When it comes to Halloween, I usually don't put up many decorations. Maybe a few pumpkins here and there, a few bats or some ghosts, but nothing too complicated or macabre. But I guess my decorations are so subtle that my kids' asked why I don't decorate for Halloween... So here it is, my attempt at somewhat spooky, not so subtle Halloween decor.
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Paper Bats on Wall
black paper or stiff craft felt
bat template via country living
black leaf garland (or an old leaf garland spray painted black... I used chalkboard spray paint for a flat look)
tarnished silver or other decorations
Print and cut-out the bat template. Resize if necessary. Since the area I decorated is small, I resized my bats to 60% and 80%.
Fold the black paper or stiff felt and line up the flat part of the template to the fold. Outline with chalk or a metallic/white pencil, then cut out your bats.
You can also buy black leaf vines... I've seen them at Joanns.
My attempt at droopy, almost dead flowers... They're looking a little too lively. I think they're begging for a coat of black spray paint.
A subtle "Boo!" written on the tarnished platter. I just dipped my finger in rubbing alcohol and quickly wrote it out. I wish it had more drips, but this'll do.
Do you decorate for Halloween? Am I the only one who isn't into macabre? So this year's Halloween decor is not as subtle as year's past, but subtle enough that I can keep up the decorations through October 31st without getting annoyed with it.
This is probably it for my Fall projects this year. I overcommitted myself at the kids' school and their sports teams and I barely have time to think creatively, let alone execute anything. I have five school events that I'm responsible for and a couple of major travel-related sports events from now through the first week in December. I'm an introvert and am not into being over-involved super mom, so I'm just trying to get through it without going crazy!
That said, I won't be able to post as much these next few months. Fall and Winter are always my favorite times to create, and I have a ton of ideas, but I think some of that is going to have to wait until next year. I'm a little bummed, especially since creating is my drug of choice, but after really struggling these past few weeks, I just have to keep it real and know my limits. So I'll be on blog-lite through November, but I really hope that I'll be able to share a few projects in December. Stay tuned!