Let’s not talk about the fact that I am still awake after midnight. Let’s just say that Bryan is in San Francisco for work till Saturday, and while the cat’s away the mouse will play. And when I say “the mouse will play,” I mean the mouse will sit at her computer and look at Ning member pages and Etsy stores all freaking night.
So! Anyway! We love Halloween round these parts. Almost as much as Thanksgiving, which is my Numero Uno favorite holiday – mainly because it involves: No gifts, thinking about what is good in our lives, and EATING FOOD TILL YOUR CHEEKS EXPLODE! Yee hah! Those pilgrims sure knew what they were doing!
Oh, what was I saying? The screen is starting to turn all fuzzy.
Yes. Halloween. That rockin’ pagan holiday that drives fundamentalist Christians completely bonkers! Another total GEM.
But here’s the thing. While I love Halloween, I must admit I feel a bit Martha Stewart about all the crappy and cheap decorations that are available. Seriously, yuck!
So this year, we took matters in our own hands (and totally copied an idea out of the Grandin Road catalog) and went for a full theme across the front of our house. No stupid blow up Frankensteins that cost a hundred bucks. No yucky plastic mummy hands that wave at the neighbors when they walk by.
Bonafide arts and crafts, dude.
Sorry the last two are a bit blurry. After all that cutting, I *really* didn’t feel like digging out my tripod for a photo shoot.
UPDATED TO INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Choose a highly visible set of windows for your display.
2. Find Halloween icons that you like. There is the thing called the Google that I hear is really good for finding stuff like that. But I actually bought a Halloween recipe magazine that had a bunch of cool shapes in the gutters of the pages, so I took photos of them and blew them up in Photoshop.
3. Sketch out your display (see first photo above).
4. Estimate the size needed for each shape to fit in the window according to your plan.
5. Print out each shape at approximately that size. We had to “tile” a few of the larger ones onto several pieces of paper and tape together to get the template to be large enough.
6. Cut out your template.
7. Trace template onto large sheets of black poster board.
8. Cut them out.
9. Tape the black shapes to the inside of the window according to your plan.
10. Then tape a full sheet of yellow or orange tissue paper over top the black shapes in the whole window. Trim the tissue paper to the edge of the window.
11. Turn on the lights in the room and check out your creation from outside!
HAVE FUN! Send me pics if you make a window display like this!