Top 10 Silly and Spooky Halloween Decorations

Halloween is a fun time to get creative with your home decorations. Whether you are planning to set up a scary scene, or finding a way to show off your silly side, there are lots of ways you can wow trick-or-treaters. Get inspired by these silly and spooky finds!

1. Twisted Vine Wreath with a Vintage Photo

Who knew such a simple, easy-to-make wreath could give your home the nostalgic appeal of American Horror Story? Twisted vines, spiders, cobwebs, a pumpkin, and a ‘Boo!’ sign give this Halloween décor undeniable spooky (and, well, seasonal) charm! Plus, that old mysterious photo provides the creep factor!

2. Bloody Hands Bathroom Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Help Me Bloody Hands Bath Shower Curtain

Build up the suspense in your home by creating a shower scene reminiscent of the Hitchcock horror film Psycho. Featuring gory hand stains and the words ‘Help Me’ written in blood red ink, this bathroom shower curtain will give anyone a good fright!

3. DIY Graveyard

Makeshift Graveyard for Halloween

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Turn your front yard into a creepy cemetery. Make eerily realistic tombstones with scary epitaphs using wooden boards or plastic foam. Accents like skulls, chains, and a zombie bride will amplify the spine-tingling effect.

4. Pickled Brains as Edible Decorations

Bring the Halloween jitters to your dining room with a spooktacular hors d’oeuvre that is sure to satisfy every zombie or hungry monster on your guest list. Make pickled brains by soaking cauliflower in a mixture of water, vinegar, salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and onions.

5. Spiders on Cobwebs

Spiders on cobwebs Halloween decor

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Halloween is not the same without spiders on cobwebs! This classic Halloween décor is cheap and easy to make, and is great for draping furniture and covering windows. You can use store-bought spider webbing or an old net. Either way, these arachnids will give your guests a hair-raising experience.

6. Scary-looking Pumpkin Carvings

Take fright night to a whole new level with ghoulish pumpkin carvings. Put your own creative spin and let their fearsome faces peer out from porches and doorsteps. Illuminated by candles, these jack-o-lanterns will stare out at passersby.

7. Spooky Eyes

Spooky eyes for Halloween

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Add fun to your Halloween lawn décor by putting chunky eye balls in your trees and bushes. This pair of peepers can be made easily out of old beach balls or pumpkin buckets. With this creative decor, trick-or-treaters are sure to do a double take as they pass by your watchful trees!

8. Witch Flying into a Tree

Witch Flying Into Tree - Halloween Decoration

Witch flying into tree Halloween attraction

Head on over to the silly, humorous side of Halloween by displaying funny yard decorations. This witch who has flown straight into a tree will give kids and grownups a good laugh, and will help you create that grim ambiance on this fun holiday.

9. Ghoul Hiding in Tree

 

Ghoul hiding in tree

Scary looking tree

Create a hauntingly realistic yard décor by hiding a ghoul in your tree. This clever décor will trigger screams as guests find themselves looking into a creature of the night just when they least expect it.

10. The Classic Ghost

Classic ghost decoration

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The classic ghost makes a perfect family-friendly decoration that gets you into the Halloween, er, spirit. Hang this happy ghost silhouette in your lawn or beside your front door as a fun welcome to trick-or-treaters!

Whether they’re for a fun or fright night, our picks for Halloween decorations are guaranteed to bring out the screams. Start prepping your house for Halloween with these creative ideas.

5 Heartwarming Gifts for Teachers

October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Tree Classics joins everyone in saying ‘Thank you!’ to the people who have shaped our minds and helped build our character. Show your appreciation for your own mentors and teacher-friends with these thoughtful gifts.

1. Baked Goodies with a Lot of Heart

Teachers deserve a sweet treat on World Teachers’ Day. Express your appreciation by spending a little time in the kitchen to whip up a scrumptious gift. Remember to place the baked goodies in a decorated bag or cute box tied with a ribbon, and add a personal note saying: ‘You are the sweetest teacher ever!’ This sample from Canada’s Sweet Flour Bake Shop is perfect for the world’s #1 Teacher.

Baked goods for teacher - A great gift for World Teacher's Day
For the world’s sweetest teacher!

Have fun and be creative in your presentation. You can bake special apple-shaped sugar cookies that say: ‘Thanks for making me a smart cookie!’ You can also give away S’mores and attach the note: ‘We need S’more teachers like you.’

2. A Fancy Flower Pen Bouquet

Give your favorite teacher a set of pens whose tips blossom into a colorful bouquet. This heartwarming gift featured on Kreations by Kendall carries a message of gratitude and provides useful supplies in the classroom.

A colorful flower pen bouquet featured on Kreations By Kendall
A colorful flower pen bouquet featured on Kreations by Kendall

Create flower pens by gluing your choice of silk flower on top of the pen and wrapping the tube casing all the way to the base with green floral tape. Place the flower pens in a cute watering can or mason jar decorated with a fancy ribbon. Finish it up with a special note that says ‘Thanks for helping children bloom!’

3. A Bright and Groovy Sun Jar

Teachers enlighten young minds. Give our mentors these colorful DIY sun jars to symbolize their own brilliance. Choose a fancy shape and an enchanting color of lights. It’s as easy as applying frosting to the jar then gluing to the lid a self-contained solar unit, which can be found in any hardware store. Make your gift more meaningful by writing a note on the jar that says ‘You light up our world’ or ‘Thanks for making us bright!’

4. A Cute Owl Mug Cozy

For years, the owl has come to represent wisdom and teaching. Show your appreciation for your mentor with this meaningful owl mug cozy from BellusThreads on Etsy. You can also knit your own nice and thick owl hug using a three-millimeter crochet hook and DK yarn. Choose your teacher’s favorite colors to make it more attractive.

An owl mug cozy as a gift for teachers
A cute owl cozy for your teacher’s mug

A cute way to dress up a mug, this little owl not only protects your teachers’ hands when holding a hot drink but also reminds them of the fulfillment they get from their profession.

5. A Classy Chalkboard Journal

Simple, meaningful, and useful, a personalized journal is a great gift for any teacher. Wrap a plain composition notebook with chalkboard contact paper. Get creative as you scribble stories, quotes, and anecdotes on the cover of this lovely journal. With a chalk pen, you can decorate the notebook with different sayings, such as ‘Teachers have class’ or ‘Teachers rule’. Tie a bow around the notebook and place a pretty note card that says ‘Write on!’

Teachers deserve only the best for molding the minds for our future generation. Bring a smile to a teacher’s face by giving any of these heartwarming gifts on World Teacher’s Day.

At Home With Tree Classics: Comfy Cushions to Spruce Up Your Home

If you want to keep your home looking fresh and vibrant, but feel that a complete design overhaul may be too drastic a change, you’ve got nothing to worry about! With throw pillows that double as decorative accents, there is no need to sacrifice comfort for style. Here are two easy steps you can follow as you spruce up your home with cushions:

Step 1: Choose the Perfect Throw Pillows for You

The first step to decorating with throw pillows is knowing which design to use. There are:

1. Throw Pillows that Add Color

Pillows not only provide comfort. They also help you bring your home to life. Give your living room a pop of color with vibrantly hued cushions. Stay close to your original motif with a pillowcase color that goes harmoniously with your interiors.

2. Throw Pillows that Add Texture

Texture is a powerful element in home design. They add unique, eye-catching details to what would otherwise be a plain fabric or surface. Rich textures also give a tactile component to your design. A soft and fluffy cushion underlines the luxury and warmth of your home, while a firm and clear-cut throw pillow gives structure and elegance to your living spaces.

3. Throw Pillows that Play with Shapes

The shape of your cushions has an impact on the look of your space. Different shapes also have practical benefits. For instance, a square throw pillow is most commonly used not only because it is versatile, but also because it provides back support on a hard chair or sofa. A rectangular cushion, on the other hand, is great for neck or lower back support in armchairs. If you have stiff or hard chairs, you can also soften up the look by adding round pillows. Add comfort with a flat round cushion you can sit on.

If you have a leather sofa, you can add a bolster pillow instead of a square one, which tends to slide down incessantly. Bolster pillows can be used as an armrest or a headrest. More importantly, they are good for providing support from the neck down to the lower back.

Step 2: Get Creative with Your Choice of Throw Pillows!

1. Combine, combine, combine!

Don’t be afraid to bring together cushions of varying designs. You won’t know if a grouping works if you don’t try to mix them up!

Geometric Patterns. The pillows on this couch all boast of geometric shapes, which are perfect for a simple couch with a subtle color scheme. The way the cushions are unevenly positioned also gives the room a hint of asymmetry.

Solids + Pattens. Make your sitting room more vibrant by combining pillows with patterns and pillows with solid colors. In this room, the solid pillow mirrors the curtains to unify the theme. Making it more interesting are the patterned pieces, which not only come in the same shade, but also reflect the foliage of the plant behind.

Same Pattern, Different Shades. This is probably the safest way to combine your cushions. Find a hue that can blend harmoniously with your seat, then look for a pattern that features different shades of that color. This deck features patterned pillows in reversed or inverted colors.

Different Patterns and Solids of the Same Color. A daring combination will give you a satisfying spectacle like this one. Mix different pillow styles that don’t follow a theme. As long as they are in the same color palette. It will turn out just fine!

2. Have endless fun!

Make them. Buy them. Choose them. Simply have fun. At the end of the day, there are no rules in mixing and matching pillows. Whether you go vivid or safe, take comfort that you can change them up in just a few minutes of your time.

When you showcase your collection, not only do you show your personal style, but you also tell your story. Be bold. Tell us how you would use cushions to spruce up your home!

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Cozy up to the Perfect Christmas with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics

treeThe crisp winter air, cozy holiday baking and rumors of chilly weather that offer the chance to wear your favorite winter sweaters. These are things that make you love the Christmas season. And at the center of it all is the classic silhouette of your Christmas tree. Make your holiday icon one to remember (and last) with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics.

Inspired by the white spruce that grows in southern Ontario, this lush tree features Real-Feel needles on the outside and classic PVC needles on the inside. That combination creates a flowing, natural exterior with a sturdy frame that’s built to last.

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4 Year Round Christmas Blogs for the Christmas Enthusiasts

Christmas All Year? Check Out These Christmas Blogs

Wish Christmas could be a year-round thing? Wish granted. These four Christmas-themed blogs keep the holiday alive from December to December, so you don’t ever have to say goodbye to your favorite holiday. From crafts and treats to gorgeous Christmas pics, you’ll find everything you need to keep the season close to your heart.

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Spring’s Over, but Don’t Forget to Organize Your Winter Mess

Try These Winter Organizing Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Less Daunting

spring_cleaning2A big part of spring cleaning is putting away your winter “mess.” So, why not make your future a little brighter by starting to organize your winter mess now. Prepare for warm-weather clean up with these winter organization tips.

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Tree Classics Favorite Seasonal Decorations

The Christmas season is over, but seasonal decorations are always in style. By incorporating the flair of your region (tropical Florida, the Midwest or sunny SoCal), the trends of the season, and your own personal style, you can keep your home fresh and welcoming all year long. Here are some tips on seasonal decorating for each season of the year.

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Everything is coming to life. Flowers are blooming, the birds seem to sing a little more and the sun shines a little bit brighter. Spring seems wrapped up in life, vibrance and new beginnings. You can capture that springtime glow by making a few little changes that make a big difference in the feel of your home.

Infuse drab or dark spaces with a shot of color and new life by using flowers and leaves. Play with color and create floral arrangements to put in vases or tie with pretty ribbon. Display your springtime masterpieces on shelves or end tables.

You can use an old umbrella and fresh flowers to start the springy-ness at your front door like the author of the Be Colorful blog. Then be creative in sprinkling that theme throughout your home!

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Outdoor Organizing 101

Follow These Tips to Keep Your Backyard Organized and Fabulous

outdoororganizingSpring is here, and it’s almost time to get the lawn and garden furniture out for warm weather!

This article features tips for organizing a stylish backyard and storage tips for keeping items in the shed for when you need them throughout summer!

It won’t be long before your yard will be the backdrop for fun and friends. Try these tips to beautify your backyard space and organize essentials.

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