Medusa Head

I’ve always loved Medusa. Although, I’m not really a fan of snakes. She’s definitely a wonderful character to have around during the Halloween season. A few years back, I designed an entire Medusa installation complete with stone figures. Medusa’s snakes were created from pool noodles! This Medusa was much easier to construct. I picked up this female wig head from my local craft store. First, I adhered green tissue paper scraps to the entire wig […]

Monster Silhouettes

These Monster Silhouettes are sure to give my neighbors a fright. This easy project is an inexpensive way to add some Halloween curb appeal to your home. Use a white colored pencil to draw out monsters or any other Halloween characters on black poster board. Get creative! I love making monsters because there are no guidelines. Just make sure your creature fits within your window frame. Use scissors to cut out your creation and an […]

Gilded Insect Wall Plaques

A few years back, I edited my Halloween decoration collection. I sold and donated a lot of what I call generic Halloween decor. Don’t get me wrong, I love those items, but I wanted to elevate my collection. Since then I’ve made and try to buy unique Halloween items. Something that will set my house apart from the rest. These Gilded Insect Wall Plaques are the latest addition to my collection. They didn’t break the […]

Dollar Store Foam Pumpkin Topiary

I’m a huge Halloween fanatic. It’s one of my favorite holidays to craft and decorate for. The other day I was scrolling through Instagram and saw the cutest mini foam pumpkin that Brittany Young from Certified Celebrator had picked up from the dollar store and Brittany-fied. She inspired me to transform a few pumpkins of my own and create this pumpkin topiary. Here’s a before picture of the foam pumpkins I picked up from Dollar […]

Spider Web in a Picture Frame- SUPERSIZED

I recently created and installed some Halloween decor at Berlin Nightclub Chicago. Since, it’s a SUPERSIZED version of the Spider Web in a Picture Frame craft I recently posted, I wanted to share the photos here.   Learn how to make a smaller version of this project here- http://slumberingalligator.com/2015/10/spider-web-in-picture-frame-video.html or go big like I did! Happy Halloween!  

Dinner of the Dead Decor

Since my previous two postings pertained to decor projects I was working on for Sauce and Bread Kitchen’s (www.sauceandbread.com) Dinner of the Dead, I thought I would share some photos of how the space turned out. I’m so happy with the results. This Dia de los Muertos garland looks great above the main counter. It was so inexpensive and simple to make. Read the how-to here- http://slumberingalligator.com/2015/10/dia-de-los-muertos-garland.html     These three characters are the highlight of […]

Day of the Dead Skulls

Project construction rolls on for the upcoming Dinner of the Dead at Sauce and Bread Kitchen. See previous post for full details here- http://slumberingalligator.com/2015/10/dia-de-los-muertos-garland.html I constructed 20 of these Day of the Dead skulls to be placed on the tables. I absolutely love how they turned out. Heres a quick overview of the process. I picked up plastic skulls from Dollar Tree. A one dollar skull- you can’t beat that! First, I applied four coats of […]

Dia De Los Muertos Garland

Recently I was asked to make decor for a dinner to be held at Sauce and Bread Kitchen (http://sauceandbread.com) here in Chicago. It’s their 5th Annual Dinner of the Dead. I thought I’d share a few of the projects I’m working on here before the big reveal on October 28th. I’m so pleased with how this Dia De Los Muertos garland turned out! Would you believe its made from paper plates? Here’s how I made […]

Spider Web in a Picture Frame (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

Boo! I’m so excited to be sharing my first Halloween crafting video tutorial. In this video, I’ll show you how to make an awesome Spider Web in a Picture Frame craft. It’s perfect for your front door or just about anywhere in your haunt! Take a look! Many thanks to Pillbox79 productions (http://www.pillbox79.com) for shooting and editing this video! Happy Halloween!!!

Leaf Bowl

This Leaf Bowl showcases one of my favorite things about fall- COLORS. The inside of the bowl is as glorious as the out! I love how it looks here displayed on the table next to my Autumn Leaves Candle Holders (http://slumberingalligator.com/2015/09/autumn-leaves-candle-holder.html). Supplies: Mod Podge Foam Brush Balloon Bowl (to hold balloon in) Fabric Leaves w/o steams (I got these for the dollar store) First, blow up the balloon to desired bowl size and place tied […]