Halloween is now the second most decorated holiday after Christmas (according
to dollars spent on decorating items). With decorations ranging from the
bizarre and frightening to cute and whimsical, you can find many ways to express
your inner goblin this year. Here are some easy decorating ideas:
1) Put miniature pumpkins and gourds in a large bowl or vase as a centerpiece or
2) Casually scatter (that's decorating jargon for very carefully arrange but
don't make it look like you did) small pie pumpkins, miniature pumpkins and
gourds, and fall leaves on a mantle or table for a festive look.
3) Use a pumpkin as a vase for a fall flower arrangement. Use a smaller bowl or
vase inside or just put them in the pumpkin depending how long you want the
flowers to last. Be sure to scale your arrangement to the size of the pumpkin.
In other words, for a big pumpkin, use lots of flowers with long stems and big
4) Drape spider webbing around a mirror and stick small spiders or bats in it.
(And if you have the secret to actually make the webbing stay and separate
right, let me know.)
5) Get an inexpensive fog machine and liquid to really set a scary scene. But
beware ... the fog will trip off your fire alarms if you use it inside.
Along with her husband, Julie Lohmeier is the veteran of numerous home
remodeling and building projects. From working hands on and doing much of the
work herself to hiring contractors and construction managers, she has seen the
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