diy halloween garland (a crafty satire)

before we begin, please know that i am not making fun of the diy’ers of the world.  this project started out as a genuine attempt at providing my readers with a simple do-it-yourself halloween project.  i saw it as an opportunity to show a different side of me – the crafty side!  and documenting via photos – a way  to practice our photography skills.  {not to mention, i can’t find our box of halloween decorations.  i think we sold them in a garage sale because we thought we were moving to illinois and i didn’t want to lug boxes of decorations across the country because i wanted to buy new ones.  that’s the real reason.)  so here i am…crafting instead of buying.  and making fun of myself.  i’m proud of the end result, but the middle parts…well…see for yourself.  let’s get started, shall we?

you will need:

other supplies needed {but not shown}:
*scissors
*mini clothespins
*tape

supplies shown {but not needed}:
*witch stencil.  oh yeah, it’s cute.  but when traced onto paper, it looked like a candy corn with stubby arms.
*glow in the dark paint – waste of time.  no glowing happened. 

now that you have your supplies, let’s move on to steps one and two:

step one:
hand draw or trace a halloween inspired shape onto paper. i chose a pumpkin!
step two:
start cutting.  {in case of confusion, please see photo above.}

step three:
is not necessary.  unless maybe you apply layers and layers of paint. 
i did however, decide to draw faces on a couple of the pumpkins.  oh…you’ll need a marker for that.   

step four {of which there are no photos}:
tape yarn/twine/string to each side of your fireplace mantel.  use mini clothespins to secure your cut outs to the yarn/twine/string.  voila!  you are done. 

 in all seriousness, this is a really fun and easy craft if you have kids and/or don’t want to spend a lot of money on decorations.  plus…it occurred to me that when halloween is over, the clothespins can be used to display just about anything!  photos, holiday cards, art work, your kid’s drawings, ect.

no matter how simple the craft, homemade decorations fill the home with originality and fun.  i would love for you to share your favorite halloween crafts!  feel free to leave a link in the comment section below.  :)

happy crafting!

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