Hey, remember me?!?
To say that life has been cuckoo bananas this past month would be a gi-nor-mic understatement…but I am definitely not complaining one bit. “Busy” is not a bad word in the Hue La La dictionary, and if you read my last post, I’ll be letting y’all in on some super fun news later this week. Oh, and I’ll have some even FUNNER (I know that’s not a real word, bit just role with me) giveaways to share as well, so be sure to check back!!
So then, “what’s on the menu today” you ask?
Well, I’ve got goblins and ghouls on the brain…
Halloween is without a doubt my FAVE holiday! I always loved dressing up as child and was fortunate enough to have a very crafty Mom that would spend countless nights sitting at her sewing machine whipping up whatever ghoulish creation I requested (…you’ll have to tune into Cityline next Tuesday though to see what costume she made one year that I REFUSED to wear!)
Oh, and when you tune in, you’ll get to see me and some of my fave pals having way too much fun doing a little of this action…
Now, back to my Halloween DIY…
Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit the sewing gene from my Mom, but her passion for DIY definitely rubbed off on me…and since I know how to work a paint brush, I decided to craft a few simple décor projects to dress up my front door.
I had already added a gazillion pumpkins to the exterior of our home in late September… (yay…pumpkins…pumpkins…pumpkins…*I kinda love fall A LOT*) and I had created my own inexpensive stenciled door mat (more on that later), but now with Halloween only a week-ish away, it was time to add a few extra fang-tastic touches.
I’m all about cheap and cheerful DIYs, but I also love projects that are quick and easy to create.
As I mentioned earlier, I stenciled my fall door mat using a $16 IKEA sisal rug, an inexpensive letter stencil kit from Michaels craft store, low tack spray adhesive, and left over exterior paint. It literally took me 30 minutes to create, so I decided to make a new one for Halloween. I picked up an identical mat, used the same letter stencils, and reused paint from my front door…which ironically just happens to be called “Witching Hour” by Benjamin Moore.
After spraying the back of the stencils with low tack adhesive, I placed them firmly on the mat and applied one coat of paint using an artist stipple brush in a dabbing motion. Once the letter cut-out was filled in, I removed the stencil and allowed the rug to dry thoroughly before putting it outside.
Drum roll please…..
I’m rather smitten with my boo-tiful new mat! But you can’t have broom parking without a witch, right???
I wanted to create a fast and fun project for my front door urn, so I set off in search of pool noodles…yes, pool noodles! I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest using mannequin legs to create an upside-down witch, but had no idea where on earth to find any…so the hunt for pool noodles began!
Once I had all of the ingredients to create this spook-tacular project, it took a total of 5 minutes to assemble….YES, only 5 minutes!
Here’s all you need to create “Minerva”…(my son’s have named her)
- 1 pool noodle cut in half
- 2 bamboo stakes (found at the dollar store)
- striped nylons (also found at the dollar store, but readily available this time of year at costume stores)
- 1 foam cake form (found at Michaels)
- a pair of shoes (found at a thrift store for $4)
- spanish moss to cover the foam cake insert (also a Michaels score)
Place the foam form into the base of the urn and push the stakes through the form on an angle. Dress the noodles with the nylons (I never imagined that I would write that sentence), and since the pool noodles are hollow, they slide right over the bamboo stakes to keep them secure. The shoes fit easily over the ends of the pool noodles, but can be permanently affixed using construction adhesive.
So, in under an hour and under $50, I transformed my front door from “Fall Festive” to “Witchingly Whimsical”…
Do you dress your door with Halloween décor?
And what Halloween post would be complete without a little classic MJ…
Bwuahahahaha Ahahahaha…..Ahem, Happy Halloween everyone!!!