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Friday, October 7, 2011

Spookify!



I pretty much skipped over making a fall display on my front porch.....


My pots of  summer annuals were just too pretty, so I left them where they were until the nights started getting chilly, then I moved them indoors until spring.

This left the two big urns next to the front doors empty and full of dirt. What to do? 

It was time to spookify the front porch and get it ready for Hallowe'en, of course!




My camera has been acting strangely lately ( it's old...as I have mentioned before). I took this picture at night with my camera and it came out looking pretty much like this. I did make a slight adjustment to the brightness, but the result was actually pretty cool-looking.   I guess my failing old camera that takes weird pictures is good for something!


This one I adjusted the tint saturation slightly, but again, it came out looking pretty much like this.  Spooooky! 


Okay, here's a daylight picture. My camera can still handle photos in bright daylight, as long as the subject is not moving in the slightest.

            As you can see, my spooky porch decor was pretty simple; I collected a whole armload of branches, looking for long ones that were crooked and creepy looking. Some of them were branches that I picked up off our driveway after we had a particularly windy day a week ago.    

              Most of them I collected at my mom's house. She has millions of trees. Ok, not millions. But lots!!



Some of the branches still had dead leaves clinging to them. Bonus! Some even have creepy lichen on them, which you can't really see in the pictures.

Most of these came from an apple tree that had once been in my mom's orchard. It died a few years ago, from disease or knocked down in a storm, I forget which it was. The downed tree was broken up and dragged into the woods, where I came upon it during my hunt for branches. 


These urns are very deep and filled with dirt, so I just stuck the branches  way down deep in the dirt, which seems to hold them up very well. I had made sure to collect only really long branches. They look pretty cool even in daylight, esepcially when I finish decorating for Hallowe'en. I have more blackened "dead" roses to go in the urns, to match my wreath. I will also have some pumpkins out here as well.
A string of orange mini-lights would also look cool intertwined in the branches. I had thought of spray painting the branches black, but I liked them the way they were.


I also have blackened "dead" leafy vines that twine up the porch posts. These are simply silk leaf garlands that I spray painted black. In the daylight I'm noticing the black is faded a little on some of these, since I've had them a number of years. I'll probably give them a fresh coat of spray paint when I take them down at the end of the season. This is a fun and easy way to add some "creepiness" to your Hallowe'en display. I use thin floral wire to tie these to the posts. I'd like to get some more this year to entwine around the light fixtures next to the front doors!




Thanks for visiting me!
I'll be linking up with Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday and
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
and Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home!







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4 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

ooohhhh I like it! I want to see more of your porch!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Katie,
Love your Spooky front porch decor!!

Looks great at night. The idea of the branches and twigs in the pot is a fantastic one!!

If you have a chance,please stop by to see my Halloween decorated Dining Room. I went a bit crazy!!

Hugs
Debbie

Heather said...

Neat ideas with the branches! :)

Sherry said...

I like your front porch! It is looking very ready for Halloween. I really like the trees in the urn. Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!
Sherry