DIY: Halloween Tablesetting Decor

I created this grown-up version of sinister Halloween tablesetting for DIY Network.

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A new color scheme consisting of deep purple, mustard yellow and lime-green accents instead of the typical orange-red adds a modern and sophisticated touch to the usual, and over-used red-orange Halloween palette. Most of the materials and supplies (paper doilies, knitting yarn, to make this haunted-mansion setting were easily found at hardware, craft and dollar stores.

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halloween tablesetting centerpiece

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See how to  DIY these creepy gelatin shots and Hanging pods

DIY Checkered Tablecloth

A simple DIY for multi-purposing a painting drop cloth as a durable table cover for outdoor use.

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Materials:

  • Natural Fiber drop cloth
  • Lime green and black spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Yard stick or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Heavy objects ( food cans, tools, exercise weights, etc) to hold canvas down

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Instructions:

  1. I recommend doing this project outdoors or in a garage to avoid paint fumes indoors.
  2. Spread drop cloth on an even flat surface. Place weights on all four corners to hold down the drop cloth.
  3. Measure 3 inches from the edge of cloth and mark with pencil.continue making marks the length of the drop cloth.
  4. Line up and place painters tape along pencil marks.
  5. Repeat every 3 inches until bottom of the drop cloth.
  6. Turn drop cloth and repeat steps 1-3 creating a checker board pattern.
  7. Spread out drop cloth in well ventilated area.
  8. Starting with top most corner, spray square with black spray paint making sure to fill in completely.
  9. Spray black spray paint on every alternating square. Fill in remaining squares with lime green.
  10. Allow to dry completely before use.

 

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Helpful hints!

  • Make sure painters tape is firmly secured to the canvas to avoid paint bleeding
  • Get a friend to help with the painting. Each person takes a color to spray and you’re done in half the time
  • Because of the lined bottom of the drop cloth, both sides work well as a tablecloth

Full instructions and more step-by-step photos

 Photography + styling by Manvi Drona for DIY Network.

 

Thanksgiving Table Decor : Rustic-Glam Edition

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! While food takes center stage on TG, a pretty table is a must. Is that where all the action happens anyway? So add a couple of thoughtful decorating details to your place settings that elevate the experience for everyone. Here are a couple of tips that you can easily recreate in your homes.

 

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1-3: Created by Manvi for BrightBazaar, Photography by Manvi

4&5: Created by Manvi for HGTV, Photography by Sweet Tea Photography 

6&7: Created by Manvi for HGTV, Photography by Sweet Tea Photography 

4 Easy-to-make Halloween Costumes

Homemade costumes are far more appealing than store bought ones. Invite a few friends over for a fun-filled MYOC (make your own costume) party. Here are four costume ideas that even a non-crafter can make in a hurry.

1. Mac and Cheese 

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Instructions and materials to create a mac and cheese costume.

 2. Hot Chocolate

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Instructions and materials to create a hot chocolate costume

3. Minion from Despicable Me

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Instructions and materials to create a minion costume.

 

 4. Burrito

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Instructions and materials to make a burrito costume.