A few weeks ago, my crafting Soul Sister, Alex of Me and Annabelle Lee shared her stunning Halloween Countdown DIY.
Although why I feel the need to add “stunning” when all of Alex’s Goth it Yourself makes are amazing, is a mystery.
I’ll tell you what else is a mystery… how eerily in tune Alex and I are when it comes to the timing of our projects. More than a few times, one of us has posted a DIY and the other has said: “Hey! I’m working on one like that, too!”
Talking of spooky, it’s only 6 months until Halloween.
Actually, that’s bloody scary. It seems like such a long way off, but I have SO much to do before this year’s Halloween Open House!
It’s just as well I don’t decorate for both Halloweens.
I’m sorry, what now?!
Who or what is Walpurgisnacht?
Did you know that 30th April is directly opposite Halloween on the calendar and is celebrated in some European countries as a second Halloween? I discovered this only recently when I was invited to take part in a Walpurgisnacht (pronounced Val-poor-gess-nacht) card exchange on the Halloween Forum.
Also known as Witches’ Night and Hexennacht, Walpurgisnacht falls on the eve of 1 May (Beltane) and is a time when witches would meet on the Brocken Mountain in Germany to celebrate the arrival of spring. As with Beltane, Walpurgis Night is celebrated with dancing and bonfires and in Southern Germany, there’s even dressing up and a form of trick or treating, just like Halloween.
DIY Halloween Countdown Chalkboard
When Alex posted her countdown to Halloween sign, it was a make I hadn’t got around to yet but the moment I saw it, I knew it was going to be a blatant steal. I even had a board all ready to go in the form of a £2.49, 38cm (15in) x 20cm (8in) 3D heart slogan plaque from B&M.
That I entirely forgot to photograph before I started decorating it.
You’ll just have to imagine how it started out… cream, with white lovey-dovey words and three wooden hearts across the middle in varying shades of brown.
Now I realise 185 doesn’t have quite the same ring to it and my hideous writing is nowhere near as stylish as Alex’s creation, but I thought those hearts were crying out to become a chalkboard number counter… and “6 months” doesn’t fit.
But Walpurgisnacht is a brilliant time to start the countdown to Halloween. No?
What I used:
First I painted the entire board in black gesso to cover the original colours and wording. You can easily use black acrylic. I wanted the rest of the board to be smooth, so I painted a second coat in some black silk emulsion I had left over from the spell chair.
I used DecoArt Chalkboard Paint to make chalkboards on the hearts, then cut the text in grey vinyl on the Cricut. Cheating big time, I used the same font and wording as Alex.
Why re-invent the wheel, when your muse has already done such an excellent job?
Finally, I thought it would look spookaliciously strange and peculiar to add the disembodied remains of a miniature skeleton from one of my other new Halloween projects (to follow soon). You might recognise them from my Mummified Fairies. As it happens, the feet are perfect for holding the chalk!
Don’t you just love those serendipitous moments?
I’m really pleased with this project. As a passionate Halloween decorator, a visual countdown to Witching Hour is vital if I’m to keep track of exactly how much time I don’t have until the Big Day. Because if the next 185 days pass as quickly as the previous 180, then I really need to get my skates on!
A hui hou,
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