Thursday, October 29, 2009

(Almost) free Halloween decor

I'm so stinking excited you all love my redo as much as I do!! It's GORG, eh? It just feels like "home" to me, like it always should have looked this way. ;)

It hit me this week that, uhhhhh, Halloween is like, in two days and I hadn't shown you more of my decor. Maybe you can file some ideas away for next year, yes?

Most of my Halloween decor -- well ALL of my Halloween decor -- was made by moi or purchased on the cheap. I showed you my free spooky mantel here, my ghouly candleholders here and my Halloween crafting here. All were super cheap or faaaareeee!

Here's more of the other el cheapo decorations I promise every one of you can do!

A glittery word from Hob Lob, cut off the ribbon and attach it to scrapbook paper in an old frame:
The gumball machine was $4 at Goodwill and I couldn't. resist. it. I tried, I did. It's perfect for peanut M&M's. Makes it a bit harder to get to them, which is a good thing. ;)

These labels are free online (if you search Halloween labels you should find some) -- I did these last year with Goodwill bottles so I can't remember where I found them:
This year I got a few more little jars for $.25 each at GW, and printed off itty bitty labels I found here. (You have to see all of the ideas Lorie finds -- amazing!! I couldn't find the actual post for these -- do you know where it is Lorie?)
Years ago I found images online, printed them out and cut out the shapes in stiff felt. They've lasted for a long time and I love how they look on our windows:

When you take three cardboard letters that spell out BOO and half off scrapbook paper, this is what you get:
Four bucks total, I believe? I think the paper cost more than the pumpkin for this one:
Outside, I used spidey web lights I found at the drug store last year on clearance (drug stores have some fun stuff for CHEAP after the holidays.) I think these cost me two bucks:
And of course my dollar store tombstones are all over the front yard! I touched them up with white paint and they look awesome:
This one was probably the most expensive project -- I found these vinyl stickers at HomeGoods a few weeks ago and got Spooky and Scary for $6:
I took some scrap wood, spray painted it, distressed it and drilled holes for the ribbon to hang it:

Adorable. Cheap. Thankyouverymuch. ("Scary" is vertical and leans against a wall in our foyer.)
Fun stuff eh??

Please don't let all of this fool you. I have a secret...

I am sooooo cheating...
I couldn't resist, really. Could you? (Don't tell me if you could.)

Another Before and After Party is coming up this Monday!! (I'll have the post up Sunday night!) You just need a before picture and the after to join us. Wooeee, I love a party!!

I'll also share my first Christmas project next week -- I've mentioned it before but you'll need some time to prepare for this one. ;)


  1. The new look of your blog is inspiring! I may have to do this myself one of these days...Janell

  2. Love the SPOOKY sign! Did I miss that earlier?
    I also love the new look. Very fancy!

  3. The $6 on the SPOOKY sign, was definitely worth it... IT ROCKS!!!

    ALL of your Halloween decor is just awesome!!

    Tiffany @ Mine Are Spectacular!

  4. Oh how cute! Love how you made your own signs and stuff, cool! Your blog makeover is awesome!

  5. So many cute things. Love that meatloaf hand. I think I'll make that after Halloween just to freak the family out!

    Wanted to be sure to say that I also LOVE the new blog makeover. Very nice.

  6. Love the Halloween decor -- GREAT stuff, and that it's on the cheap makes it all even better.

    happy Halloween!

  7. Your spooky sign is adorable. I love it. I want one. Looking forward to seeing your Christmas project!

  8. Your new blog design is STUNNING and so "you"! Luuuurvvve it!

    All of your Halloween ideas are so awesome! I still can't believe the prices you are able to create such amazing things with.

    ~*~Happy Halloween!~*~ BOO! :)

  9. Target santa towel? I almost got that!

  10. It makes me excited for halloween next year :) Just too much going on and ZERO decorations for this Halloween - booooo!


  12. Love the decor! I have the same tomestones from the dollar store! I put mine on the wall in the livingroom...our livingroom is painted bright orange so it worked perfect with the Halloween theme!

  13. Thanks for sharing your great ideas! You are one creative gal!

  14. Love your new look!!! Your home is beautiful! I love those labels. And I want those stickers you got at Homegoods! I need them. I have been so busy with my burlap obsession that I haven't been shopping in weeks. I am going over there tomorrow to see if they have any left!

    Have a spooky Halloween!


  15. Lots of cuteness here!

    I just found those potion labels recently too! They are from the Love Manor flickr photostream (in case anyone wants to know)

    Or there is the Love Manor website:

  16. Love the new look! I heart the BOO letters - They turn out adorable and look so easy to make! I'll have to keep this in mind - It can be used for so many things! Thanks =)

  17. cute spooky garland.

    barbara jean

  18. Love the Halloween decor, it's very tasteful and chic.

    Good job!

  19. I like the BOO sign you made with the letters and half off paper. Very cute! :) Interested to see your Christmas project!

  20. oooo great job!!!!!! i cant wait to hit up the after holiday sale! i go every year. and i always find really good deals.

  21. You simple HAVE TO come to MN! We have a store out here you would adore - AxMan Surplus. It is filled to the brim with crafty/bizarre/AWESOME stuff for dirt cheap.

    Plus? There's 4 of them! So if you're ever in town...

  22. Happy Boo-ing - looks great! I can't resist Santa, so will eagerly anticipate your next project :-)

  23. Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I really like the BOO sign. An easy project that can be used for all holidays (I see JOY for Christmas)

    I LOVE the new look BTW! It is "GORG"!!!

  24. YAY! So excited to start the Christmas crafts!

  25. Just wondering, how did you stick the black felt shapes to the windows?

  26. Love all of your ideas. Please keep them coming. The DR rocks.

  27. I love your blog but have a hard time opening it. Has anyone else told you this? I don't have problems with other blogs. Anyway, love your Halloween decor, especially the spider web.

  28. If you like vintage-looking labels, you should check out iDIY ( It's a wedding website but has lots of freebies that you can update for your own projects, like some great apothecary jar labels! You would like it I think.

  29. I LOVE LOVE LOVE every single one of those projects!! I'm almost mad at you for not posting them sooner so I could make a few for halloween this year!! :) SOOO AWESOME! I can't wait for next year!

  30. Love your new blog look! The labels are so cool. I googled and found some (maybe the same ones?) at and I'm thinking of making my own for next year. I love all of the adorable ideas you have. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Hey there, I wished I had found your blog before today. You show so many nice and inexpensive Halloween decor Ideas I just gotta show them to my son, who loves Halloween more than Christmas. Keep going gal, I'll return to your blog! For the next Halloween I hope I can get a few more Halloween Decor items in my shop too.
    Happy Halloween to everyone and the most to our first Grandson Brock Austin Tanner for his very first Halloween.

  32. I love all your decor and the price is great to.

  33. I'm dying to find out where you got these green curtains on this door-window!! I have so many of these doors in my house, and I hate not having some sort of cover on them! Did you make them or did you buy them? Please email me at

    Loooove your site! :)


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