Friday, September 30, 2011

Craft Idea ~ Hallowe'en Decorations

My passion for thrift stores and my never-ending hunt for a good bargain took me to Value Village a couple of weeks ago. For years their stores have been Hallowe'en central, and now they even have a large rack of free cards filled with costume, makeup and decorating ideas using recycled items.

One that caught my eye was their Sinister Ceramics - Decorating Idea #2, with instructions for turning old ceramic figurines into hair-raising decorations. They used owls but for my project I settled on cats.

I found two cats and bought rhinestones at a bead store to use for eyes.  Here's what I started with.

Okay, those cats were already pretty hair-raising! I removed the dried flowers from the pink cat, gave a both a light sanding to scuff up the surfaces, sprayed them with glossy black paint (I did this outdoors), and let them dry overnight. The next morning I used my hot glue gun to attach the rhinstone eyes, and they were done!

Here's what they look like now.

The total cost for both was about $7.00. I have them sitting in a little alcove in my foyer, but I think they'd also make cute decorations for a child's Hallowe'en party or for decorating a classroom. Or...?

You'll find lots of spooky ideas on the Value Village website or in one of their stores. Have fun, and have a safe and happy Hallowe'en!

Until next time,
The Christmas Secret (November 2011)


linda s said...

I like them! That sounds just too easy. I just have to try it. Thanks, Lee

Lee McKenzie said...

Laney, I love to repurpose things. Even leftovers!

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Linda! You'll have to let us know how yours turn out. I've been thinking that this would work for other holidays, too.

Sara said...


I really love those cats...what a wicked cool idea...

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Sara! Even my daughter, who thought it was a lame idea, thinks they're cute :)

Rachel said...

I love the way you've put the newly black cats in the white alcove above the white pumpkins on the black tray!

Hallowe'en chic!