Our Spooky Houses

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Our Spooky Housesby househomeon.Our Spooky HousesHere’s a peek at how each of us are decorating for Halloween this year! Alison: I love the vintage vibe, and Halloween is a great place to do it…..BUT, I’ve got little ones that want bright, cheesy, Dollar Store design. I’m too tired and pregnant to argue, so this year, it’s all about the fun […]

Here’s a peek at how each of us are decorating for Halloween this year!

Alison:

I love the vintage vibe, and Halloween is a great place to do it…..BUT, I’ve got little ones that want bright, cheesy, Dollar Store design. I’m too tired and pregnant to argue, so this year, it’s all about the fun things we can decorate with together that are bright and cheesy.

First, we used funny caution tape to decorate our living room poles and front door (a quick buy after Halloween last year). A big bouncy witch adds to the fun.

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I found a bag of 5 little pumpkins at the grocery store, and after a fun hour or so, we turned these….

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Next, I got out some sweet cups I found at Goodwill earlier this year, and used some Dollar Store spider webs to spook them up on our table. Our little pumpkin family hangs out there. Our dining room lights are a great place for banners, so we strung up the Happy Halloween one as well as some silly skeletons (also a post-Halloween buy from last year).

I guess my dream of a chic Halloween are on hold, but it’s worth it to see them run around with a dangly witch making ghost sounds, or deciding where the spiders are going to live inside the cups. The things we do for our kids!!

Julia:

I’ve gone pretty minimal this year with the fall decorations–my living room boasts some glitter pumpkins from the dollar store, a few leaf prints, and fall-scented candles–but I wanted to add a DIY project this year. So I decided to make a Halloween decoration with a modern flair. So check out my Himmeli Spider Web!

Himmeli is a Scandinavian art form that involves bending metal or straw and interweaving it. And I’m obsessed with it! I’ve made a himmeli wreath and heart before, but this was a really fun holiday craft!

I found the tutorial for the spiderweb here. Now I’ll be honest, this tutorial was difficult to follow and I’m still not sure I did it correctly, but I nevertheless love the finished product.

To make a spiderweb you simply need a package of straws (I got mine from the picnic section at Target), some thin floral wire (make sure it’s very flexible!), and a few fake spiders.

I know the door knocker is right in the middle of the spiderweb, but I kind of like the idea of the web trapping the door knocker, too.

So much weaving…but so much fun!

Lauren:

I go pretty minimal for Halloween decorating. I’m more a fall decorator myself, and don’t really enjoy the creepy, gory decor. So I made a spiderweb out of a trash bag and a cute Halloween garland.

For the spiderweb, I found the instructions from HGTV found here. Simply make a square out of one side of the trash bag, fold it three times into a triangle, and then start making cuts that looks like the rings of the web. I used a dark sharpie to draw on the bag so I didn’t have to wing it.

Then unfold and voila! A cool spiderweb. The hardest part was just unfolding the web because it kept wanting to stick to itself. Here it is hanging on the mirror in my living room. Festive, but not too scary or gory. I also made a little garland of dressed up kids on my Cricut. I know that not everyone has a Cricut, but you could do this by cutting out easy shapes like pumpkins or ghosts and stringing them up.

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