Spooky owl silhouette
* black & white construction paper
* scissors and a steady hand
I found an image online and just sketched mine out freehand. I didn't know I could sketch anything out freehand. My only construction paper was scrapbook size (12x12), so I have two pieces overlapping. But since it's dark, you can't tell. Most of the owls had pointy ears, but I knew I'd mess that one up with scissors... so I did the earless version. : )
Fancy pumpkin in a box
* online clipart image
* editing software
* digital scrapbook paper
* shadowbox (mine's from Ikea)
I Googled "pumpkin line drawing" and found one I liked. Picked a subtle damask scrapbook paper from one of my digital kits (from Scrapbook Graphics) and made it the size of the frame opening.
Unfortunately, the pumpkin had a white background... so when I placed it in front of my scrapbook paper in Fireworks (similiar to Photoshop), the white blocked the paper from showing through. So I clicked on the "magic wand" and selected the white areas, and erased them. This took quite some time, and I ended up leaving some sections white. But for the most part, now the background paper shows through the pumpkin.
Printed it out on my computer and stuck it in the frame! I also tried it with a bright orange background too, but I like the softness of the damask. And it doesn't feel so "Halloweeny."
Change up what you have!
If you follow my blog, you'll remember I just recently changed my mantle decor. So I wasn't ready to scrap it all for fall! But a few simple changes, and it's ready for the season.
in process... and final!
Replaced fatty green mossy bird with fatty creamy yellow ceramic bird. For another level of interest, I stuck some books under fatty yellow bird. My grandfather, Leo Walmsley, wrote both of those books... so they're pretty special.
Changed up the art and candles and added "vase filler" from Target (little dried pumpkin shapes! Perfect.)
And here's what I did to my front entry table and shelf. Brought out my spooky tree and Chad and I wrote little memorable quotes, favorite trips, etc. on tags (corny idea, but I'm trying to make things more personal around here!) So now when I walk by, I laugh when I read one of Chad's tags... "Meats." (Someone asked Chad once if he liked "beets" and he thought they said, "meats..." so he said, "Yeah, I like meats.")
Our little family pumpkins! Aidan can name them all... "Dada," "Mama," "Yi-yah," and "me." : )
What do you do for fall decorating? Do you go all out - orange pumpkins, creepy cobwebs, scary skeletons, and spiders coming out from every corner? Or do you keep it simple? Is there anything you just tweak a little for the seasons?
I've been following this blog recently and loved this DIY Halloween art... "Keep calm and scary on." And the Thanksgiving version... "Keep calm and gobble on." Love it!
Psst! BUBBALou Bands giveaway in the next post!!!