So, a week ago my husband and I got asked to be on the committee to help with what we call the "trunk-or-treat" party at our church. It was short notice, another couple dropped out and they asked us to step in. I was cool with it, I like that kind of stuff. However, I didn't realize that I'd be coming up with the decorations for the whole gym in under a week - eeek! Now that is scary.
Luckily the tables will mostly be taken care of. I only have to do 4 tables then I will be doing the rest of the gym, walls, stage, etc...
For the tables I'm doing my Skeleton Trifle bowl, Skeleton jars, my Mummies, and then these:
They are super easy.... here's how I did them.
1- Draw a ghost on white cardstock and then cut it out. Once it is cut out trace the design onto another piece of cardstock and then cut it out as well.
2-You should have two identical shapes when you are done.
3- Ink the edges. I used an orange first and then a little bit of black.
4- Next draw on your face and poke holes all the way around your pattern. (See below)
5- After all the holes have been poked, you are ready to start sewing them together. This step is a good one for your kiddos to do. My 10 year old loved being able to sew and it was good practice for her.
6- (not shown) After you get most of it sewn together, stuff it loosely with some batting and then finish sewing it up. When you are done, just put it on a stick and attach the stick to a pumpkin. That's it. Oh, and you can add a bow too. I like the bow!
One year, when we lived in Maine, I made a ton of these and we used them on all the tables. It was for a much small congregation though, we put out like 8 to 10 tables. Here in Colorado it will be 35 tables - so, so, glad I'm not making 70+ of these. They are cute but not that cute.
For the rest of the gym, I'll be making over a 100 - yup 100+ - of these in various sizes. Some really small and some really, super, giant big. Even making some out of paper mache and plumbing supplies (I'll show you those when I get them done)
Plus, I'm making about 200 - yup 200 - of these cute bats. The bat idea came from Made
I saw them last year and loved them but forgot about how awesome they were. They are exactly what I was looking for. If you want to see how to make them, head on over to Made and tell her I sent ya.
I'm also going to be crafting some sort of GIANT Haunted House silhouette. I mean like 7 feet tall giant. Oh, and did I mention I now only have two days to do it. Eeek! So, I'm off to finish my decorations.