When it comes to All Hallow's Eve, I lean towards spooky, not horror and I am a big fan of suspense.
Cute is not only discouraged, it is practically forbidden by my family of critics . . .
SKULLS . . . Yes, Smiling Jack-o-Lanterns . . . not so much.
The dripping candles were very inexpensive -- they are toilet paper rolls. As as I see in the daylight, my impatience is showing as they all could of used another coat of spray paint (Oops!).
I followed these directions from Crafts Unleashed. Super simple, all you need is a TP roll, scissors, hot glue and spray paint. For the black candles, I covered the candle 'wick' with a piece of tape and I spray painted the battery operated light too. I stuffed cotton balls inside the tubes to allow the little lights to be at the perfect height. I even put a small bead of hot glue on the base of the black ones to adhere to the metal Lyric Candelabra -- knowing the hot glue will pop off of the metal when I want it to.
All the small crows are from Dollar Tree - bought just this past week. And the large crow I have had for years -- thinking I bought him from Grandinroad, but not completely sure.
Originally the center Tiered Stand was decorated for a Willow House WHINGO Party (Willow House Prized Bingo) . . . sorry for the shoddy picture, this was taken at the very end of the night . . . . zzzzzz.
I wanted to add to the centerpiece for an upcoming Halloween Party's buffet table.
The small cages are called Lollie Lanterns, and I spray-painted them as well
(pretty much nothing is safe with me) with a matte black. I added an branch to mingle
with the stand to give it more of a tree-like appearance.
I love how the crows' and raven's eyes seem to follow you . . .
For the table covering, I picked up some cheese cloth at Target and 'grayified' it.
I opened it up completely and then wadded it into a ball and put it in a bowl of water.
I squirted out some gray craft paint into one hand and picked up the wet cheese cloth
with the other, squeezed out some of the water and then wiped my gray painted hands all over it.
I reopened up the cheese cloth, and hung it out to dry (which took no time at all).
Cheaper than Halloween gauze.
I really like how the cheese cloth lays across the table like fog.
The smiling skeleton coming out of the coffin was purchased from Red Envelope years ago . . .
the candles always burn too quickly, so I will need to find small tapers with battery operated lights for it.
Thimble Domes hold another smiling skeleton buddy -- one that lost his head, on a bed of Spanish Moss.
Black Roses add an elegant touch in a 'Mercury Glass' Votive Holder
How do you decorate for Halloween? Spooky, Cute or Horror? I'd love to hear your tips!
As ALWAYS -- Thank You for Stopping By!
Tabletop Sources :::
• White Tablecloth - cheap-y from efavormart.com
• Raven flocked table runner - Pottery Barn several years back
• Cheesecloth from Target 2 square yards $2.49 (in kitchen utensil area)
• Lyric Candelabra from Willow House
• Green Glittery Spider from Michael's
• Willow Sprig Tiered Stand from Willow House
• Manzanita Branch from Save-on-Crafts
• Lollie Lanterns from Willow House (spray painted black)
• Spanish Moss from Hobby Lobby
• Small Crows from Dollar Tree
• 'Mercury Glass' Celestial Votives from Willow House
• Small Skeleton Heads from Pier 1 Imports a few years back, Michaels had similar ones
• Small Glass Amelia Thimble Domes from Willow House
• Skeleton coming out of coffin from Red Envelope several years back
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