Last year at this time, Chris and I were on our European adventure. It was well into October by the time we returned, and we were both playing catch-up after being gone for so long.
So I didn’t have a lot of time to focus on fall decor for my front porch, but I did pull together a quick and very inexpensive look for Halloween.
I thought it would be fun to share it with you today.
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Dollar Store Skull Vignette
Over the years I’ve become very selective about how much decor I buy (and then have to store) for any given holiday. That’s one reason I like working with natural elements in fall decor: When the season is over I just compost them.
But I found a small Edwardian-looking skull at a dollar store that I could not resist. It inspired my little front porch vignette.
I cut some florist foam to size and placed it into a little clay pedestal (it’s on the left in the photo). Then I concealed the foam with sheet moss and pushed a small wooden stake through. I placed the skull over the stake. The stake would hold the skull in place.
Then I covered a large clay saucer with sheet moss. This would serve as the base for the vignette I was creating.
The vignette consisted of the skull on a fancy pedestal, a small white pumpkin, and my favorite creepy plant, a cushion bush (Calocephalus ‘Silver Stone’).
Then it was just a matter of shopping my own garden for twigs, mosses and lichens to add.
Looking at it now, I wish I would have put a bow tie on the “neck” of the skeleton. Maybe this year.
A Viking Pumpkin
Last year I chose pumpkins with interesting stems. I thought this one was fun.
And this one, with its crazy stem, would make a fierce viking.
By the time I was finished with him, he looked more punk rock than viking.
I added some twine to his stem and put him on the same black-painted grape wreath that I used as a nest for my haunted hatchlings a few years back.
My summer plants were still going strong last October, so I dressed up a potted fuchsia with a mask that I had on hand.
Another mask that I found at the dollar store glammed up my lion statue.
They greeted trick-or-treaters as they walked up the stairs.
I added a few creepy lights to the mix and I was done.
I’d spent two dollars at the dollar store, and a bit more for some pumpkins. The rest I had on hand.
Fall decor might go by the wayside this year too because, in early October, I will be kicking off a (hopefully) fun special project – something that I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time. So stay tuned!
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