Doing crafts with toddlers is one of those things that sounds sweet and wholesome in theory, but in practice is aggravating and messy.
Nevertheless, I decided this year that Hazel possessed enough rudimentary motor skills to attempt a couple of cheap, easy Halloween decorations. Now I will share the wisdom of my experiences with you.
Step one: Wait until 5:00. Pour yourself a drink. This makes the toddler crafting process 100% more bearable.
Step three: Be flexible. Your project will look little, if anything, like the pictures. Embrace the abstract imperfection of it all.
Step four: Repeat step one as needed.
We started with the candy corn garland. I had to buy cheap white paper plates (about $2) but already had orange and yellow craft paint and twine. Hazel and I each painted a few plates and let them dry overnight.
I cut each plate into eight wedges and hot-glued them to a long piece of twine. Hazel supervised. I hung one string on the stair rail and short strings over the windows in the kitchen.
Done and done. Next up: ghost windsocks. I didn’t have any tin cans, but I did have some empty toilet paper rolls. GOOD ENOUGH. I had white craft paint, and bought a roll of crepe paper streamer for about $2.
First we painted the toilet paper tubes, then drew ghost faces on them. Then I glued some 12″ lengths of streamer inside the bottom, and hung them up on the porch using fishing line.
I find Hazel’s (on the left) to be far creepier than mine.
I also attempted some DIY decorations of my own. This Boo sign turned out substantially similar to the one I spotted on Etsy:
There will be MOAR Halloween to come, including the return of the bats. I’m psyched.