Other than Christmas, holiday decorating doesn’t really occur in our house. Not because I don’t want to. Check out my Pinterest boards — I have plenty of ideas for cute Valentines garland, and Easter egg wreaths. But the holidays always creep up on me and I am left doing things like handing out Halloween candy in an old and cracked plastic bowl.
But not this year! This is the year that I am going to get my decorating self in gear and get those garlands and wreaths made and hung and enjoyed days before the holidays arrive. And this is the year that the Trick or Treaters will get to grab their treats out of a custom candy cauldron!
Let’s do this!
Step 1: Pick up a pot from Goodwill. I got this one from Goodwill of Twinsburg for a few bucks.
Step 2: Wash the pot with hot, soapy water to remove any dirt, grease or grime.
Step 3: Gather your supplies. You’ll need:
- Mechanical Pencil
- Graphite Paper (carbon paper)
- Acrylic craft paint or permanent markers
Step 4: Measure the area of your pot that you’d like to have your custom phrase. Mine was 4″ x 3″.
Step 5: Using your computer, set up your phrase to fit within the dimensions you determined in step 4.
Step 6: Print out your phrase and cut off the excess paper around it. Place a piece of the carbon paper behind it then tape both pieces to the pot.
Step 7: Trace your phrase using a mechanical pencil. A pen works too but the mechanical pencil has a finer point which makes it easier to be detailed with the letters.
Step 8: Peel off the paper and carbon paper to expose the traced version of your phrase.
Step 9: You can choose to either paint your letters…
…or use a fine point sharpie marker.
It’s up to you which look you prefer.
Step 10: Fill with Halloween candy and pat yourself on the back when a parent mentions how cute your candy cauldron is…because let’s be honest, the trick or treaters could care less.
Oh, and that orange quilt – also got that at Goodwill Twinsburg!
The options with this technique are endless. I first learned it from this tutorial by My *Pink* Life when I was making this custom wooden sign. You can really do it on any type of material. So go get yourself something Halloween-y from Goodwill and stencil away!