Last week Kim @ Starshine Chic posted pictures of some great Halloween decor that was being displayed at a store in her area.
This picture caught my eye.
I loved these little decorations and was inspired to make something similar.
Here's two of the pieces I've created so far.
These were super simple to make and I had everything on hand.
The base of the decoration is composed of three things: wood block, wood candle cup and a dowel rod.
I always buy blocks when I see them at thrift stores. They are a great base for a lot of projects.
Another thrift store purchase a few weeks back was a huge bag of wood candle cups. I originally thought I would use these to make some tassels but I found they worked great for this project.
The first step is to paint all the pieces black.
The paint job doesn't have to be perfect because after the black paint dries a coat of white paint is applied over the black. Let the white paint dry and then lightly sand the pieces. This allows a little bit of the black paint to show. Then glue the candle cup upside down on the block.
Because the candle cup already has a hole in the bottom it is easy to insert and glue the dowel rod to the piece (I didn't paint the dowel rods because I knew I was going to be covering them).
The next step is to add some phrases to the block. Because the blocks couldn't accommodate a lot of letters (I used rub-on letters), I kept my phrases short and sweet. I thought the phrases looked lost on their own so I dug through my rubber stamps and found a square "frame" stamp that helped anchor the phrases. For the final step, tie a bow at the base of the dowel.
Now it was time to decide what to put on the dowel. I liked the idea of a vintage postcard and I found one that I liked on the internet. After printing and cutting to size, I backed it with a piece of black paper attaching with brads. The dowel rod slides between the two pieces of paper and a touch of glue is added to keep it in place.
Now the second one I made has a skull top. I'll be honest, I'm not real sure about this one.
I bought a bag of skulls at Michael's yesterday with the intent of putting them in a glass jar. Since they were sitting on my work top when I was making these I thought I would give one a try. I poked a hole in the bottom of the skull and slid it over the dowel rod. I added some glue to firmly secure it.
Many thanks to Kim for posting her Halloween decor pictures. They definitely inspired me to create another decoration for my own Halloween display.
I'm linking this with Kathleen @ Faded Charm for White Wednesday .
Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday.