Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Village

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The last couple of times I went to Dollar Tree, I kept noticing these little ceramic houses.  They have battery operated lighting, and I figured they were intended for Christmas.  However, even though I thought they were cute, they didn’t really say Christmas to me, partly because the lighting is orange.


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At some point, I was struck with inspiration, and realized they would make a cute little Halloween village.  That required spray paint, and so I cut around the glue and removed the light pack so the bulb wouldn’t be covered with black paint. (When I read on the tag that the batteries would last for only 10 hrs, I got a package of extras at DT.)

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I gave them a coat of primer, and a couple coats of glossy black.  A couple of twigs, also painted black, became trees.

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When I was using my glue gun to reattach the lights, the inevitable glue strings gave me the idea to cover the houses with “cobwebs”.

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Fast, cheap haunted village.  Well, my kids are impressed, anyway.

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19 comments:

Amber @ Two Nuts in a Shell said...

Very cute! I love it!!

HALLELUJAHS said...

Just stumbled across your blog. We share the same name and the same font for our blog title and signature! Go us! You have great ideas...thanks for sharing!

Holly
hallelujahsbyholly.bloodspot.com

Leah said...

cute idea for those houses

Charlene said...

Cute idea!

The Queen said...

I have seen similar houses but would NEVER have made the jump from Christmas snow village to haunted houses. Great idea.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hey, girl! I had to refresh my screen a few times to be able to comment...lots of error messages from Blogger today. :( I think your village is adorable!!! Love that idea. :)

FrouFrouBritches said...

That is sooo cute! I never would've thought about doing that. Great idea!

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

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Modern Country Style said...

Now I'm shaking in my boots.That is properly scary. Cobwebs were genius thinking!

Mary Joy said...

You are just too creative!!! I love it! Those are so cute! And my favorite kind...cute and cheap! You go girl! Thanks for stopping by today!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

These are too cute! I have been spray painting many things black the past few days for Halloween. :)

Gypsy Rose said...

This is adorable. very creative. I bet you could add too this every year too. I can see the kids making mini decorations for the little yards

Life in Rehab said...

I just saw these Saturday, and no such inspiration struck! Genius, I love them!

Kelsey said...

Came over from the CSI project. Love this idea!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I saw you at CSI. I really like your transformation. Big difference with the paint.

Meg said...

awesome! Now I want to hit the dollar store.

Crafty Carrie said...

This is a great idea. I never would of thought of Halloween but they turned out great

Denise @Junkdogdesign.blogspot.com said...

I saw these also at the Dollar store, but didn't think of them as Halloween. But these steal the show! Great Idea, thanks.

HALLELUJAHS said...

Oops, just noticed my blog was auto corrected...bloodspot? Eeew. That just sounds gross!

Sorry!
Holly
http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com