Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween Centerpiece a Creepy Vulture


It is Monday and that means it is time for the Bitten by the Bug 2 weekly post.  This week's challenge cut, the Vulture from Cricut's Life's a Party cartridge, was selected by Agnes, my fun design team sister.   I have to admit that I found the vulture to be quite a challenge!  I did not want to do the expected birthday project, so had to put a great deal of thought into this week's project.  I designed a Halloween card that I felt rather indifferent about, but finally Sunday afternoon I had an inspiring thought! 



I remembered that I had this fabulously huge centerpiece vase, with the beads and the candle, that a friend had decorated for my 50th birthday last year.  I took the centerpiece apart, removing black ribbon and flowers, pulling the beads out of the inside, and completely disassembling the birthday vase. 

Using chalkboard vinyl, I cut the vulture from Life's a Party at 3.5 inches tall.  I then cut the graveyard fence from Happy Hauntings at 5.5 inches tall.  I peeled the backing from the vinyl and applied the vinyl to the vase.  Using rusty metallic orange vinyl, I cut the word BOO!, also from the Happy Hauntings cartridge. 



I applied adhesive runner around the top edge of the vase and about one inch from the bottom of the vase. Using black and silver beads, the top of the vase was decorated in a random draping design.  I was pleased that the adhesive held the beads in place.  I trimmed the length of a strand of silver beads and pushed them into the adhesive on the bottom of the vase.   I finished the project by wrapping silver beads around the candle in a criss-cross pattern.

I photographed the centerpiece in two different areas of my house.  I really liked it sitting on the baker's rack (pictured below) but the lighting was not good and I kept getting glare in the photos.  I found the photos above, on the coffee table, showed the details of the cuts far better. 

If you have not already done so, head over to the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog and checkout the design team's great projects.  Also, please consider playing along with us this week and post your project in the Mr. Linky area under this week's post at BBTB2.


Thanks for stopping by today, I will be back with more projects to share this week. 

21 comments:

Jeri said...

OMG Susan this is incredibly gorgeous, even with that ugly little bird. Poor little creatures got left out in the good looks department. Beautiful home decor item. If I had a home (instead of an RV) I might make one myself. LOL

Love it!

Carol said...

WOW beautiful center piece! TFS

Nadia said...

What a fun bit of Halloween decor!! Perfectly spooky and elegant at the same time!

Linda Kaiser said...

This is amazing! Love the vulture and the beads!

Linda

DIANA L. said...

This is such a beautiful project. So many elements to draw the eye.
DIANA L.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

flowerdisco said...

sue...i have no words because my mr.v took them away in shame when he saw your project, lol
absolutely stunning, creativity at its max. thank you- thank you! :)

Heather said...

You just have the best ideas!! I LOVE THIS!! Love the beads wrapped around the top and how a silhouetted Mr. Vulture sits on an eerie fence post.

Jen said...

Absolutely adorable!! Love what you did with this challenge. Blessings, Jen

Maria said...

Well how cool is that!!!!! Your ideas just keep getting better and better and better! What a great piece to your Halloween decorations!!!

DonnaMundinger said...

GENIUS! This turned out soo frickin' COOL! Love it, girlfriend! I've got to mess with vinyl more. xxD

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is great! Love the design and it is super spooky!
Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

**Treefrog** said...

What a Great idea Susan! So spooky and perfect for the halloween table! And love the beads draped on it! So inspiring!
((Hugs)) Theresa

Hrvatica said...

This is just gorgeous. You did a fabulous job.

Julia Moss said...

How creative is that....great idea and great job on the challenge

Paula Bee said...

This is just fantastic! I love this idea...it looks so great!

Lisa Ritchie said...

That is one FABULOUS project!!! What a great idea. I may just have to make one for my home. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Lisa

www.cutitbemagic.blogspot.com

crayola58 said...

Did you know that you are absolutely the house decor Queen of it all?... you do the most amazing, details projects for your home. This is wonderful.....
Hugs
Carole

Lisa G said...

Oh wow. So effective. We don't really do halloween here in Australia but I am so impressed by your projects.

Karen Aicken said...

Totally creative, clever and wonderful. TFS!
Cheers, Karen
alteredscrapbooking.blogspot.com

Faye's Crafti Corner said...

Awesome - love it

Creative Cutter Room said...

I love this buzzard! Great project-good luck with the challenge. TFS Cathie
www.creativecutter.org