halloween done cheap

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Halloween 2012, a set on Flickr.

Some say that the devil in in the details. I say the devil is in Pinterest. While Pinterest is in many ways liberating, inspiring and informative, it is also a place where idol minds can wreak havoc. The only problem is that there is so much stuff to look at, it makes Martha Stewart look like small potatoes. No I am not painting my pumpkin a different trendy color, nor am I going to put chevrons on it. What I am gonna do though is try to find a way to make my house look gaudy, yet cool and creepy in the the cheapest way possible.

The solution? Paper. You got it. Three sheets of bristol board, a pair of scissors and tape helped me to make more paper silhouettes than a girl knows what to do with.

Sheet 1: Haunted house on mantle mirror stylized with orange tissue (left over from a gift) for the windows and bats and a moon.

Sheet 2: Ghosts and bats for our upstair bedroom window.

Sheet 3: black cat, witch in the moon and a raven to augment a verse of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece.

Cost $1.50! Plus $2 for the green light bulb for our front door exterior light. The rest of the decor I got from stuff I already had around the house – chalk, electrical tape, pumpkin lights I got many moons ago from Walmart for $4.77 (I don’t know why I still remember the price). Little black plastic spiders a neighbour passed on to me with the creepy hand. Even dug out a piece of my son’s Lego mini figs to add to the gaudy. Then voila… bring on the spook! Now I can “Pin” my own stuff and share it on Pinterest for other addicts when they are looking for decoration next year.

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