DIY WEDNESDAY: Halloween Projects From $0

Quick. Easy. Cheap. Budget friendly Halloween decor you can create yourself from $0 to really no more than $10. Reuse items you already of on hand - scrapbooking scissors, black spray paint, wine bottles out in the recycling bin, or trimmed tree branches. Use any of these five projects in multiples to add impact and drama not only to your decor, but for added ambiance for a Halloween block party...


Black Painted Wine Bottles

Used Arbor Mist MATT glass bottles (but any could work)
Spray painted black SATIN finish
Attached Haunted Wine Labels (packs of mixed labels from Dollar Store)
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Project total: Under $10 and ya get to drink the wine!
NOTE: Only two shown here, but you can create a MASSIVE centerpiece for party with the same concept, except vary the size of the bottles, and add taper candles to bottle necks. For even more drama - get the tapers that DO DRIP - and let the wax layer & drip onto the painted bottles.

BOO Re-Painted Canvases

Re-Used painted canvases from a prior project
Previously turquoise - now spray painted black semi-gloss
Hung onto 2" nail covering existing NYC letters on wall
Attached w/foam tape 8x10 printed letters
(purposefully not mounted flush to be reminiscent of PB's book pages on crow tree)
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Project Total: $0 because reused items on hand
NOTE: BigLots sells canvas boards in various sizes for under $5
The letters below are what I had used (found through Google)



RIGHT CLICK to copy all these letters. Save it. Upload image to Picnik. CROP the letters you need. Use "touch-up - clone" to cover any clips of other letters for the one you need. Edit image with features such as "Vignette" or "Inverted". Save at 300. Print at 8x10.


NOTE: craft this one step further - print letters onto cardstock, cut out to make a stencil,
use white & cream latex or acrylic paint to stipple-stencil lettering onto canvas.

Edit Lettering Using Picnik and Special Paper

Change the look of the printed lettering using Picnik photo editing site features:
Rounded corner frame
Vignette
Vignette and Inverted
Print letter as 8x10 on special or colored paper (like parchment or watercolor) for a more aged look or sticky-back paper to create easy decals
Give your sheets an added detail by using your scrapbook edging scissors
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Total project cost: $0 because using paper & tools already on hand



Print template
Cut a template from a file folder
Use a silver or white pencils to trace
Fold back craft paper in half
Three (folded) bats fit to a sheet
Cut away!
Attach to walls with pins or double sided tape

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Total Project cost: I think maybe $5 for the package of paper (got last year)
(35 sheets - 3 per page yields 102 bats!)


Trim your own tree OR pick up oversized branches the from side of the road
Trim off all leaves
Spray well with bug spray
Allow branches a day to roast in the sun
Bring into house and secure inside an urn (stuff with rocks & newspaper)
Pick-up a bag of Spanish moss at the Dollar Store
Open moss bag and PULL APART in kitchen sink (helps with the mess)
Put your moss parts in a grocery bag and bring to your branch location
Nestle dripping moss naturally into "Y" of branches
Zig-zag moss placement in branches for a well spaced natural effect
Nestle crows into some moss spots
Start with small crows at top of branch, to medium to large at base
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Total project cost: Only depends on the price of the large & medium crows: I got my large crow last year at Michael's - on sale & with a coupon for only $8. The medium crow was only $3.50 and this years addition of 5 small crows only $1 each at the Dollar Store along with a bag of moss for only $1.
No crows? No problem: Use the bats hot glued to branches!


I have a few more I'll be sharing shortly...
Happy Fall and Happy Halloween!




BOO-BYE!!

(I love this time of year)

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2 comments:

  1. WOW, I love everything... especially the wine bottles with the cute labels. Sooo many good ideas here Ü

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  2. Oooh. Very spooky. I love the bottles painted black! I am hosting a link party on my blog this weekend about words/quotes (The Weekend Word Search). Please consider stopping by! Your project would be a great addition.

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