18 days 'til Halloween!
Can you tell I've been mentally absorbing dozens of Halloween craft ideas from my fellow bloggers and went on a shopping spree at not one but three different Dollar Stores over the weekend inspired by those crafts? Still putting the finishing touches on my pseudo mantle so you can continue to eagerly anticipate the upcoming big reveal.
I picked up a few $1 frames, spray painted them black, and printed some spooky images from random Google searches onto plain paper. Not the best quality pictures if you get up close and scrutinize them, but who's really going to do that? I wish I'd been more meticulous and mindful of the fact that I was going to blog about these but I wasn't. So I can't even tell you what general search terms I used to come across these images let alone the actual sources where I got them. Sorry! Everyone's allowed a bad blogger moment once in a while, right? I can tell you that the "Keep Calm And Scary On" graphic is from Craftily Ever After. I struggled to find the right image for the largest frame but just yesterday discovered a post with lots of free Halloween printables compiled at Sassy Sites. Thanks to them for pointing me in the right direction! I did glue a tiny plastic spider onto one frame and propped a skull and crossbones charm onto another. That added bling really makes the difference, eh?
The vase thingy is obviously just a Dollar Store vase on a Dollar Store candle base with some dead branches from my dogwood tree stuck inside. I dumped the leftover plastic ants from my Halloween cloche into the bottom and wrapped a scrap of spider-covered ribbon from Jo-Ann Fabrics around the vase for some extra scares. For a final touch I tied on some Dollar Store skeletons. I intended to spray paint the branches black but due to my morbid tendency to cover everything in our house with black paint I ran out. Perhaps one day I'll finish the job if I can scrounge up the extra dollar to buy more from Lowe's.