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10 Free Fonts for Halloween DIY!

free-halloween-fonts

As much as I keep telling myself that summer last for a few more weeks, I can’t deny the increasing amount of Halloween candy and haystacks I’m seeing everywhere around me.

(I may or may not be eating candy corn right now…)

Some of the leaves here are starting to change and I’ve been wearing PANTS all week.

While it may not be time to bust out the pumpkins quite yet (although I was oogling a few at the grocery store this week) some of you will soon be preparing your Halloween decorations and DIY projects.

Here’s a round up of 10 free fonts (okay 11, there were too many good ones!) that will be perfect for your upcoming Halloween DIY crafts and projects. I have a few I’m starting to think about trying this year too!

Download the fonts at the links below:

1.  Sweet Halloween Dingbats
2. Zombie
3. A Gothique Time
4. An Unfortunate Event
5. Scary Halloween
6. Black Widow
7. Mystery Forest
8. Deutsche Zierschrift
9. Pumpkin
10. Tombstone
11. Punkinhead

All free fonts listed are from the font.com and should not be used in our not for commercial use.

DIY Subway Art

DIY Subway Art - DesignLively

I have finally succumbed to the mega-trend that is subway art.

There is a lot of “word art” out there in the world today. “Real” subway art, or bus scrolls, are black and white and use the typeface Akzidenz-Grotesk, though modern updates of any official subway signage are written in Helvetica.

DIY Subway Art - DesignLively

I created this sign in Adobe Illustrator using Helvetica, and altered the kerning (space between letters) and letter height for variation. I printed it at Staples using the “Engineering Print” category – purchasing this huge poster for $4.99. Then I spray-mounted the poster on a piece of large foam core (black foam core so the edges blended) with 3M Super 77 spray adhesive and finally just hung it up in our bedroom.

The locations I chose are all places that meant a lot to us during our days of college.

It makes me happy! And gives us a big piece of meaningful art for only $10.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Joining the Pallet Artwork Craze

One day I was re-organizing my office.

My former office I should say! This spring I switched jobs and am no longer working from home. It’s been a good change! Along with my new routine, my office needed a face-lift.

BEFORE:

The office room is extremely awkward to decorate/furnish – one half )shown above) belongs to me and the other half belongs to my husband. The ceiling in my space is at an extreme slant, so it makes hanging any artwork difficult.

My favorite kinds of projects are working with pieces I already have.

First, it’s free.

Second, it helps clear out my “stuff” and gives random things I’ve been hanging on to a purpose.

Exhibit A:

Our kitchen island that we refurnished came with 2 shelves for under-cabinet storage. Since we put two stools there, we removed the shelves. It reminded me of all the pallet projects I’ve been seeing lately.

There is an endless list of pallet DIY projects these days in magazines, blogs and Pinterest- word art, headboards, couches, you-name-it!

While I was clearing out my office *ding ding ding*, I had an idea.

I decided to stain the kitchen island shelves Minwax Dark Walnut using this technique.

After they dried I hung them on each side of the window.

Then I popped some postcards/keepsakes/photographs in them by tucking the corners under the slats of wood.

I have a pet peeve about putting pushpin holes in things – probably because I rotate my artwork pretty frequently and every piece I have would be full of holes!

Plus, this way I can easily rotate what is on display.

AFTER:

I love the solidness that the dark stain brings to the room.

While we are talking about non-pushpin photo display projects, check out my DIY Inspiration Board from last summer.

I just added a few more strings and hung up a lot more photos using mini binder clips! It’s my secret technique for displaying photographs without ruining them.

I’m happy with my office refresh. Now if we can only remove that pesky carpet…

I already ripped up a corner to see what was underneath and all I found was crummy old flooring. Someday we’ll get there!

How do you like to display photos/momentos in your home?