Halloween Plate Wall

Halloween Plate Wall | laughingabi.com

One of my many addictions is collecting cocktail plates and cocktail shakers. I created a rotating display space on my dining room wall so I can pick my favorites and admire them every day. I love to switch them out with the seasons or when I’m burning to change something up but have no dinero to spend – which is all the time. Sadly, when Halloween rolled around I realized I only had three measly plates to hang, zero shakers, and zero dollars. Time to get creative. Take a look at what I did.

Halloween Plate Wall | laughingabi.com

Halloween Plate Wall | laughingabi.com

Halloween Plate Wall | laughingabi.com

Halloween Plate Wall | laughingabi.com

The best part is, I only spent $9! Here’s how it breaks down.

Two plain black plastic plates from Target: $4.
Package of eyeball stickers from Michael’s: $1.
Black & white fabric from Jo-Anne’s: approximately $4.

Everything else came from somewhere in my house.
– The cool scenery plates are the three I mentioned earlier.
– The white plates are from my kitchen cabinet with free silhouette clip art added.
– The black square plate is one I bought at Target with eyeball stickers added.
– The skeleton plate is another Target buy with more free clip art.
– Most of the shakers are wearing free clip art.
– The crow is – what else? – a free clip art silhouette.
– Lastly, the large quilting hoop was already hanging where you see it, I just replaced the fabric to match the new black and white scheme.

If you like this you should check out what Jen did over at Tatertots & Jello. It’s amazing. http://tatertotsandjello.com/2012/09/its-pumpkin-week-diy-halloween-plate-wall.html

Are you done decorating for Halloween? Or for fall? Send me a link so I can see what you’re up to.

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Martini Drinking Witch Silhouettes

If you’re a crafty witch like me you’re already working on your Halloween goodies. In the spirit of the spooky season I’m sharing my all-time favorite decoration and a link to the FREE template.

These lovely ladies hang in the front windows of my house every October. I made them using a roll of black paper and this pattern from Better Homes & Gardens. I won’t lie and tell you it was a quick or easy project but the result was worth the effort.

Note: Rather than enlarging the template on a copier I drew a large grid on my black paper and then drew the same lines in each of my squares as I saw in the template. Think of it as one of the grid drawings your kids do for art class sometimes, but on a larger scale.

Tip: After you finish cutting out your martini drinking witches consider laminating them to protect your hard work. You may have to cut them apart to fit through the laminator but don’t panic. Just piece them back together in your window and no one will be able to tell. I cut the arms off mine and ran them through the laminator at my daughters’ elementary school.

What’s your favorite Halloween decorating masterpiece?

H is for Halloween Silhouettes: A-Z Blog Challenge

Forgive the re-post but these witches are one of my favorite projects ever. (You can see the original post here with more instructions and tips.) They hang in the front windows of my house every October. I made them using a roll of black paper and a pattern from Better Homes & Gardens. I won’t lie and tell you it was a quick or easy project but the result was worth the effort.

H is for Halloween witch silhouettes
H is for Halloween witch silhouettes

Tip: After you finish cutting out your martini drinking witches consider laminating them to protect your hard work. You may have to cut them apart to fit through the laminator but don’t panic. Just piece them back together in your window and no one will be able to tell. (I cut the arms off mine and ran them through the laminator at my daughters’ elementary school.)

This post is #8 in a series of 26 inspired by the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Click over and see all the amazing bloggers working their way through the alphabet in April.

DIY Masterpiece Monday: Martini Drinking Witch Silhouettes

I was planning to post Halloween masterpieces in October but I can’t wait any longer. It’s time to get this broom-riding season started. I’m kicking it off with my all-time favorite Halloween decoration – martini drinking witch silhouettes.

martini drinking witch silhouettes

martini drinking witch silhouettes

These lovely ladies hang in the front windows of my house every October (along with a few others I can’t seem to find pictures of). I made them using a roll of black paper and a pattern from Better Homes & Gardens. I won’t lie and tell you it was a quick or easy project but the result was worth the effort.

Tip: After you finish cutting out your martini drinking witches consider laminating them to protect your hard work. You may have to cut them apart to fit through the laminator but don’t panic. Just piece them back together in your window and no one will be able to tell. (I cut the arms off mine and ran them through the laminator at my daughters’ elementary school.)

Do you have a favorite Halloween decorating masterpiece to share? Attach a picture to your comment or send me a link to your post.

(Disclaimer: this Monday Masterpiece is being posted on a Wednesday. I would love to give you a long, detailed explanation/reason but I’m not gonna. Let’s just say I’m a couple days behind and leave it at that. Did you really want to know the tawdry details of my personal life? I didn’t think so.)