Halloween Happenings

Happy Halloween!!

Well, long time no write…but there have been lots of holiday activities going on around here!  I’ve been compiling a holiday board on Pinterest and putting it to good use.  First project, candy cane wine bottles.  This project was actually much simpler than I anticipated!  First, drink some wine…ok, twist my arm.  Then, save the bottles and wash off the labels.  I bought three cans of spray paint: white, orange and yellow.

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The orange was fittingly called Pumpkin Orange!

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First, I sprayed each of the bottles completely white.  I decided to work in the garage because there was wide open space for me to lay down cardboard and it was well ventilated.

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After the second coat, the bottles were covered well and I moved on to orange.

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When you start the second color, be careful with how thickly you spray.  I definitely put too much paint on at first and there were several drips.

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By the last bottle I got the hang of it and the orange is more faded.  Lastly, spray the yellow on the bottom and you are done!  

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The nice thing is that you really only need to wait about 10 minutes in between each coat,  so start to finish this project only took about an hour and fifteen minutes.

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These look great on a front porch, but I also used them as a centerpiece in the dining room.  Next project…pumpkin carving.

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Here are the three pumpkins we started with.  We decided to do a more elaborate carving on the big pumpkin and decided on house numbers!  We were lucky that the house number is 99 so we only had to make one template.  We googled some images for inspiration and then got to work making our number.

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After carefully carving our nines, we were pretty happy with the results.

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However, it looked much better with candles once the sun went down!

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Next up, I carved a basic jack o’lantern face, while Chris used his screwdriver to drill holes in his.

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Chris thought it would be fun to try to hang these pumpkins from hooks on the porch to give the illusion that they were floating, so after we carved them we added some strings.

 

 

 

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We were pretty excited with the results, although we decided that next time we would only drill holes in the front to allow the light to reflect off of the back of the pumpkin.

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Hope you have a fun, treat filled Halloween! Coming up…a post on my first Birch Box! 

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