Fun Spooky Spaces

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I am thrilled to participate in Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores “Celebrate the Season” campaign. This is my absolute favorite store and have no problem finding items for my decorating ideas.  I received compensation for this  review; however, this is my personal, honest, opinion based on my own experience. All of my supplies came from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores unless otherwise stated.

Okay, let’s create some spooky Halloween spaces. Halloween can be a fun time to dress up, decorate and eat yummy seasonal foods. I wanted to share with you how we decorated for own “Spooky Spaces” for a fun dinner party and created a healthy, seasonal meal to go along.

Here we go. I have an older son that certainly would not mind finding creepy things around every corner of the house, but I have two younger ones that would be afraid to sleep if they knew Mr. Shaky Bones was at our dining room table.

I wanted our guests to arrive and see some Halloween decor when the entered. We made this little “Spooks Tower” to greet them in the entry way.

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We created the tower by using these foam balls.

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I used a small clay pot as the base for my tower. I love these guys! There are so many uses!

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I sprayed it with texture paint first.

 

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I let it dry completely, then spray painted it black.

 

 

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Jo-Ann’s carries a wide variety of paint brands. Honestly, not sure where this can came from. I used the end of what was left. I have quite a collection out there on the shelf.

 

I wanted it to look a little older…a little more interesting then a shiny black pot.

 

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I like it…it kind of looks like a charred pot to me. Spooky!

I set it aside and then started on my spooks. I used Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint to paint them. You can find this brand in the paint aisle at Jo-Ann’s. I used very simple basic designs.

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The bottom ball is black with simple skeletons, a turquoise ball with fall flowers, plum colored ball with large copper polka dots and then topped it with an orange jack-o-lantern.

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Used the end of a paintbrush to hold his little head still while I painted.

 

I made the little witch hat  from black card stock paper.  I used a dowel rod to stack them. I filled the vase with foam from the floral department for stability. I inserted the dowel rod into the foam then wrapped a thin strip of burlap around the tower. The final touch was adding green moss into the vase. I hot glued the moss down and added hot glue to the burlap and in between the foam balls.

Next we tackled some artwork for our dining room.

I had extra wood in the garage that was cut square and perfect for some artwork. My daughter and I used a mix of orange, red, and yellow paint- also the BASICS Acrylic from Liquitex- to create the first layer.

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We let that dry then taped the board with this Chevron “Shape Tape” by FROGTAPE.

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Jo-Ann’s does carry FROGTAPE brand, but not sure if they have “shape tape” yet. I had this left over from another project.

We then mixed up some BASICS black and white paint to create the pattern. We used these foam-widgets to paint the stripes.

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I wanted to use this for texture and to give the stripes a softer affect. We dabbed the paint alternating between black and white to create the gray.

 

I found this silhouette of a witch from “Martha Stewart” to use as the witch for my art.

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No….hilarious as it is….this is not me.

 

 

I used this in my art projector and outlined the silhouette.

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I then used black BASICS acrylic to fill her in. I wrote “All Hallows Eve” with acrylic white paint and then hung the board with an orange wired ribbon that had a burlap texture.

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I love how this turned out and it was fun creating this with my favorite girl. She was proud to help and was genuinely helpful!

So, for our table decor. I wanted to create a spider web tablecloth. I purchased some white cotton fabric and this black dye from Jo-Ann’s.

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I started wrapping bands in the center to give it a “web” affect.

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I like the way it turned out!

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I had an old candelabra from my Grandma. I chose not too polish it…much creepier.

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Our menu is a seasonal salad with pomegranates, spiced walnuts, goat cheese and dill, fresh dilly bread, and curried pumpkin soup.  For dessert I am having the guests make their own caramel apples. That will give us all something to do for entertainment that is fun and delicious. Here is a link to the recipes.

Pomegranate Salad http://34.192.0.255/autumn-pomegranate-salad/

Dilly Bread http://34.192.0.255/dilly-bread/

Curried Pumpkin Soup http://34.192.0.255/curried-pumpkin-soup/

Old Fashioned Caramel Apples http://34.192.0.255/old-fashioned-caramel-apples/

 

 

I have quite the affection for place settings. I make them and use them all of the time. They are so fun and your guests love them. Often they take them home as a little memento from the evening.

For this event, I decided to make bats.

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I used glittery black card stock paper and cut them out into the shape of bats. I wrote each guests name with a fine point brush and white acrylic paint.

My crafting partners helped tape the toothpicks onto the back and insert them into the apples.

 

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Ignore the black fingers. Those were from a tie-dye gone bad. My glove broke!

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So simple, spooky and cute.

Knowing that after the meal we would be making the caramel apples, I decided to let the apples serve multiple purposes. They served as part of the place setting, table decor and contribute to dessert!

 

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Perfect! The apples add color to the table and serve as place settings!

I believe we have quite a variety in our decor and ideas. I hope you found something that encouraged you with your Halloween crafting plans.  Find more inspiring ideas here  http://bit.ly/creativitymadesimple

As always, I love feedback and want to hear all about your plans, ideas, and answer any questions. Spook up some spaces in your home!

Here is a coupon to help you get started!

JF13_Halloween_Coupon

 

American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

4 Comments

  1. Patricia

    October 4, 2013 at 7:48 am

    You have such good ideas. I usually put a pumpkin on the porch and call it done!

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Patricia,
      That’s funny…Hey pumpkins are an easy, no hassle, natural way to decorate ; )

  2. Andrew Burgon

    October 1, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I like the spider web tablecloth idea with candelabra on top.

    I have another idea for the black pots you did. Blow up a balloon and place a glow stick in it. Draw a ghostly face on it with two large eyes. Position the balloon and the eyes so that it looks like a ghost is taking a peek above the rim of the pot at the guests arriving.

    • Lindee Katdare

      October 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Thanks! What a good idea..I might use it this year for my next Halloween table idea.

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