Justin and I decided we weren’t done with our Halloween decorating with just the skeletons posed in our yard. I thought it would only make sense to decorate our front door as well…with a Halloween wreath!
I have seen so many great Halloween wreath ideas over the years and I was excited to create one for our home. I really wanted to create a wreath out of skeleton bones like the one on Ready, Set, Craft! However, when I preemptively calculated the cost of a few bags of bones from the Halloween party store I decided to go with a slightly more affordable option. Perhaps I’ll accumulate more bags of bones over the years and can create a wreath then!
It is no secret: Justin and I are big fans of Halloween. Big big fans. We make our yearly trek to Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando (by the way: loved it this year!), and I’ve always longed for a yard to decorate for the holiday. Well, this year was our very first shot at it, and I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity. I’ll be honest: I didn’t think Justin would go for any of this…but after he heard me giggling after seeing a picture on Pinterest of some skeletons carrying a coffin across a yard, he was hooked on the idea of creating our own scene.
We brainstormed for a bit; how many skeletons would we need to acquire? How will we pose them? How will we make them stay put in the yard? Come to find out: purchasing full size skeletons isn’t exactly a cheap feat. Plus, depending on how you would like to position the skeleton, certain joints are required. For our final product, we needed two different types of skeletons – one with arms that had rotating shoulder/arm sockets, and one without. However, we managed to score an awesome deal at Ross for our first one: $24! Good fortune was shining on us. We found our second skeleton at Target; it was the cheapest option after shopping around at various party and Halloween stores in our area. Go figure: I love you, Target.
Today’s DIY project is one from our very own garden. We constructed it last weekend. It was only a matter of time before my vertical planter garden dream became a reality. I think Justin helped me make it partly because he was sick of me talking about it so much.
“Honey, we should totally make a vertical planter for the fall when we want to grow greens and such – the rabbits won’t be able to get into it that way!”
“Yeah, that would be cool.”
“Justin, look! Look at this awesome DIY planter I saw someone post on Pinterest. Isn’t it awesome? We could definitely do this.”
Repeat this scenario about 5 or more times with different planter box ideas, and I finally ended up wearing him down. Or, maybe it just took him a little while to realize how much he LOVED the idea…and LOVED the idea of constructing it for us.
As you might already know, Justin and I currently have a little garden growing out in our backyard. We’ve got tomatoes (that are just now reaching the ripe stage – yay!), poblano and bell peppers, and basil. Lots and lots of basil.
Now, when fresh basil is around I do tend to find many uses for it. If you don’t already grow fresh basil at home: start doing it. You can grow it in an apartment in a pot – no need for a garden. The taste of fresh picked basil is oh so much better than the leaves you can buy at the grocery store – it’s more potent and fresh…and sweet. I love love love it! Anyway, with four plants producing leaves right now, I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with using all of my herbs. To keep picked basil leaves fresh for a few days, I place the stems in a shallow water dish and leave them sitting on my counter. I can take a few leaves at a time to season my dishes.