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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!


23 comments:

  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!

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

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  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!!!!
    ~Tana

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

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  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.
    http://apartmenthomesteader.tumblr.com/

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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

    http://sustainablychicdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  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.

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  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.(-:

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

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  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
    houseofsmiths.blogspot.com

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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