Fall has arrived at THE SEASONAL HOME and it’s time for a little haunted decorating FUN! This year, I placed a few SPOOKY touches around the house, which I hope will inspire your own creative, design genius. As always, click on any photo, as most have a larger view available….
First, I created a haunted howling on my fireplace mantel featuring some spooky ghosts being spied upon by several creepy eyeballs. And check out the fun, inexpensive open weave cloth I used to cover the mantel, which I found at my local dollar store…
The black, lit wreath as well as the glittered, wooden tree cut-out came from Home Goods, eyeball ornaments were found at Ross Dept. Store and the fall bristle trees are by Dept. 56 (all, this year). The beautiful silver ghost trio is from Hobby Lobby, the GHOST INN sign was from Michael’s Crafts, the Haunted House Cookie Jar & silver ghost trio were both found at Home Goods and the adorable little spider ornaments (on the wooden tree) are from Hallmark (all, last year).
I found the pencil ghosts at a local antique mall so they are probably the only thing I can’t provide you with a shopping location to check out. But, check out how cute it looks to add (temporary) spider & web stickers (Michael’s Crafts this year) to the clock. I didn’t want to put it away, so I included it into my decorating theme!
I love to decorate all the small shelves in my kitchen, too. This year, I simply added a few silk fall leaves, a wooden “BOO” sign and hung a framed multi-pumpkin print above it to complete the vignette. Also, I combined some new spookier “potion” bottles (Ross Stores, this year) alongside some cuter ones I had from a couple of years ago (Michael’s Crafts), adding in some straw:
Last year, I purchased this lighted porcelain house, titled “SCARECROW HARVEST FESTIVAL” (by Dept. 56). This year, I placed it on top of a black cake plate, with a bed of straw and a couple of fall-colored bristle trees (by Dept. 56). Both the porcelain lit house and the bristle trees are easily found on eBay. The lit moon, in the background, is by LEMAX and can be found at Michael’s Craft Stores.
I placed an orange Pepperberry garland around my chandelier and connected the 2 ends so it would stay and hung a round, glass disk from the center on a black gingham ribbon:
One of my favorite “finds” are these HUGE, lighted blood-shot eyeballs (Dept. 56). It’s fun to place them behind my wooden (word) signs – “SPOOKY” and “SCARY” for an eerie look in my kitchen:
Finally, it was time to decorate my 4 foot, black Halloween Twig Tree (Marge’s Specialties in Orlando, FL). I added orange ball ornaments (also from Marge’s), some artificial sugary, candy corn garland (found at Ross Stores or on eBay), wooden eyeball cut-outs (purchased these many years ago, but they would be easy to make if you are handy) and various Halloween ornaments, including several by Hallmark. [some of the Hallmark ornaments are from previous years, but you can still find them at www.hookedonhallmark.com].
I perched my tree on top of a table I already had, which I covered in 2 fabrics (a silver spider web over black jersey print I found at JoAnn’s, etc. and an orange satin I found at Wal-Mart). I topped the 2 fabrics with an oversized spider web. Using this brings the texture in the tree down into the table covers, creating some continuity.
Last, but not least, I added my bendable, ghost tree-hugger (Joann’s, etc., a couple of years ago) to the tree top and placed a glittery “BOO” sign in his hands.
I also added a spider web (with a glittery purple spider) to the center letter “O” (found at Michael’s Crafts)…
some cute-spooky ornaments….
plus a few silk, fall leaves around the base of the tree to hide the metal tree stand and viola’, the tree is done!
Enjoy the Creativity!