Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DIY Halloween Craft--A Sort of Pinterest Poser Challenge

I love Halloween. I don't love the scary stuff. But playing dress up and eating a ton of candy? Um yeah, I love those parts.  AND there are these great things about Halloween-- you don't have to question your faith or dig too deep or plan a huge family dinner or worry about who is going to get upset about what or spend a ton of money on gifts.  Costumes and candy. Boosh. It's awesome.

You know what else is awesome? Halloween crafts. I totally dig them. 

For this week's Pinterest Poser Challenge* I made something that has nothing to do with Pinterest. In fact, I got today's craft inspiration from a walk in the woods. 

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week-ish I detail a new project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

On the trails near my house, there is a nature center. A couple weeks ago that nature center was hosting a Halloween party.  I took my dogs for a walk while the volunteers prepped the trail for their big event. While walking, I stumbled across one of their decorations and fell in love.

Milk Carton Halloween Luminaries! 
What? Yes. 

First of all, we got through a million gallons of milk in one week so getting the milk cartons was absolutely no big deal at all. And paint? Oh yeah I've got paint, and candles and sand.  This craft cost me nothing. Check it out.

First I rinsed the milk cartons and then Wade and I painted them with somewhat Halloween-ish stuff. I then cut a square out of the side of the carton.

Then we grabbed some sand from the sandbox and found some candles we had around the house.

We lit them last night for a test run on the sidewalk leading up to our porch and think they look great.
This project is fun and also pretty practical. I love how our sidewalk will be lit for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

Simple, fun, creative and cheap--totally my kind of craft.

We also painted pumpkins and carved them and hung paper pumpkins I found at the dollar store.

Look at Wade taking a picture of the happy creative scene with my phone. Love it! 

This is the first year Lucy designed and carved her own pumpkin. How cool is that?

Halloween is just such a holiday.It's all lights and creativity and make-up and make-believe and design and candy and fun.(I know there's the scary stuff, but I don't do scary so I focus on the fun make believe.) 

Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest lately? Are you ready for Halloween? Got any favorite Fall crafts? Let me know in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Here are some of the Pinterest projects I've done/made/attempted:

Fall DIY (Painted Acorns)- click here
Kale Smoothie- click here
Power Tools- click here
Painting Sticks- click here
Homemade Pesto- click here
DIY Map Craft- click here
Homemade Chalk Paint- click here
A Flower Crown- click here
The Rainbow Challenge- click here
DIY Trundle Bed- Click here
DIY Artemis Costume- click here
Taking Pictures of Your Kids- click here
Gluten Free Pretzels- click here
Cinnamon Sugar Doughballs- click here
Painted Lockers- click here
Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelet--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalkboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

1 comment:

  1. Those luminaries are great! We need a lighted path away from the firepit we have every year for Halloween. Little kids are drawn to the fire like moths to a flame, and we spend a lot of time warning parents to firmly grasp their little ones by the hand while trick or treating.