Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY Haunted Lady Halloween Decor

 I'm always thinking of spooky Haloween DIYs for my front porch, this one will surely frighten any trick-or-treaters who will be knocking on my front door. Follow the instructions below to make your own Haunted Lady.

What you will need:

  • Styrofoam heads (I found them at my local arts and crafts store for $5)
  • Mod Podge or clear drying glue
  • Cheese cloth
  • Instant coffee  
  • Black and white paint
  • A bowl and cookie sheet
  • String

Start off by mixing some instant coffee in some water. You will need about half a cup of water and 3 tablespoons of coffee. Ball up the cheese cloth and dunk it in the coffee. Take it out right away and squeeze out any liquid.

You can wait for your cheese cloth to dry - but I have no patience. Quick dry your cheese cloth by putting it in the oven for 15 mins on 240 degrees.

As your cheese cloth drys, you can start to paint the face. 

Paint the Styrofoam head where natural shadows would be.

When your cheese cloth and paint is dry, drape the dyed cheese cloth over the Styrofoam head. Now you can use mod podge to stick the cheese cloth to the head. 

I put two layers of cheese cloth on my haunted lady. Cut a 12 inch piece of string to wrap around your haunted lady's neck. This will help the mod podge dry.

Let dry over night.


Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY Halloween and Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pot

I like to decorate with items that can transition from the Halloween season to Thanksgiving. That way I only have to decorate once for Fall. Decorating with bright plants and the color of the season (Pantone's Cypress) help bring a Fall feel to your space. I like using inexpensive materials so that I can change up my pots and secondary colors every year.

Follow the instructions below to make your own fall pumpkin pot. 

What you will need:

  • Plastic pumpkin holders 
  • Paint - I used the color for fall (Pantone's Cypress)
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife/ box cutter


I got the inspiration for the project when I saw these $1 pumpkins at my local store

Start off by painting your plastic pumpkins. I ended up painting 2 thin layers of paint. 

Let dry. After they are dry, puncture a small hole in the bottom of the plastic. This will allow water to drain when you water your plants.

For an added embellishment, you can add ribbon to your design. Use hot glue for a mess free application. 
I like to use mums in my decor. They come in many bright fall colors and are easy to take care of.

Turn the pot's face out during Halloween and then turn the pot around for Thanksgiving! Happy Halloween!