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Don’t you just love Halloween decorations? I grew up in a family that pretty strictly only decorates for Christmas. Don’t get me wrong–we put up the traditional 4th of July Flag, there were eggs hidden throughout the house for Easter, but our go big or go home was Christmas, complete with holiday village, nativity, and lighted tree.
Having married an ever sensible outdoorsman, holiday decorating of any sort has been a low priority in our house. Still, I’ve always admired other’s decorations enviously from afar. There’s just something wonderful about that mix of whimsy and creepy that makes Halloween decor so much fun.
When Lindsay invited me to participate in Wayfair.com‘s Eerie Halloween Entryway Campaign this year, I jumped at the opportunity. Here, finally, was my chance to dig-in to those delicious Halloween decorations. And how could my husband possibly object? It was for work!
I had just one tiny problem. My house is small. Like, really small. I needed to decorate my entryway? What entryway? I have a step. Singular. And a door.
Thus, my small space decorating challenge began.
Decorating Small Interior Spaces for Halloween
First things first, I needed to come up with an entryway. In an attempt to get the house organized prior to Lottie’s birth, we had installed a small shelving unit just inside the door to our home to give the appearance of a mudroom. You know, one of those Menard’s spectaculars that can be customized to fit any need. Well, boots and gloves were no longer my priority. I needed decorating space!
Lucky for me, customizeable Menard’s units are, well, cutomizeable. I slipped out our two storage shelves and lined the cubby in black mesh fabric. There. The perfect Halloween staging area.
Working with a limited budget, I decided to take a DIY approach, and hopped on over to Pinterest to do some sleuthing. These eyeball flower bouquets quickly became the inspiration for my entire approach. They were the perfect mix of creepy and silly to awe children. And since I wanted these decorations to last for years to come, a little awe factor was a must.
I had so much fun composing the perfect Halloween bouquet. I chose a combination of black and purple flowers with a few sparkly baubles and branches, just for kicks. And what better way to play up an eyeball bouquet then a peacock feather? I mean, come on. The eye’s practically built right in.
Throw in a hot glue gun, and you’ve got yourself the makings of the perfect Halloween centerpiece.
Next on my list were DIY Halloween luminaries. Thanks to the Dollar Tree, I spent less than $10 on these babies. My favorite thing about this tutorial is how easily it can be tweaked for any holiday. I love mine so much, I’m already plotting out a Christmas variation. Can’t you just picture them spelling out “Joy” or “Noel”?
I did have to get a little strategic with m sticker placement after an unfortunate wind incident while the frosted glass paint was drying (it was epic fail, guys), but I just love how cute they are. I’m about the least crafty mama you’ll ever meet, but these were just so easy to make and they give such a cozy feel to my eerie little nook.
The final step for my interior decor was my personal favorite–Halloween candy!
I learned at a young age that, sometimes, candy makes for the best decorations. Who can resist a perfectly themed display of M&Ms, Reese’s, and candy corn? And seriously, folks, if you haven’t tried out the new Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Pie M&Ms, get on that. To die for.
Decorating Small Outdoor Spaces for Halloween
Finally satisfied with the appearance of my entryway, I knew I needed to tackle my front stoop. What good is a fun, creepy interior if the first thing your guests see is drab, naked exterior? My friend Jennifer sold me on this Halloween wreath as the perfect inspiration for my own DIY adventures.
Only two problems. I wasn’t so keen on the idea of a skeleton hanging from my door, and I really hate fake cobweb.
I convinced Jennifer to let me substitute an awesome glitter spider in place of the skeleton (so long as I promised to include her longtime family skeleton, Ralph, in my photo shoot), but she wouldn’t let me out of the cobweb.
Jennifer was right–the cobweb makes the wreath. But I finally had to give up an make my husband do the wrapping. That stuff is impossible to work with. Never again, Jennifer. Never again.
For the final touch, I invested in some good old fashioned hay bales and pumpkins. Unfortunately, my rookie designer eye couldn’t quite get the classic display right. Never matter, Lottie balanced the pumpkins out perfectly.
The Decorating Bug
Now that I’ve successfully completed my first ever Halloween display, I’m already dreaming of future holiday themes. Like Thanksgiving. I mean, a mama has to decorate for Thanksgiving, right?
And with a whole month to prepare, I’m quickly filling my shopping cart. Aren’t these Wayfair.com decor items just drool worthy? I’m majorly in love with the pumpkin spice pillows, ya’ll. Pretty sure I’m going to need them.