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. ;)

38 comments:

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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.

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

    Wonderful!
    happy Halloween!
    Cass

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

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  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! :)

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  9. Target santa towel? I almost got that!

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

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  11. GREAT HALLOWEEN DECOR! AND I LOVE THE NEW LOOK OF OUR BLOG...SO CHIC! BEAUTIFUL!

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  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!

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

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  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!

    XOOX
    Jen

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  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)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lovemanor/

    Or there is the Love Manor website: http://www.lovemanor.com/

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  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 =)

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  17. cute spooky garland.

    barbara jean

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

    Good job!

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

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  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.

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  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...

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

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  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"!!!

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

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

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

    www.rivieraboardwalk.blogspot.com

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  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.

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  28. If you like vintage-looking labels, you should check out iDIY (www.i-do-it-yourself.com) 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.

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  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!

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

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  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.

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

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  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 sara.garrison@yahoo.com

    Loooove your site! :)

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