It has kind of been killing me that we haven’t been able to do a Halloween DIY this year so I decided to throw one together in literally 5 minutes the other night with some things I already had with the addition of white napkins I picked up at Target. You will notice by the pronounced fold in them that I did not wash them before I did the DIY because I was being lazy. I would recommend that if y’all try this, you do not follow my lead. Anyways, if you guys are having friends over for Halloween and looking for a last minute idea to spruce up the table setting, this is it. I used black paint instead of red for the “blood” because I thought it looked more sophisticated and less gory that way. But red would probably be more realistic if that is what you are going for.
What you’ll need:
– black craft paint
– textile medium (can be picked up at any hobby/art store)
– a paintbrush
What you’ll do:
1. Mix up your paint for use on fabric. The rule is one part fabric medium to two parts paint. I eyeballed it. Then mix it all in with your paint brush. After that, spray or drop a bit of water in at a time so you have a very thin paint in some areas and thicker in the middle.
2. Take your paint brush and load it with thin paint and start splattering by shaking paint onto your napkin. You can paint on thicker paint for darker areas. Just do it however you think looks good.
3. Paint your hand thickly with paint.
4. Before it has a chance to dry at all on your hand, bring it down in the middle of the napkin and smear downward using your other hand to hold the top of the napkin. When you do this step, be sure to pay attention to where you will be folding the napkin so the hand will be visible.
Let dry and you are good to go. I would also wash these puppies by themselves for the first time so black paint doesn’t bleed on your clothes. The textile medium helps hold the paint on and I have used it before with success but you can never be too careful.
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I finally got around to taking some pictures of my Halloween decorations this year so I could show you guys. The problem is that I alter them throughout the course of the season and I never really feel like they are done. But since Halloween is Friday and they will probably be coming down soon, I am finally ready to say they are done for the year. I did some of the same things I did last year (the hanging witch hat in the same place) but I did move things around a bit as well. This year felt a bit like I had a witch theme and I have a feeling our Salem trip might have contributed to that. Here are some scenes from around my house…
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This giveaway is now closed. Thanks!
Happy happy Friday! It is the last weekend before Halloween week and we are pretty excited. Colleen is actually in Raleigh taking her test from hell today so everyone send her positive vibes. I know she’ll do great. I thought it might be fun to do a little giveaway. I have been playing with calligraphing pumpkins and although it is a kinda late in October, I thought maybe some of you guys would still be interested in having one? I will be letting you choose what you want me to write on it. Please keep it to less than 8 or so words. As you can see, the phrase I did was 8 words and it just fit. I will write it on a small white plastic pumpkin for you so you can have it for as long as you want it. You can choose a Halloween phrase or maybe a more general fall or perhaps Thanksgiving one (Happy Fall Ya’ll or Give Thanks?) so that you will be able to use it into November. I even think “My Little Pumpkin” in pink or blue for a nursery is a super cute idea too. Anyways, I am rambling now. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with which quote or phrase you think you would pick. Or whatever. You can just say “Gimme a pumpkin!” You will be entered as long as you comment. You can also choose from a few different ink colors I have. I will mail it to you as quick as I can after I randomly pick a winner on Monday night.
****** Update ******
For those of you asking about if your quotes are too long, I will do the best I can. I want you to have what you want. I am sure I can make most of them work. ALSO, I have already rescued two entries from our spam folder because someone told me theirs didn’t show up. Weird. If you comment and it doesn’t show up, shoot me an email by clicking on our email link and I will make sure to save you from spam or add a comment for you. Silly technology.
We have a winner!
Congratulations Sara! I will be emailing you to get your address so I can send you your pumpkin!
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