Yay for Halloween!
Seriously. I love this holiday. I think it’s because I get to dress up and nobody thinks I’m a loon (unless of course, loon is my costume in which case I loon like it’s my job)…and then there is the candy. Have I mentioned that it’s free? Yeah. Free candy. sweetest words on the planet. wait. strike that. Free full-sized chocolate candy. (I think I just got shivers thinking about it). Yes I am eight years old on the inside trapped in the body of a ready-to-pop-pregnant-thirty-one-year-old-mom.
Anyhoo…I am busting out a double post today to show ya’ll my black & white Halloween display. I put it in the kitchen (yes, you are getting a sneak peek on what color we painted it) and love the fact that it’s simple enough anyone could do it. Oh and it glows in the dark. Yup. I set out this year to make a display that we could enjoy with the lights on or off.
My partnership with Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine has started up again (once a month, they supply me with Lowe’s stuff so that I can bring you fun ways to tackle your home) so I got crazy with the idea of a mummified wreath. And you can thank them for this one…
I started off with a simple grapevine wreath and some white spray paint.
Then I constructed my mummy hand. Basically you just take a latex glove and stuff it full of whatever. I used fiberfill but you could literally use any that that you want – tissues, toilet paper, etc. After your hand is filled up, you take a piece of cardboard and roll it up….I cut the front of an old cereal box to reuse but I imagine a paper towel tube would be perfect. Then you jam the end of the tube into the glove and tape them together tightly. Now you have an arm. Then just use strips of torn fabric (like tearing up a box of those cheap white cloths they sell in the paint section of Lowes) and wrap wrap wrap until its covered tightly.
Once I had the overall hand wrapped, I used more white strips to tie it to the wreath. The ends of the fingers just got tucked into different spaces of the viney bits to make it look like it was holding it up.
Then I just tucked in glow-in-the-dark snakes everywhere to make it a little extra creeptastic. Here it is at night. It reminds me of one of those gag arms that hangs outta people’s trunks….
I attempted to take a photo of it glowing but it’s really hard to get my camera to focus correctly when it’s pitch black out. This was the best I could do…
The other kid-friendly mummy was our lighted oversized luminary. See it? That giant vase?
It actually was the perfect family project because it was fast enough for Jeremy that he didn’t get frustrated that we were interupting prime football watching time, fast enough for Will that he didn’t get bored and start throwing things, and fast enough for me that I didn’t have endless supplies I had to get ready. I needed a giant vase, three round pieces of black felt, some double sided sticky tape, a candle and some torn 1″ strips of white fabric. Bam. Ready.
Will got to stick on the eyes and the mouth (we assisted) and then we did what I dubbed “the family pass”. Basically I just taped the end of our long strip of fabric to the bottom back of the vase and then passed the wad of fabric to Will….who passed it to Jer…who passed it back to moi. repeat. around and around. no brains needed. a mummy could do this. harharhar.
After it was done, we taped it off and lit the candle inside….
and yes, Jeremy didn’t want to be in the picture….it wasn’t just me creatively cropping him out. Most of the time he’s pretty low-key…like he doesn’t care if I have a camera in his face or not…but then there are moments when he just doesn’t want to be anywhere close to the spotlight…he just wants to be part of the ‘background crew’…and I try my hardest to respect that. Usually that’s when I take photos of the other side of him 🙂
(Will was roaring like a tiger at it. I don’t know why. Must be a testosterone thing.)
I think it is pretty darn cute. I plan on putting it out on the porch for tonight 🙂
The other fun kiddie activity we did was putting the spiders all over the windows. I got a Martha Stewart pack of these at TJMaxx for $2 and they came with the double sided stickies and yarn and these stiff spiders. I let Will tell me where to put all the insects….it was fun and hilarious to hear him take this job so serious. With his direction, I stuck the spiders in place and then he would praise the look….”Yes I like it!” & “Ohhh good job mommy! Looks really cute!” & “Beep beep honk honk awesome!”
Since I created this to be fun during the night or the day, I wanted to show ya the same scene again at night…
The mummy vase really makes me smile.
Some side by sides…
The rest of the stuff came from a variety of places….
- Candleabra – Hobby Lobby
- Black glitter pumpkin – Target
- small silver pumpkin – Dollar store painted with Martha Stewart glitter paint
- White glossy pumpkins – Garden Ridge
- Glow in the dark critters – Dollar General
- Black crow – Dollar General
- Black cake stand – Hobby Lobby
- Polka dot table cloth – fabric found in a grab bag at Goodwill
- Mercury glass bowl – Target
- Ghost tea light holder – Walmart
I think that’s everything…
Hope everyone has a wonderful night…and remember to pace yourself when it comes to the sugar…no need in loosing your Snickers unintentionally. Believe me, it’s not the same flavor on the second time around 🙂