J and I are attending a Witches Dinner tonight. So we are unsurprisingly going as witches!
This is maybe my favorite holiday of the year, so I suspect we’ll be out haunting well past my normal bed time. Wishing all the ghouls and goblins much tricks and treats!
This is actually my second fall wreath of the season, that I attempted. The first one was made from paper and a complete bust. I thought about trying to make it again, but differently, but I was so disheartened by it that I just went back to the drawing board.
I originally saw a tutorial from Yellow Mums for something similar. I really like the way hers turned out, but I wasn’t crazy about making fabric flowers to put on it. I kind of hemmed and hawed about whether I wanted that look or not for a bit until I saw the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess for their twig and pom pom wreath. I already had those maroon pom poms (they’re fallish, right?) and I thought, why not?
I used significantly larger pom poms and fewer sticks. All of my twigs are approximately 6″ long and the pom poms are about the size of my palm. I kind of like the sparseness of it. Plus the colors lend themselves through the rest of the year if I decide not to do an evergreen wreath for Christmas.
Unlike the other two tutorials, I added a small hole to my cardboard base instead of gluing ribbon in to hang. I like when my wreath covers up the hanger on my front door. I just had to be careful to keep the glue from leaking out it when I was gluing the sticks in place.
I have to wait until November to put this up since I don’t want to displace the skulls and bats on my front door right now.
Thank you to everyone that came out and carved pumpkins with me. I had a great time and I’m so proud of all those pumpkins.
My pumpkin however did not get finished Tuesday night. (It’s the huge one.) It was really too big of a project for the time allowed. I did post a photo of it finished on my instagram.
I made an album of photos from craft night on Facebook, so go check them out and feel free to tag yourself or anyone else you know in them!
I can hardly believe that Halloween is 8 days away. I have a pumpkin or two leftover from last night’s carving party that I want to carve (maybe gnomes?) and a costume to finish. Really though, I’m feeling pretty happy with my decorations and general festiveness.
Do you still have a few items on your Halloween To Do list or need some last minute inspiration? Here’s a selection of my own Halloween crafting.
I made three different paper Halloween garlands last year. Check them out here. With a bit of careful storing, all of them are still in good condition and up again this year, if in slightly different places.
This year’s Halloween Bunting is great for using up scraps of fabric you have laying around from other projects. I like printing iconic images onto otherwise un-Halloween prints.
Pet Bow ties work for a variety of costumes. This tutorial goes into a lot of detail and is a pretty simple project. Sewing a bit much for you? I have some for sale in my etsy shop too.
I’ve been wearing this fanged necklace as much as possible so far this month. It’s a nice nod to a costume if you aren’t much into wearing a full get up.
Halloween always feels magical to me. I love the change in seasons, the other worldly decorations and the chance to dress as someone else for a day.
If you’re in Portland, I hear that Cosmic Soda Pop and Candy Shop is going out of business and has their whole inventory on super sale to liquidate it. If you’re looking for Halloween candy, that is maybe the place to go.
Little Halloween treat bags (and boxes and strange little containers) fill my heart with a certain amount of glee. The 7 year old that still lives in me just wants the candy, but the tiny container is its own treat too.
These are some new takes on the tried and true plus some new to me shapes and sizes.
These use classic paper treat bags (that come in all sorts of fun colors and designs), but Smitten On Paper has a lovely printable to make it special.
Mr. P has my favorite Halloween treat boxes yet, with a tutorial to make waxed paper and printable to help you fold these crazy awesome ghosts.
You can buy or make itty bitty bags and use the iron-on printable from the Used Blog to make your own Trick or Treat bags.
Martha Stewart has some of the most interesting tutorials. While I’m not exactly a fan, she has a great team and so many creative ideas. These pumpkins are particularly great. Beware that this must be an old project because the website formatting is a bit weird. The instructions are simple and are explained in the description.
All photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites.