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There are dozens of variations of the plastic animal bookend, but this version may be the easiest, chicest one yet!
Back when I lived in Germany I bought a bag of 20+ vintage plastic dinosaurs and have been trying to decide what to do with them ever since! About a year ago I purchased a few $5 acrylic boxes from Amazon for makeup storage and one of the lids broke. Put them together with a little spray paint and you have a piece of modern, kitschy decor!
I’m thinking about finding a larger glass or acrylic box, topping it with a silver spray painted dinosaur wearing a mini santa hat, and displaying vintage ornaments in the box as a center piece!
I love making Etsy Gift Guides every year because, as a small business owner myself, I believe in the magic of unique and handmade gifts! I’ve rounded up my items from my favorite online, handmade shops to create a perfectly classic and kitschy Christmas!
Many times before have I mentioned my aversion to overly-decorating my house for holidays! However, the two little things I will decorate are my mantle and bar/coffee cart. The best thing about this Hallow’s Eve themed bar cart makeover is that almost none of the items are “Halloween” specific, so there’s no need to search high and low all over town, or the internet, for the perfect pieces! Below I will show you exactly how I decorated this layout for just a few dollars, using mostly items I already had, and a FREE printable download you can use to re-create this vignette!
For this DIY I used:
I wanted to show y’all how ridiculously easy it is to put together a holiday-specific decor look using pieces you already have and spending less than $20 to pull everything together so it’s more “Halloween!” If you’re into any sort of entertaining chances are you have some of these items like tumblers, a flower vase, a pretty table cloth (and if you don’t you can just go to a fabric store and buy 2 yards of something you like!) and a strand or two of lights.
One easy tip for effortlessly creating a cohesive vignette is to stay with a very simple color theme. This instantly gives the illusion that everything goes together. I chose a black and gold theme with a pop of blood red-orange in the flowers.
I like to re-use items I already have to make them into something new. For example, the flower vase with the “Pick Your Poison” inspired label instantly customizes the arrangement and makes it look a little more expensive! Download the free label template HERE. Learn how to make the label look like mine HERE.
To create a customized backdrop I positioned the bar cart in front of a large window in my house and clipped the sequin table cloth to the blinds on the window. No extra holes in my walls, fancy frame to hold the backdrop or assembly required!
My final tip for pulling the whole look together is to choose foods or drinks that compliment the theme. Since I was going to buy wine anyway I chose bottles with labels that reminded me of a witches brew! Don’t necessarily make your decisions based only by the label (or you may be setting yourself up for a disappointment!) but see if the brands you already like released anything holiday specific that would go well with your decor!
What do you think of this cocktail bar makeover for Hallow’s Eve? I’d love to see how you’re decorating for Fall! Tag me on Insta @Southern.in.the.city so I can see your amazing creations!
I always *plan* to carve a real pumpkin every year but it never happens. If you’re like me, and you love Autumn decor, but you wish it sort of seamlessly looked amazing with the rest of your home, then this round-up is for you! My house is white, natural wood and gray, so every season it’s essentially a blank decorating slate. However, I hate spending time and money on something that’s only going to be out for 2 months, so I usually hit up the sale bin at Target & Michael’s to find the pumpkins no one wanted to cover them with spray paint and a few fun embellishments. It’s no mess, fun to do, and I don’t feel guilty about making a new one every year because they’re so inexpensive.
Links to original DIYs top to bottom, left to right:
Scattered studs via Redbook Magazine , Sequin dots via Sugar & Cloth, Copper bands via Homey Oh My, Floral moon via The Merry Thought, Gold confetti by Homey Oh My, Black and white minis by Darling Darleen, Paint splatter via Homey Oh My, Monogram nails via Josie Jones, Cheeky phrases via Fairgoods, Mini white with antlers via Tone on Tone, Ombre pink chalk via Cosmopolitan, Tribal matte via Homey Oh My, Metallic melt via D.D.D. Crayon melt via Apartment 34, Boo Y’all via RKC Southern 🙂
Which one is your favorite?