Thursday, September 27, 2012

Skull Head Topiaries


These skull head topiaries were so fun and easy to make and I got my inspiration from my greenery topiary I have in my kitchen hutch.  I was looking at it the other day while eating and I thought skull heads would be so cute lined up in a row.  I headed to Michaels and was able to find everything I needed to make these.  Let me show you how easy they were to make!!!


Supplies Needed

Skull Heads on sticks (or make your own)
Floral foam
Small clay pots
Black shredded paper
Black paint

 Here is what they look like up close....they are around $2.00 a piece....


Next step I did was paint the pots black.  I also painted a little of the inside on top, just in case it would show through.....


After two coats of paint, I cut off a chunk of the floral foam and shoved it into the pot until it felt secure.....


After that, I pushed the skull head into the foam......


Here are all of them before I took the black grass and put around the base to cover the foam...


After the black grass was finished, I put them on my mantel...  




Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy decoration for Halloween...I already have in mind what I want to try for Christmas!!!

Have a great day!!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Our Halloween Mantel

I can't believe that Halloween is a little over a month away.  It seems like we just arrived here in Calgary and now I'm back down in the basement digging through moving boxes again to find all of my Halloween decor.  Luckily, everything was labeled pretty good by the movers, so it was easy to identify the Halloween boxes.  I feel like I'm so far behind, because it seems that everyone in blog land has already decorated.  Oh well, one step at a time...ey!!!

Hope you enjoy taking a peek into our Halloween Mantel....enjoy!!


This mantel has a deep inset and I'm sure it is made for a TV, but we opted to not put our TV in it, because it would not fit.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do fill in the gap, but then I thought my shutters from last years Christmas would make a good filler along with the branches.  I used the shutters last year to hold my Christmas cards.  You can see that post here.  I will share later this week, how I transformed the shutters.



When I saw this whimsical tree at HomeSense, I knew I had to have it.  It is really tall and I knew that I was going to need some height and this was going to be perfect.  The orange glitter flame less candles also came from there...three in a pack for $9.99!!!  Love them.


The wreath and branches were left over from last year.  I simply attached the wreath with floral wire to the front of the shutters.


When I saw the matching witches boot, I knew that it would be the perfect fit (get it)!


I love using current items I already have in the house and making them useful for the holidays.  I have these three round nesting boxes that have labels on the front that say, Live, Laugh, Love.  I simply turned them around and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the word BOO in orange vinyl.  When Halloween is over, I can easily peel off the vinyl with no permanent damage being done to the boxes.


These two orange buckets came from Pottery Barn Kids years ago.  I just added spiders cut out of vinyl with my Cameo.


Don't you love the skull heads?  I do and I had so much making these.  I will share in an upcoming post how easy these were to make and where I got the inspiration for them.  UPDATE:  HERE IS HOW TO MAKE THESE SKULL HEAD TOPIARIES...CLICK HERE!


These are the flame less candles at night.  I love how the mantle is all lit up at night with the wreath and candles.


I hope you enjoyed looking at our Halloween mantel.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you have been inspired by something you've seen here.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Halloween Flameless Candles

I have finally started decorating the house for Halloween and thought I would share the quickest and cheapest decoration I have ever done.  I was in the dollar store the other day and came across these flame less candles for a $1.25 each.  When I saw them I thought they would be so cute to embellish with vinyl.  I came home and immediately went to my Silhouette Cameo.  I downloaded a spider and web and adhered them to the candles.  How easy and cheap is that?


 Flame less Candles - $1.25 each....


I used scrap vinyl to cut out the web....


A matching spider web, again from scraps of vinyl....


All lit up.....



 How awesome did these turn out!  I can simply take the vinyl off and use them for other holidays...Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, etc..  These would even be cute personalized for a shower or birthday party because they are so cheap....



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Friday, September 7, 2012

Laundry Room Makeover Week - Coat Closet with Bench

In the last installment of my Laundry Room Makeover week, I wanted to give you a look at what I did to the existing closet in this room.  I'm not a huge fan of the mirrored doors, but they do give this small room the feel of a bigger room.  When we first moved in, I removed the lower closet rod to store all of my brooms, mops, vacuum cleaner, etc. and decided this was not the best use of space.  I started thinking of how this space could work and function better for my family.  It occurred to me that I had a bench (see it here) that was sitting in my closet taking up space that I thought would be the size I would need.  I measured the bench and it was the perfect size.  I moved all of the coats and jackets from the front closet to this closet which made more sense anyway because this will be the first place we come into and leave out of when going into the cold and wet weather.


The bench seating now provides us a place to sit and put on our shoes and boots (better than sitting on the floor)....


The two baskets are now used for dirty laundry.  I can easily slide the doors shut to hide the mess of laundry....


Our backdoor.....


The BEST part of this makeover was that it DID NOT COST ME A PENNY.  I utilized furniture I already had. Sometimes it does pay to "think outside of the box"!  


Thanks for joining me all week as I shared how I made over my Laundry Room.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Have a great weekend!!

In Case You Missed it......

Monday


Tuesday


How I made a top for the washer and dryer (here's a hint...it was less than $5.00)  Plus, all of the accessories on top.  

Wednesday


How I converted an IKEA bookshelf into a mudroom type storage unit.

Thursday


How I converted my old craft room peg board into a central storage unit for school items.

Friday


How the closet has been transformed into a perfect seating area for getting ready.





Thursday, September 6, 2012

Laundry Room Makeover Week - Making a School Time Peg Board


Today I wanted to share with you how I created a "School Time" pegboard with all of the essentials needed for school.  I found that in addition to the bookcase I made into the mud closet (see that HERE), I also needed a central place where I can hang all of my son's jackets, ties and belts.  I already had an existing peg board that I decided to recycle.  Let me show you how easy this was to make......


Here is the peg board I started with.  I had this peg board in my craft room when I lived in Dallas.  I decided when I moved to Calgary that the room I was going to make my craft room would not accommodate everything I had, so this was the perfect opportunity to recycle this board.


I first started by painting the existing peg board with a grey paint.  I had some leftover paint from my front door, so I decided to use it....


I then took my frog tape and taped off the stripes....


I used an old yard stick as my guide.....


After it was all taped off, I used a can of white spray paint and painted it all over....



After a few minutes, I removed the tape to reveal perfect stripes.....


It was ready to be put back into its old frame.  I then used some peg board hooks and baskets and placed them exactly where they needed to be....



and here you go......




I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out "school time" graphics...


This was one of the easiest projects and I hope that you will try something like it.  Peg board is such a great way to organize anything!  


In Case You Missed it......

Monday


Tuesday


How I made a top for the washer and dryer (here's a hint...it was less than $5.00)  Plus, all of the accessories on top.  

Wednesday


How I converted an IKEA bookshelf into a mudroom type storage unit.

Thursday


How I converted my old craft room peg board into a central storage unit for school items.

Friday


How the closet has been transformed into a perfect seating area for getting ready.

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