I can not believe that 2011 will be over in just a few short months.
Tomorrow starts the countdown to Halloween, and around here it’s a pretty big deal! We have always decorated inside and out, and have often planned stuff for the following year before Halloween has come and gone for this one.
BUT, this year, I’m not pulling everything out… all the tombstones, blacklights, cobwebs, skeletons, and witches will just have to stay in their caskets aka rubbermaid storage boxes. Which means that I’ll be making and or buying a few new things, because we’re still celebrating….just not as spooky as we usually do 😉
So, Lex and I headed to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and the Dollar Stores over the past couple of weeks to gather a few things we could use with some stuff we already have in the craft room. We decided that every week until the end of they year we are going to share a craft or two with you. Some of these can be done with younger kids, or saved for your Selfish Sunday time. There will even be a few that are recipes….our annual Haunted Dinner is something we aren’t leaving in the tomb this year, I’ve been doing these for the girls since Caylin was a little one and it wouldn’t be the same without it.
This week we wanted to share an idea we came up with for the front porch:
We purchased a ‘fake’ pumpkin, a black wreath, and some orange and black ornaments you can use for a Halloween tree. We already had some pipe cleaners, some ribbon, a small Halloween pick, and the vinyl for the cricut. If you dont have a cricut, you could use a paint marker or a stencil and paint to make your design.
Since we are going to use our pumpkin again for a Thanksgiving decoration, we decided to put our initial on the pumpkin, you can put anything you want… a jack-o-lantern, Boo!, Trick or Treat…whatever you want. After my cricut did it’s magic, I cussed like a sailor working with the intricate vinyl ( I did this part while Lex was at school ;)) and I finally got it on there. sidenote: if you’re working with a design that has curves, and swirlies, etc, make sure you have more patience than I did at the time…those swirlies almost met Jesus.
So now it was time for Lex to do her magic. When she got home from school we fluffed the wreath, I let her add the pipe cleaners and ornaments wherever she wanted (and we decided that the rhinestones that are pictured, wouldnt be used). Then we took it outside, sat it on a planter, added the pumpkin, bow and pick, and we were all set.
A few more ideas to add to your wreath: we had originally planned on using feathers that we were going to wrap floral wire around, and place in the wreath or using glitter pipe cleaners….if you find something you want to use, then use it. If the kids have an idea, let them try it. I can’t tell you how many blocks of wood, canvases, frames, you name it…that I have in the craft room that has been decorated by the girls. (I’ll post pics with our craft next week :))
What kinds of crafts are you making this year for Halloween? Any that you want to share with Lexie and I that we can make and then share here, please feel free to let us know. Also, if you have any spooky ideas for our Haunted Dinner, we’d love to hear about those too.