Enter If You Dare…
So I may have mentioned this already but my time has been spread pretty thin these days. Although I have wishes and dreams and desires to do all the creative things that inspire me and get my juices flowing it’s just not possible unless I’m willing to risk a total mental breakdown! Decorating my entire house for Halloween, throwing a big party with tons of friends and even turning the back half of the house into a haunted one all crossed my mind this fall, but then I slapped myself right across the face and got real. There was no way I was going to be able to pull off such ambitious endeavors while doing everything else on my “Get it the Hell Done” list. So, I scaled back my over achieving expectations and decided to bring it down a notch. I realized I could still bring in a touch of that spooky Halloween spirit but in a smaller, more manageable, just as fun way. OK maybe not just as fun as turning my place into a haunted house, but fun enough!
I decided to start with the front door and go from there. I figured that the time and supplies I’d need to decorate the entryway were minimal, perfect for someone with little of both. I have a ton of gorgeous glitter skulls and bones I made years ago that I knew would add just the right amount of Halloween pizzazz to the space so I used them as the basis for my design. The door was definitely in need of a wreath but unfortunately I waited a little too last minute to buy the one I wanted from Etsy, so I decided to throw something together myself. If I had been thinking clearly (rarely am) I would have purchased one of these gorgeous wreaths at the end of August so I would have had it in plenty of time to enjoy all fall, but alas, that ship did sail. Instead I hit up Michaels and bought a few supplies to create my own. Yeah, maybe I was pushing the envelope a bit by choosing to make it myself, but really, it was incredibly easy, super fun and was done in an hour. Right next door to Michaels is the World Market so I of course had to pop in there to see what I could add to my Halloween decor. A bag full of purchases later I was well on my way to having the perfect spooky entryway.
I loved the idea of keeping the colors of my decorations all in the same family and gravitated towards gray, green, cream and black when designing my wreath. So in keeping with those colors I purchased a bunch of beautiful heirloom pumpkins in that amazing grayish green we’ve been seeing so much of lately and soft creamy whites. They suited the faux florals I purchased more perfectly than I could have imagined. I ended up buying a few more skulls to glitter since some of the ones I had done years ago weren’t really jiving with my color scheme. Thankfully the skulls are such an easy and quick project I was able to squeeze them in right after I finished the wreath. I added a bunch of black and silver glitter skulls to the green ones I already had but I wish I had done some in white and cream glitter too. I got distracted by the bolder colors but I think white would look amazing as well! I may just do a few more if I can find the time this weekend.
I had bought a bunch of ravens from Michaels and thought they’d look perfectly creepy gathered around some old bones. I didn’t have time to glitter another batch (the bones take a bit longer than the skulls) so I ended up using the beautiful red ones I already had. I kind of love the pop of color they add to the macabre tableau. Adalaide has an unusual fascination with everything creepy crawly and wanted me to use the bag of spiders and mice she found in my bin of Halloween stuff. I have to admit, she was spot on! They add just the right amount of disturbing creepiness to the scene. I piled a bunch of smaller skulls into lanterns I purchased from World Market and added electric candles to help bring the glittery sparkle of the skulls to life. While at World Market I couldn’t resist snatching up a few of their animal skeletons which Josh felt compelled to arrange in a familiar scene of cat and dog drama around the chair. I added a couple of glittery pumpkins I found at Michael’s, a cozy throw blanket in the perfect gray and a few more candles.
All in all the whole project took me about three hours total from purchasing the supplies, crafting the wreath, glittering a few extra skulls and setting it all up. I’m so glad I decided to do it if for no other reason than the delicious glee and joyful shrieks of my girls when they came home from school to find their front door transformed into a spooky, creepy, crawly scene of dread!
P.S. I found the most wonderful handmade Halloween costumes on Etsy that I can’t wait to reveal to you all come the big day! Check out Inbal Carmi Studio if you’re looking for some whimsical and beautiful costumes for your kiddos!