OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

October, oh how I love you!  This month is always filled will all my favorite things….I should write a song and sing it like Julie Andrews!   “When the ghost boos, when the ghouls scream, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel….sooooooo bad.”    No but seriously, there are so many wonderful things that happen in October!   My birthday is this month, we always have a halloween party and brew our favorite root beer (which I will be posting the recipe, so stay tuned).  This month my husband has a work convention in Massachusettes, so I am going to tag along with him and go visit SALEM…BWAHAHAHAHA! Shout out to my mother-in-law for generously offering to babysit while we’re gone on such short notice.   It’s an awesome month!  Most of all I just love the way this month makes me feel.

Here are some ideas for adding the feel of October to your home!  I really like the dollar store, if you haven’t already noticed in some of my posts.   I added a lot of Dollar Store items to my table setting.  Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean you can’t make it look good!  I found the plates, black tinted goblets…skeleton and pumpkins, owl salt and pepper shakers, and even the fall sprigs at the Dollar Store.   I love the basic orange plate, and it will make it easy to use them for November too! I won’t have to switch out much.   I added jack-o-lantern candle holders from the dollar store to a basic fall table centerpiece….this will be easy to reuse for Thanksgiving.

The Halloween pillows were designed and made by me…..they have quotes that bring out some of my favorite feelings…like “Hocus Pocus”…my all time favorite Halloween movie.  I dressed up frequently as a witch for Halloween as a child, and even as an adult.  I made this killer witch costume a few years ago that I need to post.  It has a cape, and full black skirt.  Anywho!   I LOVE this time of year!  It’s beautiful and the air is crisp!   It feels like fall inside and outside my home…even here in sunny St. George Utah.

For outdoor decorations, I use lots of floral, leaves, and wreaths. Even in the outdoor lanterns, the leaves I added came from the Dollar Store (btw, I will have a DIY post on how to add lanterns to Jazz up the exterior of your home…we added these with Solar Lights).   Believe it or not, the floor garland on my gate is a bunch of old pieces of Halloween decorations I wired together.  For example, if you look closely you will see a bunch of mini pumpkins, that used to be a table centerpiece candleholder.  My husband cut of the metal candle holders with a saw, and we wired it to the outdoor gate. I have received so many compliments on it.  Don’t forget the Skeleton Wreath I made as well.  You can find that tutorial here.

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

Tips AND Tricks

  1. Blend In dollar Store Items—Save on Cost while adding detail to your look
  2. Set your Table—It looks sooooo beautiful to have a table set (now we don’t eat there every night.  We usually eat at the bar…but it is just lovely seeing it set.
  3. Use old decorations and blend them with new (like the garland I added to my outdoor gate, I also wired in some Dollar Store Signs).
  4. Add a banner or sign—I have a free printable version of my Halloween banner, and a tutorial on my Halloween sign. Check out those other posts here…. Adding a phrase gives feeling and emotion to your decorations.
  5. Don’t be afraid to try something new like making a pillow.  I have several friends who I have taught to sew pillows.  They are not difficult…even the zipper and piping is much simpler than you realize (maybe I will do a tutorial on a simple pillow in the near future….stay tuned).
  6. By a Frame and Add a printable ( I just designed this Fall printable for my LDS and Christian friends…and hopefully I will have some generic Halloween printable soon)…Buy a cheap frame and switch your printable out for the holidays.
  7. Add some Halloween Treats in a candy Dish…unless you can’t control yourself.  Believe me, I get it…every time I walk by I’m getting a snack.
  8. Dual Decorate for the Holidays–Orange looks good in October and November, so buy things you can use for both months…so do pumpkins and leaves.  Take a load off, decorating doesn’t have to be exhausting.
  9. Finally…BE YOU!   Do what looks good to you!, Use decorations that fit your personality,…if your are into gothic Halloween, do that…or Harry Potter types,…do that…country pumpkins…do that.  Just be you!

 

 



Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Party Idea

Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Activity Idea

Hot Cocoa Bar! Relief Society Christmas Activity Idea

We had so much for doing this as a Relief Society Activity last year, and everything turned out so cute. This is how long it’s taken me to get this posted.  Like I said, I have lots just waiting to hit the internet.  This would also be a great idea for a winter or Christmas party! First off, everyone wore the pajamas! This was the best part about it. We had two different crockpots of hot chocolate and also a pot of Hot Cider! We also decorated the backdrop with my Christmas Banner that I made, and I used my silhouette cameo to cut cute labels for all the different toppings. It’s great to get a little creative with the toppings. One of the sisters made chocolate covered marshmallow stirrers with candy cane striped straws.

For the Activity, all the sisters brought a plate of cookies to share, and at the end we ended up doing a mini cookie exchange with what was left. I got to try a few different cookies that were absolutely delicious. There were these tiny, raspberry jam thumbprint cookies that one of my friends made. I will be posting that recipe. They are super easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Notice the photo with the rocking chair and the books…. The Committee, after everyone got their Hot Cocoa and Cider, took turns in the rocking chair and read our favorite Christmas stories. I shared a new story that I had received that year as a gift from my mother-in-law. It was a book about Santa, and the history of Santa Claus…how he became a Saint, and what he did for the people. It shared the symbolism between him and that of Jesus Christ. It was a beautiful, fun night!

I remember I almost didn’t make it that night to the activity…I had been sick all week with food poisoning, and then one of my kids got sick the day-of just as I was recovering…I had no one to watch my kids, and I couldn’t bring a sick child with me…Out of no where, I get a phone call from a friend (she drops off a meal), and another friend sends her daughter over to babysit. I had some good friends there that pulled in some favors I didn’t even ask for…I wouldn’t have been there without them. Anywho!!! Hope you can pull some good ideas from this activity. It sure was fun!


FREE Printable All Hallows Eve Banner

FREE Printable All Hallows Eve Banner
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FREE Printable All Hallows Eve Banner–A Spooky Mantle Piece
Who loves Halloween????  I do.   This is one of my favorite paper crafts I have made to date.   It is so much fun! It is my own personal, custom design printable banner–and it’s FREE.  I hope you love it as much as I do.  I made this All Hallows Eve Banner a few years ago, and I had so many friends ask to make one, that I have decided to put together a custom, designed printable version. I would suggest that you use a heavy weight cardstock to print the banner, and also I would have it printed at a printshop so you have the highest quality. Just cut it out, and hot glue it to some ribbon, or punch holes in it, and draw the ribbon through.

Please send me pictures if you end up using this printable banner…I would love to post them on my blog.

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FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

This is a banner one of my friends made. It turned out amazing, as did her mantle. She custom designed her wreath as well. I love all the fun colors she used!

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve bannerThis is the All Hallows Eve Banner I made for my fire place.  I love it! It has on electric feel to it.

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

FREE printable all hallows eve banner

This is another upclose of the All Hallows Eve banner my friend made. She used different colors than I did! Hers turned out beautiful. The printable banner will have slightly different backgrounds because we used assorted colors of card stock paper from Joanns to complete these. Please be sure to send me a pic if you print your banner…I would love to post a picture of the printable version on my website.

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O Holy Night Banner

O Holy Night Banner Free Download

O Holy Night Banner

O holy night paper banner

My favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night,” and not just any version of O Holy Night, it is David Foster’s rendition sung by Michael Crawford.   If you have never heard this version of “O Holy Night,” it is an absolute must!  I always get the chills when he sings the final lyric “Noel.”  He hits this amazing high note, and there is a children’s choir singing in the background.  It’s been my favorite Christmas song since the album was released, which I believe was well over 10 years ago, so I don’t think I plan on finding a new song.  So, naturally, I had to make a banner for my mantle that was personal to me.

This is a one of a kind banner!  I designed the graphic file myself, and I used my Silhouette Cameo for cutting.  I am including a free downloadable cut file so that you can make the banner at home to display for the christmas holidays.  Make sure you “select all” and size the graphic all at once.  For each finished circle, I chose to size mine at around 5 inches in diameter.  I wouldn’t recommend going much smaller than that.

Here is the free PDF Oholynightbanner.   Select all, and copy and paste into silhouette software.  Select trace button, trace the images, and click trace and detach.

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cardstock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought my cardstock for half price at Joanns.   I selected cardstock over lighter weight scrapbook paper because it cuts cleaner on my machine.   I used four sheets of the plaid, 4 sheets of the green polka dot, 4 sheets of the cream stripes, 2 sheets of red glitter, and 1 sheet of black.

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cut cardstock for banner

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how to fold pinwheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once all your paper is cut, you will want to start folding your pinwheels on the seams like an accordian.  Its a lot of folding, but the 3 dimensional look on the banner is well worth it.

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Pinwheel pieced together

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pinwheel gluing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It will take two pieces to make one pinwheel.  Hot glue them together on both ends.

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hot glue pinwheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lay it flat, and fill with hot glue.  Top it off with one of your cut circles, and hold it in place until it dries.   I like to do the backside first because its okay if it ends up looking a little messy.

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Hot glue front of pinwheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then flip it over, and glue the other circle on.  This is the front side, and it looks a lot cleaner.

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foam stickers on banner, dimension

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted my green layer to pop out a little so that the banner has nice dimension.  So, I added these foam stickers on the backside.  I double stacked the stickers–using a total of 8 on the back of each green circle. You can purchase these foam stickers at Joanns.

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layered paper, foam stickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo shows the dimension.

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glue letters with offset background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glue your glitter letters on top of the black backing.  The black behind the letters makes them pop!

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finished paper banner pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, glue the layers all together, and string ribbon through the green loops and the snowflakes.  A little tip:  I start from the center of the ribbon and work my way out.  So, for example, I string the letter Y, and the snowflake into the middle first, and work my way outward.  This helps prevent tangling and tearing.   Once you string the circles and snowflakes on, you want to move them as little as possible.

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finished O Holy Night Christmas Paper Banner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture of the finished product!  Check back in to TheEverythingHousewife.com to see my Glowing Reindeer Ornaments!

 

 

 

Paper Banner Christmas Decorations

A Paper Banner for a Christmas Tree

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Paper Banner on Christmas Tree, Silhouette Cameo

Use A Paper Banner for Christmas Tree Decorations

I typically hang my paper banners from my fireplace mantle, but this one looked so much better hanging from the tree! I downloaded this paper banner file from the Silhouette Store, and used my Silhouette Cameo for cutting. It’s a great way to update Christmas Tree Decorations, without a lot of hassle, and it’s affordable!    It was only99 cents for the download! If you want to add a little extra somethin’ to your Christmas Tree, try adding a decorative paper banner!