halloween themed gallery wall

i typically don't deck out my house in so many halloween decorations, but what can i say? i got the crafting bug a couple of days ago and it just made sense. there are two things that make me really happy: crafting and decorating. what could be better than combining the two?!

in my trip to michael's i stumbled upon the cutest patterned scrapbook paper and my wheels started turning. i decided to go with a black, silver and green theme and replace the pictures in our gallery wall with a halloween theme. so i stocked up on cute patterned paper, halloween themed cutouts, stickers, tape and got to work! 

really this project is just a matter of cutting the paper to the size of your coordinating frame. it's easy peasy. i took a picture of the current gallery wall on my phone and used it as a reference for deciding on the patterns and colors for each frame. after i cut the paper to size i taped the glittery spiders and webs to add a little something interesting.

i cannot tell you how handy this paper cutter has been in my life! it's an essential in my arsenal of art supplies. one of my favorite elements of the gallery wall is the word "EEK" made from glittery stickers meant to decorate pumpkins. i had other plans for them though. into frames they went!

i laid out my design on the floor as i went just to make sure they were going to flow. you don't want to many of the same pattern and color next to eachother. variety is key in a gallery wall! next up, putting them into frames and hanging them. aka, the boring tedious part.

ta-daaa! there you have it, a cheap and easy peasy DIY project that you can complete in a night. 

i painted some ceramic skulls and added lots of green glitter to cutesy them up a little bit. they completed the halloween look!


halloween diy

well, it's officially a week into october and i was inspired to make some halloween crafts for the apartment last night. not that we need them, we already live in a basement floor of a century old building so it's doing fairly well on the creepy factor all it's own.

i went to michael's and perused the aisles until i came up with some ideas. i knew i wanted to create a spiderweb out of yarn, but i didn't want it to come off too eerie and creepy. i like cutesy halloween, not terrifying halloween. i found a chipboard spider cutout for...wait for it...$1! it was perfect. 

really, it's trial and error with this project. make an X with yarn trimmings and scotch tape. just don't make it too perfect. it looks so much better if it has imperfections like a real spider web would.


after you make your imperfect X it's time to start weaving the web. just knot a piece of yarn wherever you'd like to start and on each intersection go over and loop back around to secure it. you'll get annoyed and want to quit, but don't! it'll come out great once you step back and take a look!


and there you have it! a very effective decoration for about two dollars and fifty cents! can't beat that. 

i also knew i wanted to do a little something to our tiny bar area. it's a fun area to decorate. i found some chipboard bats in the same area as i found the spider. they were also a dollar each which is awesome. i took down the mirror that is usually above the bar and hung three of the bats in a flying pattern with some tape. so easy! i was originally going to put black glitter on them, but it looked kind of gross so i washed it off and just kept them how they were. i'm pretty happy with it.

i also got some small skulls to put on the bar and elsewhere. i painted and glittered them up to make them less eerie and a tad more cutesy. 


there you have it! some fun, quick and easy diy halloween decorations. i love crafting so much. stay tuned for another halloween diy post tomorrow!