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Sunday, March 5, 2023

Only 240 Days until Halloween

 Today I started working on my Halloween Decor for a Fall Craft Fair. I mean, it's not too early - there are only 240 days until the Big Night. I found myself in Michaels last week and my store still had Christmas items on clearance! Everything was 90% off, and when I found these Christmas calendars, I grabbed all they had - which was only three, but it's a start. And they were only $2 each! Here's what they looked like before I waved my magic wand over them:

I know, they're very cute...for Christmas, but my mind is channeling Halloween, so the first thing I did after removing the plastic packaging was to paint the whole thing black.
Two hours later, I placed my first Halloween decor of 2023 on my bookcase. I can't wait for my daughter to see it. Originally there was a small wooden Christmas tree on a peg and attached by string. The idea was to place the tree in the holes on top of each layer to count down the days before Christmas.
I ran into a problem with the calendar part because there are only 24 days counting down to Christmas, but a 30-day countdown for Halloween! I tried to drill more holes to keep it as a calendar, but the wood started to crack. So now it's just a fun decoration to put up in October.
After painting each of the three layers black, I transformed the houses you saw in the first photo into headstones. Of course, I had to put punny phrases on them.  Going with the graveyard theme, I added skeleton parts, leaves, pumpkins, etc., on top of the head stones. The second layer bore the pumpkins, more leaves, s juicy spider and a light post I had bought after last year's Halloween. I found Halloween Cat stickers and created a (sort of) 3D effect for it. More leaves and pumpkins finished that middle layer.
The top layer was so slanted I decided to add some bats to the front, and a few Halloween miniatures. I finished it off with some spider webbing. It looks great in person. I want to do the next holiday-themed flip for children, not too scary, more fun.
Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking with it. I have 2 Halloween shadow boxes and a wreath leftover from last year to add to my craft fair inventory. Tell me what you think (please)!

Challenges I am Entering:
The Fairy and the Unicorn - Anything mythical/fantasy Goes
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Two Old Bats Halloween - Anything Halloween Goes


Becca Sadler, owner and manager of HQCB and FQCB said...

Pat: what a transformation you've performed!! Frankenstein approved I'm sure!! Jack-o-lanterns are certainly welcomed at TFATU!! Thanks for thinking about that and linking to us! And kudos for planning early enough to get your inventory built up! Best wishes! --Becca/owner

Diane said...

What a fabulous and creative decor piece, a super fun and awesome transformation! Never too early to start on those fall craft shows!!
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Andree said...

A wonderful and creative transformation of a Christmas advent calendar. The spooky additions and textures are all fabulous.
Thank you for joining in with our March challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

Fran Wing said...

What a clever Halloween decoration, Pat! I can't believe you did all of this in just 2 hours! And I love your enthusiasm about Halloween! Thanks for sharing this with us at Two Old Bats!
Xoxo, Fran/DT

Vannessa Osbourn said...

Love how you repurposed this Christmas decor piece! I like it much better now!

Fiona said...

Wow - what an amazing piece - to have the vision to turn it into this wonderful Hallowe'en project is just stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media

ClaireB said...

Absolutely fantastic project, so creative of you. Thanks for joining us at the Fairy and the Unicorn challenge this month, good luck with your entry Claire DT