Are you feeling overwhelmed about decorating your house or office for Halloween? My advice is: don’t try to do it all at once. Start with one table or fireplace mantle or the entrance. Later, you can add pumpkins etc.
I went to Michaels craft store to get inspired. It was actually my second trip to Michaels. I went over the weekend and saw they had all their Halloween decorations 50% off! I felt too overwhelmed and the store was pretty busy so I left, but kept thinking about that 50% off sale. Today, I went back, just to find items to decorate my sofa table.
I started with the black candelabra, then I added the black candlesticks. Black taper candles would have been the obvious choice for me but they didn’t have any, so I bought black glittery battery operated candles. I may end up switching them if I come across black tapers somewhere. They also had these little black bird candles. So cute! and in the end, i think if I had bought black tapers for ALL the candle holders, it would have been too many tall, thin items.
The votive candle holders had different skeletal parts on them. I chose the skull section and just got one
I thought this beaker was a unique Halloween decorating idea and I put another one of the battery candles inside. I’m not sure if I like the black candle, eventually, I will see how a white one looks.
These candle sticks are two different sizes. It’s easier to decorate with two sizes, if you want my opinion. I like the look of them together. If they were the same size I would put one on each end of the table for symmetry. I really like these little black bird candles that I sat on top.
I bought two table coverings, both the same, one for the console to lighten it up since I have dark furniture and the majority of the decorations were dark. One went on the dining room table.
I know when you decorate, its good to have levels, and elevate some things, but I think since my items have a variety of heights I can get away with this look. If I had old books, I might elevate something on a stack of books, or I could put the skull on a plate stand but I don’t have one of those either, nor do I have the room to store them so sometimes I have to say –‘good enough’. I can always tweak it later.
I picked up four of these plastic jars and some black “chalkboard’ label stickers.
The decals fit right over the labels on the lids and actually left a tiny green trim which I liked. These will be filled with candy and maybe a trinket for the boys I nanny and my grandkids. I will give them to them before Halloween, since they will already be bombarded with so much candy, to spread it out a little.
I did a trial run on a bloody hand that I want to make with the ten year old boys I nanny. We do a version every year with candy inside, or popcorn and either put fingernails on it, or a bat ring from the party store. this time I think we will stand it up on a jar or cup with treats and splatter with red paint. I will show them this and see where their imagination takes it and let you know.
I’m looking forward to decorating pumpkins. I start out the season by painting, rather than cutting, so they last until Halloween.