This instructable will show you how to mke a Magical Apothecary Living Room ...on a college student's budget! This might be redundant, considering the stupendously creative DIYers in the audience, but I have two words for you: Thrift Store.
You know what? You're right. I have a LOT more than two words for you which you probably anticipated if you've seen my other instructables. As usual, the important, basic stuff is [generally] in bold and my lengthy diatribes [generally] follow.
So, ya...I went back to school last year and as much as I love it, it's not great on the pocketbook, ifyouknowwhaddamean. Well, Halloween is like my Christmas. I love-love-love it. Favorite holiday of the year and I usually decorate for the entire month of October... until I freaked out my boyfriend last year with my eye for the macabre ("But honey, it's supposed to be a happy surpise!"). This year, planning in advance, we agreed to three weeks of delicious deathly decor. You could say I like an air of realism, I guess. Incidentally, Martha Stewart (inc) is a great resource for classy, realistic-ish Halloween ideas, as is (drum roll please...) Instructables, of course! *pshah*
Just a few more things before we get started--I had zero Halloween stufff before last year's celebration (well, I had two boxes of stuff five years ago before I... nevermind). The great [time-saving] thing about this decor is that I stored all the work I did last year in a box in the basement, and then just added to it this year. Sure, it looks similar, but the savings in cost and sanity are worth it. Thus, keep your stuff around--even the paper mice! Also, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle any chance you get. I shop for Halloween all year long just like some people shop for Christmas all year long. I'm a frequent thrift store shopper, so almost nothing in the pictures is new or purchased at retail. AND, if you bring something to donate when you go to Savers, you'll get a 20% off coupon for purchases of $10 or more--cool, huh? Finally, I'll put up mini-instructables for the stuff I added this year, and do my best to explain the rest.
**Please note that most of these projectsd assume a working knowledge of basic word processing/graphics (like MS publisher), some familiarity with 'borrowing' images off the internet, as well as access to a computer and printer.**