Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Hallowed Porch...

Nothing shouts Autumn like pumpkins on a stoop and a lush, fall wreath on a front door. It makes for a smart, festive welcome to both visitors and the season. But as we look ahead to Halloween, it makes sense to spookify that same front porch/entry with a little bit of Halloween flair. We took our outdoor Halloween decorating a "step" further with the help of a vintage bicycle this year!

We used stick and peel letters from the hardware store (the kind you use when making an address sign) to name our pumpkin after that famous fellow from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. We layered a wire basket with sheet moss and added in some foil-wrapped sweets (you may also use small gourds).We used white, black, and orange streamers to weave through the spokes of the tires and used a circle of pleated scrapbook paper and stickers to fashion the Halloween pinwheels that adorn the wheels and bicycle basket.

On the covered area of the porch, we coiled a bright orange hose on an occasional table and filled its center with some brightly colored gumballs. We also had fun making a kitty-cat mascot using a Styrofoam ball, some hot glue, construction paper ears and features, and more orange candies.

Our glue gun came in handy again to make this adorable little guy: gather a few Styrofoam balls, some twigs for legs, more craft paper embellishments, candy, pipe cleaners, and Spanish moss to create this Halloween friend who looks ready to peck away at a bowl of candy corn.

Here is another version of our little friend, made using grapevine balls. Make several of these adorable animals and hang them from the porch ceiling using fishing line or string.

 To finish, we lined the porch railings with river rocks that we made festive with letter stickers. Have fun thinking up your own spooky words or line them up to form a ghoulish phrase!

And when you are finished setting your Halloween scene, be sure to leave the porch light on...or not!

Happy Decorating!!!

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  1. Wonderful ideas, Matthew! I always know where to come to find unique, clever decorating ideas for the holidays! Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Leena

  2. Oh my...WOW! I love these ideas, especially the bike! My Halloween book just arrived and once again you have hit it out of the park! I am in the South, so I am waiting another week or two before I put my halloween decorations out, but watch out after that! I will be using so many of the ideas I got from your book.

    Now, can I look ahead to a Christmas issue from you?


  3. I bought Halloween with Matthew Mead today and I'm sooo excited to make some of these for a Halloween party! The Cousin Harry cupcakes and "the eyes have it" cookies will be big hits, I'm sure! Thank you for fabulous ideas!


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