This year for Halloween, I wanted my mantel to tell the story of being inside a dark and dreary scientist’s lab. I love going for authentic looking, non cheesy decorations so I started my search through the thrift stores. I was mostly looking for erie pieces, beakers and anything that had an industrial feel.
While beakers were hard to find, I ended up just using neatly shaped glass bottles and fish tubing. I found a nice site for inexpensive beakers here but never actually used it.
While most everything came second hand to me, I did make one awesome purchase to complete the look:
A 3-D printed switch plate! You can get yours here.
After assembling and rearranging everything, here is the final look:
For an added touch, I added a shadow box frame with a serum inside, lab coats hanging around the house and some custom creepy art for the mad scientist.
For an extra punch, if you have a black light, fill your beakers with tonic water. You will end up with a neat glowing liquid in the dark!
Like the lobster? This was supposed to be a brain, but as I didn’t have one, a glowing lobster seemed the logical choice! 😀
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Oh my. You can tell these floating candles are obviously toilet paper rolls with led candles on the top. So, rather than admit defeat, I got creative. I wrapped the candles in some shear purple material I had laying around and added some raffia to tie it all together! Viola! It’s not perfect, but it’ll do!
This egg carton holder however is a great idea to hold the rolls up while you are spray painting!
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Here is another great Halloween display that will get people talking. It is also quick and easy for all of the procrastinators out there! Heads in a jar!!
Much like in Futurama, having a head in a jar is creepy and a bit scary. These life like zombies and wrinkly faces are nothing more than cheap rubber masks inserted into glass jars with a little water and food coloring! The result is a creepy, realistic and easy Halloween display. Add chains and lights for even more of an eerie effect! (Or a black cat 😉)
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Need to decorate for Halloween in a flash? Here are a few quick and easy ideas to decorate for Halloween in a matter of seconds with what you may already have laying around in your house.
First, cover your furniture with white sheets or any sheets if you don’t have white. Abandoned houses typically covered their furniture to protect it from dust while they were gone and it looks extremely creepy. If you have a giant spider add it to the back of one.
Turn off the lights and light candles. Nothing says séance for this creepy Halloween night like a fire flickering in the darkness.
Add squash. Use pumpkins and gourds and scatter them throughout your abode for a fall look.
If you have any spooky fabric or any fabric that you can rip up (or maybe splatter with red paint) drape it along the wall or cover up the decorations that you do not want seen (especially if they are too cheery). One of my favorite Halloween decorations is a simple fishnet that I drape over various things each year.
Set out any odd Decor or anything you think might look a little bit weird. I set out a black kettle next our fireplace that looks like a witches’ cauldron and I have various weird things throughout that just make people go “hmmmm, this must be a haunted place…”
And the best one for last! Don’t clean! Spiderwebs and dust are your friends on Halloween, so don’t worry if they are around; they will only help! 😀
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