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Four Tasteful Halloween Decorations for the Modern Home

Some people love horror themed décor, happy to adorn their home with depictions of evil ghouls, mischievous goblins, and terrifying ghosts when Halloween comes around. Other people prefer to maintain a particular aesthetic year-round, and don’t indulge in the darker sides of the Halloween season. At Jar Store, we think that both sides of the coin are valid! Whether you’re the type to invite the monsters into your home, or the type who prefers to not sacrifice your carefully cultivated home-aesthetic, we think that your taste is perfectly fine.

Some folks have young kids that are easily scared, some don’t have the time or space to set up big and extravagant Halloween set-pieces, and others are just more drawn to the simpler side of home décor. Whatever your reasoning may be, Jar Store understands you.

However, we have noticed that there’s plenty of inspiration on the internet for the dark and ghoulish side of Halloween, and there isn’t much for the modern and minimalist individuals. So today, we’re going to give you a bit of Halloween décor inspo that will fit right into your home without clashing against your already established style.

Good Old-Fashioned Jack-O’-Lanterns

Pumpkins invoke the spirit of Halloween without any of the fright. From their bright orange and yellow colors, to the scents and flavors that they bring, pumpkins and Halloween go together naturally.

Don’t feel boxed-in by typical Jack-O’-Lantern tropes, you can carve your pumpkin however you want! It’s fun for kids, and honestly, just as fun for adults. For some fun, family friendly pumpkin carving ideas, we suggest…

  • Cat or dog faced Jack-O’-Lanterns to match your family pet
  • Flower shaped carvings to add a bit of beauty to your front porch
  • Simple quotes instead of faces – “Hello Fall!”, “Trick or Treat?”, etc.
  • Carve out a front door and some windows into your pumpkin, to make it look like a tiny, adorable house!

It’s super easy to find Jack-O’-Lantern stencils on the internet, so get creative with your pumpkins this year!

On Halloween, you could fill up a regular old plastic bowl with candy to bring to the trick or treaters, but that’s what boring people do! Your home’s carefully crafted aesthetic doesn’t end at candy bowls, it should include your candy bowl! These glass pumpkin jars are perfect for the season, and their gorgeous clear glass composition is both functional and pleasing to the eye.

pumpkin jar

The best part is, you don’t have to just throw these back in the cabinet after your candy is gone and the trick or treaters have gone home. These beautiful (and large!) glass jars are perfect for storing your Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres, for homemade candles, or even just regular old home storage and decoration.

Beautifully Framed Pressed Leaves

If you love the burnt orange, red, and yellow colors of Autumn leaves, (who doesn’t?!), you’ll be glad to know that there are several methods for preserving them well-past the point when they fall onto the sidewalk. In just an hour, you can have a brand new framed Halloween decoration that looks both tasteful and homemade.

What you’ll need

There are only a few things you’ll need for this simple project:

  • The most gorgeously colored leaves that you can find (look specifically for flat ones, the curled and wrinkled ones won’t work as well)
  • A microwave
  • Small picture frames
  • White construction paper
  • Acrylic sealant
  • Glue or double sided tape

What you’ll do

You’ll be glad to know that the steps for this craft are also very simple, here’s how to press leaves at home:

  1. Sandwich your leaves between two paper towels and place them on a microwave-safe plate
  2. Insert the plate into the microwave and microwave for 30 seconds
  3. Remove the leaves and check if they’re dried out
    1. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the leaves come out of the microwave dry
  4. Spray your dried leaves with acrylic sealant on both sides to preserve them
  5. Wait a while for the acrylic sealant to dry completely, checking after 30 minutes
  6. While you’re waiting, cut out pieces of your construction paper in the same size as your frames
  7. Once the sealant has dried completely, affix your leaves to the center of the construction paper using your glue or double sided tape
  8. Place the leaves/construction paper into your picture frames

Now you have beautiful pressed leaves in some wonderful picture frames! You can hang these around your house, and they’ll last a few months before the leaves begin to decay, just in time for you to replace them with your winter holiday decorations!

Jar-O’-Lanterns – Pumpkin-free Jack-O’-Lanterns

Pumpkins are a Halloween staple, but they don’t grow everywhere. If you live in a place where pumpkins don’t naturally grow, it can be difficult and expensive to find pumpkins to carve. Try this craft to make your own Jar-O’-Lanterns, a Jar Store original!

What you’ll need

  • Glass jars – Large jars work best to emulate the look and feel of actual pumpkins, but smaller jars work just as well functionally
  • Orange vellum paper (or regular orange paper if you can’t find vellum paper)
  • Pencils
  • Black colored pencils
  • Battery powered tea lights
  • Glue sticks

What you’ll do

Making Jar-O’-Lanterns is so easy, that some people would probably think it’s easier than carving real pumpkins! And the best part is that you still get to re-use the glass jars afterward Halloween!

  1. Wrap your vellum paper around the outside of your jar, and cut it to match the shape
  2. Using your colored pencils, draw your Jack-O’-Lantern faces on your vellum paper
  3. Run your glue stick along the top and bottom of your vellum paper, make a couple of passes for extra adhesion
  4. Glue the paper to the inside of the jar, pressing along the top and bottom to secure the glue
  5. Turn on your tea light and drop it into the jar

There you have it! A pumpkin-free Jack-O’-Lantern that won’t rot or get eaten by local critters!

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