Hello! Karen and I have been painting some fun Halloween projects that I wanted to share with you. The deal is that we are hosting a Vintage BOO Sign workshop this Sunday and we advertised that we were going to have a candy bar ... so the pressure was on to make one ... like right now!
This is a quick display I set up in my shop to take a photo to share with you. We still have a few tweaks to do when we set up the "real" candy bar (like using that cool white spider web stuff that is super easy to drape everywhere and looks quite spooky). We also have some more goodies to add! Apparently I have eaten a considerable amount of treats and I need to buy more. There are consequences when you purchase Halloween treats too early!
If you are interested in attending our Vintage Boo Sign workshop this Sunday, October 15th at 1:00 pm, we still have spots available. It is being held at the Murillo Town Hall.
Back to the candy bar ...
I love how this turned out! This was an old wood wine box that we painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the colour Curio first and then we painted Tricycle over top. Once the paint was dry, we distressed the box with 220 grit sandpaper so you could see the brown paint peeking through the red paint. We finished the box off with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil because Karen and I are both totally addicted to using Hemp Oil - it makes everything beautiful!
I made a quick little sign using a free graphic that I downloaded and added the wording (which totally makes me giggle every time I read it). I nailed the sign in place, tied a black cape around the box and bing bang boom - done!
At the end of this blog post, I will share some links to some websites with free graphics.
The white boxes with treats inside were painted with Homestead House Milk Paint in the colour Champlain and finished with Hemp Oil.
I had three fairly large frames made from MDF kicking around and I decided to use them to make some quick signs. We used the same colours of milk paint, Curio and Tricycle, to paint them. Once again, we used Hemp Oil to finish them off and I printed out some fun graphics to put in the frames.
The box that the frame is sitting on was an old raw wood box. I used Homestead Home Espresso Furniture Wax on it. I love Espresso Wax on raw wood!
We are having door prizes at the workshop so I needed to buy some Halloween pens. These ones are about a foot long and are very difficult to write with, but they look cool. I may have to rethink using them. lol
These two crates were raw wood from Michael's and we used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Antiquing Wax on them. I banged up the crates a little to distress them before applying the wax. I have a detailed blog post about using Antiquing Wax on new wood to make it look like old wood that has been kicking around forever. Here's the link:
The pumpkins were painted by my friend, Dawn. She used Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Tuscan Orange. Last fall I wrote a blog post on making these pumpkins. Here's the link:
The box with the striped candy inside was painted with MMSMP Typewriter. Once that dried, we painted MMSMP Farmhouse White on top and distressed it. We then stenciled the spiders using Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black. The box was then finished off with Homestead House Espresso Furniture Wax. Espresso Wax is wonderful on raw wood and on top of milk paint.
I love corrugated cardboard so I decided to cover the table with it. I thought the cardboard looked a little stark, so I added a witch's hat and draped a cape over the edge of the table.
I can't wait until Halloween! I am going to set up the candy bar in my shop for the kids who come trick or treating. I'll give them each a little bag to fill with goodies. So, if you live in my neighbourhood - please stop in!
If you are looking for free graphics for Halloween (and for just about anything else you can think of) grab a cup of coffee and take a peek at The Graphics Fairy website.