Two witches here ready for a Halloween night!
Our house is now more magical! In fact, our Halloween decoration has been up for a while, because I like to enjoy it during the whole month of October, but I haven't had time to take some pictures and come up with the post until this very last minute. But hey, some ideas here are super easy to make, so let's get crafty!
We like to decorate for the seasons, specially Halloween (witches always near to my heart) and Christmas, but we have a rather small apartment with little storage space, so I thought I could give a more approachable view for homes like ours, that you might relate too?
SMALL SIZED PUMPKINS + DRY FLOWERS AND LEAVES
This is the key of a autumn/halloween decor, isn't it? I love to have mismatched pumpkins, the more different and special the better. I also keep some leaves we got in the woods, and this year I bought a cute bouquet of flowers with hydrangeas that dries specially well and orangey roses. My tip for keeping the pumpkins looking nice all the season is to use hairspray on them as soon as I got them. So far, all of them are looking perfect! I tried to keep them for the next year stored but they were slowly deteriorating and didn't survive. So, most probably you won't have to store those.
I made the ghosts a couple of Halloweens back with my cousin Elena. We initially made it from tissue paper, but since we like them so much I decided that it was time to upgrade them using fabric. I had some old white shower curtains to recycle, so use any scrap of white fabric you have (bedding, whatever!). They are super easy to make, just buy a porexpan ball (or plastic ball) cut a square of your fabric (use a regular tissue paper for sizing), put de ball in the middle of your fabric and tie the ghost neck around the ball with a string. I bought this more rustic twine but you can use whatever you like best, maybe a black ribbon would look even nicer. Then, get creative and draw with a permanent pen some fun ghostie faces. A part from the sad or angry faces, in honor of Schitt's Creek I have one ghostie with big eyebrows (Johnnie & David Rose style). Also, this ghosts are very Japanese because they are exactly like Teru Teru Bozu (rain luck charm) dolls look, in fact during our last online Japanese class our teacher Nanami-san said: "you have Teru Teru Bozu on your wall!". I keep the ghosts, bats (following) and pompom garland inside a very small box, so they are definitely a very friendly decor item for small apartments with short storage options.
This is the item from our Halloween decor that makes the greatest difference and it is again super easy to make, you even need less materials than for the ghosts and one of the best things is that they are super easy to store and don't take any space at all. I will leave here the link from last year's Halloween post where I talk about how I made them. I cut around 30 bats in total, and they look cute when you make packs of them flying around/crossing your furniture or art.
Hocus Pocus t-shirt Unique Vintage (sold out, similar)
Pants Unique Vintage
Skeleton hand brooch from Etsy
Wand from USJ Harry Potter land
(I was the chosen one! sorry, I had to mention again because I'm still thrilled)
NEW HALLOWEEN PRINTS
With our recent unveiled gallery wall I decided that it would be cute to give it some life by changing some prints according to the season. To start off we have bought two Halloween prints (Moody Witch by Tink Illustration and It is Halloween yet? print by Wendy Stephens), but I'm planning to slowly be able to have full seasonal walls. What do you think of this idea? A big bonus is that you don't need storage at all, you can leave the prints inside the frames one on top of the other, useful, right?
This year I have sewn a Halloween cross stitch to add some more crafty flair to the decor. It is still not finished, I plan to include more small items in the future years on the black gaps, but I'm happy about how it has turned out already! To make it I just searched on Pinterest things like "ghost pixel art" or "halloween pixel art" and there you have it, tons of different designs to choose from. I randomly sewed it without any previous design in mind. My favorite is the ghost with the rosie cheeks! The cross stitching hoop makes around 14cm, so it fits perfectly in my small Halloween storage box (alongside with the ghosts, bats, garland...)
These two witches bid you adieu! Have a (good) spooky weekend! What are your plans for tonight? We are going to online rent the movie Hocus Pocus (can you believe I haven't actually never seen it?!) and bake some chestnuts and sweet potatoes (Catalan tradition).
See you most probably next week, we do have some autumn goodness to show you!