Wednesday, September 22, 2010

$3 Halloween project

Here is an easy Halloween decoration that you can make in less than an hour for just $3!  I'm linking up to Melissa's under $10 under 1 Hour party today!  Click read more below for detailed instructions on how to make this.


I went to the Dollar Tree and bought one black crow (I usually rummage through the box to find the best looking ones~some of them at my dollar tree looked pretty sad!  I like the ones with their heads cocked to the side)

I bought one 9 1/2" tall glass vase

 and one candle pillar base...

You will also need a rock or a block of wood that will fit under the vase after it is turned upside down.

Step 1: I took the cardboard base and tag off the crow.  Then I cut off the wires that were keeping him attached to the cardboard (just bend them back and forth a few times and they will break, or use wire cutters)

Step 2: I centered the crow on the rock and hot glued his feet to it.

Step 3: I typed the words "Specimen No. 11" in microsoft word and printed it out onto white cardstock.  I used Times New Roman font and a font size of 16.  I used font size 20 on the number eleven to make it bigger.

Step 4: Next I cut a rectangle around the words to create a "tag".  I poked one end of the tag with a safety pin and strung white dental floss through the pin hole before tying it around the crow's foot.  (I didn't have string) :)

Step 5: I centered the rock/crow on the candle base, and then turned the glass vase over on top of it.

That's it!~  a $3 craft done in about 20 minutes!
I also added some branches from my yard and made a vignette:
I took an old lampshade and cut off all the ribbing and fabric to strip it down to its bare "bones".

I also bought this 4x6 black frame at the dollar tree, printed "boo" onto white cardstock in century gothic size 72 font

I centered the glass from the frame around the word, and traced around it in pencil...

I cut it out, stuck it in the frame, and put it on this $1 easel from dollar tree as well.

There are lots of fun things you can do.  Just play around with it.  Maybe add a pumpkin or some fake spider web.  Be sure to check out all of the other great projects at Melissa's party!


  1. I found you on the sycamore 320 blog - love this idea and the price tag! so cute - love the boo in the picture frame as well - might have to do that one!

  2. I see a trip to Dollar Tree in my future.......and I'm totally digging the rock "perch" - brilliant!

  3. oh my. Hands down the best halloween decor I have seen on the blogs! I love it and I am SO stealing this idea.. lol Great job!!!!

  4. These are such fun projects! Hard to believe it all came from the Dollar Store--they look so classy!

  5. Sweet and simple. And a leetle bit scary, but not too much. Perfect. I wish they would hurry up and build a dollar store where I live, I miss them! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I really liked this project and added it to my Tumblr file.

  6. I really really love this - thanks for sharing!

  7. Fantastic!!!
    I love the dollar store!!

  8. Thanks for the great idea! I think I have everything to recreate this for my own it! Gotta love Dollar Tree!

  9. What a fabulous vignette ~ and who'da thunk it all came from DT???? Love me some DT! BTW, the crows at my DT are pretty ragged, usually, too!

    Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Super cute - you inspire me! P.S. I just saw a black crow at Jo Ann's today on my lunch break for $12.99 - but it was 50% off. Still you got a great deal. I loved the crow but went pish over spending $6.50 on it. Now I'll check dollar tree.

  11. I love your Halloween vignette, especially the 'specimen' tag detail. Spooky! :)

  12. I LOVE your Halloween display! Especially the way you used the vase to cover the crow!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. I can't tell you how much I love this! Especially the "rock", the specimen tag, and the shade. Way to go, girl! Thanks for joining the fun with us~have a great weekend.

  14. Hi,

    I love the simplicity of this...yet it says all you would want it to - very cleaver. I have a cloche just sitting around...hummmm? Great ideas.(-:

  15. Great display! I love it, especially the specimen jar.

  16. Mmm Hmm... LOVE it! :)
    The simplicity of it, makes it... just the right kind of creepy, for me :)
    Nice work, I love your taste :)
    ~Shelley Smith

  17. I am loving your blog! Going to Dollar Tree today!

  18. I just went to DT this weekend to find this..they had 3 crows left! I snatched up one that looked the best. Love this idea!

  19. Saw your display on the Sycamore 320 blog and just HAD to come see it in detail! VERY crafty!! Thank you for some wonderful ideas.

  20. Okay. I am inspired. Easter + Dollar Store = Can't hardly wait!


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