Halloween Door Decorating

My dorm held a Halloween door decorating contest this week because we have fall break over Halloween weekend. My roommate Swen and I decided to enter and obviously wanted to win.

Halloween Door Decorating Both Doors

Swen and I looked at Pinterest and I pinned the ones I liked to my “College” board. The one we both liked the most was this one, though we never actually looked at the link: (Pin here, link here)

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We also wanted to do a monster. I thought we came up with this by ourselves, but Swen later told me that she was basing her idea off of this pin: (Pin here, link here)

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We took a trip to Walmart to gather our materials for both doors:

  1. 2.5 yards black fabric
  2. 2 yards orange fabric
  3. “Glow Green” Red Heart yarn
  4. Fake spider web stuff
  5. 2 small hair elastics
  6. Paint chips (Red, Yellow-White, and Orange)
  7. Paint tape & scissors

Materials

We started with the door to our storage closet. In our dorm each suite gets a small closet in the dorm hallway, so this door was visible to anyone in the hallway just like our suite door.

Storage Door

We began by taping the black fabric into place on the door. We bought extra black fabric to make the face on our other door, so then it needed to be cut off. Access holes also had to be cut so that the handle was accessible and the door could latch and lock. (The hallway is way too small to get good photos of the process, sorry!)

Halloween Door Decorating - Monster

Next Swen cut the eyes of the monster out of 2 red/crimson paint chips and the teeth and pupils out of quite a few yellow-white paint chips. I put them onto the fabric with more paint tape that was looped.

Paint Chips

Finally we gave our monster-door some hair. Swen and I chose a length that looked right on the door then threw the skein of green yarn back and forth to get many pieces. We cut all of the looped ends and then put two small hair elastics where the corners of the door would be. To hang up the hair I taped the elastics to the corner of the door. Then Swen decided our monster needed bangs, so she figured out a good length, went back and forth with the yarn and cut the pieces, and then we distributed them equally along the hair already there. The bangs are just hanging over the hair.

Monster Door with Hair

On to the pumpkin door! Following the same process as with the monster door, Swen and I taped the orange fabric to our suite door. Using the left over black fabric we cut the two triangles and smile out and taped them to the orange fabric. Don’t forget to cut access holes for everything, including the deadbolt and peephole… otherwise your door won’t lock and you might not know why or you won’t know who just knocked on your door.

Pumpkin Door

Finally, we had a lot of fun with the fake spider web stuff. We didn’t even use all of the webbing we bought but managed to cover a lot of area. If you don’t remember to duck when leaving our suite you get a face full of fake spider webs, yuck! Swen and I’s other roommates carved a Fall Out Boy pumpkin which I displayed on top of left over fabric and surrounded in webs and green string.

Pumpkin DoorComplete Monster Door

Panorama

In case you were wondering, our suite won the decorating contest! It didn’t hurt to decorate two doors, did it? Comment below with which door is your favorite!

Bri (and Swen)

Brown and Gold French Tip Nails

Here’s my most recent manicure! It was my own take on a pin from Pinterest. Unfortunately, the link that the pin led to was not a family friendly website nor the original posting, so I decided not to post the link to where the picture is from. (If it’s yours, let me know & I’ll put in a link for you)

Brown & Gold French

I had just bought the brown and copper nail polish because they are perfect colors for fall. I went through my Pinterest board “Nailed IT!” and picked this manicure to use my new polishes. The polishes I used are (from left to right):

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in #100, Invisible

Sinful Colors in #949, Nirvana

Pure ICE in #1118, Viva Las Vegas

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The first thing I did was two coats of the Sinful Colors brown. I really like this color by itself without any others polishes or designs. It’s a perfect neutral for fall!

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Next I carefully put the Pure Ice copper on top of the brown to make the classic French manicure design. It was necessary to pretty much dab it on then stroke off of the nail. It’s interesting that once I put the copper polish on the brown it looked like gold. After two coats of the copper I let it dry before using the Sally Hansen Xtreme clear for a top coat. (I think this picture was taken before the top coat, so imagine it a little bit smoother)

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This complete manicure is perfect for fall with the earthy tone of brown and the metallic bronze/gold. Never be afraid to use my pictures as the spark for an idea and do your own thing. That’s what I did with this nail design and have done in the past. Contact me with any questions or to share your own take on this nail design. Hope you enjoyed!

Bri

Birthday Balloon Avalanche

My first actual post! While this one isn’t about nail art or crafts, I found this picture while looking through my library this morning and decided to post it.

So, here’s a random thing that I did to surprise my dad. He often travels for work, and was coming home the night of his birthday a few years ago, so I decided to make a balloon avalanche to greet him.

Balloon Avalanche

To surprise him I used painters tape to attach two opened garbage bags to the ceiling, wall, and top of the door. Then I blew up some balloons, put them on top or inside of the bags, and taped the bags together so they wouldn’t fall out. The idea was that when my dad opened the door all of the balloons would fall out and onto him while my brother and I yelled, “Happy Birthday!” Yeah, it didn’t go exactly as planned, he opened the door and promptly shut it before trying to go around to the front door. Eventually he walked through this door though, and the balloons fell and it was great!

A few recommendations:

1) Know which way the door opens.

2) Plan time to test the balloon avalanche before the person is close.

3) A bunch of smaller balloons will look better than a few big ones. If I did this over, I’d use smaller balloons.

4) No duct tape! Make sure the tape that you’re using comes off of the wall and door cleanly.

Hope this works for anyone who tries it! Let me know if you have any other recommendations or similar ideas!

Bri