Fun with Halloween Deck Decorating
Halloween is eerily creeping up on us and the outside of your abode is just about due for a ghoulish makeover. It’s now time to replace the festive summer decorations on your deck with ghouls, witches, pumpkins, skeletons, etc. It’s time to give the kids a chance to display their favorite handmade drawings and for neighbors to see your fun, yet tasteful display in tribute to Christmas’ eerie cousin. But where do you start for inspiration? Here are some ideas for decorating your custom deck in NJ this Halloween that are chillingly simple and fun.
Creepy drapes: Use simple, inexpensive cheesecloth torn into tatters to create that cobweb look around the edges of your deck. Further, to give them an aged look, soak the tatters in tea overnight and then hang when dry.
Owls: Try using pressure treated plywood, cut into the shape of owls and painted black and placing them around the edges of your deck. You can have fun with the kids with this easy DIY project.
Pumpkins and gourds: Of course, what Halloween display would be complete without jack-o-lanterns made from pumpkins? This too can be fun with the kids as they help you – with supervision – carve faces into the pumpkins and place them throughout your deck.
Colored Lights: Create just the right mood inexpensively by hanging black and orange colored lights around your deck. Wrap them securely around the railings for the ultimate effect.
Decorations: Let your imagination run wild here with DIY and store bought cutouts of witches, goblins, skeleton and witches. The best part is that you can either let your little ghouls help you or you can even pick them up from your local party supply or dollar store.
Skull display: Buy several plastic skulls from your local craft store and paint some of them black. Attach them to twine and then hang them around your deck.
Spider Web Wreath: Take an old picture frame and remove the glass from inside then use yarn to create a spider web. Finally, use double-sided tape to hang this to the outside of your deck.
Patio Furniture: Use Halloween themed cushions for chairs and sofas and black and orange cloth for tables.
These are just a few ideas you can use to creep up your deck this Halloween. There are many more on sites like Pinterest and Tumblr. Now is the time to replace some of the festive summer decorations on your deck with an assortment of supernatural beings that will put you in the holiday spirit and will amuse (and frighten) your neighbors.
Tips for Enjoying Your Deck this Fall
Who says you can’t enjoy your deck now that summer is officially over? The parties, the small gatherings with friends and family, the meals and the quiet time enjoying the surroundings are all still possible even though the chill has returned to the air. Indeed one of the advantages of owning a well, maintained and beautiful deck is that it can be enjoyed all year round. There are two tricks to extending the fun times on your deck despite the falling temperatures. The first is to clean and carefully inspect it to ensure that it is free from damage and the second is to make it cozier and cold weather proof. Here are some tips for doing both and for getting the most out of your outdoor sanctuary.
It is far easier to enjoy oneself on a clean, well maintained deck than one that is a mess. Moreover, fall is the perfect time to inspect and refurbish your deck in anticipation of the winter months. After you’ve decided that you want to use your deck in fall, as opposed to shutting it down right away, you should prep it by inspecting it for wood damage. Make sure that the bolts and hardware are all still there and in good condition as well. At Decks by Ziec we can inspect your deck to ensure its safety and utility. Next, give it a good sweeping to remove leaves and other debris. After that, make sure that the waterproofing has held up. Use degreasing agents to remove summertime spills and stains left in the wake of your parties and gatherings. Finally, clean the deck with a gentle detergent and water.
Now that you have the preliminaries out of the way it’s time for some ideas on how to enjoy your deck despite the falling temperatures. Here are ways to make your deck just as cozy in the fall as it was in the now distant summer.