Candy Corn, Pumpkins, and Spiders, Oh My!
October 6, 2010 by alysha
This is “officially” my first post on HowDoesShe and I’m not going to lie, I’m shakin’ in my boots! Working with all these extremely talented ladies can be a tad bit intimidating and, (just between you and me), I’m just fine staying behind the sidelines. So after much persuasion and coersion, (i.e. I had no choice), here I am.
Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, sometimes decorating for holidays can be a daunting task if you are stuck in a creative rut. Not to mention, on a tight budget! So, I decided to share a few ideas to hopefully help clear a few of those ”cobwebs” you’ve got goin’ on. Warning: These tips are frightfully simple, easy, and inexpensive.
Decorating with candy can be such an easy way to add a little Halloween spirit! Candy is not only yummy for the tummy but can be used as “eye candy” as well. I chose candy corn because #1: It’s cheap, and #2: I like the bright colors.
When I got my Woman’s Day magazine this month, I just GUSHED over this wreath. It’s gorgeous! But more importantly it looked like something I could really make!
Styrofoam wreath. (I got mine from a garage sale for .50!) I actually used the straw kind (is that what you call it?) instead of the styrofoam and it worked fine. It was a bit bumpier than the smooth styrofoam but once you get the candy corn on you can’t even tell.
Black duct tape. I used black electric tape instead (because it was cheaper) and it worked great. I found it at the dollar store for $1.
Candy Corn. If you can find the Brach’s on sale then great, if not I used dollar store candy corn and it was fine. (Try to refrain yourself from snacking on them while making it so you will have enough to finish the whole wreath.)
A glue gun.
I had so much fun with it, I decided to make a smaller one to hang next to my fireplace.
I know what you must be thinking. That’s a LOT of work to go to for something you’re just going to be throwing away. That’s what I thought too. Luckily Woman’s Day has some nifty tips on how to preserve your candy corn before you use it. I used Krylon Preserve It to spray the candy before I started. It takes some extra time but in my opinion is sooo worth it.
Here’s another “spOOktacular” way to use your candy corn. This is my version of a similar tree found at Woman’s Day. This was fun and SO easy to do. I considered spray painting the branches white or black, but I decided I liked the more “rustic” look. Who says candy doesn’t grow on tree’s?
Candy Corn ($1 a bag.)
Glue Gun (Try not to burn yourself. It hurts.)
Another fun tip for displaying your delectable candy is throw them inside a dish or a candleholder. I just bought a hurricane from the dollar store for (you guessed it) $1, threw my candle on top and VOILA!
Or, you can choose not to put the candles back in, like I did here:
While you’re coming down from your sugar high, try out this next easy tip.
Simply tying a few ribbons here and there can add just that right touch of Halloween charm.
Easiest. Craft. Ever. Yes, I’m calling it a craft.
Of course! What’s Halloween without pumpkins! Can I share a secret with you? (Ok, so it’s not really a secret but work with me here.) Get all your pumpkins after Halloween is over. Last year I snagged most of mine at 80% off. They were all a dollar or less!
Throw some in a bin, add some spanish moss and you’ve got a darling centerpiece!
Ok, so not really spooky. I’ve never really been one to decorate with all the blood and guts…frankly because I’m a scaredy-cat. I prefer to stick with more of a cutesy sort of spooky? Can you do that?
Don’t look too closely at my pathetic looking bats. Yes, you caught me. I cut them out by hand. I’m not lucky enough to have a Silhouette like SOME of you. Oh well. Their mangled ears adds character right?
A Silhouette (Or in my case, scissors.)
You’ve gotta add some creepy, crawly spiders into the mix. The artwork was beyond easy to make. Grab some scrapbook paper and glue some spiders on! Yup, that’s it! If you want to mod podge your paper that’s fine, but I found that it didn’t make a huge difference.
To create the anthro inspired, Pottery Barn look just grab an apothecary jar, (I got mine at Michael’s with my 40% off coupon) and throw some spiders and spanish moss into the mix.
Voila! Did you love all my so called ‘crafts?’ The best part….the total cost for everything (ALL the supplies) was around $20!
Wow, this wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be! (Totally lying.)
I hope I gave a few of you some ideas! Leave some comment love if you’d like. (Pretty please?)