Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Watch your step when you walk through this eerie graveyard! Jodi Bond of House on a Sugar Hill transformed her walkway and front yard into a graveyard display. This would make anyone’s hair rise thanks to decor from The Home Depot.

Nestled beneath mature oak trees, yet set high on a hill, our home is – how shall I say? Oozing with haunted vibes. For Halloween this year I felt it was only appropriate to turn our front walk, and the adjoining front yard, into a haunted graveyard scene. Matching the haunted aesthetic our home already lends itself to during the holiday season. I did all my Halloween decor shopping online this year. The Home Depot had everything I needed to create the spookiest haunted graveyard.

Setting the Scene With a Ghostly Welcome

To reach our front door, you must take a winding path covered in oak trees and dogwoods. Which leads to the front porch and front yard. I wanted to set the haunted scene right from the beginning of the walk. So I added a ghostly animated doll to greet our guests, beckoning them to play hide and seek with among the oaks.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Guests who do stay and play must disregard the warning signs to turn back, because no trespassing is allowed. The warning signs are made from old pallet wood with hand painted letters using red paint. An oversized spider web is the backdrop of our ghostly setting, with scattered pumpkins, lanterns and hay bales completing the Halloween scene.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

As guests continue up the path, a haunted hound barks at a frightened skeleton who hides behind a tree for safety. To create the skeleton, I used extra bones from my bag of bones, and secured them to the tree using screws as ledges.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

The Haunted Cemetery

Our courageous guests will continue to follow the path of pumpkins. They will be led past our front porch and directly into the haunted graveyard. Upon arriving, they’ll be greeted by the ghastly gravedigger. Warning that trouble lies ahead for those continue to wander through his grounds.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Past the gravedigger, an awakened skeleton bursts through his crypt. Ready to join the rest of the awakened dead lurking through the graveyard.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Behind the crypt and mausoleum stands the regal cemetery statue, hourglass in hand, counting down the hours of the lives of those he watches.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Deeper in the woods, three floating reapers join together, raising the spirits of the dead with their chanting incantations.

Transform Your Front Yard into a Haunted Graveyard for Halloween

Our haunted graveyard was an absolute blast to put together. With just a few easy steps, we’ve created a scene to frighten even the stoutest of souls. A big thank you to The Home Depot for sponsoring this project. All of these fantastic Halloween decorations can be found in store or online at The Home Depot. The Home Depot has everything you need to style your home or party this Halloween! For more decor ideas, come visit me at House on a Sugar Hill

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Bookshelf Closet Makeover

How many of us own a closet that has become an unorganized, cluttered storage space? A lot of us have at least one. Riche Holmes Grant of The Riche Life is sharing how she and her little one turned their cluttered closet space into a cool, neat bookshelf closet. Riche is one of the 2020 Orange Tank Competition winners from this year’s Haven Conference, check out her project below.

Industrial Chic Closet Bookshelves

My daughter, Riley, and I share a Mommy + Me office that we love. Over the years, we’ve styled it to fit our personalities, but the one area that hasn’t gotten any love is our closet. It’s become a dumping ground for books and other miscellaneous items that don’t have a home.

We knew that the closet was long overdue for a makeover, so we decided to install DIY bookshelves. I was inspired by my time living in New York City to give the space an industrial chic look, so we used peel-and-stick wallpaper for the stunning exposed brick backdrop and poplar boards supported by decorative plumbing pipes for the open concept shelves.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Both the wallpaper calculator and the buy on-line, pick up in store option on HomeDepot.com made it so easy to get everything that we needed to bring our project to life!

Materials

Optional: 

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Tools

Step 1: Measure and Prep the Space

Use a tape measure to measure the dimensions of the wall(s).

Use the Home Depot wallpaper calculator tool to calculate the number of rolls that you’ll need for your space.

Helpful Tip: It’s a good idea to determine where you want the shelves to be while the wall is still bare. I used a stud finder to identify where the studs are in the wall, which helped me determine that I needed my shelves to be at least 6 ft. long given the spacing of the studs. I decided on five 6-foot shelves, each 13 inches apart. Then, I used these measurements and a level to create a mock-up on the wall with painter’s tape  so that I could visualize how the shelves would look before I hung them.

If needed, clean walls with warm soap and water to remove any dust or debris. Let dry completely before installing.

Step 2: Install Wallpaper

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Unroll one the first roll of wallpaper on the floor to the length needed for the first panel, adding about 2-3 extra inches at the bottom that you will trim later. Cut this piece and set aside.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Next, unroll the remaining roll to find where the pattern lines up with the first panel. From this point, measure the length needed for the wall, adding about 2-3 inches at both the top and the bottom that you will trim later. After measuring, cut this piece from the roll and set aside.

Repeat the previous step for the remaining panels.

If possible, use two people to perform the following steps.

Using a ladder, line up the top of the first panel of wallpaper with where the wall and ceiling meet at the top of the left or right corner of the closet (whichever is easiest!). 

Starting from this point, slowly peel off about 3-4 inches of the backing and start sticking the wallpaper to the wall. It’s helpful if one person un-peels and sticks at the top while the other person holds the bottom of the panel and guides as necessary.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Use the wallpaper smoother to smooth out any bubbles and/or wrinkles as you go. Slowly continue this process down the length of the wall, making any adjustments as needed.

Since my wallpaper has bricks, I used a level to make sure that the rows were even as I worked my way down. Once you reach the bottom, use the utility knife to trim the excess at the bottom.

Position the second panel on the wall next to the one that you just hung and note where the pattern meets (remember that you should have a few extra inches at the top). Once you find this point, peel off the backing and repeat the previous step. Once you finish, use the utility knife to trim the excess at the top and bottom.

Repeat the previous step for the remaining panels.

Step 3: Prepare the Shelves

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Spray paint the plumbing pieces (pipe connectors, flanges and caps), all screws, and pipe straps so that they are all one color. Let dry completely.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Sand the boards (I had mine cut at the store). If desired, stain and/or finish the boards with the clear matte polyurethane to keep the natural look. Let dry completely before applying the next coat. Set aside once finished.

Step 4: Hang the Shelves

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Use the measurements that you took before installing the wallpaper and the level to determine the placement of the first shelf. Then, use the stud finder to locate the first stud and mark this spot.

Place a flange over the stud mark that you made in the previous step. Double-check the placement with the level and mark four holes to drive the 2 in. wood screws into the stud using the drill.

Repeat this process for the remaining flanges on the row.

Once the flanges are attached to the wall, screw in the pipes until secure.

Screw the caps on the ends of the pipes.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Place the board on top of the installed pipes. Secure the board to the pipes using a pipe strap and two ¾ in. wood screws. Note: I only opted to attach pipe straps to the end pipes for aesthetic purposes (the boards only need one strap to stay in place), but you can add an additional straps to the other pipes if desired.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Repeat this process for each row to finish the shelves.

Step 5: Add Decor

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

To complete the look, Riley and I used several industrial-themed pieces to style the shelves, including brass-finished bicycle bookends and decorative jacks in distressed gold, both available on HomeDepot.com.

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

I’m so pleased with how our industrial chic closet bookshelves turned out! Each time I open the closet, I feel like I’m in a gorgeous New York loft. Best of all, Riley and I are so much more organized and can say that we truly love our entire space—no more running to close the closet when we have visitors!

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

Book Shelf Closet Makeover

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Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the spookiest season than with some frightful decor! Marissa Ashcraft of One CrafDIY Girl was able to transform her front porch into a sight her neighbors will never forget, while participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. With decor from The Home Depot, Marissa stepped outside the box and created her own version of a carnival with clowns, skeletons and more.

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

As soon as the clock strikes September, I start feeling the Halloween spirit in the air. Since this infamous night of trickery looks a little different this year, it’s time to get extra creative with the festivities. I’m a DIY-er at heart, so when The Home Depot reached out to me to participate in their Halloween Style Challenge with their new clown decor, I knew I had to create something extra spooky.

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Creating the Carnival

When it comes to Halloween, I love to go big. I do not have a home of my own just yet, so traveling back to my roots and decorating my parents’ house for Halloween is one of my favorite traditions. Growing up, I remember the ‘theme’ of each house in our neighborhood year after year, and loved the tradition of going back to see how they added to their display.

When The Home Depot asked to take on the theme of clowns – I was a little wary. After all, clowns are scary. However, what is better than a carnival – especially on Halloween? To create the entrance, I created this homemade sign with cardboard and spray paint. By creating a little punny sign and setting up this towering 6 ft clown, trick-or-treaters can experience the fun of what’s to come when walking down to your porch!

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Creating an Experience

Halloween shouldn’t only be a time to stock up on sweet treats, but also a time for fun, interactive experiences. I love that this clown, as well these clown lawn lights, are motion activated. When the trick-or-treaters walk down the path they are greeted by a spooky surprise. The teeth on these lights rattle and giggle into the chilly night air as Mr. Clown greets you upon entering!

When setting up this display, we also attracted some attention from the neighbor. Who, upon hearing the clown’s booming voice, came over to give him a high five!

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Include a Few Fun Games

If you have a larger yard space, setting up games would be a magical addition. For example, setting up ring toss or cornhole would be a great way to create an interactive, fun experience. Additionally, this is a great way to decrease the fear factor for friends who may be a little scared. The best part? After completing the game you are given a delicious prize!

Utilize Reusable Decor

I love creating a new display for Halloween every year. I know these skeletons, who are dressed up for the spooky carnival, will be a staple in my decor every year. My mom and I are even brainstorming some fun ways to dress these boney friends up for her Zoom classes (she is a teacher) in order to inspire some classroom fun!

I also love using decor that I can utilize after the season is over. For example, these patio lights are great for creating the perfect ambience on your patio or adding to your winter holiday display. Additionally, the curtains are made from two drop cloths. We plan to use them for curtains since the material has a great drape and durability. The rich texture also makes them the perfect addition to any farmhouse theme.

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

Porch Decor After Dark

Make the decor entertaining in all types of lighting. While this spooky carnival display is definitely eye catching in the light of day, it gets even spookier when the sun goes down. All of these products – the clown, the lights, and the skeletons – illuminate in the night. Walking down the driveway to collect your candy has never been a cooler experience! 

Creating a Spooky Carnival Porch Display for Halloween

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How to Throw an Outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Holiday season this year will be a bit different, especially Halloween. We’re used to dressing up, trick-or-treating from house to house in the neighborhood with family and throwing large, fancy costume parties. Due to social distancing, we unfortunately have to cut back. Luckily, Nickell Morgan of Simply Handmade shared her idea of an intimate, socially distanced Halloween gathering right in her yard. Check out how she pulled it off below.

The Planning Phase

For this year’s Halloween Style Challenge, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to be able to spend some time with a select few friends, since we haven’t been able to because of COVID-19. My husband and I came up with the idea of a “mask-querade” party so we can enjoy each other’s company safely!

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

I was so excited to find out The Home Depot’s entire Halloween collection was available online for me to browse at my convenience, and not have to worry about going into the store. Not only did I manage to snag amazing Halloween items, I also browsed their entire website for gorgeous flatware, and plates to go with the moody theme I wanted to achieve for the dinner party. My friends and family were surprised that The Home Depot had everything I needed to decorate the space, from the Halloween Decor to the flatware!

DIY

I did a few DIYs for this backyard get-together! The first thing I created was the DIY sign using copper piping and plexiglass!

Materials Needed:

Instructions:

I painted the design I wanted on the front of the plexiglass with acrylic paint and a paintbrush. Once complete, I spray painted the back of the plexiglass with several layers of spray paint to make it nice and opaque.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Once I had the design the way I liked, I cut the copper down to the sizes (listed below) using a pipe cutter, then assembled all of the pieces. No glue required! You can easily take this apart, or glue to keep it together. It’s totally up to you! I ended up using a ribbon to attach the plexiglass because I didn’t realize my hooks were too small! Make sure you get the hooks where the opening is ¾ in.

(2) 22 in. 

(2) 26 in. 

(4) 6 in. 

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Donald and I also tried making a quick and easy canopy over the dinner table, which worked well inside, but with the slope of the yard, it just would not hold up! It ended up falling, and instead of scrapping that part of the project, I hung these curtain lights to incorporate a little of what I wanted. I think it still turned out great!

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

In order to make these name place cards, I repurposed these backsplash tiles by lightly spray painting them with Rust-Oleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I added the names in copper and bam! Affordable name cards.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Enter If You Dare

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

We set up the mausoleum archway as the entryway for guests to enter through. My husband and I were able to put this together rather easily! The mausoleum came with instructions or you have the option of downloading the Bilt app for interactive step-by-step instructions, which is so helpful.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

Honestly, this mausoleum set the tone for the overall dinner party! It’s definitely the first thing guests will see when they’re coming over.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

We played around with headstones and put the zombie girl  in front with some fog using the low lying fog machine, and it looked really cool!

Setting the Table

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

The next thing I did was set up the dinner area. I went to the flower district in NYC and purchased flowers that gave off moody Halloween vibes. Then, I made the arrangements and moved onto setting the table.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

I created some polls on instagram, allowing my instagram family to choose the linens, along with the copper accents, these gorgeous dinner plates, and even the colors of the floral arrangement! Most of what you see here is from The Home Depot. The cheesecloth was dyed black to match the aesthetic, the dinner plates, goblets, and flatware are all from The Home Depot! No, I’m not kidding.

Arranging the Photo Booth Area

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

I created the copper frame for the photo booth in a similar way as the drink sign a couple years back, and I knew I wanted to use it as a backdrop for this event. Since I already had the white fabric and curtain lights attached, I just added black sheer fabric I had laying around along with the skull and chains (similar) I got from The Home Depot a few Halloween’s back. Also, I added the zombie girl, her zombie sister, tombstones, skulls, a skeleton, and the head of a zombie horse I also received from The Home Depot a few years back.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

This is specifically where I wanted all of the Halloween decor to shine! I set up a little graveyard area and used the Halloween decor as props to use. Everyone was thoroughly entertained by the creepy sisters, especially.

The Final Reveal

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

The final look of the space was magical, especially at night. The soft light from the curtain lights coupled with the dark colors, and Halloween decor made the space just gorgeous.

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

How to throw an outdoor “Mask-querade” Halloween Party

I hope you’re inspired to decorate your space – whether indoors or outdoors for Halloween! Check out my YouTube channel if you’re interested in seeing videos of  how the products look and sound on camera!

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