If there’s one thing I love, it’s a chic party setup. Halloween lends the perfect opportunity to have a little fun with the decor. I don’t get too crazy, but I did get overly excited about the possibilities when I was listening to the “Caspar” movie that the girls were watching last weekend. I wasn’t paying too much attention and I actually have no idea what was going on, but the ghosts were joking about a party and said, “Scream or sugar?” and I just couldn’t go on with my life until I used the phrase in some Halloween decor. You know how that goes….
I’ve teamed up with Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores today to bring you this “Shriek to Chic” post for their Halloween to DIY for. Eek! I love that theme! I think black and white is always chic, and I’ve collected some great materials to create easy and affordable Halloween decor. Plus, I have free printables for you to use!
The Halloween section at Jo-Ann is such a treasure trove of inexpensive supplies. I knew that I wanted to stick with a mostly black and white look, so I collected items that fit within that framework. I grabbed a couple things (hanging tissue medallions and a window decal) to use in central locations and then several items that could be used across multiple decor pieces (like the spider and glass/bottle decals). To create my chalkboard “scream or sugar” and haunted house pictures, I used 8×10 canvas boards and chalkboard paint; I also found wrought iron picture stands that come in really handy for standing up plates and signs to places you don’t typically have decor! Black lace or fabric makes the easiest table covering, particularly because you can just bunch it up on your tabletop and it looks great without any hemming or anything!
I made the chalkboard art the same way that I made the Chalkboard Halloween Sign that I shared last week – using my Cricut to cut out the image. You can find all the chalkboard sign details here. Rather than creating the chalkboards on mounted canvas, though, I did them on flat 8×10 canvas boards, which you can find in the same section as the mounted canvas (at Jo-Ann). Download the FREE images for uploading to your cutting machine software here:
If you don’t want to cut out the image and use it to stencil chalkboards, you can simply print and frame the images. Click on the images below to open the full resolution image and download each for printing. With either method, simply pop the finished piece into a frame or stand up using a picture stand and you’ve got awesome decor ready to go!
I staged the pictures in a little area that can double as a drink/coffee station. Some black lace fabric, the grey tissue medallions, a couple pumpkins, and a plate with a huge spider decal pull the whole area together!
The black lace cup decals look really festive, too, though they were kind of hard to work with. You need to use glasses that do not have tapered sides, since the decals are cut in a straight line. It was even tricky getting them onto my mugs. I still like the way they look, though – very chic! I added some to a large bottle, too, and filled it with candy corn. Get a sneak peak of it below! Easy, easy decor – I like it!
Next week, I have a number of great cupcake ideas that you can frost for those last minute parties, so check back in! And be sure to get involved in the J0-Ann community by sharing YOUR Halloween to DIY for projects using the hashtag #DIY4Halloween – see what others are sharing here!!
**This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. All opinions are my own.**