Halloween 2011

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The Seasonal Home is decked out in it’s Halloween best and this year, it’s a little S-P-O-O-K-Y!

In my previous post, I showed you an inexpensive fireplace idea.  I was inspired by the Crow (on the mantel), so I spread a few more around the room, beginning with my french doors.    I found a generous package of 15 die-cut paper Crows at The Dollar Tree and with a little double-sided tape, I used them to create the old design trick of bringing the outside in.    

This would also be a fun idea to use in front door sidelights or window.

And below, in The Seasonal Home’s built-in cabinet, I purchased a few Dollar Tree crows and dressed them up, for Halloween, in little witches hats…


If this look is too plain for you, consider what I tried next… also from the Dollar Tree!    Inspired by this idea (I found on the net), I decided to add a background to THE SEASONAL HOME’s built-in cabinet.  Using newspaper to create a pattern , I drew a tree and used it as a pattern to create a spooky tree on 2 pieces of black poster board.

Here’s how this look turned out –

The foyer in THE SEASONAL HOME has been transformed into a Magic Potion and Spell conjuring laboratory….  

And in the Living Room… some Fall and just a bit ‘o spooky –

THE SEASONAL HOME’s kitchen is ready for guests….

and the best part is…. I created a CANDY BAR this year!  I thought this would be a fun treat for the adult guests, I’m entertaining this season, to once again enjoy a little (retro) Trick or Treating fun.  I looked for the most inexpensive candies I could find (avoid a lot of chocolate to stay on budget) and used every jar I could find in my house and anyone elses (lol).  I purchased one (1) package of “blank” Halloween labels at Michaels Craft Store for under $4 (with coupon), and using my computer – typed my label wording in a spooky font, lined things up and ran a test print.  When I held the label up behind the piece of printer paper, I saw that my estimated font size was good & lined up perfectly, so I taped the label to the corner of my paper (using double-sided tape) and ran them through the printer,  one at a time.  Once I finished printing them all, I grabbed some twine from the garage, punched 2 holes in the top of each label, fed the twine through and knotted one end.  Next, I pulled it tight around the neck of each jar, fed it through the 2nd hole, knotted it, cut off any excess and in no time, my jars were labeled for very little cost. Check out the finished product and help yourself! 🙂

Enjoy the Creativity!


Grab a goodie bag to fill!

Who’s that standing in line for his share of the candy? Eeek!!!

Create a Jack-o-Lantern (Pumpkin) scene!


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Hopefully, you have found the hollow foam pumpkins in stores in which you can carve a Fall or Halloween designs.  They are awesome because you can save your creative design and hard work to display year after year!

This idea, however, takes that creative process a step further.   I was inspired to create this Jack-o-Lantern scene inside a foam pumpkin when I found an adorable Halloween, Trick-or-treat figurine in a store (see photo).  The figurine is by the artist Dean Griff and this line of collectibles features very sweet animals doing “people” things.  Dean is a Florida-based artist who began his career working for Disney, but ventured out with his own designs.  The collectible line is called “Charming Tails”.  Okay, now for the details about the design….

First, I carved a simple Jack-o-Lantern face on the front of the pumpkin.  Next, I carved a platform out of styro foam, which I painted black.  I cut-out a false bottom in the back underneath side of the styro foam before I glued it inside the pumpkin and made sure the back did not quite reach the inside back of the pumpkin (allow apx. 1-1/2″ clearance in the very back).  The reason for this was to allow ventilation and clearance for the lighted glow of a (village house-type) corded nightlight.  Simply carve a hole in the back of the pumpkin, near the back bottom to insert your corded nightlight.  (corded means it is electrical, like the type used in a Christmas village ceramic house).

I painted the inside of the pumpkin with  a diluted (by water) black acrylic paint, using a (long-handled) paint brush to swirl a random pattern that looked like a hazy fog.  Look for inexpensive (leafless) wire trees in a dollar or craft superstore (look for them being sold as village accessories) and glue tiny bats to them (check out store scrapbook depts. or stores that sell miniatures, even on line for these); these trees are easy to push into the styro foam so they stay in place.

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Then, add your figurine (if you choose to add one); if not, just complete your scene by adding miniature pumpkins, hay bales, a scarecrow and fall leaves (inside and coming out of the openings) for the finishing touches.  The last thing I did was add some larger fall leaves and berries as well as a smaller Charming Tails figurine to the top, gluing them in place.  [note: paint the openings you carve in the front of the pumpkin black to make them disappear].  This project was fairly easy to do and will bring you years of future enjoyment each and every Halloween season.  Great project to let children or grandchildren help out with because there’s no right or wrong with the painting inside.  Enjoy!  Share photos of your own with me if you like.  I’d love it!! 🙂

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