This Halloween was my first Halloween as a married woman. This meant that I was responsible for ALL of the decorations...and if you know me...you know I LOVE decorating. Sure I was able to decorate when I spent a year at USU but this year it was different being able to decorate my OWN house. I was mesmerized by all of the amazing crafts people have posted about and of course made a wish list much too large for this Halloween. Luckily, I WAS able to get a few crafts in with working 5 hours shy of full time AND going to school full time. I have quite a few more crafts I look forward to making but those will either have to wait or will be be posted about later if I find the time to do them. :]
When I did find the time, I made some really cute decorations that I had been eying on different sites. The first Halloween craft I made was the spooky Halloween candy display seen HERE on one of my FAVORITE blogs.
After I saw her original post I KNEW I had to make a similar display. At the time I was on a thrift store spree so I made a trip to DI and found cute glass vases that I thought would work. I don't think I spent more than $2 or $3 on any one vase...some were even $.50. PERFECT for a newly married couple's budget. I found the tray at Goodwill for a couple of dollars and had the hubby spray paint it black and had the filler already from a previous craft. After finding different candies, I thought of "creepy" names, typed them up, and burned the edges. Then with some black construction paper, adhesive tape, and some jute I was able to finish up the labels. I couldn't be happier with the display and am so grateful that Shelley shared her original idea.
Another craft I was able to do came from THIS BLOG. I thought the idea was SO cute and had to make some luminaries myself. I found some different sized mason jars at DI and used paint I already had. I painted the color and let it dry, painted the face and let it dry, then finally painted it with glossy spray to finish them off. And WALAH:
I didn't think these would look good in my front yard so they are located on top of my microwave. They look SUPER cute lit up and I am SO glad I found Amanda's blog.
After seeing painted mason jars and tons of pumpkin crafts I got the idea to make my own pumpkins out of glass. I found three interesting "vases" I guess you would call them (even though I believe one is a pasta holder) at the DI (can you see a trend?). I painted them the same day I made the luminaries, then thought it would be cute to tie some jute around the top. They STILL didn't look finished though so I went outside and found some sticks for stems. After putting them all together I fell in LOVE with my pumpkins:
Cute huh? I love that I can keep them out until Thanksgiving!
These next few pictures are just other decorations around my house. My front room is currently in the process of being painted so I'll have to take a picture of that room later. However, that doesn't mean I can't show you the rest of my house! :]
Andrew and I had friends over for Family Home Evening and we decorated Haunted Houses. Cute huh? Also notice the spider web infested picture frames ;]
More spider web. Painted tree branches placed in free vases I got from my friends wedding. I found those cute tree ornaments at Joann's, and the crows were at the Dollar Tree. These combined make for a cute display in my opinion.
The next few projects I made at a craft night which was SUPER fun.
I LOVE both these crafts and look forward to future craft nights offered by Melinda. You can find out more about her work HERE. She sells TONS of cute vinyl. I also made another sign, but that goes in the front room I mentioned previously.
Here's my knick knack shelf with a few Halloween trinkets.
This is the door to our bedroom. :]
This is one of my front windows. Sorry about the poor quality but I drew some ghosts and hung them by string.
Here's a close up of one of the ghosts. :]
And here is my front door. :] With some spider web, caution tape, and pumpkin stands from CURRENT I pulled this off. Oh and the mat was from Goodwill.
I absolutely love decorating and hope you enjoyed looking at some of my Halloween decor. Maybe you'll be inspired by some of my decor like other blogs inspired me.
Do you have any favorite Halloween decorations or traditions?