Going Batty

The only thing saving me from becoming a total fanatic at Halloween, is limited storage space.  I have to draw the line somewhere.  If it doesn’t fit in the Halloween storage bin under the stairs, I hesitantly have to say no.  Having explained that, brings me to the batty garland project I finished today. These little creatures take up less room than a thin volume of horror stores.

 

When I bought the paper bats, it was with the intension of displaying them around the door for trick-or-treaters. The bats are more cute than scary, and I wanted to be able to use them year after year.  If I were to stick them to the front door, they would most likely fly away in the wind.  Instead, I decided to make a garland in order to tame the little beasts.

 

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I used double-sided sticky dots, that came with the package of bats to attach baby clothes pins, to each one. If you are making your own batty garland, craft glue would work just as well.  Some bats are hanging from their feet and some by a wing or two.

Jute twine was tied to the banister, then strung across to a nail behind the mirror and back again to the lower banister.  The clothes pins don’t show, but if they did, I would spray paint them black. The bats are happily hanging out here, waiting for unsuspecting guest.

 

Halloween decorating with batty garland

 

The package of pre-cut bats were purchased last year, so they may no longer be available at JoAnn’s. However, letting kids make their own out of black construction paper would look more creative, and have a lot more personality than mine.

 

Vintage candles

Vintage candles

Pumpkin with a witch hat

 

Continuing the Halloween decorating, I carefully unpacked the vintage candles that belonged to my mother, when she was a child.  Because they were so lovingly played with, they are truly showing their age.  I guess that’s why little treasures like these have a sweet magical appeal to me.

 

Wooden witch with broom stands on her magic pumpkin

Wooden witch with broom stands on her magic pumpkin

 

The not so old witch standing on the pumpkin and the other candles have a vintage look as well,  to keep company with the batty garland.

 

Simmering potpourri, orange peal, cinnamon sticks and vanilla extract

Simmering potpourri, orange peel, cinnamon sticks and vanilla extract

 

To further inspire you to get ready for Halloween, I suggest stirring up a bewitching brew of simmering potpourri.  On the stove, combine about 2 cups of water, an orange peel, 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Simmer on low for about an hour to make your house smell wonderful. Remember just like burning candles, don’t  leave the brew unattended.

Happy Halloween!

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