Here I go again, flaunting my newbie status, posting about Halloween in November. Ha!
But regardless of my slow-pokedness, the Hedlunds do love some Halloween.
And this year was no different!
Plus, we had my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew visiting, and I am telling you, they pretty much nailed Halloween this year! Loved, loved, loved their costumes!
But believe it or not, as much as the Hedlunds love Halloween, I have rarely gone all out in the crafts-decor area of spookiness. A few carved pumpkins, some crows, whimsical lights around the front door. That was about it. It was only a matter of time, right?
But, in all honesty, it was a very persistent seven-year-old (one who absolutely adores Halloween) who kicked my craft-butt into high gear this year.
It started with a little hurricane you may have heard about called Matthew. We evacuated like many people in the lowcountry. Version 2.0 and I drove in one car, and my Hubs, Version 1.0, the dog, and the boat (priorities, people) followed behind us in the truck. Heeding our governor’s warning to steer clear of Interstate 26, we took back-roads all the way up to my parents’ house in the upstate. After being in the car an hour longer than normal, we finally came out on to Highway 28 near Anderson.
And because I love to pretend my husband is as invested in project-mode as much as I am, I sent him the following text:
LOL. I do crack myself up sometimes.
Needless to say, the caravan ended when my little one and I pulled into the craft store’s parking lot.
I didn’t have any projects in mind at the time, just thought it would be nice to stretch our legs, use the restroom, and then maybe pick up some little ornament craft to make for Christmas.
But then Version 2.0 spotted the aisle of glass cork bottles. “Mama? Mama? Can we please make poison bottles for Halloween?”
Christmas was out, Halloween was in.
Thus began a long strand of Halloween Crafts and Decor…way more than I have ever done before.
Halloween Crafts, Decor, and More
Poisons and Potions
These were very easy to make, and my little one loved this project! We bought a handful of mini cork bottles from Hobby Lobby, and a few paint colors (black, brown, purple, and green). I actually got kind of excited about this project once 2.0 asked to do it, and started browsing all of the paint colors at Hobby Lobby. My seven-year-old apparently had his own interpretation of how this project would go down.
Me: Let’s get a bunch of fun colors.
2.0: Poison is only green, Mama.
Me: Are you sure…we could make black and purple…
2.0: I think I am just going to make green…. But you can use other colors if you want.
(I am pretty sure that he was pacifying me. Little stinker.)
By the way, I simply Googled free potion labels for the stickers. There are lots and lots out there!
Witch’s Spell Books
Okay, so while the poison bottles were all 2.0’s idea, I had been dying to make some spell books, and having five days off for the hurricane gave me the perfect opportunity to make them! I found a bunch of hardcover books at a thrift store in Seneca, South Carolina for $0.25 each. Can’t beat that!
These were so fun to make, and I absolutely loved using the metallic paste to give the books that gold shine.
Once we were in the midst of Halloween crafts, I couldn’t resist. Especially when I found three heavy brass candlesticks for $1.25 at that same thrift store in Seneca (we’re talking could-murder-Colonel-Mustard-in-the-billiard-room heavy). I decided to make these Crystal Balls inspired by Flamingo Toes.
I just knew my little one was going to love it. And he did.
Dining Room Decor
I decide to expand the spookiness into our dining room. The wreath was one I made last year, although I removed the white feathered owl and added a skull instead. I love cheesecloth–it is all gossamer and cobwebby and perfect for Halloween.
I also decided to make a witch’s cloche using another skull, some moss, and a skeleton key (found in the dollar section of Michaels), and set it on some of hubby’s cookbooks. Hee hee! That’s my twisted humor coming into play.
All Hallow’s Eve Garland
This was the one and only Halloween item I posted about on time. You can more about it here.
Despite all of my dutiful Halloween-decorating indoors, we were still severely lacking according to 2.0 (who never hesitated to point out all of the houses in the neighborhood that looked better than ours) in the curb appeal department.
Now I had seen some pretty cool ideas over the years that I had been dying to put into action, and since we were full speed into the Halloween spirit this year, I figured there was no time better than the present.
Spooky, Scary Ghost
This year, little one began pestering as soon as October 1st was upon our doorstep. Luckily for me, I decided to wait out “this hurricane” far out the Caribbean, figuring if I decorated outdoors, I would surely be taking every thing down the following weekend.
…And I would have been.
Hedlund’s Dead and Breakfast
This was another one of the project ideas I had collected a while back, and had never gotten around to making, even though I thought about it every October. This idea came from laquerandlinen.com which does not seem to be available anymore, so here is the original pin I used as my inspiration.
I made my Trick or Treat garland a few years ago, and I absolutely love it (although Hubby has to pretty much brave death to hang it). The idea actually came from this paper banner made from Room for Dessert. I loved how big and loopy the letter Rs were, and decided I wanted to make a weather-resistant one for the outdoors.
I cut these letters out by hand and strung them using twine. As soon as hubby braves death to take this down, I am going to make a downloadable pattern and add it to MCH. (Hold me to it…sometimes, I get a little slack.)
Whew! You can see why it took me so long to blog about it. I was crafting all month.
But it was a great Halloween.
Stay Spooky, my friends!