Halloween Decorating Ideas from Kim Adams

With sunshine and temps in the 80s for much of October, decorating for Halloween just hasn’t felt right. But now as cooler weather returns, it’s time to break out the tombstones, fake spiders, and spooky hanging ghosts. This year I wanted something a little different for my own house.  Pinterest is like an internet buffet of ideas. Which is great, but can also be overwhelming. So I narrowed it down to my Top 5 New and Unusual Ways to decorate for Halloween.

1. HEAD IN A JAR 

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Here’s what you need to make your own:

Find the instructions and other tips here!

2.  CREEPY CHICKEN WIRE HUMAN SIZE GHOSTS

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1. Cut chicken wire.

2. Form the shape of the head.

3. Form the torso.

4. Create support.

5. Form the arms.

6. Attach body forms.

7. Add shoulder support.

8. Form the legs.

9. Attach base to torso.

10. Create skirt.

11. Complete body form.

12. Cover with cheesecloth.

13. Hang half-figure ghosts.

Full instructions with pictures and supply list here! 

3. CREATE A “MONSTER” GARAGE

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This garage door has been shared all over social media! Make your own with this tutorial! 

4. PATTERN CARVING PUMPKINS 

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 See more patterns and get templates here! 

5.  MICE INFESTATION ON THE STAIRCASE

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  1. 1. Print mice template.
  2. 2. Trace the shapes onto black construction paper, and cut out.
  3. 3. Mount as desired with masking tape.

Find the mice template and other instructions here!

Hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween!!!!!

Kim Adams

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Emmy award winning television and film personality and mother of 5, Kim Adams is one of metro-Detroit most recognizable faces. While most remember her as a skilled meteorologist at WXYZ (ABC-Detroit) and WDIV (NBC-Detroit), Kim has now joined the film industry appearing in “Scream 4″ starring Courtney Cox and David Arquette. Kim can also be found on national tv shows such as “Detroit 187″ and “20/20.” She’s currently a medical reporter for the Childrens Hospital of Michigan. Kim’s busy schedule also includes being a spokesperson for numerous local and national companies. Kim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oakland University ranking 3rd in her graduating class. She received a master’s degree from Wayne State University majoring in Radio/TV & Film. In addition, she studied thermodynamics and dynamics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School in Washington, D.C., and synoptic meteorology at the Ohio State University.

Top 5 Moving Lessons from Kim Adams

ONE MOM AND A TRUCK

Moving… as a former military mom, I’m no stranger to moving. 14 times in 12 years. I thought I had it all down to a science. So this past December I decided moving 5 days before Christmas would be perfectly fine. Boy was I wrong. One mom, 5 kids, a cat and a hundred mistakes later, we are finally moved into the new digs. I learned a lot this time. Let me narrow it down to the Top 5 lessons.

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1. ORGANIZE, DONATE AND THROW AWAY BEFORE YOU MOVE

Most moving companies charge by weight and/or by the hour. Why pay to move things you don’t need or want in the new home? You will save on moving boxes and the headache of having to pack unwanted items. This includes furniture. I decided to upgrade my kids’ beds to better quality “big boy” bedroom sets from Gardner-White. Instead of moving the old beds, I decided to donate them and take the tax deduction. Their new beds were delivered to our new home. Plus, the beds were all assembled and ready to be slept in the very same day! Truly this was the easiest part of my move!

2. MEASURE FURNITURE BEFORE YOU PAY TO MOVE IT

That huge sofa in the old house might not fit in the new house. Or perhaps you’ve been thinking about upgrading from a queen to a king? NOW is the time to decide if your furniture works in the new home. Because as I said before, it makes no sense to move furniture only to sell or donate it later. Check out the handy “Will It Fit” guide on the Gardner-White website here: http://www.gardner-white.com/customer-service/will-it-fit

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3. TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR CORDS

This sounds funny, but trust me it will save you so many headaches. Take a quick picture of the back of your TV of all the cables BEFORE the movers unplug everything. I can’t tell you how much time and effort it took figuring out cable cords, PS4, Xbox and Wii connections! A photo of where things were when everything worked would have been very helpful.

4. MAKE A MOVING SUPPLY BOX

If I had to search for a Sharpie or the tape roll one more time I thought my head would come off. A little plastic bin with all the items in one spot would have saved me time and headaches when I was packing. It sounds simple but packing takes hours and hours no matter how organized you think you are. It never failed I would pack a room only to open a cabinet or closet filled with more stuff!

5. PACK AN OVERNIGHT BOX

Moving day is stressful. No matter how you try and prevent it, you will be an exhausted mess by the end of the day. Even with a good moving company there are still things you have to do yourself. Make sure you have a box with toiletries, sheets, a pillow, change of clothes etc. In fact, I pack an overnight bag for each member of the family. Its much less stressful than searching through 15 boxes to find your toothbrush!

GW DIY Corner: Outdoor Ambiance

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With spring right around the corner, you’re probably brainstorming about ways to spruce up your backyard and patio area. Us too! Check out these five awesome DIY projects you can complete before the grass turns green again.

 

1. Light Bulb Terrariums :: The geniuses over at Clad and Cloth came up with a cute way to reuse your old light bulbs in an eco-friendly way. Fill your bulbs with tiny succulents and hang outside for a whimsical look.

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Visit http://www.cladandcloth.com for the full tutorial

 

2. Solar Lamp :: Bring a little bit of the indoors outside with these darling DIY solar lamps. Either use an old lamp you have laying around or shop for a new one to complete this cute & simple DIY project.

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Visit http://www.houzz.com to complete this project

 

3. Drink Holder Stakes :: For about $20 in supplies, you can make a couple of these awesome garden drink holders! Not only can you stake them next to your favorite chair, but take them on the go to hold your beverage at your kid’s soccer game or lounging next to the pool.

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Visit http://www.positivelysplendid.com for a step by step guide on how to complete this project

 

4. Magical Patio Chandelier :: This lighting focal piece will add a romantic touch to your patio at a tiny price tag. All you need are two rounded wire plant hangers, spray paint and some string lights. Seriously!

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Get the tutorial for this at http://www.curbly.com

 

5. Patio Table with Drink Troughs :: How innovative is this beautiful patio table with built-in coolers? You and your friends can eat, drink and be merry this summer at this DIY table. When you’re not using the table, replace the cooler inserts for a flat surface. This project is a little advanced for beginners, so grab a handy friend!

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Visit http://www.remodelaholic.com for the tutorial


Have you created an unique accessories for your home by “doing it yourself”? If so, we would love to see! Post a photo on your favorite social channel and use the hashtag #GWDIYCorner or leave a comment with a link to your photo below. Don’t forget to visit our Pinterest Page to get the pins for all of the DIY projects seen here.

GW DIY Corner: Accessories to Spice Up Your Home

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If you’re like us, you love to “do it yourself,” also known as DIY. And when it comes to your décor, sometimes the handmade element can add an extra touch of home to your living space. Here are some of our favorite DIY accessories that are easy, stylish and affordable:

1. Pallet Shelves. As you can see in the photo above, one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure! Often times, retailers or grocery stores have tons of pallets on hand that can be reused to create some rustic wall décor. With some wood stain and a little bit of elbow grease, you can transform a pallet into a place to showcase your trinkets. We’d pair this DIY project with the Crosby Collection.

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Get this DIY from www.thefujifiles.com

2. Curtain Canopy Bed. Always wanted a canopy bed, but didn’t have the room or the money to get one? Now, with some curtain rods and long curtains, you can create the illusion of a canopy bed without the cost of buying a whole new bedroom set. The flowing curtains add a touch of airy coziness. We’d pair this DIY project with the Walton Collection.

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Get this DIY at www.ohgloryvintage.com

3. Upcycled Window Cocktail Table. We are obsessed with upcycling! Not only is it good for the environment, but it’s great for your home too. This project is a little more advanced, but we promise it will all be worth it. We’d pair this DIY project with the Claire Collection.

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Get this DIY from www.drivenbydecor.com

4. Burlap Backed Bookshelves. If the last DIY project was too advanced for you, this one will be right up your alley. Burlap adds texture to otherwise bland objects. Easily line the back of a bookshelf or photo frame to add a special touch. All you need is a couple yards of burlap, or another favorite fabric, some small tacks and a tack hammer. We’d pair this DIY project with the Delta Collection.

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Get this DIY from www.decoratingyoursmallspace.com

5. Beautifully disguised TV. If you have a flat screen hanging on the wall, you know it can sometimes stick out like a sore thumb. Say goodbye to your boring flat screen and say hello to DIY chic! Frame your TV with moulding (sleek for a contemporary look and ornate for a more traditional look) and make your tube look like a work of art. We’d pair this DIY with the Hancock Collection.

Have you created an unique accessories for your home by “doing it yourself”? If so, we would love to see! Post a photo on your favorite social channel and use the hashtag #GWDIYCorner or leave a comment with a link to your photo below.