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October 14, 2021
Happy Spooky Season, y’all! As much as I love all things fall, I’ve never really gone all out when it comes to Halloween decorations. So when I decided to change things up this year, I knew I had to hit up my favorite store for DIY supplies: good ol’ Dollar Tree. It did not disappoint! There are a few things I learned along the way, but my top tip for DIY-ing holiday decor is this: pick a theme.
I knew I wanted to create a spooky, witchy Halloween vibe that went beyond the traditional black and orange. I was envisioning blood red, deep purple, and, of course, lots of moody black.
Painting pieces gives you lots of options for making them your own. To achieve the blood red color I was going for, I mixed black and red acrylic paint. I used this color to paint pumpkins, bowls for candy, and some wooden RIP and skull pieces. Since it’s Halloween decor, it doesn’t have to be perfect. The imperfections really give that spooky, undead vibe to things! Another cool trick is to mix baking soda into black paint. This creates a more matte finish (like ceramic) and worked so well on the additional candy bowls. Finally, I painted an orange mason jar lantern. The black paint actually “shrunk” on the glass as it dried, but it created a really cool effect so I left it that way!
Want to add some spooky treats to your Halloween celebrations? Check out my post from last year!
Dollar Tree has so many great materials for DIY wreaths. They had a few different wreath bases, but I went with a black wire one to match my theme. I grabbed some deep red and small white flowers from the floral section. In the Halloween decor section, I found purple and black flowers accented with eyeballs and spiders and black and silver berry picks. I used wire cutters to cut the stems shorter and arranged the florals. Then I pulled them through the wire wreath base and held them together with mini zip ties. I also added one of the painted wooden skulls for a little extra spookiness. To pull the witchy theme together, I used a foam witch on one half of the wreath. Her face was originally green, but I painted it and love the way it turned out!
DIY Bone Fragment Candles
I found medieval-looking glass beer mugs and filled them with white rocks to create the look of “bone fragments”. Add a red candle and when the wax starts to melt you’ve got some creepy bloody bones!
I love how all of the different lighting elements came together with this decor. These glittery black skulls have eyes that light up and change colors. So fun! Additionally, I picked up red tealight candles and dark purple string lights that I put in the painted glass mason jar.
Once all of the projects were completed, I laid everything out on a lace runner. I can’t believe how well it all came together! This is definitely the spooky, witchy Halloween decor of my dreams.
How do you decorate for Halloween?
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.