Tuesday

Halloween DIY and Repurpose


I was so excited to get to participate in this fun project with coupons.com and Target.  I mean who doesn't love Target and saving money!  There's also a really fun giveaway at the end of the post.  When I ordered my items, I used a few Target coupons to get free shipping and I saved 5% by using my red card.  They also have some great Halloween coupon codes right now too.  Anyways, the goal was to create a DIY that could be repurposed for other things other than Halloween.  When I think about halloween decor, I usually think about mercury glass.  So, I decided to try my hand at a little mercury glass DIY.  I started with these lanterns from Target.  They include LED candles which are always nice when you have little ones around and don't want to have to worry about open flames.  


It was nice as is, but I felt like the mercury glass look would make it more festive.

I bought some silver leaf and silver leaf adhesive from a local craft store.  I've heard spray adhesive works well too if you don't want to buy the special adhesive.

Spray or brush on your adhesive.  If you are brushing it on, you'll need to wait about 10-15 minutes for the glue to get clear and tacky.  You can see from the picture below that the one on the left is almost ready and the one on the right I had just brushed on.


Once it's tacky you just lay the sheets of silver leaf on the adhesive and brush over it to adhere it.  For this project you don't want it to be perfect so the tears are ok.  I actually ended up purposely tearing mine in certain spots to get that mercury glass feel.


After it's all dry, put your glass pieces back in the lantern and turn on the candle.  It doesn't look exactly like mercury glass, but it does have a nice festive feel to it.


Here are a few other items I purchased from Target that have a Halloween feel to them, but can be repurposed for other times of the year.
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I used these items to create a subtly spooky Halloween inspired table scape and mantle.  I like to keep things pretty light and cheery around here since I have a little one who might be creeped out by skeletons and that sort of thing.


I used a fun font for my place cards that had a slightly spooky look to it.


I draped the throw blanket across the table to add some warmth and texture.


This little snake box made me thing of the creepy things that are often used in Halloween decor, but with a more classy vibe.

         





And here's how I'm repurposing a few things:




Here are the links to the other bloggers who are participating, they have some fabulous ideas!

Kristin from Bliss at Home
Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design
Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home
Cassie from Primitive and Proper
Sarah from Lacquer and Linen

And now for the giveaway.  Just follow the instructions below to enter to win a $200 Target gift card!



18 comments:

Bethany DeVore said...

Gorgeous! Such an elegant look. I love those tiny topiaries and you have to share your photo secrets one day because they are amazing.

Bethany DeVore said...

I love everything!!! It turned out so great. I want to come have a party in that dining room. I agree with Julia, this is total elegant Halloween :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Smart to use the blanket on the table!!! I love your tablescape Bethany!! xo Kristin

Bethany DeVore said...

Your dining room is so warm and cozy. It's like a big hug. Lovely job.

Bethany DeVore said...

I am totally smitten with how you made the lanterns feel like mercury glass! So clever and beautiful!! You're whole set up is perfect! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

I love your table~ And I will be going to get that blanket today!

Bethany DeVore said...

You always set the perfect tables!! Those topiary place settings are perfect. They have a whimsical Alice n Wonderland Vibe. so cute!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks so much! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Oh good, you'll love it and thank you!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks so much Gabbi! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thank you! I always want people to feel welcome in my home so I'm glad it gives off that vibe!

Bethany DeVore said...

You're so sweet Cassie, thank you!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Kristin!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks so much Lindsay!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thank you! I am nowhere near where I would like to be with photography, I think that room just happens to get really good natural light! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Bethany...that tablescape looks amazing!!! I love the lanterns and how could you not love that piece of driftwood!?! Amazing job...it's gorgeous!

Bethany DeVore said...

I don't like monsters and ghosts but I love fall and I LOVE how you created such a classy look

Bethany DeVore said...

I love those little topiaries!! So sweet and the blanket is genius! I love the silver leaf and what a great idea for those holders! Great work!


Laura
House Envy

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