Repurposed Tricks & Treats – Halloween Decor Ideas

Oct 21, 2008 by

For the next week, I am excited to share with you different ideas I styled to make your home spooktacular!   This first installment was inspired by the literary elements in my home.

If you have a typewriter, use it as a way to hold up spooky signs (mine was created from a page out of an antique “psychosis diagnosis” book topped with cutout letters).   With chalkboard paint, I gave a few old books a face lift — making them perfect for penning ghoulish messages.  Then, I transformed a baroque gold planter with a coat of chalkboard paint, tracing its lines with chalk, to create a fresh look that can be used around the year.

Decorating around the holidays is a fun way to revitalize one’s home, but I rarely purchase seasonal decor items that will collect dust after the holiday.  Instead, if you look around your home, there are so many items waiting to be used in a different, frightful light!  Couple these with fresh flowers, plants, and of course, pumpkins, and you have repurposed tricks and treats!

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13 Comments

  1. Love the creative use of chalkboard paint! Your decorations look great.

  2. Duc

    Grace,
    What a great photograph! The type face is great. That typewriter is perfect color for Halloween too!
    -Duc

  3. Love it Girlfriend! It does not scare me one bit to use stuff from around the house and spook it up! (Love the books, by the way.)

  4. Grace this is beautiful & fun creations! I love the dark color contrast with the bright orange. Very refreshing. Painting with chalkboard paint sounds fun. I’ve never seen it before. Where do you get the paint? Btw, I just walked by the place that has the pots for sales in my neighbourhood. The lady was there and she told me she gave the pots away. I told her about you and I was going to take a picture. She smiled and said “oh, I guess I caught some attention…” Then, she was trying to think what she could give away…hehe. I will walk by again in the future. Maybe our conversations will inspire future “sales”. : )

  5. Oh that makes me want a typewriter even more!! Love your ideas

  6. How lovely! I’ve been looking for an antique typewriter for ages, and when I find “the one” I think I will use your idea…

  7. Girl – You are incredible. Chalkboard books… Genius! Spooktacular is right!!!

  8. I love all your wonderful ides and fabulous style!! Just to also let you know, I referenced you on a previous post of mine: http://hollylane.blogspot.com/2008/11/its-goodwill-wednesdayhusband-please.html

    Thanks, keep that wonderful style coming!!!

  9. So not really on the same topic as your post, but I found this today and I just can’t resist sharing. Mrs. Agathe’s dishwasher quit working so she called a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told him, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you the check. Oh, and by the way…don’t worry about my Doberman. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT under ANY circumstances talk to my parrot!” When the repairman arrived at Mrs. Agathe’s apartment the next day, he discovered the biggest and meanest looking Doberman he had ever seen. But just as she had said, the dog simply laid there on the carpet, watching the repairman go about his business. However, the whole time the parrot drove him nuts with his incessant cursing, yelling and name-calling. Finally the repairman couldn’t contain himself any longer and yelled, “Shut up, you stupid ugly bird!” To which the parrot replied, “Get him, Spike!”

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  11. I mean consider whoever wrote this post, they must have been working hard to write that good and it took a good bit of their time I am sure.

  12. Decorating around the holidays is a fun way to revitalize one’s home, but I rarely purchase seasonal decor items that will collect dust after the holiday. Instead, if you look around your home, there are so many items waiting to be used

  13. All we know is not the same as the original note is produced,It’s really amazing how a mirror can actually make someone feel so good.

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