Monday, October 31, 2011

DIY ~ Halloween Decor Cheap and Easy

Happy Halloween!!  Do you love to decorate for Halloween as much as I do?  I love it.  This year I haven't gone all out as I did last year, but I did still decorate a bit!  You may have seen some pics of my spooky fireplace in some of my outfit posts, so here it is again :)
The skull on the pedestal is a plastic one I picked up at the dollar store, but thought it looked crappy.  So I lightly spray painted some silver over it and it looks fab now!

The best part of this decor is that everything cost about $1!  The majority of things came from the dollar store, and the rest I got on clearance at Target last year, the day after Halloween.  If you don't shop for the following year the day after, you are nuts and should!
My dining room.  Aren't the words so cute?  I'll give you the tutorial below :)

My jar of severed fingers, and my googly eye frame!  If you don't remember, here's the tutorial >> click here.  
There's three DIYs here :)  The zombie barbies are my personal favorite.  I used thrift store barbies, and followed these instructions.  The lanterns the kids made, using these instructions
Our little graveyard.  Super cute right?  I kind of wanted to put some trees in there but didn't get around to it.  The tutorial is below!

To make the graveyard, you'll need:

  • Shallow box
  • Newspaper
  • Spanish moss (dollar store)
  • Skull/skeleton necklaces (dollar store)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Gray cardboard for tombstones, and sharpie to decorate them 

Crumble up some newspaper to fill the box; I used three pieces.
Dissect all the necklaces for the pieces.  I saved the large skulls for something else.  I also chose to dissect one whole skeleton as well.
Spread the moss all over the top of the newspaper, and then decorate as you wish!  
For the words I hung in my dining room, I bought these glittered words at Target for $2.50 each.  I used a 3 foot length of this black sheer ribbon I had on hand for each word.  Thread the ribbon through the letters, as close to each end as possible, and then tie the ends up at the top in a bow.  Hang them up just below the bow!

Do you decorate for Halloween?  I cannot wait to live in a house again so I can decorate the outside as well as the inside!  I also know that I'll be stocking up on more things come November 1st for cheap cheap cheap!


MONDIY ~ DIY Leather Bow Cuff Bracelet

Happy Halloween lovelies!  I'm again tapping into my stash of this gorgeous leather fabric I have to make another beautiful piece!  I've been seeing bow cuffs everywhere lately, and knew I could easily make my own!  Here's what you'll need:

Lay your printed, cut out oval template on your fabric and trace around it.
Cut out the leather oval, and make sure to save your scraps!
We need to cut a strip of leather that's about .5" wide and 1.5" long

Here's your two pieces.  Time to put this together!
Pinch the center of the leather oval.  I've done three pinches here, I've also done more with four.
Here's it all pinched up.
Apply a drop of glue in between each pinch, on both sides.
Use a clip to secure it for a few minutes.  See how messy the glue gets if you use more than a little drop?
Apply glue to the strip of leather, trying to spread a thin layer across the entire piece.
Wrap it around the center of the pinched and glued area, and let dry for a few.
Time to affix your snap closures!  Follow the instructions on your kit!
Finished cuff!  Snaps are on, and it's ready to wear!

How rad is this?  And how insane would this look with the leather and chain fringe earrings I made last week?  I've also made a few extra and added them to my etsy shop! >> click here.

Hope you love this!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Inspirations

Happy Halloween Eve, lovelies!  Today I wanted to share some fall inspiration with you.  Now I'm not talking fall fashions, I think everyone (and their grandma!) has covered that.  I'm talking about the beauty that we have here in Colorado, how it inspires me, and hopefully it will inspire you too!  I love how nature can evoke feelings, and can inspire so many other things in completely different aspects of our lives!  I especially love the different colors and textures and elements in these pictures!  How do they inspire you?

Estes Park, CO - look at all the gray/silvers
Aspen grove, I love the trunks of aspen trees
The vibrant yellows of the aspens
Me and my beautiful Bella
The sky is electrifying, while the hills are in the shadows - depth
Aspen leaves and turquoise sky
This aspen tree at Longs Peak was so colorful
Aspen leaves' colors
Pop of color
There's a special place in hell reserved for the people who do this to the pumpkins at the pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin patch
JT found his pumpkin!
Bella and John found theirs too
A very special place...all for them
We dined on locally brewed root beer and freshly made caramel apples.  YUM!

So there ya have it!  My fall inspirations, of course, I had to throw in the pics of my fam, because they are my everything!  What do you find inspires you?

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