I shared my Haunted Dining Room
with you on Saturday night.
But I didn't share any of the SCARY details.
Hey, it was the weekend!
So cover your eyes if you must (but it's gonna be hard to read that way) and follow along as I show you how I achieved my Haunted Dining Room.
I cannot take credit for the Madame Leota Crystal Ball idea. Miss Beaux and I were knee deep into this project when inspiration struck her like a bolt of lightning.
My Mother In Law passed all of these fantastic cloches from
Pottery Barn to me this year.
I had unpacked them all knowing that I wanted to use them
for my Halloween Display.
Miss Beaux remarked that this particular cloche
looked like a Crystal Ball.
I agreed but wasn't sure how I could pull that off.
She was set on the Disney Haunted Mansion Crystal Ball
so we Googled that image.
I wadded up some black tulle with a skull to see what effect that would have.
It was just what I was looking for, so we printed off a picture of Miss Leota on Photo Paper and
cut it out and placed it in there.
That was it!
And, I will have to tell you
that I am mighty impressed with myself!
Easy and Effective!
You could use a fishbowl to get the same look.
I was inspired by Nell Hill's Blog on Halloween tips.
She had life sized skeletons at the dining room table.
It just stuck in my head as something I wanted to do.
I was at Walmart looking for Cheesecloth when I ran across these handsome guys.
I figured I probably wouldn't find them any cheaper and there were only two of them so I snatched them up.
I really hesitated buying them as they were $39.00 apiece. My go-to theory on whether or not I REALLY want something is to put it in my basket and walk around and keep shopping for a while. If at the end of my shopping I STILL want it then I make the purchase. Sometimes, I'm just over it and decide I don't need it.
I bought two packages of cheesecloth for $4.00 apiece.
That was enough to cover up the Mr. and Mrs. and then tie a small amount around the backs of the chairs.
So much going on here for so little money.
I found these stick-ons at Walmart for $2.97.
Miss Beaux had fun sticking it up there.
The webbing was from Hobby Lobby half price.
A little spider webbing goes a long way.
I had these frames from Costco in the basement. I printed out the photos from Celebrate and popped them in there.
A little webbing, a spider, and a dead rose looks pretty spooky.
You might remember my white pumpkins
from my Fall Dining Room post.
I placed them on a silver candlestick with a bat cut out of construction paper.
The skulls were all from the Dollar store.
I know this is a terrible picture but it was really difficult to get a good photo with all of the reflection.
My "Bats in the Belfry" are cut out of black construction paper and tied onto a piece of Jute rope.
I taped the string to the top and to the bottom and put some spider-webbing inside to hide the tape.
The Black Crows lurking overhead are all from the Dollar Store. I went outside and found these branches and wired them to the light fixture. The black cloth netting is also from the Dollar Store. I looped it around the branches and the light being careful not to go inside the light at all. I don't feel like calling the Fire Dept.
I threw an extra bat or two up there also.
I kept my place setting simple with black dishes from Target that I had and the white Fleur de lis chargers that I ordered from OKL earlier in the year. We've had these black stemmed wine glasses since our wedding. You remember when I found this silver at an Estate Sale? Napkins are from Tuesday Morning. I only had four so I gave the Host and Hostess a pair of red napkins. A few creepy crawlers have invaded the table and are tucked into a silver napkin ring. A white pumpkin adds a touch of contrast to the black dishes. Everything here I already owned so I didn't have to purchase anything. Lightning Bolt courtesy of Pic Monkey!
Anyone for Bloody Mary's? I took an old wine bottle and printed out these labels from HERE. I wrapped some jute around the top to make it look vintage. The dripping blood around my tarnished champagne bucket is from the Dollar Store.
Mr. Rat is also from the Dollar Store.
On a silver platter under a cloche with some lettuce garnish and he looks Delish!
My Bleeding Heart: again the Dollar Store.
A ripped up doily and some fake blood under a cloche makes it look delectable.
I found this candelabra recently at an Estate Sale.
It was $35 which is actually a good price for this all silver piece. What's funny was that Miss Beaux came home from school that day and saw it sitting on the counter with the price on it. She picked it up
"$35! Mom why did you pay so much?"
I'm raising a Thrift Store Diva!
I set it on some old fake books that I had with black candles from Hobby Lobby. Boney fingers are crawling around it, they are from Walmart. I bought a whole bag of bones for $8.99. Oh, and I can't forget my tiny crow peeking out from the middle.
I think I've covered everything!
I want to thank all of my readers and followers for all of your kind comments and support.
Until Next Time,
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