Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween Lanterns

I've been super busy in poppyland: sewing costumes, back to school, not going insane while my husband is gone for days at a time, and starting up a new business. But we've also been doing some crafting.

It's my favorite time of time! Seriously from October 1st until January 1st I am all a tizzy with crafting and the joy of the season." But wait!" you say, "It's not even October 1st yet." That's right. This year the kids caught the first whiff of Fall and decided it was time to decorate for Halloween. Despite my protests that I didn't want to decorate and am far too lazy to carry the Halloween bin from the basement, the house got decorated in a hurry. Somehow they lured their father up from the deep recesses of his woodshop and conned him into carrying the bin up for them. I bet they told him there was candy or something.

So, two days have passed and several decorations have already been broken and/or commandeered to the boys' room. The boys have been begging for more decorations, but the Summer of Cheap has transitioned nicely into the Fall of Cheap (and I'm sure the Winter of Discontent...zing!); we're making our own decorations. Squee!

Super easy and super cheap...pumpkin lanterns made with jars, orange tissue paper, white glue, and ribbon.
Varying sizes of food, spaghetti sauce...whatevs. Here we've accessorized with a
shrunken head in a jar and an antique book of Grimm's fairy tales.

What I did:
  1. Cut up strips of orange tissue paper
  2. Thinned white glue with water
  3. Glued paper to clean jars
  4. Affix ribbon to the top of jar with glue or tape or whatever.
  5. Optional, but you could put black construction paper letters on the jar and make them say "Boo!" or "Halloween" or "Knock, knock, motherfucker" or something cute, but I have OCD and I just know my kids will rearrange them and make them say, "oob!" or some nonesense thus compelling me to get rid of the entire display.
  6. Modge podge those babies.
  7. Put some tea lights or those fake tea light things in them and enjoy!

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