Thursday, September 24, 2015

Halloween Lenticular Portraits

The Halloween Decoration Extravaganza is ongoing at my apartment!!!  Today I am going to share three lovely lenticular portraits that I bought from the Dollar Tree.  If you aren't familiar already lenticular pictures change depending on what angle you are looking at them from.  I've loved these for years and there are some great ones online - old timey photos that transform into creepy creatures of the night right before your eyes.  Most of them range anywhere from $30 to $50 are way more than I want to spend for decor that is only up for a couple of months at most.  But within the last few years I have seen some cheaper lenticular pictures at Walmart and some dollar stores.  I have two smaller 5x7 black and white ones in my Halloween collection.
Needless to say I was super excited when I found these three pictures at the Dollar Tree.  They are quite large - at about 12x16 each.  The ornate frames are part of the picture itself - the entire thing is flat, there is no real frame.  I forgot to take a picture before I cut and framed my portraits so I included this picture from the Dollar Tree's website.  

These are actually really pretty and colorful and nicer than even some of the ones I have seen online so I was really surprised!  I also find it interesting that I hung mine in the exact order as the online picture even before I had seen it!
 I wanted to try and show a before (normal) and after (ghoulish) shot for each of them, but it was hard with a camera so these aren't the greatest pictures.  This is picture #1.
Picture #2.
 Picture #3.

As you can see I cut the portraits themselves out.  I wanted a real frame and I wanted something that looked a bit old fashioned, but I didn't want to spend very much since they were just for decoration.  I looked through the frames at the Dollar Tree hoping to find something silver, but all I could find were black 8x10 frames.  When I had almost given up I came across a box of frames that were this bronzish (sp?) sort of rust color and I thought they would work perfect for an antique looking frame.  I used the example picture inside the frame as a template to cut down the portraits and then I added a piece of cardstock cut to look like matboard just to add another touch of realism.  The cuts aren't perfect, but I don't really care - I still love the way they look - even with the awful 70's carpet lining the walls in my downstairs hallway!
And here is picture #1 from a different angle.  You can see my staircase in the reflection as well.
 And picture #2 again.  This one is probably my favorite :)
#3.  I didn't quite get the right angle on this one, she looks a bit more creepy if you stand just a bit farther to the side, but at least you get the general idea.
The above photo is looking from the landing down at my three portraits.  I'm trying to hang some spider web as you can see :)
Total cost for this project was $6, $3 for the lenticular portraits and $3 for the frames.  I already had the cardstock at home that I used for the matboard, but if you don't have any you could always use a regular sheet of printer paper.

I can't wait for Halloween!

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