Even though, Halloween is not widely celebrated in Switzerland, I have decided to have a festive Halloween Party complete with decorations!! Because the availability of Halloween trimmings is very limited here, it has been necessary for me to come up with a few of my own decorations. Here is what I created to adorn my front door as an ominous indicator of what may be lurking inside!
The Halloween Tentacles are very simple to make!
What do you need? Air Drying Clay – Rayher & Crayola make clay that is perfect. It is nice and light and it comes in many colors! Large Paper Clips Wire – I used 22 gauge. Floral wire will work perfectly! Wire Cutter Paint or Tape – If you wish to embellish your terrifying tentacles! I find electrical tape is wonderful to use here because it can be stretched a bit to fit tightly around the tentacle!
Here is a short video showing the entire process!
So many options – sinister stripes, ghastly green, ominous orange…
What I love the most about cheese cloth spider webs is how easy they are to put up, take down and store!
I like to go a little crazy decorating for Halloween, but I don’t want to spend days putting it all together and days taking it all down.
What do you need:
How to make them:
Purchase cheese cloth from any fabric store. It is very inexpensive! I like to make my cheese cloth look dirty so I pull out all the old tea bags that have been sitting in the cupboard for way too long and make a big pot of tea. After the tea is a nice dark color, I place the unfolded cheese cloth in the tea and let it soak. I allow the cheese cloth to soak 10-20 minutes.
After dyeing, I remove the cheese cloth from the tea, gently rinse and let dry. You can see in the above picture the difference in color after soaking in tea!
Now for the fun part! Drape the cheese cloth wherever you want that eerie effect! As you do this, rip holes in the cloth, and cut it where you want it to hang down. Where ever you cut the cloth, pull on it and the sharpness of the cut will disappear! Experiment with the cloth to create the effect you want!
I also like to use a length of the stained cheese cloth as a table runner for my Halloween table!
I love chalkboards. Why? I don’t know? I just do! Maybe it’s because they can be easily erased. I am not a great artist, but I love creating things. Chalk is a great way to expand your horizons and quickly wipe away anything you find to be less than beautiful!
When we moved into our new home, I wanted to create a fun space for my children and their friends to hang out. My kids were new in their school and it was one thing I could do for them so they would be comfortable having friends over. Well, it paid off. Prom parties, sleepovers, PS3 parties, game night, we have had them all and lots of them. This was one time when my plotting worked! If only all my plans worked out so well!
To create a fun basement space for the kids meant I needed to decorate! With all the homes I have moved to, I have learned that the cheapest decoration is paint. Paint is wonderful because it is inexpensive and easy to get rid of. When the kids out grow the flowers stenciled on their walls from when they were 5 – paint over it.
Another thing I learned with all the moves – always keep extra base wall paint and label it. In a paint can, all yellows look alike!
Chalkboards were an easy and kid interactive decoration that was painless to accomplish. Since my wall was so large and one chalkboard seemed too boring, I decided to create 3 of them, each with a distinctive border. To accomplish this I first drew on paper what I wanted the chalkboard combination to look like. Then I measured out my wall and planned out the sizes. Using a yard stick and a large level, I drew out everything. As you can see in the picture, some of the boarders were done free hand, but it’s easy enough. Just make sure you have a big eraser and keep drawing until you get it just right!
Next, I taped off all the chalkboards and rolled the paint on. As you can see from the pictures, I used a small foam roller. They are quick and easy and perfect for a small job like this. You will need to put on multiple layers of paint so follow the directions on your paint can.
Once the boards are painted you will want to let the paint dry completely. I would wait at least a day before covering the chalk paint with painters tape for the borders. The last thing you want is for the paint to lift off when you remove the tape.
The most difficult boarder was the checkerboard. I taped off the chalkboard, then using a wide painters paint I taped off every other square. With the checkerboard you want to make sure you have a full square on each corner. Mark it off ahead of time and if you need to, make your squares in between the ends a little smaller or a little larger. As long as the discrepancy between sizes is not too great, no one will notice. Again, once all the blocks of one color was painted, I waited for the paint to completely dry before taping the other squares. If you are very proficient you can do the squares free hand. I am not that proficient. Tape is my friend!
Painter’s tape on the boarder
The other boarders were easy enough. I taped off what I could and free handed the rest. Ok – I’m a little proficient!
After everything was painted, I did some shading on the boarders and edged everything with black paint pens. Shading gave the boarders dimension and I highly recommend it. Don’t be intimidated by this. Imagine the sun is shining on your project and lighten the areas the sun would light up or darken the areas that would be shaded. Try it! You will be glad you did!
The last thing to do with chalkboards is to condition them. To do this, rub chalk over the entire chalkboard and erase it. You are now ready to create chalkboard art!
OOPS! – Don’t forget to use a drop cloth and painter’s tape!