Who says that ornaments are just for Christmas? I absolutely love decorating for the holidays, and I look forward to dragging out the Fall/Halloween bin at the beginning of October every year. My décor slowly morphs from Halloween to Fall, and then switches over entirely to Christmas the week after Thanksgiving. I’ve gotten my kids in on the act, and we set up little displays all around the house that showcase our favorite seasonal pieces.
I couldn’t wait to create a new Halloween piece using Echo Park’s brand new "Chillingsworth Manor" collection. The prints are just so easy to mix and match, and the 6x6 Paper Pad makes creating a small décor item like this little birdhouse a snap.
First, gather your materials. For my piece I used a mini birdhouse from the dollar store. They are available in many different shapes and sizes: some with hangers, some without. A birdhouse with nice flat sides, and a smooth roof is easiest to decorate. Measure the flat surfaces, and cut sheets of the 6x6 Paper Pad to size. I almost always paint my pieces before adhering the patterned paper. That way if my measurements are a wee bit off, a complimentary color shows through the gaps rather than bare wood! I use Mod Podge for my small pieces and work one flat surface at a time.
Decorate your birdhouse with stickers from the "Chillingsworth Manor" Elements Sticker sheet, using foam tape to lift some of the elements up for extra dimension and interest. I couldn’t resist adding a little sparkle with some glitter glue! I ran some mini pom-pom trim around just under the roof, just for fun. I display my small Halloween décor items on a bare branch that I have set into a flowerpot that I have filled with a large Styrofoam ball to secure the branch. I think my “tweet” haunted house fits in with the rest of my spooky décor just fine.
If you are looking for additional seasonal papercrafting ideas, look no further than Echo Park’s brand new eBook, “Season’s Greetings." It is full of wonderful Halloween, Fall and Christmas papercrafting ideas, and is completely FREE. How will you use your 6x6 Chillingsworth Paper Pad? I’d love to see! Link us up in the comments.