Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Halloween Decor- with a little PB Spin

Have you seen the Pottery Barn catalog with all of the Halloween decorations...especially the vase filled skulls with lite candles over the highly flammable moss?  Not to give them a hard time, but I'm convinced the PB design team does NOT have kids!  

Well here is my fireproof and much cheaper version...

I used skulls from the Dollar Store that I darkened up a bit with some acrylic stain and a few bats that I cut out with a cookie cutter out of salt and flour dough and painted them with black acrylic paint (see below.)  I used a flame-less candle that I painted black and added some moss and it was ready!

My boys and I had a fun time making these bats out of dough.  I made a bunch of them and even put some holes in a few to possibly make a banner...that's on my to do list but so we shall see!

Here is all you need for the dough:
1 Cup Salt
2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Water

Just mix all together and knead until smooth.  The dough can be a bit sticky so I just rolled it out with some flour and started cutting out the bats with a cookie cutter.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 200 degree oven until hard (usually 2 to 3 hrs depending on how thick you've made the shapes.)  After they have cooled off I sanded some of the rough edges and then painted them.

Happy Haunting!


  1. This is a great arrangement. I love that you used black and white - so classic.

  2. Those are awesome. I think I need to get my minions on some of these this weekend. Nicely done!

  3. Those are super cute! Thanks for the idea!

  4. How fun and cute. Love that you made them. :) Thanks for coming over and linking up. Happy Weekend to you!

  5. What a great idea! I love this! I would make bats and ghosts and hang them from my tree in the front yard! Love it.


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