I LOVE HALLOWEEN – now that you know that, you will perhaps forgive me for my inordinate amount of excitement about this project.
I was scrolling around Pinterest, looking for ideas for my DDM’s (Dear Daughter Molly) annual Halloween party when I saw this:
First I thought “Wow! That is so totally Awesome!!!” Then I remembered that I have an old wooden medicine cabinet in the basement. I decided to make my own. The following pictures show what I did, and how it turned out. My family thought that I was nuts. but they just don’t understand how much fun I had – therefore – they are dumb.
For this project I used the following equipment and materials:
- nails – various sizes
- pencil to mark the cuts
- a carpenter’s square – to use as a straight edge
- a saw
- decorative paper/scrapbook paper
- hot glue gun and glue
- my imagination
Here are some things to keep in mind while looking at this DIY post:
I am NOT a carpenter or cabinet maker. I have basic know how, and experience from years of household remodeling projects.
I used things that I had laying around, plus one supply run to get paint and paper.
I did not include measurements, or exactly how I completed every little step. Just figure it out for your individual project as you go, and do not sweat it! This is just for fun.
If you want to make your cabinet with a higher level of craftsmanship and expertise, go for it! I made mine to be brought out once a year as a decoration.
Here it is before – just sitting there in my workshop. It has no idea what fate has in store…
I used my hammer to gently knock the upper shelf out, and remove the nails.
In real life – I took a break at this point because we needed to go get our pumpkins (and apple cider donuts!), so I had a chance to go to the craft store and get paint and some Halloween Scrapbook paper! Use whatever black paint (or color of your choice) that you have laying around. I wanted black, and I was out of it, so I bought some acrylic black paint at the craft store, and some foam brushes. I hate cleaning brushes.
The back of my cabinet was open, so I used some poster board that I covered with scrapbook paper to be the “back” of my cabinet. I also used some ModPodge to stick some of the scrapbook paper to the back section of the Gallery. It hides the gap really well! While I was at the craft store I picked up a very handsome paper mache skull to put on the top of my creation. I painted him black on the outside, and orange inside. I made a hole in the bottom so that I could put an LED candle inside so it would glow! Also pictured – Cathy the Creepy Clown Doll in a very early stage. I may make a post all about how I made her.
Now for the FUN part!!!
Dressing it UP!
Sorry for my bad photography skills. My dear daughters and I made all the props. I purchased some of the bottles at the craft store for a few dollars. I also bought some labels that they sell at the halloween stores. Some of the labels are hand painted. We embellished the bottles with little things that we had laying around – old broken jewelry, beads, scraps of fabric, twine, left over findings from previous projects etc. Use your imagination. I hope you like my project, and it inspires you to do one of your own. Mine is NOT done yet. I plan on adding more stuff to the inside of the doors, and making more props for next year!