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Spooky Halloween Candles – Thrifty Halloween Decorating

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Spooky Halloween Candles – Thrifty Holiday Decorating

These candles are the perfect mix of spooky, gory, and cute for Halloween!  They make the perfect, inexpensive decoration for your Halloween decor.

You will need

White candles

Red tapered candle

Match

Paper to lay your candle on

Begin by opening your candles.  Light the red candle and let it drip a couple of times on a sheet of paper.  Now, you want to lightly touch the edge of  your white candle with the tip your red tapered candle.  Let it drip down the side.  If you get a large drip in a place you don’t want it simply heat it up and let it melt again, gently pulling it down with your red taper.  That is what happened in the photo below.

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So simple, yet so cool looking and will definitely make people look twice!  Such an easy craft that comes from supplies at the dollar store!

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More Halloween and Fall ideas:

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vanpire donuts, such a FUN but SIMPLE treat idea that is sure to make your kids smile #Halloween #TreatIdeasVampire Donuts

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DIY Removable Pillow Covers, You won’t believe how easy these are to make!

You guys, really, you will not believe how fast these are to make!  I just want to keep making them! There is also a little trick I will show you to save even more money!

You will need:

Fabric (I used a half yard for my pillow size)

thread

sewing machine (or sew by hand!)

scissors

pins

iron and ironing board

throw pillow forms

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I am super cheap and won’t pay a lot for anything.  Especially something that isn’t a necessity like throw pillows.  Let me tell you, you don’t have to spend a ton to make your home look nice! If you don’t want to shell out the money for pillow forms, watch for inexpensive throw pillows that aren’t necessarily in the style you would want.  I got this bright red and green one for 90% off at Hobby Lobby after Christmas!  Not my style at all, but it was huge and had great thickness to it.  I knew it had potential.  So check out the clearance section and grab pillows that aren’t necessarily the style you would want because it is so easy to cover.

Once you have your supplies, iron your fabric.  It is always best to start out with nice, flat material to make sure everything is even.

Once it is ironed, you will need to measure your pillow. Trim your fabric about 2 inches larger then your pillow. Make sure that you leave enough room for your pillow.  If you sew the fabric right at the pillow edge, there won’t be room to get the pillow in.

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Now that you have it trimmed, you are going to take your sides and sew about an inch under on each side.  This is for the long side, and just on the ends. You will want to leave overhang on this part, so really just sew a small amount.  This will be where you insert your pillow, so you really need the overhang.

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Once you have the ends sewed, take your pillow and lay it on the decorative side of the fabric.  You will lay your pillow on the fabric and measure the sides to know where to pin them. (look at the photo above)

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You don’t need to leave much extra room for this step, it will make your cover look baggy and sloppy if you leave too much.  Pin snuggly on one side.  Measure the other side and mark with a pin through only one layer of fabric so you can still get your pillow out.  Remove the pillow and sew the sides all the way shut along your pin marks. Once you are done, turn it right side out.

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You will now be able to stuff your pillow into the cover through the back that is open. That is it!  Wasn’t that quick?  I think I threw the whole thing together in about 10 minutes,and that included interruptions!

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Now that you have it,you can remove your pillow whenever you want. This allows you to wash your covers if something were to get spilled on it.  Or change it out when your style changes. Perfect right?

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Thanks to  The Passionate Penny Pincher for passing along photo of her recent art project for her daughters room.  Who says a few dollars can’t make a room look stunning! If you would like to be a featured guest post on Look What I Made, watch for our weekly post each Tuesday called A Thrifty online craft fair, link up and you may be selected for our weekly feature post.

These  frames were taken down recently from a stairwell after a  re-painting project.  Spent only $2 on inexpensive scrapbook paper, and updated the walls . . . They look adorable.

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If you have been reading our site very long you know we moved about a year and a half ago, and are in the middle of a rather large remodel.  It has taken longer and a lot more money than we first planned on but we are still plugging away at it.  Because of that we have not really taken the time to decorate much.  But this weekend I took Matt on a date ( it was my Random Act Of Love for that day), we had lunch and then we decided to walk around the mall.  I needed a new purse because my old one feel apart, so we stopped in to  Burlington Coat Factory.   I was able to find a cute purse for a great price, but then I walked by these window panels.  I told Matt I thought they were really pretty and he liked them too…… so we bought them.

They are lined, so they will help keep out the daft ( yes our windows are old and let in a lot of cold air). They are really nice fabric and only $24.99 each…. after pricing these out at a few other stores I thought this was a great price!  (Yes if I had time to sew them, maybe I could make them cheaper…but lets face it I do not have time)  We needed 4 because the window is over 11ft long.  I already had the curtain rods, and the white sheer curtains.  The matching pillows were $14.00 for the set of 2 and the brown pillows we already had!

I was so excited to come home and put them up. I was absolutely thrilled with the transformation it made!  We plan to change the paint on the wall to a steel-grey-with a hint of blue  ( yes that is totally the name of the color….. or a least what is what  my brain calls it 🙂 ) They made the room look so much more inviting and warm!

Notice I did put up a Valance on the left side just to see what it would look like….. I can’t decide which side I like better.  I think it may be a little too fancy for us?  But thought I would ask my readers …..

WHICH SIDE DO YOU LIKE BETTER? Left or Right?

And just in case you are wondering NO we were not paid or compensated in any way from Burlington Coat factory.  Just happened to find a good deal at a local store and thought I would share it with you all!

UPDATE: looks like no valance which is what we went with before this post… and why the curtains, there is an old sauna room that leaks and doesn’t work behind the curtains.. We are planning on removing that Sun/ Sauna room in the spring. So the curtains are to hide it.

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