I wanted to decorate for Halloween but I didn’t want to do the creepy scary Halloween stuff. I wanted something pretty, but with a little creepy to it! I also love Once Upon A Time and started playing around with the idea of combining the two. After all Once is a little dark and mysterious!
I think I may have spent all of $10 on the whole project and it turned out so pretty. My family even likes it and I was able to fit most of the characters into my design. Can you spot them? Everything represents someone!
So, how did I do it? Easy! The black frame was a mirror of my daughter’s that had been broken, but for some reason we kept. I just printed out the sign to put in it! The old books are children’s books that I’ve collected and had forever, they’re actually stories that they’ve used in the show.
The pumpkins, aren’t they cute? Why pumpkins? You’ll have to figure it out! These are from the Dollar Store. I painted one black with red glitter lettering and the other one I covered with glue and poured a ton of glitter over it. Then covered it was another layer of glue to secure the glitter. Now Cinderella gets a sparkly carriage!
The apple is from Hobby Lobby and so is the dark red rose. The bunting was made from hot gluing black edging to a printed burlap ribbon that I had left over from my new tablecloth. Pics of that coming as soon as I can get it finished!
I think the bottles might be my favorite things. Believe it or not, these are Starbuck’s drink bottles that my daughter gets. She saves the bottles for me. I printed the labels and stuck them on with scrapbook glue tabs. The blue one is a very glittery soft blue craft paint that I poured in and around to get the inside covered and then placed upside down to dry and let the extra paint run out. I did the same with the copper one. For the black and gold one, we did a glue/water mixture, poured it in like the paint, and poured glitter in a tried to get a good coat. I like that it turned out not perfect. Once it’s good and dry, then you can add the black paint.
Here you go!
Belle~Book and the rose
Snow White~White Twigs (From when she lived in the forest and because she is white as snow.) The apple, The magic mirror (frame)
The Evil Queen/Regina~The white twigs (lots of twigs and white/black in the mayor’s office), the apple (poisoned of course) even the black pumpkin because she is dark inside, the magic mirror (frame)
Rumpelstiltskin/The Dark One/Beast/Mr. Gold~The black potion bottle, the black pumpkin
Alice in Wonderland~Alice in Wonderland book and the Drink Me bottle
Dwarfs and Giants~The bottle of magic beans
Tinkerbelle and Blue Fairy~The fairy dust bottle
Emma Swann/Savior~Glittery Pumpkin and the bunting because it’s royal as is she
Henry~The bunting because he and Emma tie all of them together
Robin Hood~Robin Hood book
Hook and Pan~Black pumpkin
Other fairy tale characters~Fairy tale book