Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A vintage inpired Halloween urn

A post also known as- My obsession with Matthew Mead takes hold.

The other day as I was traipsing around the Internet I ran across this and stopped in my tracks. Can I call it tracks, even though I was firmly settled into the couch? Eh, let's go with it. After seeing those vintage graphics for F-R-E-E on Matthew Mead's website I started poking around the rest of the site. Let me just say- Where has Matthew Mead been all my life? Obsessed with pretty much everything about his designs.

I followed Lil' Luna's tutorial in order to prepare the skewers. Only then I discovered I actually didn't have any skewers. Some lollipop sticks left over from a party I threw quickly stepped in and became a substitute.

My idea for this project was to vary it slightly in order to make one centerpiece into two separate pieces to suit my needs. Hobby Lobby came through with two urn style planters that just so happened to be on sale this week.(yea!) The only other things I had to buy were the pieces of scrapbook paper I used to make the accordion flowers. I had the Spanish moss and foam left over from other projects. The buttons came out of the sewing box, but I saw plenty of really cute buttons while I was at the craft store.
here are the finished products

as you can see, I varied the width of the paper strips I cut so that I would have different sizes of accordion flowers. I think it looks better in this application. 

Time spent- total of about an hour
Cost- less than 10 bucks for both

The fact that this project was quick and inexpensive makes me giddy. Can't wait to see them flanking the cupcake stand at our Halloween party.

up next- a  vintage inspired Halloween mantle
Oh! and a project I actually came up with myself!


  1. SO glad you could make this. It turned out awesome!! I love the urn style planter!! And yes... Matthew Mead is awesome!!

  2. This is the first I've heard of Matthew Mead. I'm embarrassed to say. Thanks for introducing me. Love this project (and it's inspiration.)