Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Halloween Decor Tutorial (that's so simple it's hardly a tutorial)


I've been told the recession is over. Only in my neck of the woods things are still tight (a little too tight if you know what I mean). This translates to a miniscule holiday decorating budget (aka no decorating budget). Now I could have given up and pulled out my boring old halloween decor. Only I DON'T WANT TO! (spouted while petulantly stomping my feet.)

And thankfully I didn't have to. Because I already had all the "ingredients" for this project it was (virtually) free.

Ingredients:
  • Halloween Graphic (you can find all sorts of free vintage graphics from The Graphics Fairy)
  • A piece of wood (I literally scavenged mine from the empty lot next door)
  • Mod Podge (okay -- if you aren't crafty you *might* not have this lying around)
  • A paint brush
Take your graphic and cut it to fit the piece of wood. Spread a layer of mod-podge on the wood and then place your paper on top of it. Mod-podge over the top of your paper. Smooth out any wrinkles. Let dry. Simple as that.

Now if you so desire you can get all fancy and, say, paint the wood prior to adding the graphic. Or you could go and sand the edges to give it a nice finished look. Me? I dug through my son's bone collection and displayed them along with my new vintage skull. Yes. Bone collection. You know -- snakes and snails and puppy dog tails. Indeed he is a boy.

At any rate I'd say we're ready for trick or treat. Well, almost, it seems my daughter wants to be sushi for halloween ...




6 comments:

Mod Podge Amy said...

I love this so!

Shalet said...

Oh I'm so glad! It was soooo simple and I must say I rather adore it on the mantel. Hmmmm -- what to make for November ...

jacqueline said...

Dearest shalet, this is such a wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing and it's gorgeous! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

Shalet said...

Thank you Jacqueline!

Regina said...

ooooh, I love skull decor. Very cool!

Shalet said...

@ Reinga -- thanks!