How To Create A Subtle Halloween Vignette. I have a few simple ideas on how to use what you have to add a bit of Halloween spirit to your fall vignettes.
I hope you’re ready for our September Pinterest Challenge, because fall is officially here. Time to start decorating with all those autumn ideas we have swirling around in our heads. If this is your first time to join us for a Pinterest Challenge, this is how it works. Our host Cindy over at County Road 407, selects a photo for us to recreate, and each participant puts their own spin on the photo.
The best part is seeing how everyone interprets the image, and we always have an interesting variety. Be sure to click through all the links at the end of my post.
To see last year’s September Pinterest challenge, click on my post Classic Fall Decorating For A Small Porch.
If you’re popping in after visiting my friend Niky of The House on Silverado, welcome to Thistle Key Lane. Niky has a Halloween spin on her post as well. Great minds and all of that! 😉
Our inspiration for this month’s PC comes from The Cottage Journal featuring Gloria Parker’s 1830s home. I don’t know about you, but I just want to crawl inside this photo so I can study every detail of the room.
Gloria’s table top fall vignette is full of inspiring fall colors, shapes and textures. Here’s a list of what I’m pulling from the photo to create an arrangement on our secretary desk.
- oversized vase
- stack of books
- small frames
- mini pumpkins
How To Create A Subtle Halloween Vignette
Instead of just duplicating the fall vignette from the photo, I’m taking it one step further by adding a subtle Halloween spin on our Pinterest challenge. I’m doing this by simply adding a few details that I’ll share with you below.
I don’t decorate much if any for Halloween, but this year I’m getting more into the spirit. I’m also planing an easy Halloween project which I hope to share in October, if not this may be it.
With most of our Pinterest challenges I try to use what I already have on hand, which to me is part of the fun. It forces me to use my imagination, as well as use items I have around the home in new ways. I’m happy to report for this challenge, the mini pumpkins are the only new purchase.
Branches, Crows and The Man In The Moon
I finally went outdoors for some good old fashioned foraging. These small branches work really well in the large white vase. They are a wee bit spooky looking with the spiky stems, which in my opinion calls for crows.
Simple crow silhouettes are cut from thin black poster board. A small clothespin on the back helps to attach the crows to the branches. A good alternative would be bats, depending on which you like best.
The man In the moon face is far from perfect, but he’s as close as I could get to the images I found online. I drew it on heavy watercolor paper, and filled in the details with black marker. To get a perfect round shape I covered the face with a large mixing bowl and traced around the outside edge.
The lines drawn across the image are supposed to look like pieces of wood painted white. Placing him in the cabinet gives him a good spot to peer out behind the branches.
Books, Small Frames And Pumpkins
Books with orange, white and black covers are another nod to Halloween. I’m always using books in one way or another in vignettes, because they have become a natural part of my styling. In this case the orange adds a bit of color to the mostly brown and white arrangement.
For fun you can make book covers with interesting titles on the spines. How about My Spell Book or The Family Grimoire or 101 Best Curses?
Instead of using family photos in small frames like our inspo photo, I’m using a few pumpkin head drawings. I originally painted these in brighter colors then went back and painted a tone on tone for a vintage look. These are really goofy I know, but I really had fun creating them.
For something similar, make a copy of a black and white photo then draw a witch hat or black mask over the image.
The ghost holding the pumpkin is much more simple. It’s in an antique frame I found while rummaging through old family photos. I think it probably from the 1930s or 40s, and I love the carved details.
I couldn’t find any baby boo pumpkins but these mini white pumpkins have really good stems so I’m calling it a win. At the end of the season I can remove the stems, let them dry out and use them for a project next year.
Vintage additions can make the vignette even more interesting even though they have nothing to do with Halloween. I’m using the brass candle sticks for height and a skeleton key on the antique arithmetic book.
The open book is Aesop’s Fables circa 1900 with interesting old illustrations as well as short stories such as The Fox and The Crow. Just like the inspiration photo an open book can draw you in for a look.
Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with ideas you can use right now!
Thank you for stopping by today for a look at my subtle Halloween vignette. Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm is up next on our Pinterest Challenge sharing her elegant vintage arrangement. I hope that you’ll enjoy clicking through all the links below. We have so many beautiful ideas for you to try this fall.
The Pinterest Challenge Continues…