Yes, I'm a Houston realtor and Houston Apartment Locator not an interior decorator but I do see lots of neat things while showing houses! You can give your home a very festive and spooky (or not so spooky) glow without worrying about any flames or worse...fires! These easy & inexpensive decors are a great way to spend more fun time with your kids and family while displaying glowing decor for fall entertainment! (Or get creative and use year round)
Tin Punch Lanterns:
Repurpose simple coffee or soup cans to create darling tin punch lanterns to line a walkway or decorate your home.
Start by thoroughly cleaning and drying your cans. Fill each can with water and freeze overnight to prevent the surface from bending or denting when it’s time to punch your design.
Next, choose a festive tin punch template and print it out. Wrap the paper template around the can and secure with masking tape. Using a hammer and large nail, punch holes into the can following along the pattern on the template. The space between each hole is up to you. Remove the template once your design is complete. You can leave your tin punch lanterns silver or give them a coat of acrylic or spray paint in festive colors like orange, black or white.
Use battery-powered tea lights helps keep your seasonal creation fire-hazard free! This type of tea lights can be found at craft or party stores and online. For a larger can, use a few extra lights to get the desired effect.
Twinkle Light Gourds:
Create a glowing display indoors or out using gourds and white twinkle lights. They offer an elegant alternative to the classic jack ‘o lantern and can be used to decorate beyond Halloween.
Start with a dried gourd (available at farms, craft stores and online) and use a 1 1/2” core drill bit to cut a hole near the bottom of gourd where the lights can be inserted. Next, use a 1/4” drill bit to create randomly spaced holes or uniform patterns all over your gourd. Finally, feed in the strand of lights through the larger hole in the back, plug it in and watch your gourd glow!
If you have any other creative ideas please share them below. We would love to try them as well!
Have fun & enjoy!
David J. Moore ABR,GRI