That’s right, 31 posts about Halloween and the best season ever! Recipes, tutorials, guest posts, and costume ideas… anything to get you in the spirit.

So far, I have posted a few DIY projects like these specimen jars
these free Halloween printables (that look amazing in vintage frames)…

 adorable acorn bites
There are a ton of posts coming up (23 more to be exact)  that will give you even more inspiration. I would LOVE for you to join me!

Thanks for letting me share with you today!
I can’t wait to sit down with a hot cup of cinnamon tea, wrap myself in a fuzzy blanky, and look over your DIY Fall Festival link-ups.  Everyday I’m amazed at the creativity out there on blog-land :)
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Don’t forget to check out Coley’s 31 Days of Spooktacular event for some amazing Halloween fun!

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DIY Fall Festival – Last Minute Halloween!

It’s that time of week – time to show off your DIY Fall related projects!

I was blown away by this awesome iPhone costume made by Heather at Decor4Poor!  Visit her here to see the details. Wow, huh? First place costume winner for sure!

This beautiful pumpkin is up for grabs at Frou-FruGal (enter here).  She also typed up an easy tutorial and it’s super cheap so you can DIY!

Still plenty of time to create a beautiful fall wreath.  Check out this great tutorial from Susan at Hometown Girl. Inspiration: Pottery Barn.  Cost:  $6.50!

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It’s All Hallow’s Eve at Something Sweet Design!

Beautiful Halloween “Curious” banner with a great tutorial and free printable download at Violet Cottage.

Thanksgiving to Halloween (or reverse that for the U.S.!) decorating at Echoes of Laughter:

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Thanks for the comments about the fall photo shoot with my girls last week – I loved the encouragement!  As soon as I get a free minute (how and when still to be determined – I’m giving the place below a shot. Have you tried putting one of your photos on a canvas?  I’d love to hear about your experience!)

DIY Show Off Fall Festival

I‘m working on non-Fall related projects but there are so many great Fall related DIY projects from last week, I thought I’d share a few but make sure you check all of the links to get inspired! 

Beautiful autumn mantel shelf decor at Decor Chick:

Cutest butternut squash ghosts at Just for Love:


LOVE this fall mantel at Finding Home.  Perfectly rustic and festive.  
Easy (and cute!) Halloween decor at The Thriftress:


There are SOOOO many great ideas.  Click HERE to see all Fall Festivals for lots of creative DIY ideas!



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Win a Moen Mirrorscape – super easy DIY solution to a frame your bathroom mirror. Giving away 2! Enter HERE! Giveaway ends Saturday!

DIY Project Parade and a Halloween Vignette

Do you decorate for Halloween?  I decorate for fall but for Halloween, I do one fun vignette.  Last year I made a “never more” tree using twigs from the yard, an old urn, moss and crows from Michaels… 

This year, I moved the vignette to the dining room near my plate display… 

Click here to see my tutorial for the framed quotes from Edgar Alan Poe’s The Raven.

Check out my stenciled pumpkin tutorial at the DIY Club.

We already had the other decor.  Old books, a black/white print from a thrift shop, candle and mason jar, cake plate and doilies.

What do you think?  Not too bad for little effort.  :)

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