Homemade Halloween Decorations
We live behind a photography studio (and no, Toby doesn’t work for them) that constantly fills their dumpster with giant sheets of cardboard. They do a lot of those fancy dancy family portraits that rich people hang over their fireplaces and the frames come in great big six-foot boxes. What this means for us is that we have an endless supply of flat cardboard! My dream medium.
So the other day Bug and I were kicking around with nothing much to do and we decided to make some halloween decorations for our windows. Why not, right? We don’t need no stinkin’ Walmart crap that I have to find a place to store the rest of the year! We can recycle the nice clean trash right next door and have no guilt about throwing it out when the season is over. Or maybe I’ll just give them to somebody else who does have room to store seasonal decorations.
First we sketched out what we wanted to make. Bug drew some kind of robot buddy guy or that’s what she called him anyway. I made my cliche spy cats. It was my way of thumbing my nose at my landlord who made me wash the graffiti cats off the cement wall by our house. She can’t make me take halloween decorations out of my windows I don’t think. Pffft.
Then I cut them out with my handy-dandy box cutter. I love that thing.
After we had a motley collection of scary-looking silhouettes we got out the paint. Black and white for me and green, yellow, pink and purple for Bug. I think we have very different ideas about what Halloween looks like but whatever. I’m all for free form art.
Bug and her buddy had quite a fun afternoon together, just hanging out and relaxing on the cold hard cement.
I love it when we paint together. Everything else in my head just floats away…
Buddy Guy ended up looking scary after all. And yes, I did help a bit. I really need to not do that but sometimes I just can’t help myself. I think he’s kinda cute in a pickly-clown sort of way. You just know any minute he’s going to hop up and say “Boo!”
After the paint dried we took them upstairs and decorated the windowsills with them.
I’m kinda partial to the one guarding my dish rack.
Then we just had to wait for it to get dark to take some spooktacular pictures. We probably won’t get any trick-or-treaters this year (we never do) but at least it was fun for us. Maybe we’ll do the same thing for Christmas except with big giant snowmen and flying saucer-sized snowflakes.
You have the best ideas. Ever.
What great decorations! You guys are inspiring me to bust out the paints! I am envious of your cardboard connection!
Cool! This is right up my street I think I will borrow your idea and create some cool decorations for Halloween. Sorry I have not commented much of late. I have moved into a shared space with other creatives and we don’t have broadband yet. How did your big job go? I know exactly your how you feel in those situations, I crossed my fingers for your from afar. I hope your had a very restful vacation (I have not caught up on reading all your entries yet). Have you seen the film Stardust yet? it came out ages ago but I only saw it the other day, twas lovely.
How fun! You two always do such creative things together.
I wish we had a convenient supply of cardboard by us. The only cardboard I ever have is if I order something. And the only thing I occasionally order is books so the cardboard isn’t very big at all.
Your kid is not like my kid. She would have scribbled out a drawing, then gotten bored while you were cutting it out and wandered off to collect rocks, then maybe come back and painted two swipes down the middle and declared it done so she could wander off and collect more rocks. I wish my kid would paint with me for a whole afternoon. *sigh*
love the mother-daughter painting shot. You guys don’t even wear art smocks! Why is that? Something to do with lovin laundry?
decorations look great, and a lot of fun too.
SAJ says: I guess because we always forget and right now we don’t really have any “smocks”. Those are my designated painting pants though. Also, the paint is water soluble so I wasn’t really worried. :)
These are awesome. I am so lame I usually decorate two hours before the trick or treaters arrive.
Fun! We have that exact same dishrack! I was very skeptical of it – we were moving into a house without a dishwasher & I wasn’t sure it would be big enough. But it’s great! Sometimes I have it stacked dangerously high (Mount Dish) – but I love it!
SAJ says: Hee hee! Me too. I am amazing at stacking and sometimes at making
terrible crashes early in the morning that wake everyone in the house up.
haitian american family of three
We just did this too- Our back windows face the street and now look spooky with tree and ghosts. I love the buddy guy!
I love this!
And hee – there is a real Buddy Guy :-)
I hope you know that you might be doing this again when you get to our house this week…we have no Halloween decorations. And I just got rid of a bunch of cardboard, doh!
I love these! Very cool. You are so creative- Bug is lucky to have you as a mom.
Did you see the stop action movie made with cardboard creatures?
What a great idea! I love your creativity. Can I borrow an ounce or two?
How creative! Love the idea. And your apartment has such great light!
those are really cool! you’re so talented!
So that’s where all your cardboard comes from! What a great way to recycle it.
But now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to shut this browser window before the ghost behind the curtain freaks me out any more than it already has.
Pickle Clown… the very idea makes me laugh.
oh my gosh, you are so gifted! i want some of your creativity. i love the cat with his fuzzy zigzag tail!
even though we don’t celebrate halloween in south africa, i think i’m going to borrow these ideas for my nephew’s harry potter birthday party.
ps: i love your shoes!
I love this idea because I never have any place to put decorations after the season passes. This would be perfect for the girls to do and then we could just dump them later. We don’t paint enough over here! I’m starting to feel badly about it. I’d love to put some up in my kitchen window. I wonder if it would scare the girls if I put one up in their window too….
Those are the best decorations ever. The best part is that you did it yourselves. Much better than anything you could buy at Walmart. Now if only I could find a little patience, then maybe…
Those are the awesomest Halloween decorations I’ve ever seen!
Reaaaaaaaaaaaaally cute, I love those decors very much! :)
I love it! Super cute and I love when you can get back at someone for something stupid like making you clean off graffiti cats. Happy halloween to you!
You are as inspiring as always!
I lost your address, finally made you a post card and realized I had deleted your address!
kj @ Where my boys at?
This is just awesome. Makes me wanna hunt down some big sheets-o-cardboard and get painting! :)
I love those! They look so cool, way to reuse!
I did this a few years ago with leftover black foamcore because I didn’t want to paint!