Is it too early to show Halloween Decorations? I want to share some easy Halloween projects with you so that you will have time to make it for Halloween this year.
I’m always picking up 4x4 posts in the cull bin at Home Depot. Some are chemically treated, others are heat treated which doesn’t use any chemicals. You can tell the difference by the color and the weight. Chemically treated 4x4’s will be much heavier. Use caution when working with chemically treated lumber.
Easy way to paint 4x4 sections
Because I wanted a white washed look without painting, I decided to make a trough to “dip” my jack-o-lanterns. I found a box, and lined it with a plastic garbage bag. The inspiration for this project came from Pinterest.
I watered down some Dutch Boy Refresh (Sweetened White).
I poured the paint into the home made trough.
Then, I laid my 4x4 post in the paint and flipped it until each side and end was coated.
White paint for Ghosts Orange Paint for Jack-o-Lanterns
I then added some orange paint to make the jack-0-lanterns. However, I wasn’t pleased with the shade of orange, it looked too peachy. So I grabbed some of my extra orange spray paint, and painted the peach ones.
Add Scrap Vinyl Features
Here are my ghost families.
A close-up. I like the white-washed look of the white paint. Don't you think it looks a little more ghostly?
I used the vinyl cut outs that I had left over from last year’s No Mess Jack-o-Lanterns.
If you don’t have a CAMEO, you could easily paint these jack-o-lanterns features on.
I think these 4x4 posts turned Jack-o-Lanterns and Ghosts are the perfect addition to your porch this fall!
Let me know if you make any, after all, I’ve given you plenty of time!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.