Hello everyone, Happy Halloween! I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. I had to work all day and trick-or-treating was done in my neighborhood when I got home this year. It wasn’t a total loss, though. we got to be festive at work! After years of not being able to have any holiday spirit, my new company let us have some fun. My co-workers and I painted our faces and wore the traditional ears. I spent the day dispensing prescriptions (and dealing with the most annoying inventory ever) in full on bunny face. It was everything I could have hoped for. Seriously, it was stressful, but still a totally great day because of the festivities.
I had so much fun doing my makeup!! I found a lot of inspiration on Instagram. When I got home, I tried the ears out on the doggos. Two of them hated it, but I can always count on this chilled out hound to go along with my games.
She was sad when I took them off. I’m pretty sure she would have stayed in them for hours. Such a good girl!! The other stinkers kept wanting to take them and chew on them, so they had to be put away. Anyway, I am excited that it is now my favorite time of year. The festive songs, the yummy food and best of all, the amazing DIY projects! Halloween is always a great way to start things off. I need to kick it into high gear, because I have been slacking. I promise there is a lot coming your way. See you soon!
I am so excited about this Halloween project! I wanted to do something fun for my mantle. I mentioned in my window bat post that anything can be a suitable Halloween decoration if it is painted black? Christmas villages are no exceptions! I picked up these beauties at Goodwill. They were each $3 or less. Score!
There were meant to be potpourri and oil burners. They had bottoms and cords they raised them off of the ground so I needed to take those off. All that took was a screwdriver and a pair of wire cutters.
I hit them with a few coats of flat black spray paint.
After they were thoroughly dry, I headed for my mantle. Before I arranged them, I added some spider webs and orange lights. Some of the houses have holes in them, so the lights look like they are in the house too. The tiny house needed a pedestal, so I painted a small glass candlestick holder and flipped it upside down.
Here are closeups of the houses.
I hope to find more houses to make the village bigger next year. I also want to add a few cars, trees and maybe a playground or something if I can find one. What else do you guys think would look good?
This past weekend, the local Humane Society that I volunteer with put on their annual “Barktoberfest” fundraiser. It is a fun animal friendly event that promotes adoption and no-kill shelters. They have contests, food and vendors. Many people dress their dogs up in Halloween costumes. It is such a fun time. I volunteered to make this colorful sign to depict where the different sections of the event were. Any time I can be crafty and play with animals is a good day in my book. Unfortunately, I didn’t really take pictures along the way of creation, but it is very simple.
I started with plain pallet boards. I sanded them down until they were smooth and used a table saw to make points at the end. I painted them Halloween colors with paint I got from the landfill. I then wrote the street names on with black paint.
I definitely misspelled dachshund on my first attempt. Oops! I attached the signs to a landscape post that I painted black. After some last minute tweaking and changing the direction of a few boards, I was finished. Rather than making a stand for it, I just used a Christmas Tree stand. It worked like a charm.
I had so much fun making this sign. I want to make one for my front yard for Christmas. If I do, I will be sure to blog about it.
Also, if you are thinking about finding something to do with your time, I highly recommend volunteering. The time I have spent with these animals and then watching them go to good homes has been so rewarding. I promise you will not regret it if you give it a try. Give back!
Here are a few fun pictures from the event:
I love, love, LOVE decorating for seasons and holidays. Halloween is no exception. It is such a fun time to try out DIY decor. If it doesn’t work, just paint it black and it is suitable for Halloween. My favorite things to spruce up for this occasion are my windows. It is easy and fun for other people in the neighborhood to enjoy. Today I will show you the easiest bats ever.
I started out with plain card stock which I painted black. I just used flat black spray paint.
Once it was dry, I grabbed a colored pencil and roughly drew a bat. As you can see, it does not need to be perfect! (Don’t laugh – I have NO drawing skills!!) 😉
Then just cut them out. If you can still see some of your pencil marks, you can hit them with another quick coat of paint.
Be be sure to glue on some rhinestone eyes. They add a fun touch. After that, just poke a hole through the top, thread some fishing line through and hang them!
I also strung up some orange lights. If you use the rhinestone eyes, they glow and flicker with the lights. Very cool.
Here is a view from the street.
This is such an easy project. If you have kids, it would be a great craft to get them involved in. Happy trick or treating.