Anyone out there love Halloween as much as I do? I know not everyone does, and that’s okay. I don’t know why I love it so much, honestly, but I think it has something to do with how it brings out the kid in me! Beautiful friends, I am coming to you today as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Series hosted by my lovely friend, Krista of The Happy Housie.
Today we are sharing easy DIY Halloween ideas. You’ll find links to even more fun inspiration from my friends on the tour at the bottom!
Because I am working through my Fall haul at the moment, I wanted to use something from that group. I decided this flatware box I picked up at the thrift store for less than $2 would be perfect:
It was marked $3.25, but all yellow tags were half off, so for $1.63, I just couldn’t leave it behind.
It made for a fun Halloween prop!
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Every lady needs a place to keep her jewels, right?
This was really fun to make. I came across a site called Around R House back in 2013 that shared amazing books made to look like spellbooks. Her Halloween vignettes were amazing! I used them as inspiration for this pumpkin I redid back then:
Wow, 2013 seems so long ago, doesn’t it? See this pumpkin makeover HERE.
Unfortunately, her blog no longer exists, but I channeled her spellbooks once more to create my Halloween treasure box.
I started by painting the box black with Caviar:
You can also see that I removed some of what was on the inside:
I found some sparkly glitter black spray paint in the garage and decided to hit the parts of the insides that would be showing with it. (I would skip the sparkles next time.)
To cover the ugly insides that were left, I cut a piece of fabric to fit from top to bottom. I cut it the exact width but left it a bit long so I could trim it the right size as I was finishing.
I just hot glued it all in place with my hot glue gun.
The pattern hides any imperfections:
Then I moved on to the top of the box. I collected several items that could possibly work to decorate my box:
In the end, I kept it pretty simple with these letters I picked up at Hobby Lobby and some dollar store skeletons:
The skeletons aren’ t supposed to be posable, but I was able to manipulate the plastic enough on one of them to give it a different pose. I used Gorilla Glue to adhere everything to the box. The four corners got nail heads that had I removed from another project, and I replaced the pull on the front with a vintage one I had in my stash.
When the pieces were secure, I added a layer of matte Mod Podge on the top only using a chip brush, working in sections:
I placed black tissue paper right over everything, lightly tapping it into all the crevices with my chip brush and adding more Mod Podge on top of the tissue paper…
This was to mimic the look of leather.
When I used the tissue paper on my pumpkin I shared above, I added the skeletons after, but I decided to “embed” the skeletons into the surface with the tissue paper this time and I like the effect.
I allowed it dry before trimming the edges with a razor blade.
When it was completely dry, I gave everything a light coat of Rustoleum black satin spray paint.
Then to highlight the letters, I applied Dixie Belle’s Gilding wax in Warm Gold with my finger:
Gold Rub n Buff would work well too if you already have that.
I also added some to the skeletons and to the surface of the box to bring out the details and add a little dimension.
I also hit up the pull I added to the front…
This was such a fun project to work on!
For even more DIY Halloween ideas, visit my friends below!
DIY Potion Bottles with Printable Labels at The Happy Housie
DIY Halloween Prop from $2 Flatware Box at Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
DIY Halloween Centerepiece at House by Hoff
Modern Farmhouse Halloween Entry at Tatertots and Jello
Halloween Nougat Candy at A Pretty Life
DIY Halloween Floral Headband at Two Twenty One
Halloween Mantel with Free Printable at The Handmade Home
Painted Hudson’s Bay Blanket Pumpkins at The Heathered Nest
DIY Halloween Flag at Cassie Bustamante
Poison Apple Pumpkins at All Things With Purpose
Easy DIY Halloween Wreath at Modern Glam
Ghost Rice Krispie Squares at Life is a Party
How to Make a Halloween BOO Sign at My Sweet Savannah
Silly Spider Cookies at She Gave it a Go
Creepy Halloween Wreath at Hallstrom Home
DIY Potions and Magic Halloween Sign at Lolly Jane
Paper Staircase Mice at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Spooky DIY Eyeball Terrarium at Paint Me Pink
DIY Minimalist Halloween Wreath at Lemon Thistle
DIY Salt Dough Garland at Aratari at Home
Halloween not your thing?? Check out how I gave this flatware box that was also less than $2 a more respectable makeover:
See how pretty it turned out HERE!
One more project done!!
If you missed any of these makeovers, you can catch up below:
I won’t be back tomorrow since I posted today, and I will be heading out of town to a conference next week, but I’ll be back on Tuesday with a trip to my booth! It’s been a while!
UPDATE: Check out what’s been happening in my booth HERE now!
Enjoy the rest of your week and have an amazing weekend!!
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