Only two days to go before the big day! Believe it or not I didn't dress-up in a costume to go to work today (I'm shocked... I ALWAYS dress-up). However, I did sport some black lace, pinstriped tights and a Pumpkin Belt (oh, and my Troll Earrings:)!
Most days it's chipped nailpolish for me, but every once in awhile I like to make my nails look extra purdy, and Halloween is one of those times. Last year I did cat and pumpkin designs (no blog then:), and this year I'm sporting the Candy Corn-Tipped Nail Look. French-tipped is so over friends...
There's a few different ways of doing this and i've heard you can use tape... but I would prefer to just do it freehand, even if it means a more of a lumpy variety of candy corn.
- A base colour (I chose a slate grey, but i showed a lime green as an alternative. Another good colour would be purple).
- Toothpicks (not shown in picture above)
1.Decide on your base colour and paint 1-2 coats. Let dry.
2. Paint the tips of your nails yellow. Remember, this is the widest part of candy corn, so you want to do a nice sized strip.
3. After you have given some time for your yellow strip of paint to dry, paint a smaller strip of orange above each yellow strip.
4. Now comes the last part of the candy corn: the white tips. I used a French-tip wand for this, making it very easy to paint steadily (small paint wand).
5. This is where you'll need some toothpicks: to outline the candy corn. I suggest putting a dab on a plastic lid or paint tray and getting a small amount on your toothpick. Then, slowly drag the toothpick along the entire candy corn design for a nice outlined look. You might even want to have a friend with steady hands do this part.
With two more days until Halloween, my Countdown lives on!!!
At this time of year I love having a bunch of pumpkins around the house and shop (the ones at the shop just died, and by that I mean I noticed them yesterday caving in with mold; not exactly an enticing vision for encouraging people to come into the shop:) Since I do not like the actual part of carving a pumpkin, more designing one pumpkin and then getting Ry to carve it, I like to get creative with how the pumpkins look.
Here’s a few Makeover Ideas for you to try on your pumpkins:
Pumpkin #1: Into the Covered Forrest
I like mossy green colours and creature-like items as Halloween. I use a lot of fake mice, rats and other small plastic items in my Halloween décor, so I wanted a pumpkin that looked like something you would stumble upon in an enchanted, albeit a bit haunted, forrest.
1. Paint colour of your choice (I suggest hues of green or grey) and a good sized paint brush.
2. Glue gun
3. Fake moss, greenery and fake rocks (anything you want to make your pumpkin forrest-like)
4. Foam florist ring (I wished I had used a slightly small size, but you can decide)
5. Plastic creatures
Step 1: Paint your pumpkin. As I mentioned above, I love mossy tones paired with black so I went with a mixture of two greens. I suggest giving your pumpkin 2-3 coats of paint to give it a solid base. Since I chose to paint two of my three pumpkins in the same colour, I painted two at once, I suggest doing the same.
Step 2: While your pumpkin is drying, you can move onto your pumpkin topper. Using your foam ring, gather the various greenery items you picked. I started with the long green, foam pieces and stuck them all along the outer edge of the foam ring.
Step 3: Using a glue gun, wrap the greenery around the ring and glue down. This will give it a maiden’s crown type look.
Step 4: Add fake moss rocks (or other greenery embellishments you have), again, using a glue gun to secure.
Step 5: Add your desired creepy-crawly items to the top of the rocks. You can glue them down, or leave them to move around (they will tend to hold on and stick a bit to the rough, moss rocks).
Finished look: I added some moss to the bottom of the pumpkin to tie it all together and really make it look like it was embedded in the forest floor.
Pumpkin #2: All Laced Up
Have some old lace stockings you aren’t using? How about a shirt? This is a super easy way to dress up a pumpkin and give it a really classic look.
1: Brooch or vintage pin
2. Lace stocking or sleeve
Step 1: Using a lace stocking or sleeve (a lace footed tight or sock would be ideal – I happened to have a lace sleeve from a shirt), wrap around pumpkin by placing pumpkin inside.
Step 2: Gather the lace at the top of the pumpkin and secure lace by tying a bow around the pumpkin stem.
Step 3: For a finished even more glamourous look, add a fun pin.