Easy Halloween Gallery Wall
Did you see my Halloween and Fall Home Tour yesterday? You can see a lot more photos of the dining room. Well today I want to talk about the Halloween gallery wall.
Halloween Gallery Wall
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I came up with this project for my daughter’s creepy sleepover party.
And like I already said yesterday I have two young kids who just adore Halloween and want to see lots of it. I used to just decorate the outside of our home with Halloween decor but this year since our daughter wanted this sleepover party for her 7th birthday, I decided to go a little creepy inside as well.
I tried to go with medical items amongst some other things. There is nothing that creeps her out more than doctors, blood and finding out how people used to get treated at the doctor’s office a long long time ago. She is also obsessed with band-aids. I constantly find wrappers and band-aids everywhere.
Like I also mentioned yesterday some of these items are “sentimental”. Creepy sentimental and you’ll probably think that I’m nuts after reading this post. Well, that means that I’ll live up to my nickname “the crazy German” right?
I started by buying some frames at the local thrift stores. The smaller ones were 97 cents, one larger one for $1.97 and one for $3. (two of them on the wall I already had in my frame stash)
I cleaned them all up and removed all the glass and pictures and spray painted them gold or black. I always use this spray primer HERE before I paint anything. Then I used THIS black and THIS gold.
For some of them I used vintage medical prints that you can find for free at Vintage Printable but the resolution is so low that you can only use them in the smaller frames.
I don’t know how long you have been following me but you might remember the trip to the Sedlec Ossuary this summer (click HERE if you want to read it) where my hubby took some cool photos of the huge amount of skulls and bones.
for yourself to print (do not use for resale)
I had two of them blown up at Staples on engineering prints for around $5 for both of them which is so cheap. And my son was beyond thrilled since it was the coolest thing he had ever seen 😉 He is so excited that they are hanging in our dining room now.
Now for the creepiest thing I used something that I snatched from my father’s desk drawer (sorry dad). Years and years ago he had a tooth removed that had a huge hole in it and my kids are fascinated by it. It serves the purpose of demonstrating to them why they have to brush their teeth LOL. It is a gnarly yucky huge tooth. And I hung it on one of the 97 cent plaques. It’s a hit for all the kiddos that visit our house.
I also added some band aids that I painted a little red.
The Bloody Canvas
I bought THESE similar primed 12×12 canvases. All you need to do is water down some red acrylic paint (click HERE) and let it either run down the canvas standing up for the drippy runny look or take a brush and splash some blood spatter on it.
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The frame with the “Bloody” on it is wall vinyl again that I cut with a free font that I recently found online. But I can’t find it again, sorry.
And then it also pays off that I have a friend who collects bones. He gave me the two large ones that I hung on the wall on the right side. He finds them on walks in the woods and cleans them up. Creepy!!!
So for my son and daughter who love watching “Oddities” on TV this is the perfect creepy Halloween wall which only cost me around $25 (this doesn’t include the spray paint and acrylic paint which I already had). Great price right?
Do you think I’m nuts or would you hang an old yucky tooth on your wall as well to get your kids to brush their teeth better?
For some more creepy downloadable and affordable art ideas, check out Etsy. The art is around $5 and you can print at home. I love THIS, THIS, THIS (only $1.50) and THIS one.
LOVE that gallery wall of yours. It’s perfect. Tooth and all 🙂 ha ha I
Lol, thanks so much! My dad will be in for a surprise when he reads my post today. He might lock his desk next time when I visit.
You have to do what you have to do with kids and teeth brushing. This whole wall is seriously amazing. And creepy. And amazing.
Hi Julia! Ich finde es sieht echt super aus. Manchmal wünsche ich
mir, das wie auch hier bei uns Halloween feiern würden!
Dann würde ich auch so dekorieren!:)
Looks really creepy!
Danke, danke Lydia und Du kannst doch Halloween alleine feiern oder?
First, I am glad I am not the only one in the world who has a frame stash (I will be telling my husband that tonight), second…the tooth is crazy cool and creepy and weird all at the same time (but it’s you, and that’s what is important!)
Am I crazy, creepy and weird??? LOL
I loved your house tour yesterday! So many fun things for Fall.
Your daughter and her friends must have LOVED that party! I’m totally jealous haha
Thanks and yes they did!
as i commented the other day- love it! every home needs a creepy space for halloween!
thanks and a rotten tooth 😉 LOL
Such a creepy gallery wall, Julia! (Especially the tooth!) My kids love the scary Halloween decor, so over the years I’ve migrated from the “cutesy” to the “slightly frightening.”
I’m glad I’m not alone with the slightly creepy and frightening decor 😉
Looks awesome! Has anyone ever told you your husband looks like the actor Dave Annable?
People have told him he looks like Cole Hamels 😉
OH my goodness the blood everywhere!! Totally pinning this creepy girl — you totally made blood classy (is that possible??) 😉
LOL thanks Amy!
That’s the most horrifying gallery wall I’ve ever seen (which, of course, I mean as a huge compliment :))
I take it as such and thank your soo much!
That tooth is SO gnarly!!!
My dad read my post today and wasn’t too happy that I took his tooth. LOL which makes the hole thing even stranger.
You are so wacky and I love it! The gallery wall really is fantastic in the most creepy-wonderful way.
I am wacky, I know…I guess I have to live up to my nickname “the crazy German” right?
Totally cool! Creepy cool, but cool. I think that’s what you were going for though, right?
LOL, yes that’s what I was going for, thanks!
You went all out- I love it!! The blood is probably my favorite. Very dexterish 😉
And I have been dying to see some catacombs. One day!!
OK, this gallery wall is actually really creepy! But in an awesome way! Love the tooth!
Julia, your gallery wall is super scary! And the dining room is stunning with the red/blood accents 🙂 I love it! xo
OMG I had no idea that tooth was real!!! Yuck! haha I didn’t notice the brain art the other day, love it!!
I’ve got to say that all this stuff is a little bloody for me. Don’t get it and I certainly would not decorate with it no matter how crazy my kids (now grown) were about Halloween.
Showing my age I guess. I also don’t understand how to comment on this blog without using anonymous. What does all that mean??
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Wow! I love this! Of course you had me at the Swiss cross art work, but the combination of frames and art is perfect!
You crack me up with the Halloween decorations you do! This one is the best. I don’t decorate for Halloween, but if I did, I would totally go for this great gallery wall! It’s just so awesome.
ha!ha! featuring your dad’s tooth is cool 😉 wish I had one of those to convince Nate to brush his teeth (it’s a fight every day)
& now I know why you said it had sentimental value ha!ha! I really loved your wall gallery; it’s fun and perfect for a Halloween party!
This is SO creepy, but I love that it still manages to look sophisticated. Very nicely done!
LOVE it! I can imagine the conversations that happen at that gallery wall. 🙂
Haha, they do. The kids conversations are the best.
Great alternative to the usual store bought decorations, so much more unique. I’ve linked your post on the top5 diy’s of the week on my blog, I hope you don’t mind.