Shabby chic Halloween decorations can be used to make a magnificent centerpiece. And remember your centerpiece will not only look great in the middle of your table but it can also look really good at the back of a buffet table. Also you might want to position these items on your mantel. And what about that table in your entry way? The ideas are endless. So long as you put these decorations together the right way, your display could look fantastic in multiple places around your home this Halloween.
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Shabby Chic Halloween Decorations for a Centerpiece
To continue with your shabby chic décor style for Halloween, consider adding a centerpiece to your dining room table. This is great simply for an added decoration, or when you plan to have family or friends over for a fun and festive meal. Here are some different ways to create a centerpiece using shabby chic Halloween decorations.
Fill a Planter Box With Mini Pumpkins
When you are short on time, this is an easy centerpiece you can throw together with basic items found at your local craft store.
All you need to start with is a long planter box or a platter. The planter boxes are best because they already have a natural distressed look, which is perfect for your shabby chic style. Now all you need to do is fill it with some mini pumpkins. If you can actually find white and pastel-colored pumpkins at the craft store, even better!
Choose enough to fill up the planter box and you’re ready to go. You can also use small orange pumpkins as long as you add some other shabby chic elements, such as decorating the box with lace or other white fabric.
Set Out Vintage-Style Candle Holders
Another way to have a spooky and shabby chic-themed Halloween centerpiece is to use vintage-style candle holders for the middle of your table. When you use distressed candle holders, whether they are a faded brass that looks worn or distressed and white-washed painted candle holders, they already have that old look to them. All you need to do is add some tapered candles to them and wrap cobwebs around the base of the candle holders to create a Halloween centerpiece.
Add a Skull to the Table
Skulls are often used in Halloween décor when you want to go more of a scary direction with the décor, but like pumpkins and other Halloween themes, they don’t often fit in with the shabby chic look.
However, you can change all that with a little paint and patience.
As you would white-wash other items, you can do the same thing with a fake skull!
Grab any skull you can find from local Halloween stores, and give it some white paint, making sure you use very light and uneven strokes.
This gives it an old look instead of just painting it a solid white color.
Have some bugs coming out of the skull’s eyes to complete the creepy, crawly, Halloween look. Set this in the middle of your table or add some of your old-fashioned candle sticks and pumpkins for a full centerpiece.
And if you don’t want to go too creepy with the bugs, why not dress up your skull decorations with some jewels and pearls.
This is a different look for your centerpiece.
Here’s an example of what you can do with some jewels and a glue gun.
Add some extra shabby chic Halloween decorations and you’re on your way to creating a unique Halloween centerpiece.
Beautiful Items You Can Repurpose at Halloween
Have you ever hesitated before buying an item at Halloween because you’re worried about it only being used once a year? Here are some wonderful items with multiple uses throughout the year.
Silver and Crystal Mirror Cake Stand
This is a beautiful cake stand with crystals and a mirror top. It can be used perfectly with shabby chic Halloween decorations. Place a white pumpkin on top and you’ve got the beginning of a centerpiece. If you feel like you’ve already got too many white pumpkins, what about a birdcage on top with a black raven inside? Or try a skull.
There are lots of ways you can use this cake stand paired with shabby chic Halloween decorations.
Now, here’s the best part, you can use this gorgeous stand for cakes throughout the year. Use it for baby showers, birthdays, brunch, desserts and more.
And it’s not limited to the kitchen. Place this mirror topped stand in your bedroom with your perfume bottles on top. Just perfect!
White Centerpiece Tree
This stunning white tree is the perfect size to sit on a table. Place it at the middle of your Halloween centerpiece and then add cobwebs, black plastic spiders, bats, small black ravens or anything else that takes your fancy. This tree provides the perfect start to add all your shabby chic Halloween decorations on and around it.
A lot of people use these white trees or their wedding. But you can also use this in your living room. Try draping a floral garland over it to match the color of your decor.
You can also use it at Christmas. Add some baubles or silver pendants to make an instant Christmas centerpiece. And don’t forget Easter. Some families are now creating Easter trees. With precious little Easter bunnies and chicks hanging on the branches this tree would look perfect for Easter.
Flameless Candles with Timer Remote Control
Here’s another item that can be repurposed through the year.
Flameless candles look great when incorporated into your shabby chic Halloween decorations. They add atmosphere and create a lovely glow beside your Halloween decor.
After Halloween, there’s no need to pack up these candles for next year. You can use them in your home all year round.
Sure, you might need to remove the fake bugs and spiders and the odd bit of cobweb, but then you can enjoy your candles at any time.
Keep them on the mantel, place them on a shelf, and what about that corner shelf in the bathroom when you want to relax in the tub.
How to White-Wash Pumpkins
If you are planning on using pumpkins in your shabby chic Halloween décor, you will probably want to white-wash quite a few of them. This allows you to have white pumpkins instead of orange ones, but also give them a distressed look. They will match your shabby chic Halloween decorations much better. Here are some simple instructions to follow so you can white-wash your own plastic pumpkins.
Use Black Paint First over the Pumpkins
To start with, it is recommended that you paint the pumpkin black. If you leave it orange, you are going to have to use a lot of coats of white to cover the orange color, which then takes away from the stressed look you are going for. If you don’t mind solid white, that might be okay, but for a white-washed pumpkin that works with shabby chic décor styles, starting with a black pumpkin is best. Cover the pumpkin in black paint, then let it dry. Acrylic paint works fine on most plastic pumpkins you get at craft stores.
Add Your White Paint Very Slowly
You have two options for white paint; you can either use white acrylic paint or go with a white chalk paint. This is similar to chalkboard paint, even though you aren’t actually using it as a chalkboard. The reason some people like to use a chalk paint is because it naturally gives that old and worn look without even trying. Either way, you want to add the paint with a sponge brush or paintbrush, making sure the coats are a little uneven and don’t completely cover the black pumpkin in white. This is when perfection is not something you are going for. You want it to look old and distressed, so don’t worry about having perfect painting strokes.
Choose to Make Them Shiny
If you want the finished pumpkin to still look similar to areal pumpkin, you can try making it shiny by adding some Mod Podge. Wait for your paint to dry, then cover the entire pumpkin in a layer of Mod Podge. This will dry completely clear, and leave behind a smooth and shiny sheen on the pumpkin. It still has the shabby chic look, but has more of a natural pumpkin appearance as well.
Replace the Plastic Stem with Wood
The plastic pumpkins usually come with a plastic stem that you can be painted, but another way to make it a shabby chic pumpkin is to remove this stem and replace it with one made of wood. You can either look for a wood stem at the craft store, or get a piece of driftwood and cut it similar to the size and shape of a pumpkin stem. Just pull out the plastic stem, then push the driftwood into the top of the pumpkin after it has been painted.