Tuesday, October 21, 2008

All Hollow's Eve is very near! Decorations on a (tiny) budget...

Oh, how I LOVE Halloween decorations more than any other! I am so lucky to be able to drool over so many awesome (or add your own very positive adjective here) blogs with so many fabulous ideas on fall decorating! I have been inspired by so many and I wish that I could list all of them, but right now, I'm going to list my top 3 fall-inspired blogs.

#1 would definitely have to be Cherry's Jubilee



and there are so many more!
These girls all inspired me to get a little creative in the Halloween decor department and so...
I showed you this picture before...
and this pic of things found at Goodwill... And I started my Halloween projects weeks ago, but finally just got around to finishing, as goes most of the things around my house these days.
So, I used the wonderful $6 "glass bell jar-like thing on a pedestal" as my centerpiece with a real little white punkin' in it along with some faux berries that were on sale for $4 (and I got way more than needed...maybe I'll add some to my door decor). I painted the two .85 candlesticks black (I used a black textured spray paint) and glued the faux berries and faux punkins' onto the top (so they'll be easy to put out every year).This three tiered pillar stand was $2.25 and was a brownish color. I also spray-painted this with the black textured spray paint and glued the faux berries and punkins' on.
I bought a wonderful Halloween chip-board/paper/sticker kit from, where else, but Goodwill for $5. I thought that was a lil' high, but found that the materials go a long way! The tray was a dingy metal tray that I found at a yard sale for $1, I spray painted it with the same textured black spray paint (love the texture) and thought it would work well with a lil' vignette I had going on. I found the $1 frames from Walmart, used the aforementioned papers to make the frames into plaques, bought the wooden 3-D letters for .30 each at Ben Franklin, covered the letters with the paper and added the stickers. I inked the edges of the letters so the wood wouldn't show and glued the letters with Super Tape to the "plaques", added the real gourds and voila.Here I used the same paper as above, a frame from the $1 store (painted black), and a large white wooden "H" (painted black, of course) that I had bought long ago for .50 and didn't know what to do with. Put it all together in about 5 minutes.
Here I used a purple (painted black) tin tile frame from the $1 store and added ephemera that I bought awhile back along with the same paper and stickers.
It's just something about homemade decorations that make them so much more enjoyable to look at!Happy Halloween decorating y'all!


14 comments:

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I am TOTALLY honored that you would even mention me on these pages! I bow to your thriftiness. :-) That aqua fan! The Pulitzer pants! The vanity! (and I think you only spent, like $2.17 on everything I've just mentioned, LOL. ;-) Seriously, thanks for the mention, from one thrifty princess to the queen of the thrift!

hugs from the Jersey Shore,
Laura

Carol said...

Your Halloween decorations are fabulous! Lucky you to have a Ben Franklin store nearby. I don't think there are any left here in Oklahoma. Have a super day.
Carol

belladella said...

Everything is wonderful. I am so lacking in the Halloween decoration department, but just wait until I get my 20 Christmas boxes out of the attic and whip out my 50+ nutcrackers. I am counting down the days until all of that.

I love what you did with the dollar store frames. Great idea. I really need to make paint a bigger part of my daily life :)

sharie said...

Lovely decorations. We don't decorate much apart from christmas time over here so it is fun to see all your decorations.
Think the homemade ones are really pretty.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Ahhhhh thanks sooo much..that made my day! I love it all..but got to say I think my fave is the vintage tin frame....with the sweet postcard...love it. cherry

kristal said...

how glad i am that you visited my blog! now i have another wonderful idea treasure trove in "thrifty cottage dreams"! i love thrifting, recycling, and (my favorite) repurposing! boy-am i in the right place:) thanks again for your entry in my giveaway, but thank you even more for bringing me to your site!

kristal said...

YOU WON! check out the post congratulating you at http://varelavoyage.blogspot.com/2008/10/drumroll-please.html

please email me with any color or theme preferences for your two tags! i can't wait to get started:)

kristalbydesign@gmail.com

Alison said...

HI Carmen! I found your blog through the Verela Voyage where you won the nametags!! I have to say I have fallen in love with your blog. Your ideas are amazing! I have two girls myself...ages(6)and (14). I LOVVVVVE the pumkins you painted black w/ polka dots and ribbon at the top. I HAVE to do that! Did you use spray paint or what on the pumpkins?
~Take Care&God Bless~
*Alison*

Alison said...

Hey again! Thank you SO much for your sweet comments on my blog. Thanks for the tips on the pumpkins as well! My friend~Amanda(www.myfragrantlife.blogspot.com)she also lives in Virginia(in Richmond)...I am going to tell her about your blog. She would LOVE it! That cassarole is indeed good. you can never have enough cassarole recipes now can ya?LOL~Can't wait to chat with you more and I sure look forward to more tips,ideas and your awesome yard sell finds!

sarah @ a beach cottage said...

phew I can't believe what you did on a tiny budget, I love doing things on a budget (if you know what I mean), it *does give you more of a sense of achievement,though sometimes I think it would be nice to walk on out and buy whatever you want...

my favourite are the frames

Sarah

Michelle said...

Hi Carmen,

I just discovered your blog! It is absolutely adorable and your house is so cute! I will definitely follow your blog. I love all your Halloween decorations!

Michelle

Forever Vintage said...

Hi Carmen, just stumbled on your blog and lovin it. Your decorating ideas are awesome. I am going to add you to my favorites!

Caroline~~

ThriftyDecorChick said...

YES!! Spray painting!! It all turned out great!! Amazing what you can do with Goodwill finds. Love it! Love your name too, my stepdauhter has the same name. :) You don't see it very often.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Your "boo" is such a cute idea!

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