Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How To: Cute, Easy Halloween Decorations!

Jelly Window Clings (Morrisons in the 3 for £1). 

So, I love Halloween.
The love has grown more over the past 3 years and rather than enjoying it for the wrong reasons I do use it to remember those I've lost and think about them throughout the day.
I also have always wanted to acknowledge the origins by decorating and celebrating the season so this year was the time, as funds permitted. Still, I have done it on a budget and I think my affordable yet adorable decor warranted being shared.


Pumpkin Lanterns (Poundland ...£1..obviously), Plastic Bats (Morrisons in the 3 for £1) , Trick or Treat sign (Home Bargains 89p).

Boo! sign (Poundland £1), Upcycled glass candles (Used and cleaned out, one filled with burner beads and a candle, the other with conkers and decorated with twine), Pine cone (All the way from Disneyland!), Bat Candle holder (see below!).


The Bat Candle Holder is the first of my proper DIY decorations, cost next to nothing and turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself!
1. All you need is an empty tin can, so have some nice warm soup for your dinner, clean out the can and remove the label (I also put it through the dishwasher to make sure it was extra clean.)
2. Mark out a spooky design using a permanent marker.
3. Using a panel pin and a hammer, super carefully punch holes along the outline at least 2mm apart so as not to pop out the design completely.
4. Lastly, paint the who outside of the can in black (or your choice of) acrylic paint. I cut up a sponge I had and dabbed it on which created a nice effect! 


Cobwebs (Home Bargains 99p?), Glow in the Dark Ghosts (Morrisons in the 3 for £1).

Cobwebs (As Above. 1 bag goes a looonng way and I only used 1/3!),  Glitter Skull hanging decoration (Home Bargains 89p) Happy Halloween Bunting Banner (see below).


Another of my homemade accents this year is something I make for most celebrations (see Baker's Birthday Bunting!), a little time consuming but fun to make and I'd always pick making my own over buying it.

1. I selected the colours I wanted to use, in this case dark purple, lime green and orange, to fit in with my other decorations.
2. Next, I folded the card to my selected shape and cut it out. Then using this first piece as a template, folded the rest of the card and traced onto the other pieces before cutting them all out.
3. With all the bits cut out, I laid them out in the order I wanted them to be before using a pencil to mark on the letters.
4. With glitter glue I went over the letters and before that glue dried sprinkled chunky gold glitter roughly over the top.
5. Punching holes in the top corners of each bit and measuring out twine to the desired length, I then strung it all together.
6. As a tiny finishing touch I used some pumpkin confetti to stick to the point of each purple bit.


Candles (Already had, half burnt for aesthetic purposes. Any white pillar candle would do!), Conkers, Pine cone and Acorns (From local trees...free!), Scary Plastic Skull (Home Bargains in a pack, under £1? Sorry can't remember. :/), 'Not To Be Taken' Bottle (Antique Poison Bottle for Antiques store £1.) 

Green Glass Candle Holder (Asda, years ago, £3), Pilar Candle (as above), Glass Bowl (Asda, years ago, £8 Contents change seasonally), Pine Cones, Conkers, Acorns etc (as above), Battery Fairy Lights (Home Bargains £3), Scary Plastic Skulls (as above).

Pumpkins (Asda £1.50 each), Pumpkin Carving kit (Not shown. Home Bargains £1.50) 


Last but not least, the all important Jack O Lanterns! I've never actually done any pumpkin carving before...I don't know why. But I took the leap the year and got stuck in. It's goopy and messy but so much fun! Plus I think they turned out okay for my first shot! What do you think??
I'd LOVE to see what different designs you came up with so make sure to link me to your Halloween decor posts in the comments or even tweet me a photo of your lanterns to @UnderToWonder ! :)

There we have it. My cheap and cheerful, non tacky, Halloween decorations. If only I could keep them up all year...;)


(Ps. You may also like to read my Halloween posts from the past two years!
The Scariest Thing Tag
- I re-tag  Becky, Ness, Jenny, Jesse, Sara, Hollie, Jordan, Jess, Leona, Kloe and anyone else that needs an excuse to blog or loves all things spooky!)


22 comments:

  1. Wow!! Those DIY bits and bobs look amazing especially the bunting! I wouldn't believe that you hadn't carved a pumpkin before if you hadn't said! They look too good!! At least I know where to find carving tools now. Thanks! ;) xx

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    1. Thanks! Im really chuffed with how it all turned out, especially with how little it all cost.
      And yep, I swear it was my first shot at carving ever! Thanks so much :)

      xo

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  2. Oh my gosh, some really awesome ideas. Especially love that they're easy and affordable, because that's what I'll need when I move out! :D I think that's something I'm most looking forward to, having my own place to decorate for Halloween and Christmas. I also really like how some of them are DIY, like the bunting and the candles etc. I wish I'd put more of an effort in this year, even at my parent's house. D:

    xo

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    1. Thank you! Yes Im all for cost cutting and DIY. Aint nobody got time for £10 bunting from Next ;) haha
      I look forward to seeing yours next year!

      xo

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  3. I love your decorations!! <3 And it was my first time this year carving a pumpkin too! hehe :) Although yours is AMAZING lol xx

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    1. Thank you missus!
      I think yours look pretty awesome too. Go us for our first year carving!! :)

      xo

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  4. Wow love the decorations and your photos are lovely :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  5. Love those window stickers and bunting banner, so lovely! Abi :)
    MyW0rldMyView

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    1. Thanks! The banner turned out okay in the end :)

      xo

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  6. They look great. Think you may need to host a Halloween bash now. :)

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    1. Thanks!! Oh no parties for me, just a movie night with lots of sweets :P

      xo

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  7. I'm so impressed by your lanterns - are you sure it's your first attempt at making them? :)

    I love your bat candle holder too, such a clever idea!

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    1. Thank you!! :D Yes, I swear I've never done it before haha I'm so chuffed with myself.
      It really is a neat idea, the candle holder, I'm happy I was able to pull it off and glad you like it!

      xo

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  8. I love this! Halloween is my favourite time of year! I'm actually on writing a post about my favourite horrors to read since it's Halloween haha. I love your decorations, I can't put any up cause we're not having a party and I have a uni house </3 But I do get to dress up for work tomorrow night which excites me!
    Kloe xx
    skullsnkisses.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you!! I loved your post, was nice to read something amongst all our decor posts and movie posts!
      Dressing up for work is so much fun! I was a Zombie when I worked at Poundland last year - so much fun!

      xo

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  9. I used to have those window jellies wha tI was younger! I had them all around my mirror, tbh if I got back home they are still there!

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    1. Blast from the past! haha I'm keeping you to hunting them out whenever you next get home!

      xo

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  10. This is amazing! I love all of your ideas, so imaginative! And your pumpkin carving is amazing.

    Hazel Jane xx

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    1. Thanks so much!! I think the main things with pumpkins are to map it out with a pen first, use the little tiny tools you get specially for it and take your time! :D Really happy with how they turned out.

      xo

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  11. I did a Jack Skellington pumpkin too! And I love the decorations but I was completely distracted by that Disney photoframe like I need it in my life right now!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Yey!! I think he's a popular choice, with good rights!
      Thank you :) And I got it in Disneyland in 2010...maybe google might find you one!

      xo

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