Thursday, October 4, 2012

Eye Spy...

Some very creative Halloween decorating projects, so prepare to be inspired!

 These eerie enlargers cleverly subvert reality-
and require mere minutes to make.

First, download free images of eyes from a site like or  Resize an image to fit your magnifying glasses and print on vellum paper.  Cut the image into a circle the same size as your lens and affix to the rim with a narrow piece of clear tape.

 The secret to these moth-adorned marvels?
Weather-resistant vinyl decals (
Show them to their best advantage against white pumpkins:  Use a foam brush to cover each pumpkin with two coats of acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat, before applying decals.

This project uses an image of any building - be it your home, or a ghoulish landmark like the Bates Motel - to transform a standard glass votive holder.

  Begin by copying the image onto plain paper or card stock (re-sizing if necessary so the building is wide enough to wrap around your votive holder).  Using an X-Acto knife, cut around the roofline and any treetops: also cut out the windows where glass panes would be.  Wrap the image around your votive holder, securing the ends with clear tape.  Lastly, pop a battery-operated candle into the holder, and flick on the spectral flames.

 Teach a pumpkin to recite Edgar Allen Poe's 
The Raven by spelling out a few lines with stick on letters, affixing them in a spiral pattern that starts at the top.

  To give the dark words even more presence, first use a foam brush to cover your pumpkin with two coats of white or pale gray acrylic paint, allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat.  For the accompanying raven, simply apply the decal ( to a second pumpkin.

 Let revelers know they're at the right address by emblazoning your house number and hometown on pumpkins.

First you will need number stickers as well as a decal in shape of your state (  Use a foam brush to cover both pumpkins with two coats of acrylic paint, again allowing 30 minutes of drying time per coat.  Remove the decals and discard.  If you'd like the numbers or state to be a different color than the natural pumpkin orange, fill in using a small paintbrush and contrasting acrylic paint.

You can create all of these designs using acrylic paint and painters tape

For a two-tone,  dipped look, bisect a pumpkin with a strip of tape (angle the tape for a diagonal effect).  To form chevron stripes, link short strips of tape to make the zig zag patterns.

All of these amazing ideas and more can be found in this month's issue of Country Living Magazine under Halloween Ideas.

Now go forth and DECORATE! 


helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

So clever and how amusing these are.
Hope life is good with you

Helen xx

Kathysue said...

Love the magnifying glass and the houses, great ideas!! I love looking through your eyes, never run of the mill always unique and special.
xo Kathysue

Mr Paul said...

Oh, I love these ideas Terri especially the magnifying glass. I might just give that a try this weekend.:)

designchic said...

Got to get on the the painted pumpkins!!

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

My goodness, a tasteful Halloween? I have always avoided seasonal decoration because so much of it is tacky, do I have no excuse now...