Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Decorating Fun!!

 Halloween is almost upon us...are you ready??  I think I am just about done with the house decorating, now to get my kids costumes done!!!  I've been up to my eyeballs in finishing up the cardboard cutouts and banner for The Middle Child's Nursery Rhyme Day!!  All that is left to do is the actual character painting...and thankfully my friend Kathy, the artist will be here later to help me!!  More on those later...back to Halloween decorating!!

I have had little spurts of free time here and there, so I've been checking out what's happening around our crafty little blogosphere.  Have you seen the Literary Pumpkins?  LOVE them!!  I found an old book under my carport...must have fallen out of the Goodwill box!!


I chose not to put a jack-o-lantern face on it, just a couple of pretty little ribbons...



Over at Craftaholics Anonymous I found these little cuties...



Loved them so much I cut up TONS of paper strips and circles so our GS Junior Troop could do some at our last meeting!!



And thanks to my sweet and so TALENTED friend Melanie...I've become obsessed with these wire pumpkins...



The big one was purchased a couple of years ago...the smaller one is the one I made using some floral wire from JoAnns.  But, of course, I didn't stop there...


The bright orange one is using jewelry wire...


Then I tried wired ribbon!!!  See OBSESSED!!  Did ya see the little coppery one?



Fancy huh?  My obsession was really RESEARCH, see my friend Kathy and I were going to do this craft with Ms. Priss' fourth grade class, and we needed to find the cheapest alternative!!  So we went to Home Depot...


and found Copper Cerrowire!  $12 for this 250 ft roll!!  It is not just one big wire, it is several strands wrapped together...sorta like embroidery floss.  So once the pumpkin was coiled and spread, we just separated the individual strands to give it the full effect!!  Cool, huh?  So anyway, the teacher got lots of chenille stems and the students ended up using those instead...but we had fun at Home Depot anyway!!! :)


Do you know you can get Drywall Tape in a variety of COLORS??  It looks just like BURLAP....see??


Doesn't it look like BURLAP??  And it is sticky...so you don't have to use any glue to get it on the wreath form, which by the way is another pool noodle spray painted black!!!  I was so tired from all of the cutting I did this weekend that by the time I got to finishing my wreath I was literally picking up scraps from my sewing room FLOOR!!!  See the VERY scrappy burlap flowers and bow...from the floor!!  And my ghost??  An old dryer sheet that somehow ended up in my sewing room...not sure how or when since I've been using the Downy Dryer Bar for like 8 months now!!!  So I am happy with it...I wanted it to me minimal since I plan on taking everything off and making it into a Fall Wreath as soon as Halloween is over!!

Now the one I did for my Momma....NOT minimal...


Lots of tulle and some ribbons!!  I think it looks like a big ol' piece of candy!! HA!

Well, still lots to do, so I will leave you now!!  Back later with completed costumes...hopefully!! :)  And LOTS of Nursery Rhyme Day things to show you!!  Until later...

4 comments:

Beatrix from Kindershop said...

WOW! I know, where I will be spending my lunch hour today: Home Depot! These are wonderful decorations. And aren't the "scrappiest" projects always the best? I find, the less money I spent, the more I love the result and the longer it lasts! Can't wait to the costumes and Room-Mom-Extravaganza....

Amy said...

I am a Daisy leader now so I am going to have to stash that paper pumpkin idea in the back of my mind till the girls are just a little older. Right now I would end up having to make them for half of them.

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

You have been one busy lady!! Those are all fantastic!

emadethis said...

Yay for Home Depot! It totally looks like burlap--I just thought that drywall tape came in white period. The little paper pumpkins are adorable too.