Wreath make over

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While I was doing a small amount of Halloween decorating in the kitchen, and making some blackened jars for votives,

I also put together a Halloween wreath that I am using on our front door this year.

It has had a bit of a makeover….

Initially, this wreath was hot pink. Yup. Hot pink. I used it for Valentines day once, years ago. Since then it has been an attic dweller.

Having a light bulb moment, I pulled it out, dusted it off and changed it up to give it a new life.

Repurpose, reuse, recycle, y’all!

This is the color it was before the makeover, in all it’s pink glory.

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All I had to do was give it a really good coat of spray paint (a can or so is plenty) making sure to get all the angles to cover the original color.  And I would suggest that you pre-fluff your wreath before spray painting, to avoid having to touch it up later.

This is the wreath after it was coated with Krylon black spray paint. Much better already.

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When it was dry, I added 4 pieces of glittery Halloween Swag. I am a huge fan of all things glittery!

 I took apart the largest, the bat, to make 2 pieces out of it, and attached them with some floral wire.

The pieces cost one dollar or less each and the paint was about $3.50 per can, so total cost for the wreath was around $7.00. That is thrifty if I do say so myself!

Now, it has a shiny, festive new life!

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A witch & whatnots

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Hello October!

October celebrates my husbands birthday, our one year anniversary in this house and Halloween! What a fun month!

To get in the spirit of one of the most celebrated holidays of the year, without going over the top, I  put together a few festive things in the kitchen.

I made a centerpiece on the kitchen table with pumpkins I painted black, mixed in some fun trick-or -treaters (the only ones we will have), and placed them with some black & gold china.

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Are these guys not adorable? And my china from my Mother-in-law is sooo pretty with all the black.

Then, I placed some printable Halloween art that I found on Pinterest, on the fireplace mantel.

I just printed them up, and popped them in some black frames I already had. It was a cost free touch, gotta love that!

If you would like to use these prints in your house, they are pinned on my “It’s Fall Y’all” board. I only used two, but it’s actually a set of 5 prints, even better!

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Then,

I used my handy stencils (I have really gotten my monies worth out of them) to add some Halloween themed words on two chalk boards, one by the fireplace and one on a coat rack by the door.

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And finally,

I added a spidery, mercury glass candle holder with a spicy scented candle that is made locally and smells amazing! A really good candle is a beautiful thing!

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So, that’s how we are doing Halloween Up On The Hill this year.

Some simple touches of whimsy with a black theme. Easy on the spooky.

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Halloween in a jar

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With Halloween right around the corner, I am starting to put together a few inexpensive things for the house.

This is a great season for candles and I thought, instead of buying some votive candle holders with a Halloween theme, I can just make pretty holders myself.

So, I blackened some mason jars to give them that “spooky” Halloween feel, and then added a ribbon and black votive candles.  The total cost was less than $2 (for the candles).

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Here is what I did;

First I gathered a few mason jars that I had on hand, but any kind would be cute. You can even just pull some out of the recycle bin and mix & match them with different shapes and sizes for an eclectic look.

Next, I grabbed one of those outdoor, long lighters and used it to blacken the inside of the jars. You can see how the jars looked before I started, when they were clear.

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It only takes a few minutes to do each jar, and you can make them as dark as you want. It will wash off when you are done using them, so you can re-purpose them for something else or throw them back into the recycle bin if that’s where you got them. No waste.

I added a touch of copper glitter to the bottoms of the jars along with the votive candles, topping them off with some black ribbon I already had.

That’s it. Cheap & easy. My favorite kind of project.

I really like them, and I’m pretty sure they are going to look even better when the candles inside are burning for Halloween in a few weeks!

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