New Scary Eye Theme for Halloween in the Front Yard for 2015

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

We changed things up just a bit in the front yard this year for our favorite holiday, Halloween! Inspired by my new “Crawling Eye” prop (see the DIY here) we went with creepy eyes. I found some blow-up eyes online for about $3 each and put them in the plant pots and on the porch on top of our old fake fall leaves and orange lights. I also made the silly big-eyed monsters in the upper windows from black poster board and colored tissue paper. (Inspired by these amazing monsters: http://fashionnaction.blogspot.com/2011/10/googly-monster-house-halloween.html ) The eyes on the porch wall were left-overs from a party years ago (just eyeballs printed out on gloss paper from google images) I only spent about $40 for this year’s update, everything else (black fabric, fake pumpkins, black lights) are all things we’ve had for years, just moved around. Enjoy!

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Beware the Crawling Eye! A Fun Halloween DIY Using an Exercise Ball and Old Sheets.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It’s my favorite holiday, so I tend to go a little nuts. This year I added some new fun with an eye theme in the front yard, with the Crawling Eye as the centerpiece (based on the admittedly awful 1950’s sci-fi movie by the same name.) Here’s the DIY:

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It all started with an exercise ball. Then I added a plastic eye we found at the thrift store for .49 cents, florescent spray paint, Great Stuff gap filler, foam from our old bed, and a couple old sheets. I used a glue gun to wrap the ball in fabric first. It’s ok to wrap it kind of messy, you actually want the folds and bumps in the fabric for added texture.

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Next came the legs, which were cut out of old sheets. It doesn’t matter too much what they look like, as they will be mostly painted. I used the glue gun again to attached the two sides to each other, though sewing them would have been better. I turned them out and stuffed them with some old foam, though you could use newspaper, foam peanuts, or whatever flexible, light-weight material you have lying around. The hardest part is attaching the stuffed legs to the ball. I used a glue gun, though it would have held better if I started by attaching the legs with a few stitches first. (I was short on time and rushed this project). The eye was also attached with the hot glue. It can all be somewhat messily done, as you’ll be covering up all the edges in the next step.

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The final steps were done outside on a tarp. What really makes this project look awesome is the “Great Stuff” gap filler. I used it to cover all the edges and create creepy texture over the whole thing.

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When the foam was dry, I used orange and green florescent spray paint to finish him off. He now sits happily on the front porch under a black light to frighten our visitors. The entire project took just over 2 hours.

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I’ll post more pictures of our eye-themed front yard soon, as well as all the inside decorations. Happy Halloween everyone! I’d love to see your Halloween projects in the comments section!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Here is the Video House Tour as Promised…

Here it is. Enjoy!

Happy Halloween!! Here’s a 5-minute video of our house all done up for the frightening fun. !

http://youtu.be/IW3n1ByNCPE

How I Did My Yard for Halloween This Year…And it’s All on the Cheap, of Course.

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Halloweeeeen!!

Did I mention I LOVE Halloween? Here’s a look at our front yard this year…

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The Front Gate. The 2 pots are changed out every season. This year I simply added fake Fall foliage and my beloved Crow decoys. All my Fall foliage was been gathered over the years at thrift stores for a couple bucks a piece. I scored all my crow decoys on Ebay. I’ve had them for about a decade and still love using them every year. They are indestructible! I added a little orange sparkly ribbon this year. The sign on the gate was an alley find: Free!

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To the left just inside the gate is the “Ball Garden”, where I’ve added a few fake pumpkins. To the right, more fake pumpkins, and more foliage and crow decays in the tall pots. A little trick with the fake foliage: I fill the pots with real Fall leaves (we have no shortage of those this time of year!), then add the fake stuff. It helps fill in the pots visually. OK, I hear many of you purists scoffing at my fake pumpkins. Believe me, I’d have real ones if I could, but the ravenous army of squirrels around here would eat their faces off within 24 hours (unfortunately I know this from experience). So faux pumpkins it is! We’ve been collecting these over the years from various thrift stores for a few bucks a piece.

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I continue the faux pumpkins up the steps (I still need to tape down the extension cords) and onto the porch (I do like a solid theme, I guess you’d call mine “Crows & Pumpkins”). The two pots up on the stoop are also changed out for the seasons, and these I wrapped in translucent black fabric with a little orange ribbon, and there are strings of orange lights in the pots just under the crow decoys. This year I added the Glittery Black Sticks to the pots. They sparkle like crazy! The columns on either side of the stoop are simply wrapped in more orange light strings and sheer black fabric, and topped with a little of the orange ribbon..

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On the left side of the porch sits another fabulous alley find table, awaiting a paint job. I dolled it up with more of the black fabric, some old dried out gourds (I save and dry out gourds every year, after they have been used fresh on the mantle inside), and of course, another crow decoy.

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To the right of the door sits this white column, done up in similar fashion. The door itself is surrounded with more orange string lights draped over with more of the translucent black fabric. I snagged the Fall wreath at the thrift store, and added a bit of the black fabric and orange ribbon (after Halloween, just remove the fabric and ribbon and it’s perfect for Thanksgiving!) The image above the door is just vintage crows and pumpkin clip-art I printed onto gloss photo paper on my home printer. (The porch is covered, so no moisture can get at it)

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My favorite part this year are my home-made Monster Eyes that blink at night. They look great! We always save one of the faux pumpkins for the porch light, using a compact florescent of course so there is no fire risk. Here are a couple more night shots:

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Almost everything in the yard came from the thrift store or is home-made. The only things I bought this year are the spool of orange ribbon and the sticks and glitter paint. Everything can be reused for years to come.

Next time, the inside of the house!

How did you decorate for Halloween? I’d love to hear about it in the “Leave a Reply/Comment section below.

 

 

Killer Scrap Wood DIY Halloween Tombstones – I Wish I Was This Clever…

Killer (pun intended) Scrap Wood DIY Halloween Tombstones

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One look at these awesome tombstones and you can see why I wanted to share them with you. This is the yard of Denver artist Tom Novosad, who has a real gift with scrap wood and a jigsaw. “Found some plywood in the alley and had to make me some new headstones. A little left over house paint, some screws…” That’s how Tom rolls. Weathered,  found scrap wood, cut into shapes and layered on with screws, painted with house paint (the drippy paint layers are easily done with watered down paint, just vary the shade of gray slightly) These look so pro, I’m inspired to try my hand at them…well, maybe next year 😉

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The placement of the occasional skull and crow are perfect. Now, behind the scenes, a look at the backs…

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You get an idea of the simple construction looking at the backs. They really are just scrap wood! Staked in the ground with a simple single wood stake.

Bonus: His home-made cemetery gate is marvelous, more scrap wood!…

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Yes, that’s a real coffin on his porch. A dented display model he scored from a mortuary.

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The wood over the window is pure genius. So simple, and it looks awesome! The wood pieces were assembled together and painted, then attached to the window frame with two screws.

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We’ll have to go back and see it all lit up and tricked out on Halloween. Thank for the tour Tom!

Fabulous Black Glitter Halloween Sticks DIY – Spooky Gothic Glamour (and some Cool Crows too)

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Yea, I know, sticks usually are not so exciting, but these are! Cheap and easy, too.

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I always try and do something interesting with the two pots flanking the porch for Halloween, usually involving my crow decoys.  Side Note: I LOVE my crow decoys! I stole the idea from the lovely owner of 5 Green Boxes here in Denver, one of my favorite places to shop and explore (actually there are 2 5GB stores, one for home and unique handmade furniture and one for clothing, etc., the Big Store is my favorite, it is a hot-bed of great ideas). I went to a big yard sale (imagine that, me going to a yard sale ;-)) one Fall years ago and saw she had used crow decoys in purple pots on her fence posts. I was immediately smitten, and ordered a bunch online that very day. I’ve been using them every Halloween since. They look great and are virtually indestructible. This year I got the idea to add some sparkle, hence the glittered black sticks.

This project was easy as pie (I’ve always wondered where that expression came from, pie actually isn’t all that easy…). I bought a bunch of clean birch sticks (of course you could collect your own as well), spray painted them with gloss black spray paint, then sprayed them with Rustolium Glitter Spray Paint in silver from Home Depot.

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First I laid the sticks out on my trusty painting tarp.

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Then sprayed them black, just one coat on each side. You don’t need to be crazy about this, no one is going to notice if you missed a spot or dripped a little paint, unless you drip it on your shoes like I did…

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It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but this stuff shimmers like the dickens. I got a little carried away and sprayed a few small pumpkins, too. A note on the glitter paint: You want to try and use it all at once, as the sprayer tends to clog, and you’ll want to shake the can every 10 seconds or so. It works great! I’m sure I’ll be finding many more projects to glitter-ize.

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When it was all dry I just stuck them in the pots, and voila’, glamorous crows. There are a ton of things you could do with these sparkly black sticks: centerpieces, pots, stick them in existing plants inside or out, add them to your spooky mantle, tie them to the chandelier…the possibilities are endless, and these sticks will last for years to come.

Stay Tuned! There are many more Halloween Posts to come! Next time, the “Eyes” have it, and then I’ll show you my whole Halloween house, inside and out! I’ll be doing a couple fun tours of some amazing local houses as well. FOLLOW this blog and you won’t miss a thing!