Spooky Mantle Ghost Town

This week, I’ve joined the October Silhouette Challenge.  At the end of this post, check out all the other wonderful fall crafts my friends in the group have made.  There is lots of inspiration there!

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If it wasn’t for the three hobos,  5 pirates,  wonder woman, GI Joe and Wilma Flinstone running around the neighborhood, you’d have no idea it was Halloween.  Back in the 1970s when I was  growing up we didn’t do Halloween decorations.  None.  A few people would carve pumpkins and put out jack-o-lanterns.  I always loved to go to these houses because it was such a scary novelty.

Even as decorating for Halloween got more popular, my mom and dad didn’t get into it. I missed out on a lot of traditional holiday kid activities because I was the youngest of 5.  By the time I came along, mom was so over decorating eggs, carving pumpkins and all those things.  I carved my first pumpkin when HappyBill and I were dating in my mid 30s!

Now that I have my own home and family, I love decorating, crafting and general merrymaking for any holiday!!!

Just in the past week or so, I got into using my Silhouette Cameo again!  It had been gathering dust during my hiatus and our move.

I love making these 3D houses out of card stock.  I made a few last year, but they didn’t make it through the move.  They are easy to make, so that the kids can definitely be in on this craft!  Spygirl had particular fun adding embellishments to the houses.

There is a series of cut files at the Silhouette store called Ledge Village.  I am still waiting for HappyBill to put up my picture ledges (we have nothing on the walls yet in the new house), but luckily these work for mantles too!

For the centerpiece of my ghost town, I used the 3D Ledge Village Haunted Mansion and the coordinating accessory cut files.

haunted house cut out

I cut lots of random Halloween embellishments the Spygirl had fun adding.  Here’s the finished product.

Spooky Mantle Ghost Town

Then I cut two townhouses from the Tea Light 3D Village series in purple and gray.  I love this series and may do another village at Christmas time.  I also cut two 3D haunted houses and more from the ledge village accessory file to complete all the pieces.

Haunted village houses

Haunted Village Houses

I put tea lights in all the small houses.  Of course, be sure to use the battery operated ones and not actual tea light candles.   For the ledge house, I put some tea lights behind to light up the back.  Not the best photos, but here’s the finished product.

Village by day:

Ghost town by day100914Village by night:

Haunted village by night

These houses were so fun to make and the village was a big hit with the kids in our neighborhood!

Don’t have a Silhouette machine?  No worries, you can make a village using foam kits from your local craft store.  Spygirl loves these kits and we make one ever year.  We had quite a collection, but alas they didn’t make our recent move.  So we are starting over this year with a fun kit called a Roller Ghoster!  Spygirl is still working on it, but it’s super cute!

Roller Ghoster Foam Kit

So now you don’t want to miss the other Silhouette projects form the Silhouette Challenge group!  There is a challenge every month with a different theme.  The theme for November is DIY Gifts.  Even if I don’t make something for it, I’ll be sure to post the link to the challenge as I’m sure there will be some great ideas with the holidays coming up.

So have fun clicking and crafting!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters

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