A Semi-Homemade Halloween

Sampling of my Halloween outdoor decorations

I freaking love Halloween.  Since my husband and I have moved into our new home, I wanted to decorate for the first holiday that it was really possible for:  Halloween.  What the end result was a bunch of semi-homemade Halloween decorations that I plan on building on for the following years.

To start with, I went to my local big box craft store thinking I would be able to get a a ton of pre-made stuff that I could decorate with.  Nope!  Duh.  I bought a lot of decorations and, well, decorated them myself.  I also got a lot at the grocery store and jazzed things up.  Overall, I think I spent about $30.00 in Halloween decor.

Witches Boots, Pumpkin, and a Wind Chime.

Sparkly witches boots, and a pumpkin with a windchime.

I bought the witchy boots from a local grocery store, along with the little flower arrangements that I then placed in each boot.  I bought the pumpkin, and found the little cauldron outside my back porch actually.  I bought the wind chime and colored it in with the markers provided in the kit.  I then put a good coat of acrylic spay on the wooden part, which them made some of the marker coloring run.  Eh.  It’s still cute!

The Gnome, the Gourd, and the Hay Bale

Gnome, and warty gourd on a hay bale.

The gnome was an awesome impulse purchase by my husband at a drug store.  He’s always outside.  The small hay bale came from the local craft store, and the big ol’ warty gourd was purchased at the grocery store.  I then plopped said gourd on said hay bale.  Bingo, we have an arrangement!

The Two Wooden Masks

Two wooden mask

I bought the two masks at the craft store, along with the acrylic paints to decorate them with.  I think they’re cute!  I painted each mask, coated them in acrylic spray, and then stuck the stick holder in the mulch.  Instant decoration!

The Witch

Wooden painted witch mask

Miss Witch here was painted in with acrylic paints.  Her buckle is painted with glitter paint, and her tooth and wart have glow in the dark paint on them.  I don’t know how glowy they are, but I thought it was be a nice touch if it shows up.

Sugar Skull

Sugar Skull wooden mask

Señor Sugar Skull was a little more difficult to paint.  I coated him in white acrylic paint, therefore covering up a lot of the other lines on his face where I needed to paint.  Still, I could faintly see the lines through the paint to finish him.  So, most of the work was done by me carefully painting along the lines the best I could.  Otherwise, his green eyes have a coating of glow in the dark paint over the top of them to hopefully delight the oncoming onslaught of trick-or-treaters expected on October 31.

I have a candy corn suncatcher that I also made from a kit ready to hang up in the window, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I also have a string of purple lights to put out.

That’s how I’m doing Halloween decorations this year!  Semi-handmade.  I like the concept, and it turned out better than I thought.  How do you decorate for Halloween?

 

 

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