I have to say that in past years, I never was one to decorate much for Halloween.
I've tried to embrace it this year, though, for a couple of reasons.
One being that my oldest has had such a miserable month being sick that I knew he would love the additions (his favorite holiday is Halloween and he loves sciency things like skulls).
The bonus was that these skull place cards were inexpensive and super easy to make.
I didn't really photograph all the steps for a tutorial, because these really are so simple.
I started with paper mache skulls from the craft store and gave them each a coat of FolkArt Metallic Paint in Pure Gold. When dry, I topped it with two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Course Glitter in Florentine Gold.
I cut out some tags from leftover chipboard that I had from other projects, painted them with chalkboard paint and tied them to the eye socket with twine. I love the mix of the rustic chalkboard and twine with the glam skull.
I also replaced my favorite Julia Child quote with a hand drawn sugar skull on our chalkboard and skeleton garland that I happened to have on hand (i.e., I swiped from my son's Halloween stash). All is good, though...he loves it!
One more shot of the current mix of color, formality and fun in our dining room right now.
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October 31st as part of the Modern & Fall Home Series.