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!



Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

This Halloween Wreath turned out amazing!!!! I was so happy with it that I stopped in the middle of making my own to make one for my sister for a birthday present–So you will find photos of her wreath and mine in this post.  I was inspired by a wreath my cousins made completely from dollar store items.  I built on their idea, but added more ribbon, deco mesh, and a crazy mad hatter hat for my dollar store skeleton.  I will also be posting their wreath as well in a later post.  All the wreaths are amazing.  The glitter mad hatter hat is my own design.  You can print the image below for the Mad Hatter Pattern/Template.   90 percent of my supplies came from the dollar store.  The deco mesh ribbon I got from Joann’s, and these are currently on sale for 50 percent off in the halloween section.  I hung the Halloween Wreath in my entry, right about my entry table.  It really stands out.  This was an easy craft that I worked on over a couple days.  You could easily get it done in one day, however I split it up to allow drying time for the glitter mad hatter hat.

Nearly everything came from the dollar store.  The skeleton, wire wreath, butterflies, clear bulbs, wide and thin rolls of ribbon, floral and craft wire–all from the dollar store.  Don’t spend a ton elsewhere.  You really can make a beautiful wreath from dollar store items.  Don’t be afraid to get creative.  I did buy the deco mesh at Joann’s because I wanted to make sure I had plenty of bulk, but other than that, you should be able to find all you need there.

Supplies You will Need:

Wire Wreath

1 Roll of deco mesh ribbon–Burlap color

4 rolls of wide wire ribbon

2 rolls of 1 inch wide ribbon

floral wire

craft wire

1 piece of cardstock for Mad Hatter Hat

clear Christmas bulbs

Assorted Scrap book paper to fill Christmas bulbs


Wood Sign with your favorite Halloween Phrase

Skeleton, butterflies, owl, and any other crazy halloween decoration you want to add.

Mod Podge

  1. Cut the burlap colored deco mesh into strips, and make each strip into a roll (roll it up like a sandwich wrap…you know…the ones you eat).   Then in groups of three, wire those rolls together.  Then take the bundle of rolls, and wire them around the outer edge of the wreath.
  2. Take the ribbon, wide and 1inch and cut into pieces varying 6-10 inches, tie the center with wire, and wire the ribbon in (see the photo, you want the ribbon to form a v-shape with both sides facing up…wire it in.)
  3. You can also form rings out of the wide ribbon (see photo), and wire in the rings.
  4. Be creative, fill in gaps with ribbon rings, or ribbon “v”s.    Make sure you cut the ends of the ribbon so they have a pretty v-tip.
  5. Cut 1 inch strips of scrapbook paper, roll up the strips, fill the bulbs.
  6. Take thick craft wire, wrap it around a marker or something thicker than a pencil, form a spiral–then slide off the wire, and hot glue a black butter fly to the end.
  7. Follow instructions for mad hatter hat below.
  8. Hot glue mad hatter hat to skeletons head, attach skeleton with wire, bulbs with wire, and wood sign with wire…also use whatever hot glue may be necessary to do this…glue wire if necessary to the back side of your sign, then attach it to the wreath.

Be creative!   This is your wreath.

Directions for the mad hatter hat:

  1.  Cut out pattern…you should have 4 pieces–The tall cylinder part, the top circular part, and two pieces that are the brim.  The tabs around the edges of the pattern are just for extra support for gluing to support each piece against the next.
  2. USE HOT GLUE.   First Hot glue the cylinder part together, beginning at the lower half first (use the brim as a guide for size.  Don’t glue the cylinder too skinny, or the brim will have gaps).  Then use the top piece as a guide for the upper part of the cylinder, if you glue the top too narrow (you can trim the top down if this happens).
  3. So, apply the top piece to the cylinder, and then glue both brim pieces together, and then apply the brim to bottom of the cylinder…..there are two pieces for the brim just to add extra stability.
  4. Coat the outside of the hat with mod podge completely and evenly, and then sprinkle it with glitter (I prefer extra fine glitter…it looks better).  Don’t touch it at all after  you apply the glitter or you will mess up the glitter.  Let it dry on a bottle.

*I may end up doing a video tutorial for this eventually.  It’s really not that hard, but easier to explain in a visual.   I made the pattern for the hat myself on my computer.  I’m no mathematician, so it’s not perfect, but it still makes a good looking hat.