nevermore

I’ve been wanting to do an Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” vignette for Halloween for a few years now.
BUT I did not have the pièce de résistance.
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But, viola, I found it earlier this year; remember this?
So I finally completed my vision.
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This was really fun to put together.
I printed the banner on book pages (I always pick up books at the Dollar Tree or thrifts stores), ripped the edges and strung them on a piece of twine.
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I have a bunch of manzanita branches hanging around for the right project so I spray painted a couple for this project.
I also had a bunch of birds in my halloween stash that usually reside in the front porch vignettes but not this year.  I also picked up a few more at the Dollar Tree.
Plus some spanish moss on the branches adds to the  whole macabre feel.
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Also through web searches I found this amazing free printable for “The Raven” @ the it’s always autumn blog .
How fantastic is this?
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It just amazes me how many free printable graphics are out in blogland.
I’m working on a few projects where I use other free printables which I hope to share soon.
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The kids love all this although they weren’t familiar with the poem.
It’s a fun way to introduce classical literature to them.
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For those of you who might follow my blog you know I like creepy | eerie Halloween.
This fits right in.
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Other details are skulls, feathers and my book pumpkin, continuing the literature theme.
Stay tuned for some more spookiness soon.
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Happy Haunting !
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21 Comments

  1. Spooktacular Mary Jo! I love everything about it. I did a NEVERMORE thing a couple years ago on my family room mantel and loved it. I also printed a banner on book pages. Your black secretary was the perfect piece for this fabulous vignette! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  2. Can you tell me how you reduced the size of the print? I tried printing it out and then realized it is 2′ x 3′. Also, what did you use as the table clothe? Makes it very old and eerie looking. I love it!

  3. hi kristine- this is the way i printed the banner. i tear out the pages from a book (approx. 5×7) and then lightly tape the book page to a 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper. that’s what i feed through the printer to print right on the book page. before i print them all out, i sized the print & selected the font by printing a few tests & overlaying them on my book page til i reached the right sizing, placement & look i like. once i printed each page w/ the corresponding letter i delicately untaped it & ripped the bottom piece of the page to give it a distressed look. as far as the table cloth it’s just creepy halloween netting you can find at halloween stores, the dollar tree & even some pharmacies &/or craft stores all around halloween of course. i hope this helped. i’m happy to answer any other questions. xo- mj

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