Home decor and DIY Halloween decorations inspired by The Legend of Sleepy Halloween.
This post is sponsored by JOANN, but all thoughts and words are my own.
Welcome friends and Happy Halloween! I’ve never decorated my house like this for Halloween, so this was a lot of fun. Fun nerdy fact about me: I’m a big family history/genealogy geek. Earlier this year, I discovered that through my Mom’s line, we are descended from the original Van Tassel immigrant from The Netherlands that settled New Amsterdam (now NYC), that eventually migrated north to, you guessed it, Sleepy Hollow. I have Van Tassel ancestors buried in the Old Dutch Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow. I about fell over!
After finding my long lost connection to this spooky tale, it made it really to create my own Sleepy Hollow with JOANN.
Feel free to skip this paragraph if you’re not curious about the story 😉
Here’s a refresher on Washington Irving’s spooky story: Circa 1790, Ichabod Crane moves to Sleepy Hollow for a teaching job. He meets Katrina Van Tassel (the daughter of a wealthy farmer) and attempts to win her heart. Enter Brom Bones, the macho bachelor who also is after Katrina’s heart. After a party at the Van Tassel home, Ichabod leaves devastated that Katrina rejected his marriage proposal. He is chased to the infamous bridge by the Headless Horseman, believed to be the ghost of a Hessian Soldier who lost head by a stray cannonball during the Revolutionary War. The next morning, all that is found is Ichabod’s horse wandering about and Ichabod is never to be seen or heard of again… Hmmm, was it Brom playing a prank on Ichabod so he could steal Katrina?
The quill pen (ahem, feather from the floral department) and apothecary jar set up nicely next to a glass candle holder that I wrapped in pages of a Sleepy Hollow print.
I found this rustic picture frame in the frame department and trimmed a sheet of matte black scrapbook paper to fit inside. I did remove the glass. I bought two horseshoes at a local tractor supply store. I live in Nebraska, so yes, those are common around here 😉 I used two small nails to nail it to the board. I printed up the text on drawing paper, got the paper wet and put it on a cookie sheet in the oven until it started to look “aged”. I used double sided tape to keep it on the paper.
I used a fine tip permanent marker to write out Katrina’s name on the pumpkin. Man, I wish I was better at hand lettering!
Ichabod got his own pumpkin, too. I found a colonial tricorn hat at a local costume store. The crow keeps watch over my chair. And I found this Sleepy Hollow print online.
I thought these black spooky trees were perfect for the Sleepy Hollow! I love that they are moldable.
I used and Ebony stain for the coffin. I did the same wet paper in the oven treatment.
I found these wood signs at JOANN and thought they would make cute directional signs. I used some more Ebony stain, and white acrylic paint to the letters.
This four foot tall maple leaf tree has LED lights and will look awesome for trick or treaters at night!
I found these gray clay flower pots and thought they would look great with these pathway lights. You’ll all laugh when I tell you I used to fill the pots and keep the lights up straight. Cleaning rags. Yep. My collection of random rags that I use to clean. They work great! I couldn’t believe it. Then I used strips of burlap on top.
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HAPPY HOLLOW DECORATIONS SOURCE LIST:
- Quill Pen feather
- Ink jar for quill pen
- garland around candle pillars
- LED battery candle
- Candle vase with wood base
Small Acrylic Nesting Tables
Side Table next to leather chair
- white Fun-Kin pumpkin
- fine tip black permanent marker
- Colonial Tricorn hat – local costume store
- Legend of Sleepy Hollow digital print
- black picture frame
Side Table next to sofa
- orange Fun-Kin pumpkin
- black fine tip permanent markers
- black scrapbook paper
- horseshoe – bought at tractor supply store
- newsprint paper
- Sleepy Hollow decal
I hope you all enjoyed my Sleepy Hollow Halloween! Have a fun and spooky time trick-or-treating this year.