A few weeks ago myself and a few other blog buddies were approached by Coupons.com to do a little sponsor post. Don’t go running away because I said “sponsor”…this is a doozy of a post! You’re gonna want to stick around for this one. They provided us with Sears gift cards and challenged us to purchase something from Sears with our gift cards, use one of their coupon codes since you know, us bloggers like to save money, and create either some fall or Halloween themed decor that could transition into everyday decor. Not one to turn up a good DIY challenge, I whipped up my first Halloween display of the season, it’s not too early, right?!
How about a few more shots for creepiness sake?
So let’s get back to the little coupons.com challenge. So remember, amidst my ramblings, that part of the challenge was to buy something to use for fall/Halloween decor that could be transitioned into other seasons. Well, here’s my game plan for transitioning the glass creepy crawlie jars into everyday life.
- Open shelves with a glass jar display found here
- Labeled glass jars from The Painted Hive here
- Counter jar display from Better Homes and Gardens found here
I almost started demoing our kitchen after ogling all the glass jar goodness! I love the idea of using the glass jars as Halloween displays in the fall, then later cleaning them out real good and using them to store things that we use pretty regularly like cereal, pasta or rice.
And now for a giveaway for you my lovely readers! Because what sponsored post would be complete without a giveway?! Coupons.com is giving away one Sears e-giftcard for $200 to one of you. Yes you. Go ahead and enter if you dare (note…giveaway is open to U.S. residents only):
This giveaway does span 11 lovely blogs. So be sure to go check out some of the other amazing projects, posts and general shenanigans. Below is a list of all the participating bloggers. Go nuts, show them some love and enter to win!
Pssst…The other participating bloggers include Brave New Home, Embrace My Space, Fancy Free Me, Inside-Out Design, Thinking Closet, Two Live Colorfully, Charming Zebra, Whats Ur Home Story, Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza, and Our Humble Abode.
From Angie’s Roost…and Goose the bat dog.
We’re spending the evening hanging around the house and eating all the candy meant for the neighborhood kids with full intentions of denying it in the morning when we hit the gym. I cannot confirm nor deny that I may have fought a pint size Luigi and a princess over the last Kit Kat. Hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween! We’ll be back tomorrow with our monthly roundup and lots of DIY goodness next week (including a finished, painted china-cabinet-turned-closet-door). ’Til next time…stay thirsty my friends.
The other night I had one of those “whoa” moments. It’s the end…I repeat…the end of October. What happened?! Where did the month go?! Or more importantly…why haven’t I decorated for Halloween yet?! I’m wasting precious Halloween decor time here since there’s only a discreet window of opportunity for Halloween decor. I hadn’t even crafted a single spooky decoration yet. What gives?! It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore! So I sat my butt right down and made some bats for our belfry.
And by Belfry I mean our staircase. Our current house doesn’t have a belfry, although sometimes I wish we did. Wouldn’t that be cool?! It’s officially on the shopping list when it comes time to trade in our small starter home for the big ol’ dream country home. Anyway….the bats. Here’s the view of the bats in the staircase from above:
And one from below which is a tres cool view. Apparently these are French bats.
And you can even catch of glimpse of the bats lurking around the staircase chandelier as you walk down the hall from the dining room:
Okay…just one more view of the bats from below and then I can get into the “how to” portion of tonight’s program.
Okay, enough bat eye candy for now. Here’s the “how did she do that?!”. It all start with felt. A full yard of black felt that I purchased from the local Walmart for a whopping $3.27.
Then, armed with a bat wing template that I downloaded from Country Living here, I began making the felt bat wings.
I found the best way to tackle the bat wing cutting was to fold over the felt, lie the template along the fold, trace it with a fabric pencil and then cut out the wings. Another word to the wise…print the template out on card stock. It will make your bat wing tracing life so much easier.
The fabric pencil was a dream since it was white and easily showed up on the black fabric. And during the cutting process, the white lines started to fade to black. By the time we got to hanging the bats, you couldn’t even see the lines anymore.
After tracing and cutting forty bats, I started scheming up ways to make the bats look like they were flying. After a failed attempt of tying wings together with fishing line, I settled on a hot glue and floral wire combo. Any excuse to whip out the glue gun for this crafting queen.
First, I stiffened up the body of the bats by laying down a thin bead of glue down the middle of the body and then folding it over until the glue dried.
Once the glue stiffened up, so did the bat body. Thus, instead of laying flat and floppy like, the body had some depth to it.
Then I had to make the bats fly…enter floral wire. I cut a piece of wire so it was slightly shorter than the wing span of the bats. Then simply glued the wire to the back side of each wing. Once the glue was dry, the wire could be easily bent until I got the wings into a position that looked like flying. Ta da!
Once all bats had their wing support systems in place, I turned to a couple packages of 3M Command hooks (those hooks that can be adhered to a wall and removed without peeling off the wall color). These hooks, combined with some fishing line, were instrumental in the bat hanging process.
Colby and I tagged team this part of the bat hanging process. I tied fishing line to the bats and Colby (armed with his giant wingspan) adhered the 3M hooks to the ceiling and hung the bats. He did end up needing a ladder to hang the bats from the deeper area of the light alcove.
When it came down to deciding how long to cut the string, or where to hang the bats we totally winged it. Har har har….bad pun police, bad pun police! But it was the truth. We just kind of eyeballed the bat situation and tried to fill in areas, vertically and horizontally, that had gaps, until we had a gaggle of
Thankfully we can barely see the fishing line, wire and hooks. The hanging materials blend into the background really well making the bats appear to be flying around the light fixture.
We even “kind of” dusted for you all. I’m pretty sure that this was the first time we had ever dusted the light fixture since spray painting it way back here, over a year ago. After finishing hanging about twenty bats we deemed the alcove “full”. So next year, I may relocate my bats to a larger area of the house and use all forty of them. Perhaps the porch?! Perhaps!
Pssst…What have you been up to for Halloween hi-jinks this season? Crafting any decor yet? Or have you at least carved your pumpkins?! We still need to do that too. Halloween procrastinators unite!
Last week during my Halloween decorating woes, back here, I vowed to make something for Halloween. Armed with an urn from Kmart scored for $1.47, I was ready to convert it to a Halloween urn.
Seriously! That was the best urn score ever! Only $1.47…sheesh! Back when I purchased it (in August mind you) I had intended to spray paint a cheerful, summery color, like maybe a bright yellow or green. But I was bound to make this into a Halloween urn and chose a flat black spray paint from NH Bragg (an industrial distributor in Bangor otherwise known as my day job).
The spray paint cost me less than $2 but it wasn’t meant to be used on plastics, the material of the urn. I took my chances and decided to live dangerously for this project. I didn’t want to spend $7 or $8 for a fancy can of spray paint and figured I only had a couple bucks to lose if it didn’t work out. After setting up my pizza box painting station, I was ready to go.
Pizza box painting stations are seriously my favorite painting setup. The boxes are thicker than just a piece of cardboard and provides a great surface out in the lawn that I can recycle after using. And it doesn’t hurt that it gives me an excuse to order a buffalo chicken pizza….my favorite! After four thin and even coats of spray paint later, and a freak rain storm in the middle of the painting project, I was left with a Halloween-ie urn.
Miraculously, the cheap-o paint adhered to the urn even with a soaking mid painting. Seriously surprised. So now I was left with what to do with the urn. I thought about planting mums in it and putting it on the front step, but I tend to kill just about every plant I adopt within hours so that plan was thrown out the window. I thought about putting Halloween candy in it but that just didn’t seem right. Then it just happened….this:
Just before I left for a weekend excursion in Vermont, I wanted to bring the pumpkin in from the deck. Mostly because I was traumatized from last year’s “incident” and didn’t want a repeat situation. You see, this “incident” I speak of included me swearing off Halloween for all of eternity thanks to some neighborhood hoodlums who decided to smash our pumpkins. Not cool. The urn inside the entry seemed to be the perfect place for the pumpkin to rest.
Cute…but maybe it’s time that I consider cleaning the floors! So embarrassing!
Pssst…Does everybody have their Halloween costumes all picked out, freshly pressed and ready to go? I do…I do! Except I’m having the darndest time deciding between a cowgirl and a beer wench?! What’s a girl to do!
This weekend I finally got my butt in gear and hauled out the Halloween decorations. Last year our house was a complete disaster so I missed out on all the Halloween decorating (and even Christmas decorating). I did throw out some decorations on the porch last year but it was just on Halloween to attract the trick-or-treaters. So this year I hauled them all out of their organized and labeled storage containers and set them up in the parlor, where the hopefully soon-to-be-built desk is going.
Yup…that’s all of my Halloween decorations right there. Amazing how I used to have them all over my tiny old apartment and it felt very Halloweenish but here, with alot more space to work with, they feel small. Craft time to grow the collection? Perhaps. Let me introduce you to all the guys and ghouls hanging out in the parlor. Meet monsieur gargoyle and monsieur spider:
The gargoyles came from Target a few years ago and the spider is a tea light holder from Pottery Barn. Goose, by the way, is scared to death of the gargoyles. He treads lightly around them and always has one eye fixed on them waiting to make his move. Then there’s this old hag, also from Target:
Sometimes she’s all nice like up above, but if you catch her at just the right angle she gets a little ugly.
And then there is my pride and joy, my favorite Halloween decoration, the candelabra.
He was my first ever Halloween decoration that I purchased from Pottery Barn back in my college days. He had me at hello and we’ve been tight ever since. He reminds me of Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast (one of my all time favorite Disney movies by the way). The touch of spiders on the candles helps up the creepy ante. And then you can’t forget the quintessential flower/skull combo.
I love fake flowers, I really do. Call me cheesy or un-classy but I think they’re awesome! They never die, even when you forget to water them, and they always look so perfect!
And then there is my latest addition, the metal pumpkin pail that I picked up from TJ Maxx.
I didn’t have a candy bowl for handing out candy to our local trick-or-treaters so I was in desperate need for one. And at eleven bucks, I couldn’t beat it. Now all seven kids that typically come to visit us (yes…we counted…and yes I consider one Halloween at the house “typical”…and the counting kids is a bit of a contest in my family) can pick out their treats in style!
Psst…..ok…so I must confess…this is not my best work. I’m a little disappointed with tonight’s blog post and the boring-ness and plain-ness of my Halloween decorations. I can’t believe I haven’t crafted ANYTHING yet for Halloween! This needs to change…stat! I see everyone out there on Pinterest and in the blog-o-sphere making amazing things, oozing with creativity and I’m a little jealous. Ok…off to bed to wallow in my Halloween blues sorrows.