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Monday, September 24, 2012

Halloween decorating with black crows

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In case you’re wondering, the letter “C” is for Crows.

Well, at least during Halloween.

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During the rest of the year this gold letter stands for ‘Create’ and it hangs on my dining room wall with my collection of framed vintage prints. This is the BEFORE photo of my dining room wall last season… before I transformed it into a cool Halloween art gallery of black crows.

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Don’t you just love those screeching black birds? They add that perfectly creepy touch at Halloween, especially when you cluster them in large numbers.

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So when I saw this package of twelve crow silhouettes by Martha Stewart, I bought it without knowing exactly what I’d do with it. And then it dawned on me. What about turning my dining room wall into a gallery of crow art? After all, everything was already there, the framed art work and the nail holes…

All I needed were the crow pictures.

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So here’s what I made using Martha Stewart’s crow silhouettes.

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It was so easy.

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I simply cut white poster board to fit inside the framed artwork I already had hanging.

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And I covered each white poster board piece with old book pages…

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But first I decided to draw lines on the poster board to use as a guide. I wanted the pages to appear straight, so l lined them up, then used double stick tape to attach them. 

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After the poster board was completely covered with book pages I attached a single crow silhouette in the center using the adhesive dots that are included in the package. And voila! You have instant Halloween art for your haunted house. The final step is attaching the poster board to the front of your glass, and again, I used tape.

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What do you think? If you’re interested in how I made the doll head chandelier, you can Click here. But back to the crows.

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I added a few more birds here…

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and there…

And then I made this Crow’s Nest using my pot rack.

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Do you like it? Here’s how I did it:

I sprayed some branches black and attached them with wire. Then I added burlap pieces layered with cheesecloth and dried moss. And of course, lots of crows. The birds were a little tricky to attach to the branches because of the odd angles so I used wire and lots of black masking tape over their feet. As a final touch, I tucked a few small flashlights inside the burlap and on the night of the party I turned these on. In the dark, these lights added a spookiness to the crow display that was perfect!

Well, the countdown to Halloween has begun for all of you Halloween party planners. I hope I gave you some ideas you can use…let me know how it’s going, I love to hear about party details.

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In the meantime, I’m linking up here:

 

xoxo

Leslie

 

10 comments:

Debra @ Common Ground said...

so many fun ideas. LOVE the crows on the book pages!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Leslie your dining room looks spooktacular! Love it!

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, that is amaaaaazing! come do my house??

Susan Herin said...

Leslie, you are sooo creative! This is awesome! I love how you just used what you already had in the dining room and turned it into a fabulous Halloween display. The doll head chandelier is a riot. Love the crows nest on the pot rack! :)

must love junk said...

These turned out soo fun! I'm visiting via Cowgirl Up and am your newest follower :)
Susan

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

What a fun transformation. I love the book pages.

Monica said...

I am so impressed by your creativity!! I also love the pop of blue in that room...I imagine that you refinished that piece yourself? All the best- Monica

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Leslie,
Thanks for sharing all these great ideas at my party...love those darling crows.

Blessings,
Linda

White Weathered Hutch, said...

What imagination you have!! That's great. Love it all.

Meow Opre said...

I was browsing for unique and awesome Indoor/Outdoor halloween decorations and saw your posts. Fun & great ideas you have here. I hope it's fine with you that I could pin some of them on my Pinterest board halloween decorations. Keep up writing interesting posts as this. Thank you :)

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