The mercury glass pumpkins rest upon black glass....
And nothing in my house would be complete without some vintage... crepe paper that is.
So... when I stepped back from this... I realized something was missing. I liked it, but it lacked something. I realized the mirror needed a bit of dressing too.
I had an old Readers Digest book I'd picked up for .10 cents and knew it would be a great back drop for some old Martha Stewart black discs that spell "Happy Halloween". I think I picked them up 5 or 6 years ago at Michaels... used them once perhaps? Along with some black bias tape, a bit of cotton lace, glue and black glitter... well this was the makings of a Halloween garland!
So first I cut a bunch of pages out of my .10 book using a cutting blade, then stacked the sheets/pages and cut them in half. On each page, I glued on a black disc and let them dry. When they were all dry I used my white glue and brushed on a thin amount just along the edge of all four sides.
Working on a piece of tissue paper, placed inside a cookie sheet... I sprinkled.... well more like poured.... glitter around all four sides of the page. Carefully with the blade of my cutting knife, I picked each page up...
And placed it on newspaper to dry.
In just a few minutes, well maybe 20 or 30, I had the pages and letters all finished... lined up to dry. While the letters dried, I carefully used the tissue paper to pour all of the extra glitter back into the bottle... When I was done the bottle was full again. It's pretty amazing what a small amount of glitter can accomplish.
After the glittered pages had dried completely, I punched 2 holes in the top of each page being sure I went over the original small holes on each letter... strung "Happy" on one piece of black bias tape and "Halloween" on another piece of bias tape. Added a bit of lace at each end...
A bit of paper, ribbon and glitter put together to make a vintage looking banner. It was just what this little spot in the dining room needed. A bit of black glitter to go with the sparkle of the silver.
And now, a little before and after shot....
What do you think? Is it the finishing touch? And made out of what I already had, plus a .10 cent thrift store book!
Starting off October.... by getting ready for Halloween,
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