Haunted Mirror – An Eerie Halloween DIY Decor

If you are looking for Halloween decor that gives a big fright with little bite then the Haunted Mirror is the DIY project for you — easy and eerie!

 

Haunted Mirror

A Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween DIY Decor

 

Today, I have something really fun for you. If you have hung around here for any time at all, you know that I love Halloween. So, I am thrilled to bring you this eerie craft idea for Halloween decor.

This DIY Halloween project is really very easy to create.

Haunted Mirror DIY

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Can – Krylon Looking Glass Silver Spray Paint
  • Tape
  • 1 – 8″ x 10″ Picture Frame
  • 1 – Image to fit an 8″ x 10″ Frame

How to Make the Haunted Mirror:

  1. Choose your Image
  1. Scan Image and create an Inverse Image
  1. Print out two copies – 1 Original Image, and 1 Inverse Image
  1. Take Glass out of picture frame. Clean Glass very well.

  1. Tape the Inverse Image to the front or outside of the glass (image side facing the glass). This allows you to see exactly where your image will be once it is in the frame, and will help you during the spray painting.
  1. Place glass image side down on your spraying surface. You can see the image through the glass.
  1. Shake Krylon spray paint vigorously
  1. Spray the entire glass with a fine mist of paint
  1. Then add more paint in small spurts, especially to the areas around your image. You want there to be enough paint to create a mirror, but with a lighter spraying of paint on top of the image so that it shows through.
  1. Let the paint dry for at least one hour
  1. Remove the Inverse image from the front of the glass and clean glass carefully.
  1. Place glass back into the frame–Glass side out, Painted side to the inside.
  1. Load the Original Image into the frame

Time for some Tips

  • Clean the glass, then wipe it down with alcohol. Any fingerprints or oils will interfere with the paint sticking properly.
  • Blushing: If you get blushing with your spray paint, don’t worry. The Krylon Looking Glass washes right off easily with a little soap and water. (What is Blushing? Blushing occurs when there is high humidity in the air. The moisture settles on the not cured paint and causes a milky whiteness or flat white look in the paint. This happened to me on my first attempt, because I did the spraying after the marine layer came in from the ocean–silly me.)
  • Tips for your Image:
    • Areas not showing up well – I had a large white area on my image over about half the face. So, I used colored pencil to draw it in better.
    • White is showing up to bright – Again, this was the case for me, so I sprayed a light coating of the Looking Glass spray paint directly onto my image to tone it down. This worked great, and also gave the image another dimension.
    • Be sure that you have enough paint around your image to make the glass really look like a mirror. That way your image will appear to be coming through the mirror–a very spooky effect. (You can clearly see the apple in the reflection.)
  • So, just play around with it, until you reach your desired effect.

Being that this project is making a mirror, it is difficult to photograph (at least for me anyway). But I think I managed to get some pretty cool shots of the Haunted Mirror–take a look…

Notice the reflections in the mirror…

The reflection here is a hutch. It almost looks like the lady is pushing her way through the wood.

Look at her reaching for that apple–Who is the fairest of them all…

Imagine catching that face out of the corner of your eye…spine-chilling.

 

I hope you have enjoyed our little Haunted Mirror Halloween DIY project. We had a blast making this for you — now, make you own. Have a Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween!.

Halloween Inspiration

Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Check out these post:

Halloween Mantel Decor Orange, Black, and Purple

Bewitched Halloween and DIY Trick-or-Treat Lantern

Pumpkin Carving Page

Check out and Follow my Halloween Crafts / Decor Pinterest Board

 

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Do you have any Halloween DIY projects planned?

 

 

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School Year Tips To Shine With Success

This post, School Year Tips To Shine With Success, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MomentsShineWithWindex #CollectiveBias

Shine with success this school year with great tips: first day of school photo ideas, organization charts, homework station ideas, and free printables.

 

School Year Tips To Shine With Success

Make Moments Sparkle

 

Can you believe it? Back-to-school is here! This is always a special and hectic time for families with school-age kids, even when they are heading off to college (Ha! Maybe more so). But, through the years I have learned a thing or two, and now I am going to share them with you.

These ideas for a successful school year are easy to implement and change up to meet your needs. Be creative! I even created a few FREE PRINTABLES that you can download. My hope is that you will find these ideas helpful and fun.

First Day of School Photo Ideas:

The first day of school means PICTURES! So, be prepared, grab your Windex® Original Glass Cleaner and make moments shine. You definitely don’t want grubby fingerprints on windows in the background.

Give these creative and easy ideas a try.

  • Use Chalk Markers to write and draw on glass or chalkboard.

I did this with Rory this year — college bound. We have pictures from every school year of the kids in front of our car or truck. It is a nice way to look back and remember what life was like at that moment in time, including our ride.

A couple of really nice things about using chalk markers on the windows — they are easy to write with and very easy to clean with Windex® products, check it out…

Clean your windows first. Windex® Original Glass Wipes work great for this.

Draw and Write on your windows to make your moments shine. Then, it is easy to clean up with the Windex® Original Glass Cleaner spray. The spray helps loosen up the dried chalk. Watch how easy…

  • Use Sidewalk Chalk and draw a large number for the grade your child is entering on the driveway. Decorate the number with style and personal flair. Then, have your child sit in the number or next to it for the photo.
  • Make a small pennant banner that your child can hold for the picture. Write or glue the words: First Day of School, 1st Grade, 2017, or whatever you want to say to create a special memory.
  • Frame a printable and have your child hold it for the picture. You can download and personalize the FREE PRINTABLE I created just for you.

Click to Download the First Day of School Printable

Remember, be camera-ready with Windex® Original Glass Cleaner or Windex® Original Glass Wipes.

Then, take advantage of this fabulous OFFER: Buy 2 Windex® products and get $20 to shop at Shutterfly®. This is a limited time offer. Disclaimer: Offer valid 7/15/17 – 12/1/17. Visit here for terms and conditions. Notice those dates, you can buy more Windex® products and use the offer for Halloween and Thanksgiving photos too!

 

Get Organized for the New School Year:

Start the school year with a plan. Children do very well with a schedule, it gives them a sense of purpose and a semblance of security. If they know what to expect next, you will have an easier time getting them to accomplish it. Schedules help set your child up for success!

  • Set Schedules
  • Morning: Wake up time, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, leave for school, etc.
  • After School: Have a snack, do homework, play outside, eat dinner, quiet reading time or studying, take a bath, pack your backpack for the next day, set out your shoes and clothes for school, etc.
  • Bed Time: Have a set time your child is supposed to go to bed. Making sure your child gets enough sleep each night and is well-rested will help to ensure they have a good learning day a school.
  • Have a specified place for backpacks and other items to be placed. If you are not searching all over the house for things your morning will go much smoother. Less stress, less fighting, and arguing is better for everyone’s day.

I have created a couple Organization Charts that will help your child stay on task between getting home from school and going to bed. You can download these FREE PRINTABLES. You have a choice of two different color schemes.

Click to Download I’m Ready For School Organization Chart – yellow

 

Click to Download I’m Ready For School Organization Chart – pink

 

Put this chart on your refrigerator and use magnets to mark the accomplishments daily.

 

Homework Station Ideas:

Homework stations were a big part of a successful school year for us. We had one set up in our kitchen, where the kids could sit at the table to do their work, and I could be getting dinner ready for the family. The nice thing was that I was there and available for any questions that may arise. We had a cabinet where all of our homework necessities were stored.

We also had homework supplies in the car/truck. Why not take advantage of the time while one child is sitting around waiting for the other sibling for sports practice or ballet lessons? The more you get finished early, the more free time you have at home at night as a family.

  • Set up a place in your home where your child(ren) will do homework every day.
  • Find somewhere to store all our homework supplies: notebook paper; graph paper; pencils; erasers; glue; paper clips; stapler and staples, colored pencils; crayons; markers; etc. Be sure supplies are easily accessible to your child.
  • Use a Lazy Susan or turntable to place your supplies on the table. That way your kids can just spin the supplies to reach what they need.

Supplies on the go.

  • Keep a smaller amount of the same school supplies in your vehicle. Colored pencils work better than crayons and markers as they do not melt.
  • Have chairs for your kids, so they have a place to sit.
  • A lap desk or board helps to give stability for writing.

 

Whatever you are doing, however you celebrate and organize for the new school year, remember to get things clean and make your moments sparkle with Windex® products, America’s #1 glass cleaner — famous for streak-free shine!* For more information and ideas for use follow Windex® on Facebook and Twitter.

And do make use of the Shutterfly® offer, generations of your family will thank you.

Want another fun idea for school? Check out this fun video tutorial, Cool For School or Anytime… Shoelacing!

Here’s to a happy and organized school year! Go get ’em kids and parents alike.

 

* Claim based on data reported by Nielsen Scantrack in Household Glass Cleaner category for 52 weeks ending 11/26/16. Total US XAOC. Copyright 2016. The Nielsen Company.

 

 

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Haunted Mirror – A Halloween DIY

Haunted Mirror

A Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween DIY

 

Today, I have something really fun for you. If you have hung around here for any time at all, you know that I love Halloween. So, when Jason at Dealspotr.com asked me to collaborate with him on a Halloween post for their website, I was thrilled.

Dealspotr.com is the best community for finding and sharing deals. I used the resources on the Dealspotr website, and armed myself with great coupons for purchasing the supplies I would need. You can read more about that here–they helped me get a lot of Fright for very little Bite!

This DIY Halloween project is really very easy to create.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Can – Krylon Looking Glass Silver Spray Paint
  • 1 – 8″ x 10″ Picture Frame
  • 1 – Image to fit an 8″ x 10″ Frame
  • Scotch Tape

How to Make the Haunted Mirror:

  • Choose your Image
  • Scan Image and create an Inverse Image
  • Print out two copies – 1 Original Image, and 1 Inverse Image
  • Take Glass out of picture frame. Clean Glass very well.
  • Tape the Inverse Image to the front or outside of the glass (image side facing the glass). This allows you to see exactly where your image will be once it is in the frame, and will help you during the spray painting.
  • Place glass image side down on your spraying surface. You can see the image through the glass.
  • Shake Krylon spray paint vigorously
  • Spray the entire glass with a fine mist of paint
  • Then add more paint in small spurts, especially to the areas around your image. You want there to be enough paint to create a mirror, but lighter paint on top of the image so that it shows through.
  • Let the paint dry for at least one hour
  • Remove the Inverse image from the front of the glass and clean glass carefully.
  • Place glass back into the frame–Glass side out, Painted side to the inside.
  • Load the Original Image into the frame

Time for some Tips:

  • Clean the glass, then wipe it down with alcohol. Any fingerprints or oils will interfere with the paint sticking properly.
  • Blushing: If you get blushing with your spray paint, don’t worry. The Krylon Looking Glass washes right off easily with a little soap and water. (What is Blushing? Blushing occurs when there is high humidity in the air. The moisture settles on the not cured paint and causes a milky whiteness or flat white look in the paint. This happened to me on my first attempt, because I did the spraying after the marine layer came in from the ocean–silly me.)
  • Tips for your Image:
    • Areas not showing up well – I had a large white area on my image over about half the face. So, I used colored pencil to draw it in better.
    • White is showing up to bright – Again, this was the case for me, so I sprayed a light coating of the Looking Glass spray paint directly onto my image to tone it down. This worked great, and also gave the image another dimension.
    • Be sure that you have enough paint around your image to make the glass really look like a mirror. That way your image will appear to be coming through the mirror–a very spooky effect. (You can clearly see the apple in the reflection.)
  • So, just play around with it, until you reach your desired effect.

Being that this project is making a mirror, it is difficult to photograph (at least for me any way). But I think I managed to get some pretty cool shots of the Haunted Mirror–take a look…

Notice the reflections in the mirror…

The reflection here is a hutch. It almost looks like the lady is pushing her way through the wood.

Look at her reaching for that apple–Who is the fairest of them all…

Imagine catching that face out of the corner of your eye…spine chilling.

I hope you have enjoyed our little Haunted Mirror Halloween DIY project. There was a lot of fun had while making it for you. Have a Hauntingly Spooktacular Halloween!

Coming Up:

Jason from Dealspotr.com is writing a post that will publish here on Tuesday:
5 Up-cycling Ideas For Kids Room Decorations
Be sure to come by and check them out!

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Do you have any Halloween DIY projects planned?

 

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