I love Poe. When I was in middle school my Mom gave me a leather bound copy of the Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. I’m sure it sat in my room for weeks or months until I cracked open the cover. That first night, I memorized The Raven. I literally sat in my maroon bean bag chair, didn’t take phone calls and repeated the poem over, over and over until I had it down pat.
I would reread the poem very, very frequently. Not sure why as a preteen I loved it so much… In fact the short stories often gave me nightmares but The Raven. That was a thing of beauty.
It seemed only right to me that this year I create a section in my home dedicated to Poe this Halloween. There was no option to fail. I had exactly what I wanted to see in my mind all laid out. That included a black feathered raven. A whole day was spent running around town going from store to store in search. There were no ravens to be found.
Oddly enough the only Michael’s that I didn’t go to was the one I frequent ALL of the time. Just so that I could set my mind at ease I went there to see if they, too, were all sold out of ravens. Turns out that had a huge bin of them. HUGE. I went home and started setting my altarific decor immediately!
For the floral arrangement
- Dead rose bush branches
- black spray paint
- Cheapie spider webs
- Glass vase
- Metallic spraypaint
- Black acrylic & old rag
For my fancy and aged vase I painted a cheap $1 glass vase from the thrift store with gold spray paint.
Then take black acrylic paint and rub it on heavy and thick with a rag. Use a clean portion of the rag to wipe away excess.
Next, take dead branches and spray paint them black. I used really thorny rose bush branches.
Place them in your vase and take really small amounts of the cobwebs and stretch it through and around the branches.
For the raven arrangement:
Remove the excess wire from your raven and hot glue the feet onto the top of your skull. Take care to distribute the weight well or it will be falling over. Stack on top of your books and call this portion done.
For the framed portrait of Poe you will need:
- Printer and photo printer paper
- Computer with internet access
- Picture frame
- Paper cutter
First things first, you’ll need your framed pic of Poe. All you need is printer photo paper and a printer and you’re all set. You can download this pic of Poe from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs.
I placed all of my decor on top of a lace runner, set up a hanging silk pendant lamp and I was finito with this project! I have to say it feels like a really classy Halloween :) Happy Friday!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website