Decorating for Halloween
So Halloween has always been a big deal in my family. I remember starting to get ready hours before trick-or-treat with elaborate costumes and just having a blast roaming around the neighborhood begging for candy. The memories I have form childhood are fond ones and I’d love my kids to have a similar feeling when they think back on their childhood Halloweens.
One thing I didn’t do a lot of was decorating. We would carve Jack-o-lanterns, but not much else. Since we just moved into our new house less than a month ago I knew I couldn’t go all out on decorations, but I had to do something. I had seen a few ideas on Pinterest involving making a wreath form out of that foam tube stuff you get in the plumbing department at Home Depot. So I grabbed one of those, which is big enough to get 2 wreaths, and used 2 yards of the black tulle I had laying around in the craft room.
To make the form I just cut the foam tube thingy in half and duct taped the ends together. Easy peasy. Then I cut strips of tulle about 10″ long by 2-3″ wide. It’s not an exact science, I just rolled the tulle and cut every 2-3″. Then just take all the little strips of tulle and start tying.
After you have the tulle tied on you can fluff it and give it a little trim to even things up. At this point you can go several directions. Add a bow, maybe some creepy eyeballs, candy corn…whatever you’d like. Bubby had the idea of making a spider web inside the wreath, so we went with that.
With a yarn needle he went under a piece of tulle on the back side of the wreath and tied the yarn across to the other side. We did this all the way around.
Then just clip the excess yarn so you can’t see it from the front.
We tried this next part 2 ways. I tried starting from the center and weaving the yarn around in a spiral, however it is easier said than done. Bubby suggested we start at the outside and work our way in, which worked much better.
Once it’s finished just add your spider and hang!
In addition to the wreath, we decorated the front of our house with several packages of that spider web stuff. Remember that stuff, man I loved it when I was a kid. It appears my kids love it too. That’s it for us this year as far as outside decor. We will carve the pumpkin this weekend, but with all of the commotion and disorder of us just moving we have to take it easy this year. I think it’s cute though and it was a wonderful opportunity for us to all do something fun together.