October 25, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
Happy Thursday, everyone! Well, I have been a busy little bee this week. I am volunteering at my son’s school and coordinating a class Halloween party to be held this Friday. Of course, the children will be wearing costumes, participating in a parade, and making Halloween crafts. The other parent volunteer, my partner in crime, and I are responsible for making it a great time for the entire class and their parents.
What was I thinking?
Here is what I was working on until 3:00 a.m. this morning. It is okay, I had my one-year old and two-year old to keep me company, as neither of them slept through the night. Seriously, my little one, Ascher, was wide awake at 2:30 a.m., singing and talking in his crib, with an occasional karate kick to the bedroom wall. Ugh!
I ordered plenty of craft supplies from Oriental Trading early on, but two of my selections were sold out before I even had a chance! So, I needed to do what I do best: be resourceful to get the same crafty look. I had an idea brewing, but wasn’t sure if it would work or not. I thought, “Why not use crepe paper ribbon/streamers to cover the bag’s front and then add googily eyes and a mouth for a mummy?” I checked Pinterest to see if anyone else had experimented with this idea and this is what I found:
Of course, in my mind, I saw the two merged together.
Supplies needed for 12 ‘mummy’ gift bags:
- 12 white gift bags (any size – your choice dependent upon its intended use) – Oriental Trading $8.00
- white crepe paper (2 rolls, although you could get away with one roll, if you are more economical about how you ‘wrap’ your mummy) – Dollar Tree $1.00
- white craft glue (easiest if you apply with small paint brush) – already owned
- small paint brush – already owned
- pencil (white colored pencil is best – for drawing and tracing mouth) – already owned
- scissors (for cutting out mouth) – already owned
- black construction paper or card stock – Dollar Tree $1.00
- googily eyes (size dependent upon your bag’s size) – Dollar Tree $1.00
Project budget total: $11.00 (although I still have some supplies remaining)
Here is how I did it. Pardon the photos, I am not a photographer (clearly) and it was approaching 3:00 a.m..
Pretty easy, huh? They turned out better than I thought.
Of course, I was nervous that they wouldn’t work out, so I needed a back up plan.
While at the dollar store, I saw these:
I grabbed two packs, so $2.00 total. Each pack contained two different cut out shapes; one of an owl on a branch, and one of just an owl.
I preferred the owl on the branch, so decided to use only that one.
I felt the bag still needed something to balance it out, so my husband drew a simple bat silhouette for me (again, you could find one online, cut, trace, cut, etc…).
After cutting out the initial bat (using the same piece of black card stock as for the ‘mummy’ mouths), I traced eleven more. Here I only used a #2 pencil, so it is difficult to see in the photo.
So, this project’s total was only the $8.00 cost for 12 large, white, gift bags and the $2.00 for the owl silhouettes.
Of course, I still have the ‘non-branch’ owl silhouettes leftover.
Both of the above projects could easily be accomplished by school-aged children with adult supervision.
Hey, don’t forget to see other amazing Pinterest-inspired projects over at Young House Love.!
Until next time…, happy crafting!