gallamore west: Halloween decorations
Showing posts with label Halloween decorations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween decorations. Show all posts

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Crafting with Starburst and Skittles

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I love everything about Halloween, and my sweet tooth definitely loves the candy part.  This year I've been loving incorporating some of my family's favorite candies, Starburst and Skittles, into our decorations. 

We have always done our porch decorations very cutesy, but this year our older boys decided to step it up with a more grown up theme so we bought a life-size skeleton and switched to a mostly all black and white color scheme.  But we still have a couple of little guys here too so I decided to add in some color with some of our family's favorite sweets, Starburst and Skittles. 

I bought a Skittles & Starburst 30 pack from Sam's Club.  With 30 individual packages of candy for under $15, it was a huge amount of crafting candy {plus plenty extra too!}

Sam's Club has an AMAZING selection of candy, and on a side note, it also has SO many awesome toys for Christmas right now.  If my boys weren't with me, I could've knocked out most of our Christmas shopping in a single trip! 

First I made this colorful "Starburst" decoration.  I call it a Starburst because it reminds me of a star, but it's actually made with Sour Skittles.

I love it because it looks pretty impressive, but in reality it was super easy to make.I used a piece of round, flat floral foam along with some black & white paper straws and a piece of green card stock paper (all of these items can be found at your local craft store).  I simply traced the floral foam onto the green paper, then cut out the paper.

The paper was a tiny bit smaller than the floral foam, but I didn't worry much about that because I knew when I finished that area would be mostly covered.

Then I cut the paper straws in half and just pushed each of them into the side of the floral foam, leaving about an inch in between each straw.  I then glued on Sour Skittles onto the green paper and added a little "No Tricks, All Treats" sign that I made on my computer.  The spider was a porch decoration that I added on top of the part where the paper didn't quite cover the floral foam. 

Next I filled some cute glass jars with a variety of Starburst and Skittles from the box I bought at Sam's Club- tropical Starburst, Origingal Starburst, Original Skittles, Sour Skittles, Dark Side Skittles... it's a great variety box.

Then I thought that our Mr. Skeleton could use a little bling, so I made him a Candy Necklace using Starburst, clear plastic wrap and twine.  

It was my first time ever making one of these Candy Necklaces, but it was super easy and took just a couple of minutes.I just laid out a piece of plastic wrap {about 12 x 12 inches} on the table, laid out Starburst candies about an inch and a half apart, then carefully rolled up the plastic wrap.  

Once it was wrapped, I tied on a piece of twine between each Starburst.

And because the box of Starburst and Skittles was so packed full of candy, and also because we live on a tiny little road where we get only a handful of Trick or Treaters, I put a little twine & label on the extra candies to hand out. Yes, we are one of those houses... we give out full-size candies here!

So come on over to Gallamore West... 
we're a NO TRICKS, ALL TREATS house.  

Happy Halloween! xoxo

Monday, October 28, 2013

No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins with #Cottonelle

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Pairing together a few unlikely supplies to create something amazing for almost no money at all... in my book, that's just amazing!  So I'm pretty much over the moon with these No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins made with Cottonelle Triple Roll.

Pretty cool, right?  

If you have 5 minutes and some general stuff from around your home and yard, you can make these easy No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins too!  

Cottonelle Triple Roll, one roll per pumpkin
Fabric {I used a mix of fun orange patterns plus orange burlap}
Sticks for your yard
Also needed: Ribbon to embellish {optional}, scissors, and a hot glue gun

I picked up this Cottonelle Triple Roll from Target {aka My Happy Place} because it's super fluffy and soft so it makes THE fluffiest No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins!  So, first things first... grab your coupon for a FREE box of Kleenex with your Cottonelle Triple Roll purchase, available at Target while supplies last.  

Now, grab a roll of Cottonelle Triple Roll and place it in the middle of a big piece of newspaper.  Start tucking the corners of the newspaper into the center of toilet paper roll.

Keep tucking the corners into the middle until it looks like this.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  In fact, the messier the better because it will give your pumpkin a nice full look!

Now do the same thing with your cute fabric.  You'll need about 1/4 yard per pumpkin.

Lay out your fabric with your newspaper wrapped roll of toilet paper in the middle and start tucking the corners into the middle.

Once you're all done wrapping your fabric, you'll need a hole in the middle still for the stem.  I use my big scissors and shove them down into the middle to make a space for the stem because it's pretty tight in there now with all of the newspaper and fabric.

Then just grab a stick from your backyard, put a dab of hot glue on the end of it, and push it down into the hole to make a natural looking stem.

You can leave the simple, or add ribbon or twine for a little embellishment/stem.

And just like that, you've got yourself some cute new home decor for Halloween and Fall!  

And who would ever think that it's made from a roll of Cottonelle?!  Grab your coupon for a FREE box of Kleenex with your Cottonelle Triple Roll purchase at Target, and you can get crafty with Cottonelle too!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Sign Tutorial

Are you ready for Halloween?

We're busy getting things spooky around Gallamore West, but we go for "cute and crafty" spooky more than scary so this Broom Parking Halloween Sign made with Outdoor Mod Podge fits right in!

Here's how to make your own...

First, gather up your supplies.  I used:

A piece of wood {mine is 12" x 18"}
Print to attach to wood 
Black acrylic paint
Outdoor Mod Podge
Mod Podge Brush Applicator
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Assorted ribbon and twine to embellish
Hot glue gun
Foam paint brush
Sand paper (optional)

Mod Podge is great because it will allow you to adhere paper, fabric and more to your surface.  I found this cute "Broom Parking" sign as a download on my Silhouette machine so I just printed it out without having my Silhouette actually cut anything.

Then I painted my wood board black and let it dry.

My next step is getting these two joined together in harmony with the goal of staying beautiful and intact while serving as outdoor decor.

The perfect solution for that is generous layer of Outdoor Mod Podge.  Did you know it's better to brush your Mod Podge onto the harder of the two mediums you're using?  I'm using wood and paper here, so I brushed a layer of Mod Podge onto the wood.

It was totally okay that the Mod Podge layer was actually a bigger area than the paper I was placing on top of it because after that coat underneath the paper dried, I covered the whole surface of the board in a layer of Mod Podge to seal it for outdoor use.

 Yikes, it looks a little rough right now, but not to worry because Mod Podge dries up quickly and clear.  Just a few minutes later, it was dry and all of those white marks are gone.  

Then I roughened up the edges a bit by sanding it down with a fine grade sandpaper.

Using some of my favorite Halloween ribbons in traditional black and orange Halloween colors plus some orange & white twine, I brightened up my sign a bit.  Using a staple gun, I attached a piece orange burlap in case I'd like to use it as a hanging decoration in the future.   To keep the edges of the burlap from fraying, I simply brushed on a really thin layer of an awesome product called Stiffy, a fabric stiffener.  I used it on the edges of my new No-Sew Halloween Banner too.  

I'm loving how cozy and right at home my Halloween sign made with Outdoor Mod Podge looks out front on our front porch all decorated for Halloween!

Want more ideas from fellow crafters?  Check out Plaid's Facebook page, or get inspired by following Plaid's Pinterest Page!

Here are some amazing crafts made with Outdoor Mod Podge!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Blueprint Social and Mod Podge.  All ideas and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Burlap & Broomsticks Front Porch!

Halloween is coming up so quickly!  This year I decided to decorate the porch with a "Burlap and Broomsticks" theme.  I think it's my boys favorite night of the year, so some of our porch decorations have been up since probably the end of August {sorry, neighbors!} but I'm so glad to finally be sharing my Burlap & Broomsticks Front Porch with you :)
The entire theme for this year's porch decorations was inspired by the cute free printable from The Diary of Dave's Wife pictured below.  When I saw it on Facebook, I immediately printed it out and shared the link on my Gallamore West Facebook page too.   And when I saw all of the fun twig-like brooms at Target, I knew exactly what I'd be doing with them. 

And the burlap additions to the decor... well that's just my thing :)  I LOVE crafting with burlap!  I was so excited when I found black and orange burlap at Jo Ann's, and I knew I had to incorporate it into our porch decorations.   I used this black boa {that I had used in previous years as a mantle decoration} and attached it across our front window.  I originally wanted that piece of black/white ribbon with the orange burlap ties to hang above the black boa, but when it fell on top of the boa I loved how it looked so there it stayed. 

The Happy Halloween banner is from Target.  I think it was a total steal at $4... it is thick, glittered, durable and I couldn't have made one myself for that little money.  Yay, Target!  I might as well just hand in my wallet when I walk in the door... it's ridiculous how much I love that store.

 I made a similar wreath to this one currently on our front door as a giveaway last month.  Out of over a thousand entries on Rafflecopter, one of my sweet friends won it {yay, Tanya!} and I really liked it so I decided to make myself one too.  Hers was fancier because I got a little lazy on mine. 

Here's a picture of the original 
"Beware of little monsters" wreath...

One of my greatest bargain finds -you know the kind when you literally squeal out loud because you not only love the item, but you love the price too- was those two burlap pillows.  They were a steal at $4.99 each at Ross!  Plus they are burlap {love}, plus they came with the pillow form {economical}, AND they are blank on the back side so I plan on stenciling something for Thanksgiving on the back side {brilliant}!

The pictures don't quite do the hanging brooms justice {wonky afternoon sunlight was getting in my way!} but there are actually 4 brooms hanging from the porch as you walk up.  They totally creep me out when I'm in the house and the wind makes them sway.  I think someone is standing on my porch watching me every time.  


So even though it looks like a "cute" Halloween porch, 
it still manages to spook me :)

Are you ready for Halloween?

Go here for my post on lunch, dinner, 
and dessert ideas for Halloween!

What are your kids dressing up as?

What kind of candy are you handing out?!?! 
I still need to buy ours {if I buy it too early, I will eat it all myself!}

Although honestly, we don't really get any Trick or Treaters so I'll be eating it all myself anyway :)


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