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Spooky Halloween Front Porch for BHG

My fourth and final project for Better Homes & Gardens can finally be revealed! I decorated our front porch for Halloween with 2D and 3D spooky crows on twisted branches. My porch is up against the other three bloggers’ projects, so please vote for your favorite at

In addition to the crows, several rats can also be found cavorting about. Even Bernard the monkey (I picked him up on clearance over the summer at Z Gallerie) has found a small furry friend.

The project was pretty straightforward, but here’s how I did it…


  • black construction paper or poster board
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • transparent tape
  • large branches (the gnarlier, the better)
  • black spray paint (optional)
  • fake crows
  • wire (if your crows do not have it already)
  • planters and bricks/rocks for bases


  • Sketch a barren tree and a couple of crows onto your black paper.
  • Cut out your shapes and affix them to your door or window with transparent tape.
  • If you need to darken your branches, spray them with a bit of black paint and let them dry.
  • Fill your planters with rocks or bricks and insert your branches.
  • Perch your birds in the branches and secure them with wire (my birds’ feet had wire built-in for this purpose).

I also took off our screen door (it was blocking the view of the silhouetted birds), and I made new curtains for the front door and window.

Remember, you can vote every day until Halloween for your favorite project at Now I can’t wait to answer the door for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters on Sunday…

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  • Gloria
    October 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Love it, very spooky. I also voted. Your door is definitely the best!

  • Kari
    October 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Spooky, yes. But somehow, you still made it look very chic! Nicely done!

  • Cat
    October 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

    It looks awesome- I love the new curtains!!! Such a fun pattern, glad you posted an outdoor shot. I love that you made it spooky but not grotesque- we had to skip quite a few houses last year because they weren’t little kid friendly.

  • merlin513
    October 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Looks great!

  • Mrslimestone
    October 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Love this! Perfect execution of spooky in an attainable and beautiful way. (I wanted to cover my whole house in birds for this years theme but couldn’t get the supplies I needed at a price I thought was fair).

  • cara
    October 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Ooooohhh… I definitely like your door the best! and I love that you incorporated things you already had.

  • Kia
    October 26, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I love it . Yours is the best by far.

  • Katie Truelove
    October 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Voted! I love the branches and the crows! I don’t think I could decorate with the fake rats since I live in NYC…too close to home;)

    • Making it Lovely
      October 27, 2010 at 10:32 am

      Yeah, you might want to skip the rats then. ;)

  • Melissa
    October 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Love this! I’ll go vote.

  • melanie
    October 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

    this looks great! I love it.

  • Emily S
    October 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I love how you made it look nice and spooky, but left out the gaudy factor!

  • Ashlea
    October 26, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Yours is the best! Very well done.

  • Danielle
    October 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Adorable! Love that you kept a theme.

    How is the weather by you? I am in Detroit and it has just started over here.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 27, 2010 at 10:32 am

      We weren’t hit too badly by the storm, thankfully. I hope it wasn’t too bad in your area.

      • Danielle
        October 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

        Actually we were expecting way worse and didn’t get much of anything. Today is super windy though!

      • Making it Lovely
        October 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm

        I know… I just went out to get the mail and was hit by a huge gust!

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    October 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Love this – so creative and spooky, yet stylish!

  • Susan/Project Balancing Act
    October 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Yours is the best! Hurray for a spooky Halloween! I voted for ya.

  • Gwendolyn Wise
    October 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    It’s my favorite! +1 vote for you! :)

  • Clearly Composed
    October 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Spooky and chic? Wowza and bravo on that. :)

  • Decor Girl
    October 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    You get my vote for most tasteful Halloween exterior!

  • Mélo
    October 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    yours is by far the best one!!!! REALLY LOVE IT!!!!!!!! make me think of the crow.. I love that movie!

  • captain kk
    October 26, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    looks amazing!

  • Kristen
    October 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Your porch looks great! I love that it looks spooky and classy at the same time! Fantastic job!

  • georgia
    October 27, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I like this and the pumpkins from your bhg projects the most!
    I also appreciate the ANNO LJUV panel a little more now as well.
    Hope you’ll win :)

  • Uchenna
    October 27, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Wow, great job! I voted for you today. Will do again tomorrow.

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d
    October 27, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I think it looks great. Your porch looks the most Halloween-ish, rather than fall in general. I voted for you.

    On a side note, I did a similar tree and bird combo to our front:

  • Cate O'Malley
    October 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Just voted – no contest!

  • Making it Lovely
    October 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for all your support so far, everyone. I’m actually in first place today (for the first time in these four projects)! Please continue to vote each day until Halloween. I really appreciate it!

  • jane
    October 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    just voted – awesome (as always)!

    just a quick question (yet again): your house door, love the way you managed to shade/sticker/cover/laminate it (sorry not sure the right for it), mind me asking where you got that from!? that is EXACTLY what we need for our balcony door!

    • Making it Lovely
      October 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      Do you mean the new curtains?

      • jane
        October 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

        oh wow, didn’t realize they were curtains!
        thanks so much :)

  • anne-marie
    October 28, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Love this look! you’ve inspired me to get out there and get my door done – and I voted – best of luck!

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    You have a great blog. I enjoyed this Halloween post.

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