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
I came up with this project for my daughter’s creepy sleep over 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)
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.
|(sorry for the bad iPhone pic)|
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?