I’ve mentioned it before: Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays!
This year, thanks to Lowe’s Creative Ideas*, I got to go full-tilt with my Halloween decor!
- 3 medium pumpkins (about $12 total)
- 4 CFL black lights (about $24)
- Electrician’s tape (about $1.50 for 2)
- Black spray paint (about $4)
- Fluorescent pink spray paint (about $4)
- Spider lights ($10)
- TOTAL: $55.50
We also picked up a hand-held Dremel Pumpkin Carving kit
, on sale for $20. But you can easily carve pumpkins the old-fashioned way with a knife!
Supplies On Hand:
- Cardboard scraps
- Laundry detergent
- Paint brush
- Decorative bowls and buckets
- Table lamp
- Faux skull
We started by clearing the wall where we were planning on putting the spider web.
Then, we started by putting up our web– made entirely of electrician’s tape! It’s really easy to make straight lines with the tape. Anchor one point and then stretch out the tape without anchoring any more points. When you get enough tape spooled out so that you can reach your end point, start smoothing the tape against the wall.
Fill in your anchor lines with the connecting lines. The tape can be pulled off the wall and repositioned easily!
We added a large cardboard spider to complete the look ;-)
To carve your pumpkins, start by cutting open the top, and gutting the pumpkins as you usually do.
We used stencils for our pumpkins. Lowe’s has some printable online
! But we also searched around for fun and free clipart to use.
Using the directions from the Lowe’s Creative Ideas staff, we used a pin to pierce the skin of our pumpkins around the outline of our shapes.
We pulled off the stencils, and used the Dremel tool to etch away the pumpkin for our ghostly shapes.
Now, do you want to know how we did the fun, glowing drips on the wall?
This I learned from friends in college, who wanted a spooky and non-permanent way to decorate their dorm room. (No one tell Emerson College Office of Housing and Residence Life…)
Believe it or not, laundry detergent glows under black light!
We picked up four black lights at Lowe’s to put in our table lamp, and in our dining room’s ceiling fan!
The black lights last for years and years, so they’re investments in future spooky holidays, too! We just kept the plastic bubble packaging they came in for safe storage.
We just painted drips and blobs of laundry detergent on the wall. It gets clear as it dries, and stays fluorescent. The best part is, it’s easy to clean– and smells really good!
Our spooky coffin, spider and goblin are cardboard cut-outs (from the box David’s massive TV came in), spray painted black with pink accents.
And, thanks to the Holographium app for the iPad, we got this spooky little photo, too:
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*Full Disclosure: Lowe’s supplied me with a gift card to purchase supplies for this project; all opinions, and instructions, are my own and I received no other compensation for my involvement with the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators & Influencers Network.