Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spooky Interiors- Five Tips on Halloween Decorations That Aren't Ghastly

Halloween is one of the best holidays to decorate for. Witches, ghost, and goblins are not in short supply this time of year. We’ve come up with five tips for decorating you home for Halloween. These decorations are friendly for budgets but pretty spooky for your home.
1. Trash Bag Spider Webs

Trash Bags
Step 1: Trim the edges and bottom of the garbage bags. This will give you rectangle shaped pieces.
Step 2: Take the rectangles and cut them into squares. The smaller the squares, the smaller the web will be.
Step 3: Fold the squares in half, then into a triangle shape. Fold the triangle in half two more times.
Step 4: Tape the fold together on the loose side. This will help the trash bag stay in place, since the material is slippery.
Step 5: Using the Diagram below sketch a stem from one corner to the end, then draw scallop shapes coming off the stem.

Step 6: Cut the gray areas away.
Step 7: Unfold.
These spider webs are easy and fun to make for all ages. They would great hanging above a fireplace or in the window. You can repeat the steps above to create more and adjust the sizing to create multiple looks.

2. Witch Leg Table

4 Socks
2 Pair of Shoes
Step 1: Pick out 4 long socks (preferably ones that have Halloween designs or patterns), you may buy them or already have them lying around.
Step 2: Slip the socks onto the legs of the table.
Step 3: Put shoes on the bottom of the legs. Black shoes would look the best, you can use old shoes you already own or find some at a thrift store.
This “walking table” is super fun and guests all ages will love it!

3. Cobb Web Chandeliers

Cotton Cobb Webs
Step 1: Buy the cotton webs, these can be used from previous years or can purchase them. Most likely found in the Halloween section.
Step 2: Choose the light fixture you want to use. Chandeliers work the best but if you have lamps those can be used too!
Step 3: You want to pull apart the webbing as you intertwine it around the fixture. The more you pull apart the thinner the web will look.
Step 4: Once you have the desired look, add plastic spiders or any Halloween decorations.
This will look great over a dining room table or in a foyer!

4. Paper Bats

Think Black Paper
Painters Tape
Half Bat Template
Step 1: Print off half bat template. This can be found in Google images.
Step 2: Fold the black paper in half.
Step 3: Place the half bat template on to the fold paper and trace. Pencil works best.
Step 4: Cut out. Leave the paper folded while cutting.
Step 4: Unfold paper! You can crease the wings to give a three dimensional look.
Step 5: Hang in desired area, using painters tape on the back; this will make sure you don’t ruin your walls with the tape.
These paper bats can be hung anywhere in your house, above a fireplace or on the door!  They can also be really fun for the kids to make on a cold day.

5. Halloween Accessories

If you aren’t crafting savvy or much of a shopper, the easiest way to decorate your home for Halloween is using black accessories. Candle sticks and pillows are a great accessory that can be used any time of year. Other accessories such as picture frames, vases, or even a lamp shade can add a spooky feel to the room. The best part is you might find that you already have these accessories! These decorations are easy, fun, and won’t break the bank!

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