PUMPKINS AND SCARECROWS AND GHOSTS -OH MY!!
Post number 2! We had fun putting up the last post and are still learning about this blogging stuff. Anything worth learning is going to take some time. We are just starting the process of creating a routine for getting more of these posts out with better and better content.
Last Sunday we decorated our place a little bit with the contents of the buckets of Halloween items we have collected over the years We used that as inspiration for the few tips we are sharing this week. The Lighted Stacked Jack-O-Lanterns are so simple and affordable. The scarecrow ideas we share make use of household items and thrift store finds. We hope you like these ideas and are enjoying this magical holiday season!
ADD A LITTLE PUMPKIN SPICE TO YOUR DECOR!
Decorating tip: The Lighted Stacked Jack-O-Lanterns shown here is a cute display that is easy to create. You can make this for under $10.00. We had 3 pumpkins but needed a forth. We also needed a set of lights. We went to Target and bought the pumpkin for $1.00 and a set of lights for about $5.00. Start with four plastic pumpkins that are the same size. The ones here are 8 inches. Using a utility knife, cut the bottoms out of the 3 top pumpkins. The very bottom of these pumpkins are usually thicker plastic, so cut along the edge where it is thinner and easier to cut. Stack them together with the uncut one on the bottom and string lights through them from the top. Our’s shown are just stacked, but you may want to attach them together with duct tape in the back. The light shines through the plastic and gives the room a great glow!
I made the scarecrows shown at the top of this page. I made mine like dolls, and used thriftstore clothes. There are other ways too. Included here are a few tips for making scarecrows :
- Children’s feet pajamas make great scarecrow bodies. Just stuff them and dress them. Dress them in used clothes , either your own or some bought from a thrift store.
- Heads can be made from paper bags, burlap sacks, wig heads, and as one tip from Martha Stewart suggests, use (clean and empty) laundry detergent bottles, upside down using the handle as a nose.
- Stuff with fiberfill for a more permanent indoor scarecrow.
- Give your scarecrow personality. Maybe glasses and a book for a studious scarecrow, tie-dyed shirt for a 1960’s inspired scarecrow, etc.
- Gloves for hands, shoes for feet, buttons for eyes.
- Finish with straw and plastic leaves for a realistic look.
Vignettes! We like to group like items with like items. This decorating idea works in all sorts of decorating situations, holiday or not. Here (below) is a ghost vignette with some of our favorite ghost decorations we have collected and created though the years.
Joke of the week: What do ghosts eat for breakfast? Boo-berry pancakes!
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ROY AND KEVIN