Um… I don’t want to spook you, but you guys… Halloween is NEXT WEEK!!! I continue to get a solid C+ with all of these festive holiday occasions because I don’t get organized and deal until a week before said holiday. Which isn’t much help for you all. BUT… in case you’re a last minute decorator like me, then this post’s for you! (And tomorrow’s post… see what the kids’ costumes are going to be!) I shared these ideas Sunday morning on Good Morning, CT so apologies if you saw the segment…
First, let’s talk trick or treating bags. Sure, you could grab a $2 plastic pumpkin at the drug store, but for almost the same amount of money, here are a few more options!
May I present duck tape in all its Halloween candy corn glory. You’ll need 3 rolls: orange, yellow, and white. Lay them out in strips to make a rectangle and then repeat with a second set of strips on top so the two sticky sides are stuck together. Roll into a cone, trim any excess, and add a handle if you’d like. This holds just enough candy for Martha…
We all have a pile of these reusable shopping bags somewhere (this is a $4 one from Michaels). Mine was plain, but if yours has a logo, then just flip it inside out. Grab a Sharpie and draw your best jack o’lantern. This will hold enough candy for the bigger kids…
Moving onto decor. Grab a wreath form. Spray it with flat black spray paint. (Flat black spray paint is sooooooo spooky, by the way.) Hand it over to your four-year-old so he can snap it in half. Reach for your leftover duck tape and repair the damage. THEN… gather whatever little Halloween thingamabobs you’d like… I used these plastic spiders, but vampire teeth, candy corn, those spider rings… anything will work. Take your hot glue gun and go to town! 20 minutes, max.
One of the things that I struggle with when decorating with pumpkins is that the minute you carve them into those fun traditional jack-o-lanterns, you’re on the clock! Maybe dipping in bleach or some other technique will prolong their life, but still… those things get rotten FAST. Which is why I like these two pumpkin ideas!
First up: fancy. Graphic. Gold. This is actually a paper pumpkin so I’ll have it again next year (yay!) but you can do the same thing with any regular ol’ gourd, pumpkin or squash. Give a couple of coats of gold spray paint (as always, using my favorite Rustoleum metallic gold) and then go back over with a Sharpie. I love the simplicity of this graphic pattern, but a child’s scribbles would look just as amazing!
I didn’t notice until I was editing pics that one rogue Cheerio… and THAT’s our life!
Last but certainly not least is my favoritest. Thumbtacks and pumpkins have been around for a while, so I’m not the clever person who thought this up, but I love it nonetheless. I started by taping off the stem and spray painting my pumpkin with the same flat black spray paint from the wreath.
I didn’t trust my free-hand so I printed a big ol’ “S” and traced it with some chalk. Then… just fill ‘er in with your thumbtacks! I chose a monogram (duh), but you could print out a witches hat, or a black cat or a spider…. anything!
This pumpkin is SO fun and looks SOOOOO cool. I’d love to make a whole flock of them with different colors. Maybe bring in some colored thumbtacks on a few white pumpkins? Next year!!
Phew. So at least we have a few Halloween decorations in this house now. Have you all gone full on haunted house with your decor or do you have one lone pumpkin on your stoop? Leave a comment and let me know!
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