Halloween Dime to Dollar Decorating

Halloween decor can be overwhelming for some. Wait. Let me rephrase that, Holiday/Festive decorating can get super overwhelming. With all the terrific ideas you find on Pinterest, and all the wonderful items you see at Home Retailers, it’s so hard to stop yourself from an impulse by, and then not know how to style with it. Take it from me. I’ve been there. That’s why I’ve cut out HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby, and other decorative retailers out of my shopping go-to places.

When it comes to Halloween, and getting spooky style, start off with looking around your home and seeing where you can place certain things. WAIT. HOLD UP. Let’s back up e v e n fuuuuuurther than that. Let me hype a place where you can get all the Halloween accent decor items you need that costs no more than a dollar. The DollarTree.

You’ve heard me praise this store in probably every craft post, along with Thrift stores. It is my holy grail. My number one spot to check out when it comes down to little holiday festive occasions. Take your $5-$10, $20, if you’re a big spender. LMAO! Yes, you read it right! I’m a budget queen, so if you want to save money and decorate with Chic DIY style, continue reading.

The DollarTree/99Cent Store/Dollar General, is the Halloween headquarters. You’ll find everything form spiderwebs, to skeleton garlands (see below), to glitter skulls, spiders, rats and bats. All the creepy, crawler things you need to spook up the home.

My favorite item for Halloween, have been these skeletons, which come on a garland. I purchase them every year, because I just take them off the twine, and sprinkle them everywhere in the home. Now back to your home/living space in where you’d like to add some spooky style. It’s easy.

Take whatever inexpensive items you’ve purchase, and throw them in your everyday decor. That’s it. No special HGTV Special, or interior designer can break it down to that. I’ve added skull heads, skeletons and spider webs everywhere. It’s that simple.

Above it a corner ledge of where my staircase and front door entry meet. I usually just have a styled vignette of a faux succulent branch, and candle sticks. Adding spiderwebs, and a fake pumpkin UP’d my Halloween game to 3000. Really though. That simple.  Don’t overthink it, that you’ll overdue it. There’s no such thing, during the Holidays. No limits, just have fun with it!

Like these budget friendly decorative posts?! Check out my Home & Style Pages of the blog!

From Kids, Decorating, Seasonal Style, to Thrifting! It’s all there, to share!

 

To Cute To Scare

As a budget friendly shopper, I love shopping for festive holiday decor AFTER the storm has passed. Come November 1st, I’m ALL OVER Halloween Decor at Target, RiteAid, WalMart, CVS, and other retailers like a fat girl eating cake! 50%-70% off items is a steal! You can get so lucky as to finding bags of candy for $0.40!! Yes girl, yes!!

So last year, I was able able to score a bag of Spider Webs for nearly $0.10! I had no idea how to style with it, but after seeing it be used around the neighborhood on front porches, I thought I could give it a shot, wioth only spending $0.10. What was I going to loose?!

After playing around with the intimidating Halloween pantyhose like decor, I was finally getting used to the friendliness the spider webs were. The cotton, stretch like fabric stretches, and has no pattern for you to follow.

I began stretching it over picture frames around the house, and adding fun decorative spiders. Now, if you’ve been following some of my IG posts, my youngest son get’s really freaked out with spiders. But after his older brother and I spoke to him about how fun it will be to decorate the home for Halloween, he opened up to the idea.

With just a few supplies, such as scissors, and pairing the spiderweb with other Halloween pieces, this project will become so peaceful and tranquil, you’ll honestly loose track of time styling your spooky home!

I simply took scissors and snipped small pieces of the web and stretched it, literally over everything in my home. It totally gave a boost of the Halloween spirit in my home, without really doing much, or buying much.

Have you decorated with spider webs before? It’s honestly, really addicting.

 

Halloween Haul

 

Yah girl is back on YouTube! I guess it’s the Gemini in me, but after working long and hard on my blog, I need another artistic and creative medium in sharing my content. I love love being expressive, and very impulsive as when I feel the need to create I do it, then there.

Having two different sides of my personality and you will never be sure with what you’ll get, so I guess that’s why I have two social media platforms to express myself. As at times I can be sociable, and communicative ready for fun white hitting the record button, I can ALSO be very serious with my content and indecisive on where to share it.

So after an afternoon having a DOUBLE Dirty Chai, I then, I remembered my YouTube!! Seriously folks, I go through deep waves of creative projects where I concentrate so hard on particular platform, and can’t maintain the rest of the social media branches.

 

Here, I’d like to share through VIDEO my Halloween CLEARANCE HAUL:

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Budget shopping is certainly a way of life for me. If it’s a decorative home decor item in my home, it was without a doubt on sale when I purchased it.

Check out my latest Halloween Clearance Haul, as I share a few items from my two favorite shopping stores Target & WalMart!

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Happy November everyone!

Ghost Footprint

Let’s keep the Halloween crafting going on all week!!!! We’re only 4 DAYS away from Halloween, so enjoy the few day’s last minute decorating, DIYing costumes, preparing delicious snacks for our children’s classrooms and so on!!! Here’s a cute little keepsake I’d like to share with you all mommies, and teachers alike!!! This craft was actually done 5 years ago!!! BUT I finally got around to framing it! It’s simple, and can be done within 5 MINUTES!! (Without drying time of course!) Take a look at my Ghost Footprint Keepsake!! This is great memory keepsake, to remember the fun times as the children are young. Take out this frame every year with your Halloween decor, as you see how much they’ve grown over the years!! Let’s get started!!!

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What You’ll Need:

– Black Construction Paper
– White Craft Paint (Washable, I used Tempra paint)
– Sponge Brush
– Black Marker/Sharpie

And of course your little one’s to participate!

As for the keepsake frame, I bought a 5×7″ Black Frame from the DollarTree. It came with a white matting, and I simply decorated it with some left over craft paper.
If you look close enough, its just the alphabet in cursive. But from a distance, it actually looked pretty cool and spooky. I also had some Martha Strewart Halloween Stickers that I had purchased last year, and used a coffin purple sticker to add more color.

The directions are pretty easy:

  1. Just paint your child’s food with the white craft paint, and print their foot on the black construction paper.
  2. Set to dry.
  3. Cut out the footprints fairly close to the footprint, leaving a bit of black as a boarder.
  4. Using your black marker/Sharpie, add in eyes and a mouth of the ghost at the heel of the foot.

 

At this time, the project is complete and ready to frame in any medium you’d like. Frame it, place it in a photo album, or just put it on the fridge! You can also send the other pair to Grandma & Grandpa, who live far away! Enjoy this craft, as when the years fly by, every Halloween you’ll have a piece of that little tea cup human, who grows taller, and matures, and grows out of trick-or-treating. (I’m seriously going to cry now. Just thinking about it.) INSERT UGLY CRYING FACE HERE.

They grow up so fast!!

Have a great Halloween everyone!!!

 

Night Owls

I want to continue this week with more Halloween themed craft art. Especially tear art. Like my previous post, tear art is so easy, simple, and budget friendly! Which is all oh so perfect for parents, and teachers alike! Here’s what you’ll need for the Pinterest Inspired Owl crafts I thought were oh so adorable!!

BENEFITS of Tear ART: 

Picking up small objects (such as tearing small pieces from construction paper)use the small muscles of the fingers, and wrists –All perfect for you little one learning how to write, holding crayons, or beginner cutters.

Supplies Needed:

-Colored Construction Paper

(Colors: Black, White, Orange, Yellow, and Blue)

-Paper Plates

-Paper Toilet Rolls

-Glue

-Scissors (For a few small  circle pieces)

As mentioned in my Pumpkin Plate Post, these supplies are fairly inexpensive. Check out your local Dollar Tree or WalMart for supplies! I’ve seen glue, paper plates, and colored construction at both locations under $3, even less!!

I’ll start with this fun Midnight Owlet craft. Inspired by Art With Mr. Giannetto from YoungSchoolArt, these little owlets placed on blue construction paper made me swoon with joy!

Tear Art | Midight Owlet

PINTEREST Inspired By:

Art With Mr. Giannetto (YoungSchoolArt)

Directions:

  1. Taking your brown colored construction paper, tear out pieces about 1-2 inch cubes.
  2. Create the body of your owl. What makes the owl stand out is the eyes (which we will get to later on).
  3. Make some well defined ears popping out on the left and right parts of the owls head.
  4. Tear, glue, set to dry.
  5. As we wait for the owls body to dry, take your scissors and cut out two long (2.5-3 inch) orange strip legs.
  6. Cut out four 1inch strips for the toes of owl.
  7. Still using the orange, and scissors, cut out a 2-3inch triangle. This will create the bill (beak).

And viola! Here you have quick and easy construction paper Night owls!! Add them to your classroom, or to your home!

Enjoy with your little ones or your students!!

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Check out more cute festive Night Owl Crafts done my some amazing classes. Be sure to visit their sites to check out more creative crafts and festive fun!!!

Tear Art | Night Owls

PINTEREST Inspired By:

Carissa116 (5th Grader @Point Pleasant Elementary)

Great for ages 2nd to 4th grade (4-9)

 Toilet Paper Rolls | Owls (Paper tear edition)

PINTEREST Inspired By:

Deschdanja (Handmadekultur)

Pumpkin Plate

Fall is here, which means pumpkins, apples, and Halloween is our main focus for home-schoolers, parents, and teachers alike! Fall is such an enjoyable season for festive crafts, and also tuning into our creative side for DIY costumes, and home decor! One of my favorite mediums to use for crafts is construction paper. The colored sheets of paper, gives great opportunity to create in so many ways!

Using construction paper, children will practice their tearing skills to create a few fall favorites. From an apple core, pumpkin, candy corn, to an owl. Tearing is a great small motor practice and enjoyable even for students who can cut!! I did this craft with both my boys ages 5 and 9. I gave my 5 year old the easier one, and my 9 year old a more difficult one. Check them out below!

Supplies Needed:

-Colored Construction Paper

(Colors: Red, Black, White, Orange, Yellow, Green)

-Paper Plates

-Glue

On A Budget?

These supplies are fairly inexpensive. Check out your local Dollar Tree or WalMart for supplies! I’ve seen glue, paper plates, and colored construction at both locations under $3!

Tear Art | Pumpkin/ Jack-O-Lantern

Great for ages pre-schooler to 1st grade (4-6)

Directions:

  1. Take a paper plate, flip it over to the back/flat surface so it facing up.
  2. Using Brown construction paper, tear out a large “finger” sized piece for the stem of the pumpkin.
  3. Glue the stem on the top middle part of the plate.
  4. Tear out 2 inch piece of the Orange construction paper, and glue all over paper plate, leaving no white exposed.
  5. (OPTIONAL step) Take green construction paper, tear out a few pieces for the vines of the pumpkin.
  6. Using the Black construction paper, tear out your jack-o-lantern’s eyes, nose, and pieces for mouth.
  7. Tear, glue, set to dry.And voila! A pumpkin/jack-o-lantern made out of teared art!! As mentioned, this is a great, fun and easy exercise for fine motor skills.

Try this craft this month of October, as we prepare ourselves for Halloween! Jazz up your home or classrooms with different pumpkins, made by out littles –that’s one great festive way (and cheap way too!) to decorate! Nothing like DIY/Craft to help add charm to a space!

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Be sure to check my blog out daily, as this month on I’ll be continuously posting fun cool crafts, decorating tips, and other creative content to share!

Happy October!!!

 

Halloween Collective

Halloween is officially here!!! I’ve wrapped up all of my summer decor, pushed out the foundation for my fall harvest decor, and now formally adding in my spooky Halloween decor. Over the years, I’ve been able to do a stock of Halloween crafts, decoration ideas, and fun festive snacks. Before I share with you more crafts, check out my collection of Halloween themed posts from previous years!

You can also find them linked below, or in my blog categorized by themed pages!

 

Check them out HERE:
Festive Fun
Seasonal Style

Check out my Halloween Collection on the blog for Festive Fun & Seasonal Style ideas!!

For Fun Kids Festive Crafts:

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Vampire Handprint

ToiletPaperPIN

Creature Feature

Craving Snacks? Check Out My Pumpkin Poop!!

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Pumpkin Poop

Swooning For Succulents? Check out my Pumpkin DIYs:

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Succulent Skulls

SucculentsPIN

Pumpkin Succulents

For Affordable Budget Friendly Halloween Decorating Ideas:

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Low Budget Spooky Style

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Front Porch Chalk Art

Hope you will find this post helpful, as I know I have covered quite a few Halloween crafts!!! Be sure to leave some love, and comment on the posts!! I’d love to see your Halloween crafts, inspired by my blog!!

Happy October!!

Frugal In Fall

It doesn’t make much to style a home for fall. Honestly, decorating for fall is easier than decorating for Christmas, in my opinion. Here’s a quick example of a style coffee table that isn’t so Pinterest Perfect, but fabulously frugal. Everything currently on my coffee table was all less than $10 each. All you need is time, and willingness to check out for local thrift stores, weekend flea markets, Dollar Trees, and clearance sale days at your favorite retailers (My Fav Spots: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and also Bath And Body Works!)

Here I’ll list a few items I purchased at my local favorite shops, that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. These items can be styled so easily with any style you have that suites the personality of any home, willing to add in the touch of fall!!!

(Above photo, leaf candy dish, Thrifted @Savers)

 

What’s on my coffee table:

(My current living room coffee table)

  • -Pumpkin Candle Holder
  • -Leaf Candy Dish
  • -Faux Pumpkin
  • -One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle
  • -Decorative Skeleton

 

Pumpkin Candle Holder

Purchased a thrift store last year for $4. Every fall I go on a seasonal decorative hunt strictly for pumpkins. Last year, I collected quite a few, but a great beginning to a tradition I plan to continue every year for fall decorating. The metal bronze like pumpkin candle holder had enough space to fit in a decorate pumpkin which I added.

Leaf Candy Dish

Also thrifted, purchased at a Savers for $2. A Better Homes and Gardens brand (Originally sold at WalMart) this candy dish sit’s perfectly next to my pumpkin display. It usually contains bobby pins I take off at the end of the night, car keys, sunglasses, or misc. tiny toys I find on the carpet through the day. OCD Me usually clears out the leaf dish, and placing the random items back to it’s proper place.

Faux Pumpkin

I purchased a bunch of these faux pumpkin’s during a visit to a flea market last year. Faux pumpkin’s are usually scattered in different corners of my home. Bookshelves, night stands, coffee end tables, they add that simple decorative harvest touch to the home. Easy to style. Easy to decorate.

One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle

A one wick candle purchased at Bath And Body Works. Stay alert with those coupons, and special clearance days. These babies usually cost $12! So expensive, but when you can buy these candles on those special days when its a buy 2 get one free, or 50% off days, it’s nice to capitalize on those sale dates! Candle buyers know. Sale dates are IMPORTANT!

Decorative Skeleton

(A simple Halloween touch!)

This is one of the easiest ways to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins throughout October and November are a no brainer. Adding a simple Halloween spooky skeleton takes literally no effort. I purchased a garland of skeletons from the DollarTree, and took them apart. Easily adding them wherever it seemed right. The skeleton man, sits aside from the faux pumpkin. Easy styling made simple, and simply remove it the day after Halloween, and there your styled pumpkin arrangement is still presentable for Thanksgiving!

I hope these simple festive fall decor tips helped!! Thrift stores, flea markets, and DollarTree spots are my home. My holy grail spots to shop before settling with Target! If you are frugal budget friendly stylist like me, comment below, and let me know how you style for the fall harvest season on a dime!

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Creature Feature

Enjoy Halloween week with this too cute to scare craft! Create fun little Halloween creatures including spiders, Frankenstein, ghosts, pumpkins, witches and a vampire! There’s no doubt you and your children will have one terror-ific time! Here’s what you’ll need:

– Toilet Paper Rolls

– Glue

– Scissors

– Craft Paint

– Sponge Paint Brush

– Googly Eyes

Toilet Paper

Inspired by many of the PINteresting things I’ve seen, I’ve gone ahead and made my attempt on this run eco-friendly activity!

Spooky Spiders

  1. Cutting one toilet paper roll in half, this can create 2 spiders.
  2. Taking one of the halves, cut a one inch wide opening.
  3. Repeat same cut, opposite side of the roll.
  4. Cut 3 equal space cuts creating the legs of the spider.
  5. Taking black paint, paint the toilet paper roll completely black.
  6. Bend the legs of the spider out as you paint.
  7. Set to dry.
  8. Take as many goggly eyes, glue to the top half of the spider.

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These crafty creepy crawlers can be spotted around the house, placed on the window ledge, staircase steps, or just to play around with! Create a gang of spiders!!

Construct a monstrous mash up of a toilet paper roll and paint to create Frankenstein! Happy, sad, confused, dazed, give him whatever facial expression your ghostly heart desires!

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Frankenstein:

  1. Snip short cuts all along one of the sides of the toilet paper roll, creating the hair.
  2. Paint the top 3/4 of the roll black.
  3. Using a finer tip brush you can line Frankenstein up with proper bangs.
  4. The rest of the roll will be painted green.
  5. Set to dry.
  6. Glue two goggly eyes, and create facial expressions for Mr. Frank.
  7. Don’t forget to add stitchings to the cheeks.

 

You can create other fun Halloween favorites with toilet paper and just a few other colors of paint, and maybe some construction paper. Follow me on Instagram to see more up coming Halloween Crafts!

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Front Porch Chalk Art

Every year I tell myself to not spend a lot on Halloween Decor. Keep it low budget!!! Thrift more Tiffany!!! I tell myself this because I know over the years I will eventually have a collection of Halloween decor (trust me, I’ve seen women go all out at Michael’s with loads of stuff, and I’ve seen my moms storage bins for Halloween –I don’t want to be at that level yet.) As a matter of fact, I’d rather spend more for “Harvest” themed fall decor vs. Halloween. The harvest decorations could last all fall season, vs. a one day event. I’ve been purchasing many of my Halloween decorations at the Dollar Tree, flea markets, and thrift stores this year. And I’m so happy I have been!!! It’s become a slight addiction.

CALLING ALL HALLOWEEN MOMS:

AVOID MICHAEL’S CRAFT STORE ALL OF OCTOBER!

> Thrift & DIY<

(You’ll thank me later.)

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Over the 4 years we’ve been living out of an apartment, holiday decorations have been one of the main problems when it comes to a storing them and living in a larger home. With many holiday decorations, I like to intertwine it with my typical shabby chic year round home decor. So with that, I’d like to share with you my not so spooky halloween decor chalk art I’ve done over the last few years.

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If you are new to my blog, I really love thrifting. Especially for home items. Here, I drew some nice festive chalk art to display on our front porch. I made this chalkboard last year around the same time, and have used it many times for parties. It serves as a forever household decorative item I can always use for everything.

What I Used:

Thrifted Picture Frame ($4.99)

Chalk Paint

Paint Sponge

Acrylic Paint

Chalk

The chalk art was all done by me, inspired by some fall harvest art I spotted on Pinterest.
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 I styled a pot of succulents which I scored at an Antique fair I attended, paired with it is a gray metallic star pumpkin I purchased from HomeGoods, and our pumpkins. This simple vignette, utilized items I’ve already purchased, and made, creating a nice festive fall welcoming to anyone that approaches my home.

Happy Throwback Thursday & happy October DIY decorating!!

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