Easy Halloween Decorating Ideas

Yesterday, I introduced you to my new friend.

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I feel like he should have a name.  You can’t have a dapper hat and  not have a name.  Any thoughts?

And he wasn’t the only thing I painted gold.  There were pumpkins…

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And bigger pumpkins, a paper mache skull,

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And a couple of smaller skeletons.

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And then the original item I planned to spray – the place card holders.  Honestly, I had no intention of spraying so much, but once I started I couldn’t stop.  I debated about spraying the skeleton, but then I figured, can you really go wrong with a gold skeleton?

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So what did I use to create my elegantly spooky world?

Krylon’s 18kt. Gold Plate Spray.  This stuff rocked my world.  Covered easily, dried fast – and even the spray nozzle was very easy to use.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby and it was not very expensive – I think less than $6.00.   A little trick, don’t overly shake it, I kind of liked it better when it was a little mottled and uneven, it looked more like gold leafing – but a whole lot easier and quicker.

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The pumpkins all started cheap and simple – styrofoam basics.  For the ones with patterns, I first used the 3D gloss enamels.  It is actually meant for glass which really didn’t matter.  The only problem was that it had a 72 hour drying time and I am not that patient with projects usually.  If you were to use it on glass, you bake it so the time is quick.  I didn’t think it would work too well to back a styrofoam pumpkin.

These pumpkins worked particularly well (I found them at The Christmas Tree Shops) because they have a decorative curled wire on the top.  That made it easy to hold the pumpkin while spraying and gave the place card a place to rest.  However, you could just place a place card right on top of the pumpkin as well.

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For all of the placecards pumpkins I did a simple dot pattern with the 3D gloss enamel and that seemed to work best and just took a few minutes.  I tried different patterns on some of the other ones.   You simply draw on your pattern with the tip.

For a few of the pumpkins, the skeletons and the skull, I just used the Krylon spray.

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Krylon did not pay me to do this post, I just am letting you know about their product because I really did like using it and would use it again.

Thanks so much for reading!

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About Finding Home

My name is Laura and I have been running a small interior decorating business since 2004. I have always had a love for decorating but I never fully realized it until about 10 years ago. I live in New York with my husband and two daughters. They support me and encourage me at every turn. I have always loved the “hunt” for the next treasure, especially when you have to get down and dirty to discover it. I feel like it is time to start taking my business in a new direction. I am not sure exactly what that will be, but this blog is about that journey. About finding a sense of home, a place where we belong and can most be ourselves. Thank you for being part of my journey.

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  1. Milly Van says:

    The decorations look really awesome! I will have to get some for them for my house. Thanks a lot for sharing..http://www.watchmontanafishburnesextape.com/

  2. Julie Eberhardt says:

    another great and practical blog! thanks Laura Putnam!

  3. I’m glad to see someone else who is putting out their Halloween goodies! I love all of your little skeletons! Everything looks so perfect together!

    Jeanine

  4. So fun. I know Halloween gets a really bad rap with all the wackos in the world today but when I was growing up (can we just say mid century moderne?)it was my favorite holiday AND it was totally safe and contained because my dad was Military. This reminds me of the year he brought a full size skeleton home from the radiology dept. at the hospital. He set it up in the driveway and he and the neighbor took turns getting on the roof and being the “voice” of old Skelly scaring the beggebers out all of all my friends! Painting it all gold is such a fun (and less threatening) take on Halloween…thanks.

  5. I just love the gold pumpkins…you did an amazing job…thanks for the wonderful tutorial….

  6. What a great blog and post.
    I love everything about Halloween and just think your ideas are great!
    He does need a name …. hmmmmm …. How about Mr. Bones Dangle …. :-D

  7. Horatio Skelly Golden sounds like a great name for your dapper dude!

  8. Who would have thought gold would work for Halloween? To me it is more of a Christmas colour, but I think it works great with the black for your spooky theme. Great job!! I love it and I am going to paint some of the old gaudy orange decorations I have in the box. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Debbie :)

  9. Did I already tell you I liked the name Mr. Bones?! Those are fabulous place card holders – Mr. Bones does need to fatten up a bit so make sure to set a place for him!
    Kelly

  10. Hey Laura,
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my mantel post. I love your gold touches this fall! Especially the “enchanting” mirror decor and these skeletons! You always wow me with your autumn and Christmas decorations! :) Happy Fall!

  11. great job looks fabulous

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