Vintage Halloween Decor Inspiration and DIY

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 One of my favorite sayings is “The best time to celebrate is whenever you can.” I don’t know who said it, but I like to live my life by that quote and Halloween definitely isn’t an exception. October is by far my favorite month of the year and Halloween is always big in my world. From August through October Kat and I dedicate all of our free time to decorating and putting together grandiose costumes.

You can create great parties or decorations with vintage Halloween pieces. I can’t get enough of the smirking black cat faces, glowing moon men and the spooktastic jack-o-lanterns! There’s something so whimsical, innocent and creepy that makes me wish I was a trick-or-treater in that era. So when I was making a small vignette for my wall last week I wanted to infuse the oddball fun of these pictures into my decorating plans.

Read on for some wicked inspiration and a quick crafty tutorial!

This is my little Halloween vignette. I found the sweet little mirror sconce and sprayed it black (I was too much of a wuss to break the mirror!), then placed it next to a skull made of googly eyes that I spent an entire morning and afternoon slaving over. I found the googly eye skull here, but it didn’t come with a tutorial so I’ll just quickly tell you how I did it.

  1. I took an 11×14 inch canvas and painted it black with acrylic paint.
  2. I then purchased 4 different sizes of googly eyes at Joanns. (I learned the hard way not to mix-and-match in dollar store ones. They have a yellow tint to them that is really unappealing!) You will need the most of the extra small and small (the medium and large are used sparingly) so make sure you purchase a few bags of those.
  3. I then printed the skull at a 145% scale (landscape oriented) so that the googly eyes matched the sizes of the ones I had purchased.
  4. The skull came out on two pieces of paper, so I cut them out and mod podged them onto the canvas.
  5. Using tacky glue I adhered the googly eyes to the canvas, just following the pattern on the guide below. Once all in place you can’t even tell that the paper is under it!

This project took some patience, but isn’t it so impressive. I LOVE IT! 

In the frames I placed three vintage Halloween postcards. If you’ve never looked through Halloween postcards from the early 1900s to the ’60s, you’ll be surprised. They are awesome, and also a little strange. One day I would love to read a book on the history behind all of them. The devil writing a menu while odd fruit faces watch on is definitely my favorite.

Do you have any vintage Halloween pieces that you can’t live without?

 From top to bottom: Photos via shewalkssoftly.com; thriftreveal.blogspot.com; christmastraditions.com; thriftreveal.blogspot.com; bhg.com; Myself and cardcow.com.

Stay tuned for many more Halloween posts! 🙂

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