HALLOWEEN 2016: Minimalist Halloween Decor

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Plain black and black cats pillows from H&M Home; orange bat-print pillow, a gift from my Ate Irene

My Halloween “journey” started with pillow cases.  When I moved into this house and was brainstorming about seasonal decorations, I promised myself I’d limit it to changing up my throw pillows and photos/prints, with a very restrained number of table top decors lying around.  I spotted the black cats pillow cover at H&M Home, and used that as the starting point for the rest of our Halloween decorations this year.  It took me forever to find an orange pillow cover – thank goodness my Ate Irene saw my post in IG and promptly sent over this awesome ORANGE cover with bats and a bunch of other Halloween stuff her kids have outgrown.  (THANK YOU!)

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LaPomme plush pumpkin; H&M Home wooden platter; Dekko coffee table

I wanted to stick with minimalism as much as possible this year, sure, but I also wanted some handmade and DIY elements.  The LaPomme pumpkins I got are all handmade – I thought I’d be able to fit all 3 plush pumpkins on my coffee table but each pumpkin was almost as big as a basketball.  Love them to bits though (my LaPomme store review here).

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Our green witch is made of out yarn and a paper plate – Laz made it when he was in kindergarten; I just backed it on kartolina and put it in a frame.  The rustic brooms are handmade too – I bought them at a roadside stall when we took the back routes across Rizal to get to Laguna.  (I just wrapped the ends with black washi tape because the rubber was marking my wall, and I added a strip of  various orange washi for each broom too).

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DIY “EEK” sign.  I used kartolina for the letters.  Since I couldn’t find stencils, I traced cardboard letters I bought from Tie Me Up Buttercup (I got the entire alphabet) – I think they sell them to make into buntings.  The H made the spider out of black felt paper and googly eyes I got in National Book Store.  The frame is from NBS too.

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DIY “TRICK OR TREAT” print using black felt paper and foam letters, again from NBS.  The spider is from Ate Irene.  I prefer using felt paper because it’s matte, and a little less shiny behind the glass.

And I’ve shared the stuff I got from Pottery Barn Kids (I didn’t use all of them though):

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Our spider chair covers (eeek, need 1 more of these for Bo for next year – I got the last 2 in stock in PB Kids Estancia!)

The priorities this year were pillow cases and Halloween-themed dinnerware for the kiddos.  Next year, I’m going to focus on buying prints and a centerpiece for the dining table.  (I also have a lovely little owl print from Common Room that I didn’t get to display this year).   Didn’t get around to buying those terra cotta pumpkin pots from the plant store along White Plains Avenue either!  It’d be nice to have a Halloween crafting project every year with the kids too (Laz helped with our DIY prints this year).

And as for costumes?  Laz didn’t want to go trick-or-treating for the longest time – but changed his mind last minute, ack!   The Lulipops got costumes for him (Grim Reaper) and Alo (Race Car Driver), thank goodness for grannies.

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