Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Edgar Allan Poe October: Halloween Plate Silhouettes

"Dark draperies hung upon the walls. 
The general furniture was profuse, comfortless, antique, and tattered. 
Many books and musical instruments lay scattered about, but failed to give any vitality to the scene. 
I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow."

~Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher"

There is a strange phenomenon that occurs at our house somewhere near the middle of October.  I like to call it "poverty."  Maybe it is because I've been zealously trying to get my Christmas shopping done by Halloween.  Maybe it is because we are still recovering from summer vacation.  Or maybe it is because my grocery store had a sale on canned pumpkin and I panicked and bought two cases of the stuff.  


So, for whatever the reason, we're cinching our belts around here.

This means that when my heart saw these plate collections, I knew I couldn't go on a mad shopping spree to find a bunch just like them.  (And heaven knows we love silhouettes around here, like these and these and these.)

{via Tatertots and Jello}

{via Country Living}
So I did the next best thing.

I forayed into my creepy basement and found some scrap pieces of black felt and a stack of thrift store white plates that had yet to see the light of day.

Now here is the tricky part.  Pay close attention now because the intricacy of what is about to follow is mind-bending:
I cut some simple shapes and letters out of the felt and then used a washable glue stick to adhere them to the plate. 

And yes, I said "glue stick."

Minutes later I have my own collection of Halloween silhouette plates (that will easily convert back into plain white plates with just a little water).  

And not a cent spent.

That's what I call a scary-good deal.

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  1. LOL! I seriously love that you used a glue stick! And your silhouettes look fabulous. I always seem to enjoy things more when I've had to get creative like that! :-)

  2. I too am an early Christmas shopper! So, I am feeling your poverty! Poverty always pushes me to be more creative. . . so, I guess it is really a blessing?! LOVE these plates! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  3. How smart! I love that these are removable!! Saw you on Stuff and Nonsense and came to say hello : ) I'm pinning!

  4. So cute and super clever! Love the felt & washable glue idea!




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