I love to decorate for Halloween, inside and out!!! This year’s outdoor decor became The Haunted Welcome. How do I think of these things? Well, I found some old tree branches with leaves still clinging to them…which started the ideas coming. I would make a haunted welcome forest just the size of children. See my inside decor here.
First I spray painted the branches and leaves black. I stood them up against the house after they dried and set some old tree stumps and black dirt around the base. I created a headstone out of Elmer’s foam core and painted it too look like granite. Just sponge on black, gray and white paint. When that was dry, I painted large cracks with an artist brush. I set a skull and the headstone under the trees. pretty cool…but I wanted more….so I created a haunted WELCOME sign and hung some plastic bats, spiders and rats in the branches with Elmer’s medium Glue Spots…they are great for this kind of crafting.
Watch my cute Halloween sign shopping video…it is just 3 minutes of Halloween fun…dance to the music!!! Watch it at top right–>>>
The WELCOME Sign Tutorial
I used some Elmer’s foam board to create a sign shape. I spray painted it black. While that dried, I created the lettering using PhotoShop. Did I tell you I love Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter products? I use some kind of Elmer’s product almost every day…the glues, the paint pens and markers, the colored writing pens and the glue spots! I also use X-Acto knives and cutting mats which Elmer’s owns!!! Not sure I could be as crafty as I am without Elmer’s!!!
- I gathered my supplies… Elmer’s medium Glue Spots, Elmer’s Paint Pens, X-Acto Decorative Edge scissors, the printed sign and painted foam board base.
- I cut the WELCOME letters out with the deckle edge scissors. Turned it over and applied the glue spots.
- I also applied glue spots to the bats, spiders and bird feet to attach to the branches.
Then I attached the letters to the sign and used a black Paint Pen to fill in any areas that needed a touch up. What I love most about the Glue Spots is that you don’t need to wait for them to dry…they are ready to go when applied. They also create a strong hold to keep those creatures on the branches….
here is a close-up of the sign…click to enlarge…
This is what will await my trick or treaters when they arrive at my door…
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #gluenglitter & Collective Bias #collectivebias #cbias. All opinions are my own.