Get into the spooky spirit with this easy Halloween DIY!
T minus 1 week until Halloween and if your house is anything like ours, the kids have been counting down the days for weeks. It’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to October 31 and we’ve had some fun decorating around the inside and outside of our house plus enjoying some Fall/ Halloween activities, including making a few DIY Halloween decorations (check out this DIY Ghost Garland from last year). We avoid the scary stuff since the kids are still young, but we load up on pumpkins, bats, and spider webs and this year we added this DIY Halloween decoration using a branch and some spray paint.
All you need are 3 materials to make this creepy DIY Halloween decoration that’s great for inside or outside
black spray paint
twigs or branches with leaves trimmed off
optional: crows, spiders, or other creepy creatures
1.Start by trimming your branch of excess leaves, etc and brushing off any loose bark and dirt.
2.Give branch 2- 3 coats of black spray paint, allowing to dry between coats. If you prefer, you can skip adding in creepy creatures and keep the branches unadorned.
3.When dry add in any creepy creatures that you like. I found some fake crows at our local dollar store and perched them on the branches, wiring them on. Easy! A glue gun or black pipe cleaners would also work.
I only made one of these for outside our front door, but love the idea of creating a mini-forest in our front yard along our walkway or making smaller ones for a Halloween party table.
Tip: Secure your branch(es) in a pot or other container to hold upright (sand, soil, or gravel work well). If you’re making a smaller, tabletop version, place branches in vases for a party table backdrop or centerpiece.
Looking for some other fun ideas for Halloween? Check out this round-up of family-friendly activities in the Vancouver area over on Ava to Zoe and these cute Halloween marshmallow pops to make with the kids!
Fall is right around the corner and that means it’s time to put away Summer decor and bring out all the cozy things. Pillows and blankets season here we come! Fall in love with the season and snuggle up with a warm cup of soup or tea and a good book.
Even though we think of yellow, orange, and red as Fall colours, there are plenty of other options, like darker hues of blues and greens. And how about warm metallics as accents?
For the past few months we’ve been updating our bedroom and I’m really excited for the latest addition: the bed! We found a new one on Wayfair Canada and are loving it. I’ve been sharing about the process since we started it last Fall, including painting and adding wall decals (which made such a difference right there alone- scroll to the bottom of this post for photos of the process along the way) and there are just a few finishing touches left. In some ways it’s great to have those weekend warrior projects that you finish all at once, but sometimes it’s just not doable: not enough time/ budget/ keeping the kids occupied while you try to work, etc., so we’ve been working away as we’ve had the time and budget to do so. My friend told me that there are some Cheap deals on paydaydeals.com.au. Might be a good idea for me to check those out! View Post
If you’re looking to add a little pop of colour to your holiday decorations this year, this dried orange Christmas garland is a pretty homemade addition and can be adapted to suit your decorating style. Go for simple with all- greens, or add in extras like ornaments, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, etc for a fuller option. Since we’re now officially counting down to Christmas I thought this would be the perfect DIY for the first weekend of December!
To dry the oranges you can you use a dehydrator or dry slices in the oven. Once they’re dried simply string them onto some twine or ribbon, or attach to a greenery garland; I used twine and a hot glue gun to make a small fresh greenery swag and added pinecones along with the orange slices for mine. To hang, either glue or tie on some ribbon or twine. You can also use the dried oranges to make pretty ornaments or a wreath (they’d also be cute tied on to gifts!). I like that this is a more traditional decorating idea, but one you can adapt to suit your home and decorating style. Enjoy a cozy afternoon whipping this up with a cup of eggnog by your side and some festive music.
Here’s how I made mine.
– 1- 2 medium oranges
– fresh greens
-ribbon and twine (tip: florist wire might also come in handy if you have it on hand)
-additional decorations such as pinecones, cinnamon sticks, ornaments, etc
For the dried orange slices: Slice your oranges approximately 1/8″ thick and place on some paper towel. Pat them dry on both sides to remove excess moisture. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or onto the racks of a food dehydrator (I have a round one like this and love it). If you’re drying them in the oven set it on low (about 250°) for a few hours hours. Check them every hour or so and flip them so that they dry evenly on both sides. If you’re drying them in a dehydrator, you’ll probably need to do them overnight. You’ll know they’re dry when there’s absolutely no moisture left and they’ve turned a golden orange shade instead of bright orange.
For the garland: Start by laying out your greens to see how you want to build your garland. Once you have the garland laid out, use a hot glue gun and some twine and/ or floral wire to attach it all together. Tip: the hot glue will help hold the shape/ structure- especially in the center (see below).
2. Once you have constructed the garland, start adding in the decorative items. I opted for pinecones and some cream ribbon, along with the orange slices.
3.To hang, use a picture hook, thumb tack or removable hook (if you’re looking for some pretty options check out here and here).
Fall is officially here. It’s that time of year in between Summer and all things Halloween… and then Christmas. And before we get out the bats, witches, and jack- o- lanterns, it’s the perfect time to put out some pretty Fall greens and pumpkins. And gourds (can’t forget about those!) ;).
See below for some simple decorating tips + this Welcome Home printable! View Post
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