Halloween Decor: Altered Item by Leigh Ann

Hello friends! I am so excited to be back for the next year on the American Crafts Design Team. For my first project as part of the new team, I have altered a house and some candles for Halloween. You can pick up inexpensive houses to alter, and quickly dress them up with the pretty Shine On collection. I used LED candles so there’s no real flame to consider for the paper lanterns.


I found some houses at the Dollar Spot, and chose to add the vellum from the Shine On collection to each of the windows and doors. You could add a mini album inside, or another LED candle that flickers behind the vellum windows. The great thing about creating custom altered items is you can match them to your decor. I had fun adding a mid-century color scheme in aqua and orange.


Here are the items I chose to alter, in their plain state, before I started the process. The Amy Tangerine Shine On Collection is great for the autumn season, and is versatile because it doesn’t have any specific fall themed motifs.


I used an American Crafts banner punch to punch from the 6×6 paper pad. The Shine On Chipboard Thickers, Inflated Ephemera, and Die-Cuts made a really fast way to accent the house. I used a Tiny Attacher to secure each embellishment to a banner shape.


The banner continues around the second side of the house, and is held in place with the adorable clips from the Shine On line. When the Halloween season is over, you can simply unclip the banner and use it in your paper crafting so that you can recycle it. Don’t you love all the embellishments in the Shine On collection?


Select any paper lantern cut file you like, and your favorite colors from the 12×12 paper pad. I chose patterns with lots of background color so the cut files would show up against the cream candle wax. I cut three paper lanterns.


Here are the three finished lanterns, secured with tape around the back side of the candle. They look really cute when they are all lit up, and I hope you get to try your hand at altering items for Halloween this way!

Have fun, and thanks for visiting today, Leigh

SUPPLIES: Amy Tangerine Shine On Collection: 12×12 paper pad (#348246), 6×6 paper pad (#348247), die cut shapes (#348250), decorative clips (#348258), faux suede flowers (#348257), inflated ephemera (#348252), Miscellanea Thickers (#348249)