This is my first time really decorating for Halloween. A couple years ago, I threw some fake spider webbing over our very dead tree ON Halloween Day, but this year - I actually put thought into our Halloween decorations.
I started out by simply placing two pumpkins on our front porch. That was fine for a couple days, but something was definitely missing. So I took a trip to my favorite store - Salvation Army - and found some AWESOME goodies!
I also found this great black urn that was not-too-big, not-too-small for $4. I knew it would make a great addition to my front porch if I just added some spooky flowers (of which I had some leftovers at home from other projects) and black river stones (left over from my June wedding centerpieces).
After a bit of moving things around, I'm really happy with the way it all came together. It's not too spooky and is a very nice welcome for visitors (and Trick-or-Treaters)! I love that I'll be able to re-use the hay bales for my Fall Decor and I'm sure I'll find something to do with that black urn throughout the year!
I took it home and got out my hack saw! I sawed away at each piece creating broken slats - a really spooky look. After it was all broken up, I inked up my Tim Holtz Distressing Tool with Antique Linen Distress Ink and went to town! I knew Antique Linen wouldn't be enough, so after letting each piece dry a bit, I distressed them again with Walnut Stain.
Little trick: After you've finished inking up the plastic, use your heat tool to set/dry the ink. Be careful and don't get too close or you could melt the plastic!
This is where I make my confession: Hi, my name is Veronica and I'm a terrible gardener.
It seems that dying/dead plants and weeds really add to the effect of a Spooky Garden Cemetery, so I'm going to pretend like that was my plan the whole time. I MEANT for my garden to look awful so that it would be PERFECT for Halloween. Yep. That's my story.
I tossed a couple furry spiders into my Hostas and hung a BEWARE sign on the broken fence.
Our front porch/walkway area is now ready for Trick-or-Treaters! Check back tomorrow for a look at my Halloween Door Wreath!