Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DIY Halloween Decorations


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Our neighborhood has been filling up with spooky decorations. We've been shopping for Halloween costumes, attending Halloween events, and reading lots of Halloween books. The boys have been dying to decorate our yard for Halloween. This week we decided to start the week by reading some favorite  {not so} spooky Halloween books. After we read the books, we discussed the Halloween objects that we had seen in the stories. Armed with a entire Pinterest board, we set to work making a few {not so} spooky decorations.

{not so} spooky Halloween books
Five Little Bats Flying in the Night by Steve Metzger This book is based on the 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed rhyme.

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Six Creepy Sheep by Judith Ross Enderle Another Halloween counting book! In this story, 6 sheep start off on Halloween night. They encounter creepy things (like pirates, fairies, hobos, goblins, and witches). One by one they run off. In the end, they come to a Halloween party. They find all of the creepy things at the Halloween party. 

{not so} spooky Halloween decorations


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After reading these books, we made these tomato cage ghosts that I found on Lowe's website. These are tomato cages turned upside down, draped with a drop cloth (or in our case an old sheet) and given a face. We made a few changes to Lowe's tutorial.
First, I used an old twin sheet for two of the cages and I used an old fitted crib sheet for the third cage. I have to say, the crib sheet stays put the best!
Second, Lowe's suggested drawing a face with permanent marker, but I used sticky black felt. (I'll let you know how it holds up!)
Third, Lowe's suggested using rope lights to light up your ghosts. They are pretty cute unlit too but I did want to light them up for Halloween night. Unfortunately, I purchased a box of broken rope lights. They were pretty expensive too. I thought about using regular white Christmas lights, but I read on the post that those get too hot. Soooo, I finally settled on 3 push lights! This made the project much cheaper and they do provide enough of a glow to make the ghosts a little creepy. The batteries may run out more quickly, though, so I may look for some better rope lights. 
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The boys named the ghosts Powder, Spooky, and Pluto. Our friendly little ghosts may last for many years to come!
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3 comments:

  1. I love them!!! Just added making them to our weekend plans--I already have a tomato cage and a white crib sheet!

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  2. These are adorable! We are focusing on the not so scary aspects of Halloween too.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page today.

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  3. It is so nice to involve the children in making decorations like this as that will help them realize that is what is what many people are doing. Less scare, more fun. The ghost names are part of making this plain old good fun.

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