Sunday, September 25, 2011

Halloween is right around the corner and I am as giddy as a tramp during Fleet Week in NYC.  (I should not watch Mad Men while updating my blog.  The references are clearly a little racy.)  Back on topic.  If it wasn't clear, I love Halloween.  The goal this Halloween is to be easy and frugal and get the most bang for my buck.  I did just that with my front door decoration by making it for $1.50, but I'm going to make you wait for that one.

First, my favorite store bought decorations this year came from Target.  They have some new vinyl decals that I'm in love with.  They're only $5-10 and make a big impact.  You just peel and stick! The bats are $10, but go a very long way.  The "Happy Halloween" cost only $5.

"Happy Halloween" sign

Dining room wall after:
These are the bats (see, you really do get A LOT for the $10):
Living room after:

Now, for the front door (and front window).  I like the look of silhouettes, but I didn't want to pay the price for them so I opted to make my own.  I simply taped sheets of construction paper together and drew on my design.  If you look closely at the picture you can see the pencil marks on the paper.

I laid it out on the floor and cut out my design and then hung it back up on the screen door.  Isn't she amazing?!  (I guess those art classes this semester are coming in handy.)

In order to give it a good glow I wanted to cover the clear space with orange, but didn't want seems of paper taped together so I spent a whopping 92 cents on a plastic tablecover at Wal-Mart.  It was the perfect solution.  I cut a piece the size I needed and taped it to the door.

I repeated this process with a tree for the picture window.  Here are the after shots once the sun went down last night.  

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  1. Looks awesome Jen. I love Halloween too:) That and Thanksgiving are probably my favorite.

  2. Oh my gosh Jen, this these are incredible!!!! I loved Halloween even before I met your mother and knowing it was her birthday just made it that much better. I am going to steal the witch and tree idea before you can copyright them! These are Nordstrom window quality art work. Let's see: Monday to Wallyworld for orange table covers, then Michaels for black construction paper and Tuesday to Target for bats. You need to be making money off this blog! It's that good!
    Susan G

  3. Heather, thank you!

    Sue, Halloween was hard the first few without Mom around, but I'm getting back to the point of celebrating because I know that's what she would want. Be sure to post pictures of your witch! I'm glad I can inspire you! Oh, and I wish I could make some money doing this. :)


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