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Last Minute Halloween from the Recycling Bin

Posted on October 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a last minute table top Halloween decoration you can make with what's in your recycling bin - glass bottles!




Grab a few bottles from the recycling bin and decorate with horrifying Halloween labels. You can find loads online or make your own. These are best for your grown-up parties.

Halloween Apothecary

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Here's a fun and frugal idea way to create little treat boxes for any little Halloween visitors in the form of apothecary containers and it's almost all from your recycling bin! I got the idea when I pinched a discarded candy display case from a local store (I get most of my cardboard boxes there!!). I made the containers from toilet rolls and added labels I found online. Of course, each one is filled with goodies.

Examples in the Making

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you find that August just flew by? I can't believe it's already SEPTEMBER!! Boy, do I have to scurry!!


I've been making a lot of rosettes for my Halloween decorations when I wondered if there was another way I can use these . I know that the concept can easily be transformed for any holiday or occasion - just fold away and glue, right? But what else besides wall decorations, bunting or garlands can I make? Why not a Christmas or holiday tree!


The idea was inspired by those little trees made of squares of paper. They were all over the web a year or so ago. 



This one is from our lady Martha.  But I could never seem myself cutting up all those itsy bitsy pieces of paper. I don't have that long an attentions span!! Could I do this with rosettes and would it be easier?? A good question. We'll just have to see.


DIY Halloween Leaf Bunting

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I had been out of town for a few days this past week and arrived back on Sunday - the day I take on the little ones in our apartment building. No time to prepare anything (you'd think I'd be more organized by now), so I took the kids out to collect what we could find along the Rideau Canal and Confederation Park. There were, fortunately, loads of pretty fall leaves that hadn't been cleaned up the parks maintenance guys, so, we took a pile home. Now what to do with these? Putting my thinking cap on, I remembered that my friend Colette, who visited me from Germany this summer, mentioning that she likes to paint leaves into miniature 'ghosts' and string them up as Halloween bunting (that's garland to you and me).


So, here's what we did:



First we painted a bunch of maple and oak leaves (back and front) using white poster paint (all I had on hand - and it's easy to clean). As each leaf dried, we added on the eyes and noses with some black paint. When all the leaves were done, we tied the leaves with twine into bunting.


By the way, I covered my table surfaces with brown paper grocery bags and they did not look as pristine as the photo above shows when we were finished.




And here's what we ended up with. Nice.



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