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Sunday, October 28, 2018

VHS Tapes Make Wonderful Creepy Halloween Streamers

The year we decorated our porch with strips of Dollar Store plastic tablecloths 
I loved the way the streamers draped and flounced and flared in the wind. 
The trick or treaters loved walking through the "curtains" too, 
except for one little girl who refused to even step into our yard. lol
I made the floating flying bats out of painted foam meat trays and curly wire.

So this year when we decorated the back deck with lights we wanted to add 
streamers but didn't want to fiddle around with cutting plastic tablecloths into strips.


Then we remembered that we'd used old VHS tapes 
to make a huge spider web in the yard. 


Off we go to the thrift store where we picked up this tape for a quarter. 
So, faster than you can say, "You're a streamer, Harry!" 
we had totally awesome, easy and thrifty Halloween decor
 that looks creepy and cool!


It was so EASY. 
We tied random lengths of tape to the strung lights around our deck 
and we LOVE the way it came out. A cloudy sky and little breeze 
made the shiny tape streamers look crazy spooky!







The tapes looked so cool that now we're discussing using them
 for some creepy costume ideas.Think how awesome a witch outfit would look 
with dozens of these tape streamers flowing around it?
Or a Dementor from the Harry Potter movies?
Or a Nazgul from Lord of the Rings?

Just picture this with MUCH MORE tattered streamer action!

This could be so much fun!

Grab yourself some old VHS tapes and 
go wild with your Halloween decorating!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Book Page Leaf Garlands and Decor

I admit I am a color junky, but I've also have a serious love of books, and I hate to get rid of them. When they are beyond their useful life I use as many as I can in my projects
including recycling old book pages for all sorts of crafts and decor. 

Here's my latest...a garland made of book pages and I am smitten once again!


The Welding Man built me a wonderful bakers rack to hold my blue glassware, 
but that collection has grown quite large and moved to the kitchen bay windows
 So I decorate my backers rack seasonally with different looks. 

I am loving this combo of galvanized metals, grey barn "boards," natural wood tones 
and white pottery. I gathered a bunch of my book page projects and set them up.

But the leaf garlands really pulls everything together.


Yup, I will pretty much cover anything with old book pages to see how it looks. LOL.
My kids tell The Welding Man not to sit in one place too long because...wink wink nod...
Mom will cover you with book pages.

So far he hasn't sat still long enough. Just sayin'.


Thrift store vases...check.
Old Christmas balls...check.
Plastic clock...check.
Paper mache birds...check.
Cardboard letters...check.
Book page leaves on painted branches...check.
Pizza cardboard book page wreath?...check check check.


In my NEXT post I will show you how to make this very simple, very appealing garland. 
Stay tuned!I'll post a link at the bottom when that DIY post is active.

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