All Souls Day Craft and Last Minute Decorations

Gourds

Last year, hubby and I were at the National Museum of American Indian and stumbled across a delightful little exhibit on decorated skulls for All Souls’ Day.  I am fascinated by this holiday, and the crazy cool decorations that abound.  I wanted to try my own hand at a little craft to celebrate this holiday, and had a few extra supplies on hand to create a little something.

Supplies for All Souls Day craft

Supplies for All Souls Day craft

I bought a little $1 frame at Michael’s last year, took some leftover glitter paper (from my mini glitter tealight houses), some scrap white paper, a sharpie, glue, scissors, and small foam squares.  First, I detached the plastic film covering the opening of the frame and took the paper insert out.  I cut a piece of glitter paper to fit, and inserted it into the frame.  Next, I cut out a skull head, and decorated it with my sharpie pen.  The shape is easy enough- a circle with a smaller square on one end.  For inspiration for the skull, I looked online at All Souls Day decorations.  (Skull candy is a good term to search).

Cut out and Draw on Skull

Cut out and Draw on Skull

Attach foam piece to back of skull

Attach foam piece to back of skull

And finally, just glue the little foam square to the back of the skull and then to glitter paper.

Glue skull to glitter paper

Glue skull to glitter paper

And voila!  Your own little shrine to the dead.

Happy All Souls Day!

Happy All Souls Day!

The rest of this post I wanted to show a few more pics of things I’ve been doing for Halloween decorations this year.

Gourds

Gourds

These are some more of the crazy gourds I bought at Miller Farms this year.  For filler, there’s an osage orange, and some mini fake pumpkins.

Vignette

Vignette

Here is what I settled on for a vignette on the Larkin chest.  One of my smaller chalkboard painted planters, a ceramic skull in an old silver jewelry dish, a fake spider, and a pair of silver candlesticks with black tapers.

Skull with photo

Skull with photo

Last year, I spray painted this foam skull black.  I was thinking about making it a glitter skull, but I liked it plain.  Another project I have in mind is to use a white paint pen and decorate it in a Mexican All Souls Day fashion.  Right now he’s just hanging out on the sewing table in the front foyer.

Rockin' Out Skeleton

Rockin' Out Skeleton

Also hanging out in the foyer is this Rockin’ skeleton.  I picked him up a few years ago in a shop downtown, Walker Home Furnishings.  Unfortunately (for me), they moved their store up to Arlington.  But they always had lots of fun and cool antique Chinese furniture and modern ware.

Bubbling Cauldron

Bubbling Cauldron

Below the skeleton I threw together this old plastic cauldron with some fake spider web material in it, and topped it with a bow.  The whispy material of the webby stuff sort of looks like fake fog bubbling up.  I bet at night, with a few tea lights inside, it could look more realistic and spooky!

Cat Candle

Cat Candle

I love putting these candlesticks out every year.  They have these black cats all over them with rhinestone eyes.  Another (after Halloween on sale) purchase in downtown Fredericksburg.

Happy Halloween and All Souls Day!

 

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A Halloween Hearth

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

Welcome to the Lucky Lass!  It’s Fall Y’All!

Unfortunately, I do not have a mantel, but I do have a raised hearth.  I love to decorate for Halloween and started early this year.

Fall Fireplace 2011

Fall Fireplace 2011

 

I put together two vignettes, and a string of skeletons.  I have a hard time finding places for these skeletons to work, and I’m not sure they’ll stay here.

The painting above is titled “My Baby Wants to Rock and Roll” by local artist, Gabriel Pons.  I think he’s pretty awesome.

Alien Gourds

Alien Gourds

On the left, I have a couple of outrageous gourds that I picked up at Miller Farms Market, an art deco vase with some branches, a photo of my husband as a baby boy, and some skeletons hanging out.  These gourds have so much movement to them, they seem alive- that’s why I call them alien gourds.

Fireplace Vignette with stained cheese box

Fireplace Vignette with stained cheese box

On the right is some more gourd action, but in the form of mini-pumpkins.  I love the colors and varieties of them all!  Some candles and micro pumpkins are there to give some ambiance at night.

Detail little gourds

Detail little gourds

The pumpkin cut-out is a tealight holder that my sister made in girl scouts (brownies?).  I like it, as corny as it is!

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

Detail pumpkin tealight holder

They are all resting on a cheese box I recently stained (seen here).  The little black tree that holds the other end of the skeleton string, is a Michael’s find.  It comes as a two-piece wood cut out that fits together.  I spray painted it black, and it has lived in various places different years.  The skeletons really love it though.  It’s sitting on an antique lace doily.  It is in a star pattern, but it was the closest thing I had that looked vaguely spider-webbish.  Because the tree is black and the box is so dark, I really needed something to provide contrast between the two.

Lace doily

Lace doily

Instead of the skeletons, I think a banner across the top in fun and funky fabrics would look great and help to finish the space.

Fall Fireplace 2011

Fall Fireplace 2011

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