By Caroline Bujold
I don’t DIY very often. But sometimes, it’s just fun to see what you can come up with, without spending a lot of money.
Since I moved to Edmonton, I don’t remember a year where we did Halloween. Admittedly until recently, there weren’t a lot of kids in our particular neck of the woods.
Here is the final setup and some of the results.
And here are a few of the DIY pics.
- Scraps of insulation board we had in the basement and carved them with a bread knife
- Spray paint (grey, black and stone)
- I printed stone carvings and glued them on the foam
- Metal wires to secure them to the ground
I bought a skeleton for $9 and painted it with glow in the dark paint. I tried two different kinds and I’m still doubting it will actually work, but we’ll see.
We also carved a few pumpkins of course. There are plenty of templates online.
I reused paper balls and sheer curtains we had as decorations for our wedding to make ghostly things.
We will add candles in jars close to the tombstones, so they are visible in the dark … far away from the kiddies’ pathway of course. The corners of the paper carvings are curling up a little bit. I might have to pin it down with needles, small nails or invisible push pins.
I love our super skeleton in a wheelbarrow. Hopefully it does glow in the dark. If not, we’ll just add a few tea lights in jars.
And because every excuse is a good excuse to have a party, we invited friends and neighbours. We will move our portable fire pit to the front (Hubby will be responsible to attend to that*), add a few glow stick eyes (see below) to the mix and potentially dry ice (if we can find some) and of course eat whatever candy is left.
I don’t pretend to be an expert DIYer, it was just fun to plan for it and make it happen. Oh, and present it to you of course.
*Just so no one freaks out, we’ll have a fire extinguisher on hand.