Not to freak you out, craft land, but there’s only 20 days until Halloween!
Now, there are certainly people who take Halloween more seriously in a crafting way than I do – but, you know, they also decorate for Valentine’s Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Easter… I have a box full of Christmas that gets pulled out on December 1st (or earlier if I can sneak it past Bear), but I don’t think I would be permitted to store a box full of any other holidays (not without getting rid of some of the yarn stash, anyway…). I have seen wicked Halloween décor (pun definitely intended!) across the interwebs, but since it’s just Bear and I at home, and it’s enough of a challenge to keep the house from blowing up from the clutter as it is, any Halloween décor gets saved for handing out candy at my parents’ place.
I actually bothered to join Pinterest (I’m Green Stockings there, too!) specifically to plan my Halloween décor for handing out candy. My sister and I (ok, really, me, but I did a great job of roping her in!) had a massive Halloween display every year, complete with a grave yard and a giant black garbage bag bat. Now all of that has gone the way of the dodo (styrofoam tomb stones only last so much time (+-10 years) in the shed under the porch before they disintegrate completely). Now it’s my hubby and I giving out candy this year, and next we’ll have a wee one in tow!
Our Halloween theme last year was the Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons (an obscure reference, I know, but I’d love you forever if you squeed just then!) Last year the décor consisted of a paper sign on the porch, and my dog in a green sweater. Let’s see if we can’t improve on that this year, shall we? You can see my whole Halloween Inspiration pin board here
Simple ideas that I’m definitely going to replicate:
Thanks to Craftster.org user Knickertwist for this cool idea! My parents have great windows for this, and they’re along the walls that are rarely decorated (my parents live on the corner of the street – the side with the door also has the front yard, so Halloween décor gets clustered there, which is actually the side-street side of their house). Having the window lit up on the main thoroughfare side of the house will be a great addition. Of course, my silhouette design will be a dragon!
Faux Wax Drip Candles
Design DNA brings us this awesome tutorial for flame-free wax drip candles, made from toilet and paper towel rolls and hot glue, and with a battery operated tea light in the top. I love this idea, though I’m not super sure how well they will appear in the dark outside – but there always seems to be a point when we move inside and the kids come up the steps to the door, so maybe we’ll have a cluster outside at the door.
Torture the Dog with a Dragon Costume, Costume
This is a costume that’s sold, not crafted, but I figure I can probably manage something like this… I don’t know how well I’ll manage it in the next 20 days, but the dog needs a better winter coat than we’ve got (right now we’ve got a single layer polar fleece cape-like-thing