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halloween decor {on a budget} – chic spooky door knockers

DSC_0883 copyWEB I mentioned in my last post that this year I re-used most of our Halloween decorations, just switching things around a bit and relocating everything. The Halloween wreath and Spider Web art ended up somewhere else in the house, leaving the front doors empty.

I was at the Dollar Store the other day looking for something I could use for the front door, when I saw these spooky plastic door knockers. I immediately remembered this cool project I ran into while browsing some Halloween linky parties last week. Not sure why, but I just grabbed one knocker {the skull} even though we have double entry doors {I guess I thought I was just going to see how it came out first}. Since I couldn’t find a frame I like I picked a mirror, thinking it’d make the project a little more interesting {and it did}.

I gave the mirror frame some coats of white spray paint and used gold for the knocker. I attached the plastic knocker to the mirror with super glue and used command hooks to hang it on the door. I liked the result so I went back to the store to get another skull door knocker. Of course they didn’t have any more. I grabbed a mummy instead. Ideally they’d match but whatever. I still like them.

DSC_0886 copyWEB_edited-1 DSC_0901 copyWEB DSC_0891 copyWEBDSC_0902 copyWEBI like this little project a lot. It’s a good alternative to the classic “front door wreath”. I like wreaths, too, but sometimes it’s nice to think outside the box and do something more original and unique. You can use different frame types and sizes, different backgrounds {fabric, paper, etc}. The possibilities are endless.

The whole project cost $4 dollars and took me about half hour to make. You can’t beat that, right?

Linking up with Sugar and Dots, Polkadots on Parade, Ginger Snap Crafts, Made in a Day, Oh my Creative, 52 mantels.

halloween decor {on a budget} – free halloween pillows

Somehow this didn’t post last Friday. I thought I scheduled it but I guess I didn’t do it correctly. Anyway, here is another DIY Halloween project. This is an easy one!

Our couch in the living room was one of the spots I wanted to decorate for Halloween. Updating the pillow covers according to the occasion was the easiest way to go.

I thought about getting black and white fabric to sew pillow covers and {freezer paper} stenciling them with a Halloween design. But while looking into my stash of fabrics, I found two old pillowcases, one white and one orange, that I was saving to repurpose. Well, they were perfect for this project. I choose a spider silhouette I found on the internet and was ready to stencil the next day.

Before that I needed to stop by at Michael’s to get a hot gun pistol {I used regular glue to attach the crepe paper florets to my Halloween wreath and it was a little pain} and there I saw this Martha Stewart spider silhouettes kit on sale. I grabbed it thinking I could use them for a streamer or to decorate the walls.They were cut on hard cardstock, so instead of {freezer paper} stenciling, I had the idea to use them as templates. I placed them in my pillowcases the way I wanted them and traced around with a sharpie.  Once I had my silhouettes traced all I had to do is fill them in with my sharpie.

I put my new Halloween pillow covers on my chevron pillows and I like the way you can slighty see the chevron as a background. I borrowed the black pillows from the playroom and the black mesh is from the Dollar Store. This pillow covers are simple, and definitely not the finest, but I think they’re good enough for Halloween.

Materials: old pillowcases, Martha Stewart Spider silhouettes – $2.99 {Michaels. They were used just as templates.You really don’t need special templates. You can get any image you want from the web, trace it on cardstock and use it as a template.}

Next, free Halloween printables. Stay tuned!

Linking up with: eighteen25somewhat simplemomnivores dilema and skip to my lou.

my new obsession…

You know I’m up for all personalized, handmade things and stenciling a onesie with my baby’s initial was an idea I had for a long time. When I finally decided to do it, I went the “freezer paper” route. Oh my! I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

I never anticipated how easy it’d be and how obsessed I’d become! The process it’s very simple: a. Choose a design, b. Print or draw design in freezer paper (you can find it at the supermarket), c. Cut design with a X-acto knife (of course a Silhouette machine, would make your and my life easier), d. Iron stencil on onesie, t-shirt, or whatever you want to create, e. Paint with fabric paint (I used this one and has held up pretty good after three washes so far), f. Let dry and finally g. Peel stencil. Being the impatient person I am, I usually skip step f, which I don’t recommend. There are plenty of tutorials on the web, just google “freezer paper stencils” and you’ll find many.

red cardigan: baby h&m, white cardigan: baby cottons, jeans: baby Gap

I made an initial onesie for my boy and one with the map of Peru. I also made two girly ones for my cousin’s baby girl. And I’m already planning on making a stenciled birthday t-shirt for L, and a Halloween one for G. The mister has asked for one, too. I’ve spending many hours thinking about new designs (hours I should spend sleeping!). I’m telling you I’m obsessed. Freezer paper stenciling is my new thing.

Happy Friday everyone!!!

chevron wall formula

Someone kindly asked me if I have some instructions or a formula to do a chevron wall. I wish I had!. 

I work with Autocad, a software that allows to draft with exact measurements. So it was a natural and easy thing for me to draft my wall and figure out the chevron design in Autocad. That way I’d have a previous idea on how the wall was going to look. I layout my wall with real dimensions and play with the zig zag pattern to see which size will look and fit better.

I’m not very good at giving directions and I’m not sure how many of you have access to some type of drafting software but I’ll show you the process I followed step by step. Hopefully you could recreate it directly on your wall.

 1. I divided the width (in my case 14′-8″) of the wall in six equal (eq.1) parts.

2. I divided the height (in my case 8′-0″) of the wall in five equal (eq.2) parts. So I ended up with a grid.

3. I took the first square of the grid to figure out the size of my zig zag pattern. I decided on a dimension (X),which I measured from the midpoint of the square (in my case I used approx. 7 1/2″).  I took that same dimension and measured it from the bottom left corner of the square up. I had four points now (1,2,3 & 4). Next step was to join point 1 to point 2 and point 3 to point 4. I then mirrored those two parallel lines and created my module.

4. Next I copied that module into the next square of the grid until I had a whole row. 

5. Next I copied the row down and so on until I had all the wall covered.

Now, how did I translate this into the real wall? I printed my module in full-scale and transferred it to a piece of cardboard to create a template. That way I wouldn’t have to measure the “X” dimension for each chevron.

I was supposed to measure all the columns and rows on the real wall to create the grid so I can trace my template more accurately. But the truth is that I got lazy and just played it by ear. I placed the template on the left top corner and traced it. From there I placed the template next to the previous tracing and so on. At some point the chevron got a little crooked so I had to start using the tape measure. It was not very difficult and took me a little more than an hour. I think the taping part was more time-consuming. After that, the mister had the fun part: painting!

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If you don’t have any drafting software or find this method not very helpful (sorry! I tried my best) I found two other tutorials. You can try this or this. Or just use them as a guide and create your own method. At the end, the result will be the same: a fun and bold statement wall. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!