celebrate the holidays: practically free halloween decor

I can’t believe how quickly October is flying by! Next week is Halloween and I just can’t believe the holidays are right around the corner! Today, I’m sharing this year’s Halloween decorations! In the true spirit of the “home spending embargo” of October, I spent a grand total of 25 cents on these decorations and, in my humble opinion, they look just as spooky and fun!

First up, the dining room. I’ll divulge the 25 cent splurge right away. The only think I purchased was this creepy sign. After seeing the quote on Pinterest, I whipped up a similar one with photoshop and had it printed at Staples on a nice, thick paper to keep it looking good for future Halloweens. I filled our large empty frame (hung specifically for rotating decor) with a huge spider web. I found this tutorial and loved it! Super quick and super cute! The purple yarn we had on hand and I love that it brings some unexpected color to my typically all-black October color scheme.

A cute little ceramic pumpkin keeps my beloved mixer company this month. Josh and I painted this pumpkin a few years ago in our very first apartment because we didn’t really have a space for a real pumpkin. A perfect little touch of the holiday for the kitchen.

Probably my favorite Halloween decor is the bat swarm. I’ve seen a few of these on Pinterest (like this one) and I thought they looked so cool! About an hour spent cutting bats out of cardstock is all it took. Originally, I had planned to stick with all black, but I ran out of black paper. To keep it free, I rummaged through my scrap paper stack to find other colors that would work. I settled on navy, lime, and orange.

How fun! I mean this is ‘Two Live Colorfully’ after all! Some bright punches of color are a perfect compliment!

I also cut out some adorable little mice to haunt our baseboards. I know that Martha Stewart sells a version of these but I just googled ‘mouse silhouettes’ and traced them onto black card stock. 100% free and 100% adorable. Our rat, Scribble, now has some shadow friends!

Lastly, I added some creep to our bookshelf with some decor we already owned.

The spooky birds and birdhouse fit in perfectly and the bright colors of our bookshelf keep things fun.

How did you decorate for Halloween? Did you do any free or super-inexpensive projects to save money? Share below!

One Comment on "celebrate the holidays: practically free halloween decor"

  1. We did bats too. I joke about their cost vs the Halloween candy that we have to give out in an upcoming blog entry. I like the colourful ones, it’s a nice switch!

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