I can’t help but decorate with neutral colors, so I’m sure it’s no surprise that my Halloween Decor is all about Black & White this year. I did my best to re-use and re-purpose when putting together this little display. Halloween is such a fun holiday to decorate for, but also one I try not to spend too much money on, as it is here and gone in a blink of an eye.
With a little elbow grease, and a lot of spray paint, my Black & White theme came together fairly quickly.
BLACK & WHITE CANDLE HOLDERS
- Empty Glass Bottles (Beer, Wine, Sparkling Water, Etc)
- Black and White Flat/Matte Spray Paint (1 can of each)
- Masking Tape
- Black Tapered Candlesticks
Make sure to spray paint over a drop cloth in a well ventilated area (outside is best). First, spray paint each bottle white and allow them to dry completely; they may take 2-3 coats. Once they are dry, use masking tape to create a design, or stripe on the bottle. Work out any bubbles and creases, as the spray paint will migrate under the edge of the tape if you’re not careful. Spray the bottles with black paint and allow them to dry. This may also take 2-3 coats. When dry, carefully remove the masking tape to reveal the black and white design. Voilà!
To get the spooky dripped candle wax affect, take a match or lighter around the base and allow the melted wax to pool until it drips down the sides.
BLACK & WHITE PUMPKINS
- 12-15 Small White Pumpkins
- Black and White Flat/Matte Spray Paint (1 can of each will be enough for both the pumpkin and candle holder projects)
- Masking Tape
- Large Glass Vase
Make sure to spray paint over a drop cloth in a well ventilated area. Begin by masking off the stems of each pumpkin. Spray paint the bottom of each pumpkin first and allow them to dry completely before turning them over. Spray paint the top side and allow to dry. They may need 2 coats if you’re looking for full coverage. I used only one coat on the white pumpkins and allowed some of their natural color to shine through. Once they are dried completely, place them in the large vase or glass vessel.
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
A Halloween display isn’t complete without a few spooky creatures.
This large furry spider was found in the seasonal isle at my local grocer for about $5 (the most expensive purchase on my Halloween table).
He wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but he cleaned up nicely. Originally, he had red eyes which didn’t fit in with the Black & White theme. I covered over the red eyes with metallic silver craft paint, and he seems to be in a happier place.
This Arachnid is best served on a glass cake pedestal over a white paper doily.
COLONY OF BATS
- Black Construction Paper (2 bats per 12×12 sheet)
- Bat Template (like This One from Martha Stewart or try freehand)
- Double-Sided Tape
Trace and cut out bats. Fold each bat in half from head to tail, and fold each wing at mid point the opposite direction. Place double-sided tape on the tips of the wings and down the center and arrange on the wall.
These are the same bats I made in the Pumpkin Heads & Spooky Bats post from last year. They are perfect for inside decorating or hanging from the porch on Halloween night!
A black Raven is one of Halloween’s iconic creatures, and perfectly suited for this spooky Black & White table.
This little Raven was less than $2.00 from my local party supply store, and fit perfectly in the white lantern I had outside over the summer. Re-purposing the lanterns saved me money and gave them another month before they’ll be stored for the winter (unless I can find another purpose for Christmas decor).
I spent less than $25 on new items & supplies for this table. It was a great opportunity to get creative and re-purpose items I had on hand. This Black & White look would compliment any decor, and adds a sense of sophistication to a somewhat silly holiday.
Happy Halloween everyone!