A DIY Halloween Scene!

by Emily Steers on 10/23/2011

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!


Supplies Purchased:

  • 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
  • Hourglass
  • Candles
  • 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:

Do you want to win your own $50 Lowe’s Gift Card?

To enter comment on my blog about how you’ve decorated your house for Halloween. To enter a second time, head on over to Facebook and “Like” the Lowe’s Creative Ideas fan page – www.facebook.com/lowescreativeideas! (No need to tell them I sent you, just a “like” will do  and simply let me know that you’ve done so!)

I’ll pick a winner Friday, October 28th– so enter by Thursday, October 27th, 11:59pm PST.


*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.

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Shelly October 23, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I love this! Such a fun, creative idea. :)


Gillian October 23, 2011 at 9:37 PM

That looks so cool! I want to carve pumpkins. Our autumnal decorations are mostly limited to the cinammon broom we get from Trader Joe’s.


Ada October 24, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Your decorations are amazing. *sigh* I haven’t even pulled out my decorations out of storage yet. Will probably pick up a pumpkin tomorrow though to carve. It’s just not Halloween if there isn’t even a pumpkin around!


Anita October 24, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Emily, This is so creative and fun! I love the electrical tape web and spider. I have not done anything to decorate as cute as this. I have done some centerpiece decorations for tables and helped my grandson with a spooky gingerbread house kit. I’m impressed with how cool yours is and for a great price too!


liz @ btb October 24, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Laundry detergent glows under black light?!?! Who knew?

Love the giant spider & web :)


Liz October 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Love your decorations!
I made a Halloween wreath for my door and carved some pumpkins- nothing quite like your creepy vignette!


Kim October 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM

That is fantastic! Will and I carved our pumpkins last night (I’ll post pics on my blog soon), and I’m planning to do a little autumnal tablescape (oh saying that made me feel gross), perhaps this weekend!


misty October 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

CLEVER!!!! I Love it!


Kate W October 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Very cool spider web! We carve pumpkins, put up silly skeletons, and little ghosts to line the walkway. This year we had corn stalks from our own garden to use as decor too! :-)


Liz Alps October 27, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I liked the Lowe’s link (heck yeah I want that gift card!)

I went for the traditional pumpkin carving- I was going to do something with my cat, but she’s useless (as always!)


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