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How To Make An Easy And Thrifty Halloween Vignette

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By now you must all know that fall is my favorite time of the year.  And during fall we have Halloween which is always so much fun to decorate for.  Last year, while still in Greece we had a blast for Halloween with Mr. Pumpkin Man and we even had a Halloween party. 

So it is only fitting that now that we are in the States we will be going all out and celebrating.  And what easier way to celebrate then by putting together an easy and thrifty Halloween vignette that is created with re-purposed items. 

Today I am also joining some very special friends for a Fall/Halloween blog hop, so be sure to check them out at the end of this post. 

Lit Lava Pumpkin, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com

What I used for this vignette: 

  • A Himalayan Salt Lamp
  • One plastic jar
  • One glass Jar
  • A set of fairy lights
  • One battery operated candle
  • An old ceramic plate
  • Two tin cans
  • Various ribbons
  • a few fake pumpkins
  • pine cones
  • A cardboard box

The How -To:


​Let’s start with the obvious.  Can you guess what the above photo is?  No?  How about now?  In the photo below?

Yes that big ol’ blob is a Himalayan Salt Lamp.  My son has a few of them and well… it is orange!   I just couldn’t resist!   Do you think I should have asked him first before turning it into a pumpkin? 

I cut out a label into eyes, a nose, and a mouth and added them to the lamp.  I don’t really care what they look like in the daylight because the magic  happens when we turn the lamp on. 

The Lava Pumpkin, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
Now this guy next to the Himalayan Pumpkin is a very simple idea.  I just took a jar and painted the little ghost on it.  But the jar was turned upside down.  I then placed a battery operated candle inside…
A glass jar painted with a ghost, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
And voila!  Much safer than using a real candle and this “candle” also has a rotating flame which looks so pretty. 
Candle underneath the jar, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
These fellows here were also painted onto a plastic jar.  I know we all have plenty of jars weather they are plastic or glass, it really doesn’t matter.  
Plastic jar with painted ghosts, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
Actually there is a whole family of ghosts painted all around the jar. I threw some fairy light inside and added a pretty black and white ribbon on top. 
fairy lights inside plastic jar, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
The pumpkins were a store purchase many years ago.  No reason to throw them out, we can reuse them year in, year out. They look fresh because we have surrounded them with up-cycled crafts. 
Pumpkins and more pumpkins, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
And those twine covered little globes?  I had bought a whole package of them along with pine cones at Michael’s a few years ago. They actually smell like cinnamon! The orange leaves were found on the street, courtesy of Mother Nature. 
twine covered balls, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
Have you got some tin cans?  of course you do!  I painted mine in black and wrapped a piece of orangey fabric around. This came from an old blouse.  You know I am always doing that to my old clothes. Re-purposing the fabric for crafts.  It is easy and super thrifty.  I then added some ribbon over the fabric to hold it in place.  No glue here, because next month I might want to use the tin cans for something else. 
Tin cans wrapped in fabric and secured with ribbon, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
Placed on a platter dish they make a nice grouping, along with the small pine cones scattered around. 
platter holding the pumpkins and pine cones, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
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​This chalkboard dish was another easy re-purpose.  I found this dish in my dad’s basement …(shhh he doesn’t know that I took it).  It had one of those generic fall landscape scenes on it.  But I wanted it to work harder for me.  So I painted it with 2 coats of chalkboard paint and then prepped it using chalk.  I then wiped off the chalk the next day and was ready to use it.  My daughter grabbed it and drew Jack Skeleton on it. 

​Of course all it takes to change it up is a good wipe down and it will be ready for next month’s holiday!

wall plate painted with chalkboard paint and Jack Skeleton drawing, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
The gravestone is just a cardboard box, the kind that had a frame in it.  It was oncea wall art piece (see I never let anything go to waste).  The wall art had run its course and we really wanted to have a gravestone so my girl just painted it on.  Very easy and it cost nothing. And because it’s a box, it is more substantial than just a piece of cardboard.
Cardboard box painted as a gravestone, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
All lit up!
Halloween vignette all lit up, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
All in all, it cost us nothing to make this fun and easy vignette. I think it may have taken me longer to choose which photos to share with you!
close-up of gravestone, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
I think this little fella is my favorite!
Little BOO ghost, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
Looking down at the Halloween Vignette, How to Make an Easy and Thrifty Halloween Vignette www.theboondocksblog.com
All in all this fun project cost me nothing.  Just a bit of time and a good look around the house to see what I had available. And you know what, being able to re-purpose all those jars and tin cans makes me very happy!

​ I hope these simple ideas can inspire you to make your own easy and thrifty Halloween Vignette. And if you have a Himalayan Salt lamp, well, that’s even better!

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Now make sure to hop on over and visit all my special friends who are also participating in this Fall/Halloween blog hop. 

Welcome to our monthly Creative Blog Hop!

This month it’s all about Halloween/Fall Projects where you’ll find lots of inspiration to keep you DIYing for months! Meet your hosts

Tammy @ Hey Fitzy | Mary @ The Boondocks Blog Janine @ Happy Happy Nester | Carolann @ Sassy Townhouse Living Norma @ Paint Me Pink | Sarah @ Creative Ramblings Tara @ Lehman Lane | Michelle @ Our Crafty Mom Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Amanda @ Life On The Bay Bush Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna | Ashly @ Modern Glam Katrin @ KreativK | Jodie & Julie @ The Design Twins Kellie @ Gratefully Vintage

 

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Barbara Chapman

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

This post is very cute, Mary! I love the Himalayan salt pumpkin the best!! Happy to share this for you at this week's Share Your Style #229. Hope fall is beautiful up your way, Barb :)

Katrin

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Oh I love your thrifty Halloween vignette Mary and all it´s special characters on it!The lights look soo cool in the dark, what a fun idea to paint the ghosts on them! And not to mention the salt lamp turned into a JackO Lantern! Spooky! Enjoy your Halloween over there my friend <3

Mary

Monday 30th of October 2017

I hope you have a great time for Halloween Katrin.

Marilyn

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

It is always a pleasure to link up with you. Thank you for all you do to bring bloggers together. I invite you to join me at #OverTheMoon, #WonderfuWednesday and #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Have a great week!

Leanna

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Hi Mary, I really love all these ideas but I burst out laughing when I saw the wicked little grin on the chalkboard plate. He startled me into laughter the adorable little brat lol. Pinning.

Mary

Monday 30th of October 2017

I always try to have a little fun with these guys!

Sam - Raggedy Bits

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Mary, what a fabulous idea with your lamp!! He works in perfectly with all of your Halloween goodies!! Love the glass jar idea and your spooky chalk board face!

Mary

Monday 30th of October 2017

I really had a lot of fun doing this Sam. Thanks for organizing it.

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