My Weekend Halloween Project

Hello new week!

A busy but fun weekend (I miss you Kendra!) over at our household (incl. 4 family members hit with a nasty bug) but I still had a little bit of time to finish a humble project in preparation for Halloween. I was totally inspired by this image from the Pottery Barn catalog.

Do you remember my Easter Project, when I (to my husband’s confusion) wrapped an entire branch in pages from an old book? (Decoupage). I have gotten so much use out of that large branch!

So, inspired by Pottery Barn (and perhaps also by lovely Erin’s chandelier!) I ripped out some more pages of that, by now, well used book and went to work equipped with stencils, stickers, ribbons etc. and created my very own personal Halloween ornaments.

I used a special tag stencil for this ornament. And glued the book paper on each side.

Perhaps not the fanciest Hallowee tree in town, but personal and made with a lot of love! And I had fun doing it. The cat stencil is my favorite of them all! ( I used a black marker to fill in the color). Make sure to re-enforce the hole where the ribbon goes through, so it won’t rip.

A handsome snow owl from one of my favorite gift shops in Seattle — Common Folk Co.

I found the crows on sale at a party supply store for $1.99/each. The glass vase is very tall and I plan to fill it with more mini pumpkins.

Hope you enjoyed it! What about you — are you working on any fun Halloween projects?

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  • joanny says:

    It came out lovely, what patience you have — it looked labor intensive – but well worth the effort you put into it.


  • Lana says:

    Wow Mon, you are so creative! What fun, sure your kids must love it!x

  • Goodness, you’re
    not only beautiful,
    but crafty, too!!
    And, with a house
    full of sick people ~
    How do you do it,
    Mon?? Adorable.
    xx Suzanne

  • sherry says:

    YOU….should be styling for Pottery barn!!! Yours was better! By the way, love those branches.

  • Janell Beals says:

    Adore your decoupage tree!! This whole project is great, Halloween decor that I could get inspired to do, because so far there is none happening around my house! Perhaps next weekend…Janell

  • Mon, I clipped and saved the Pottery Barn Halloween inspiration, too! you have done a great job. And yes, I do remember your wrapped Easter branches. It’s perfect here, too!

    love this project!


  • I absolutely adore your decorations for Halloween! You are a very creative lady! I just love these ornaments and will make a few, as I am a big holiday decorations person too.
    Thank you for your nice comment. I love you blog and will be back often!
    Have a nice day.

  • I LOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE what you did. I am so serious. Total cleverness and so much fun!

  • Flaviana says:

    Mon you did a fantastic job! Oh my..! I wasn’t planning anything in particular for Halloween but now I totally changed my mind ..and you will be my inspiration!I love everything you did, clever,smart, brilliant girl!
    big hugs xxxx

  • Sara says:

    Hej Monika!
    Vill bara kolla om du får mailen till gula gruppen i svenska skolan. Jag vill inte att Frida ska missa något pga att jag har fel mailadress. Vi hörs!

  • Charlotta says:

    Love it! The branches are fantastic and I love that you transform them from season to season.
    All of what you have done looks wonderful – hand made but with style and personality. Gorgeous dear sis!

    Stor kram!!

    xx C

  • Charlotta says:

    P.S. Köpte du ‘Potensgivarna’ (boken) när du var hemma? Om inte så skickar jag den till dig.
    Vad med Viveka Sten och hennes två böcker?

    Puss hej!

  • Susan says:

    Hey woooow I loved that post … I love anything with old book pages and this is made beautifully. Really want to make one of these tree branches now. Amazing!

  • Delishhh says:

    Monika – LOVE IT. Halloween with a Swedish twist! I guess i have to get ready to do something for the house :)

  • Piper says:

    4 sick and you still had time to do this?! Impressive :)! You are so creative – love all the special touches like the cool tags – just beautiful!

  • Tina says:

    How creative you are – I love this! :-)

    Home now from Washington, had an absolutely lovely time! Will go back to America again, hopefully not too long from now! :-)

  • A “humble project” – wow this is seriously stunning, and eclipses the Pottery Barn inspiration image! Well done you!

  • Style Attic says:

    L-O-V-E it! I love that you saw it, were inspired by it, had time to do it, just did it, and that IT turned out S-GREAT!!

    Good for you :)

    The “to my husbands confusion” made me laugh…I do that to mine daily :)



  • audrey marie says:

    this is so cute!!! i love using old book pages in decor :)

  • These are so awesome Monika! Although, I’m not a big fan of Halloween, it’s definitely inspired me in some way to do something this year!


  • Mia says:

    Oh, these pictures were really inspiring! (får lust att pyssla:)
    Yes, imagine if we could just meet for a coffee or a walk anytime, that would be so nice …

    Varm kram Mia

    (No, I wasn’t part of the shoot (wish I were :) I guess these are new pictures).

  • Wow you are super creative…everything looks great! xocc

  • How creative!!! And you call this humble? Mon, this is super awesome. I love what you did with the book pages.. yours has got to be the best holiday decorated home in your city!! xo

  • Carole says:

    Mon, you are so so creative! I just love it all. Got a bit of soft spot for those black crows though.

  • Michelle says:

    Oh how pretty! I always forget to do anything for Halloween, I am going to be more creative this year!

  • Tina says:

    Hi dear Mon. Looks fantastic! You are such a creative person!
    I love your golden candlesticks shown in the background.
    Now leaving, feeling so inspired!
    Thank you and happy weekend!

  • Erica says:

    Thank you for dropping by Moth Design and for the lovely compliment. It truly made my day. I’m inspired… now too after dropping by. As we all know, kids love Halloween, I’m sure my 5 boys would be delighted if I actually did a little spooky decor this year.
    Have a great weekend and thanks again for making me smile! xo e

    ps- adding you to my blog roll too AND followed on twitter @ECmothdesign.

  • Hi Monika, thank you for dropping by my petite blog, I really appreciate it! Your home is crazy stunning, your style makes me swoon!! That lacquered dresser is perfection :) I’ll be adding you to my blogroll and I will be back for more!

  • Emma says:

    Wow – looks amazing! I love your paper wrapped branch and all your new ornaments. I agree your looks better than Pottery Barn’s. You should send them some photos!

  • DesignTies says:

    Your Hallowe’en ornaments are charming — very creative and unique :-) And they look great hanging from your decoupage tree branch, which is another great craft idea :-)


  • Mon- I Love Love LOVE this! Your use of old book pages here is genius! I usually buy some white pumpkins and gords, but never do anything this lovely and creative :-)

    And how great is your new header!!? Mr K did an awesome job!

    Thanks for the link, too! xoxox

  • Julie at BV says:

    Love it Monica. You are very creative and talented. I should copy a little bit from you and try to bring into my house the spirit of the holidays. It’s the best way to really live the moment, I think.

  • I adore this, Monika! Understated and very creative with a personal touch — just your style, which I totally love! Have a great week!


  • My dear friend, you are so creative! I do not celebrate Halloween, but these are so well done. I bet your kids are quite excited!

    Just got your email + sending you one tomorrow morning :)

    Love to you,

  • karlita says:

    I love it – that’s so inspirational! We don’t celebrate halloween much here, but seeing this – I would! And I adore the cut-out of the cat.

  • liza says:

    These are fantastic! I especially love the cat. Great work Monika!

  • Jamilyn says:

    I love what you did here! I am so into this time of year and have never seen a tree wrapped in book pages! I also love your tree ornaments! You are so creative and talented! Please stop by to see what I have been up to for decorating…Have fun!

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