Halloween is TODAY, my friends! And I don’t want to sound like too much of a cliche, but it snuck up on me this year. I did very little in the way of decorations or prep (although we did surprise the kids with a trip to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, which was outstanding), so I am taking my own advice and doing this VERY last-minute Halloween craft to get ready for tonight. Here’s an oldie but goodie from the archives.
I love the time-sucking vortex that is Pinterest as much as the next girl. I routinely pin elaborate recipes I will never cook, home storage solutions I will never implement, and most especially, craft projects I will never make in a million years because (i) I can’t motivate to buy the supplies, and (ii) I have no artistic talent whatsoever, so the end results of anything I try inevitably come out looking deranged.
What I’m really saying is that Pinterest makes me feel bad about myself. Sigh.
But friends! Never fear! Today, just in time for Halloween, I have a project that you can do in under ten minutes, using items very likely already present in your home, that will yield an impressive result. It is something even I am capable of executing! That’s right, artistically-challenged moms, we are HERE FOR YOU. Ready?
Step 1: Get some of those cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls, squash them kind of flat on one side, and cut out two circles. You can make your preschooler do this part for you if the circle-cutting is feeling like too much for you to take on. Seriously, I made my 4-year-old help me. (I gave her safety scissors, not those kitchen shears pictured below. I’m not a monster.)
Step 2: Unsquash the toilet paper roll so it’s round-ish again.
Step 3: Wait until it gets dark. Then crack a glowstick, put it into the toilet paper tube, and put the tube into a bush or tree or window or whatever outside the front of your home. Now you have SPOOKY GLOWING EYES. (Yes, admittedly this step assumes you have some glowsticks already, probably stuffed in a drawer left over from last Halloween, if you’re anything like me. If not, go to Target and get a pack of 10 from the Dollar Spot. You probably need something from Target anyway, so I am hoping this step isn’t a huge burden.)
Step 4: Congratulate yourself for TOTALLY WINNING HALLOWEEN. You rock, mama. Go pour yourself a glass of wine. And make sure you post some pictures on Facebook and Pinterest.
Heather and Erin