Halloween Decor: Create a mad scientist’s Labratory 

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! đŸ˜€

Halloween chalkboard

Here is this years Halloween chalkboard art:   
 

Diy Halloween Poison Tray

  

Halloween is just around the corner and I have been busy preparing my haunted mansion. And what haunted palace would be complete without a tray filled with spell making ingredients and poison? This was extremely easy and not expensive to create. I simply found cute bottles at local thrift stores and bought some transfers from the dollar store. Here is a very simple step-by-step list of how to re-create this tray. 

step one: accumulate all of your supplies. When looking for your potion bottles look for flat surfaces that are large enough for the transfers to stick to. I got these transfers at the Family Dollar; they came in a pack of four squares with one long rectangle “poison” transfer.

  
Step two: Prepare your bottle surfaces for the transfer. I have this tray sitting out by my mantle which I did in ivory and black so I painted a few of my bottles ivory to accent the coloring. Make sure your services are clean and free of dust. 

Step 3: Remove the plastic covering and place the transfer on the bottle where you want it to be.

 

 Step 4: Rub cold water on the bottle with a wash cloth making sure the transfer is saturated.
 

 Step 5: Peel off the white backing carefully and see your beautiful work! đŸ™‚

Step 6: Let the transfer completely dry and then put it on display!

   

And there you have it! An awesome poison tray for your Halloween party guests! Be sure to follow me for more decorating ideas and check out my Etsy store to see what creations I have up for sale! And please post pictures of your wonderful Halloween decorations!!

  
 

Halloween decorating for a Dollar

  
It that time of year! Dried leaves and the scent of pumpkin fills the air. It’s time to transform your space in to a spooky, stylish Halloween palace! And what better way to do it, than cost effective and creatively? All of these treasures came from the ever popular dollar store! What a great way to make your ideas come to life for less!!

Up first, we have the haunted town, complete with orange lights and black trees!! Each building was a dollar! There was nothing to craft for this one, just set it out, add some lights and enjoy!! (We added some mini Halloween Thomas the tank engine toys as well!)

  
Next, what haunted house is complete without a poison tray? Just add some thrift store bottles and we are good to go! These awesome transfers came in a pack of four and were really easy to use!! I thought for a dollar, they may not turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised.  

  
Everyone knows that pumpkins are a staple of Halloween and fall. These great little guys also cost a dollar. They were orange at first which I decided to spray paint ivory to match my mantel scene a little better. Add these any where and every where!! They are carve-able, would make good accents or even a main center piece! 

 

 The dollar store is full of great things that you can find for your holiday! You can find bugs, dishes, towels, tinsel, floral… Pretty much every thing! I also picked up some fall leaves that I am planning on painting gold for Thanksgiving!! Check out my other blog posts for more Halloween decorating ideas!! And if you see something you like, check out my Etsy store, it may be for sale đŸ˜‰ 

Halloween Color Schemes that POP

   

 

Alright!! It’s getting closer! The air is crisper, nights are darker and there is a little something spooky in the air. This year, I am going to do a little tribute to a great holiday. Where you can dress as your true self or your polar opposite. Join me as I do a compilation of Halloween decor ideas that are easy, fun, affordable and will make your house the one they run from!! đŸ˜‰ 

First up, I will start with something simple that makes a big impact in your decorating. It is pretty general but it will be one of the first things you will want to think about when it comes to creating a coherent, consistent look throughout your space. And that is ….. Color!!!!!  
What artist wouldn’t think of that first? Halloween can have many different color schemes beside orange and black. (So over done) instead, let’s try something new, bold or unusual!!! Here are my favorite Halloween color schemes for 2015:

 Black and ivory with a hint of rustic wood. I am planning on doing this myself this year. I want to create my mantel to be modern and haunting. Black is classic and modern, while ivory gives an olden “sepia” haunting feeling. The addition of natural wood or other haunting elements will give this color scheme a truly monochrome, memorable look for your room. Here are some examples:
  

    

  Source: http://stonegable.blogspot.com/2010/11/stack-em-big

Up next, the traditional Halloween purple, with an earthy twist. Instead of the overdone orange and purple, how about purple, black and small hidden hints of lime green? Purple is mysterious and would be great in lights or fog. The black added to this brings about a heavy feeling. If you want to add some pizazz, adding some green slime, flowers or beakers will attract attention and break the somber feel. Here are some examples:

  

   

  Source: Confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Finally, I am going to finish up with a combo fall/ Halloween color scheme that will easily flip from one to the next. This is neat because you can use these harvest colors, cover them with spider webs and spooky accents and then remove the ghoulish for a pretty Thanksgiving look. Although many earthy color schemes will work for this plan, I’m going to go a bit bolder and brighter with maroon, orange, lime green and maybe even a hint of dark blue! This may seem like a lot of color, so pick a few to dominate your theme and then dial the rest back to use as highlights. Here are some pictures:

  

   
   
Source: http://m.livescience.com/16508-fall-leaves-rainbow-gallery.html 

So there you have it! Although there are millions more, here are three great Halloween color schemes that will help your space pop this fall!

What colors will you be displaying? I would love to see your pictures and hear your comments!!! 

If you are looking for some great accent pieces for your space check out my Etsy shop. And be sure to follow me for more great Halloween decorating ideas!