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rangerbeth
« on: October 12, 2005 10:39:06 AM »

In an effort to consume less (yeah I know I know, but every little bit helps) I've been trying to decorate without purchasing those decorations that won't last and will just fill the dumpster after the season. I made some little "critters" out of old lightbulbs (the big fat type) painted with plain jane acrylic paint and pipe cleaners.

I would really love everyones input to make this a festive, but lest wasteful season.
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tamagotchi
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2005 10:54:55 AM »

I love them, they're adorable!  I don't have any pictures of my own to post, but here are some recycling-friendly ideas:

1)make decorations out of pine cones and nuts from outdoors
2)cut out monsters from craft paper and tape them to the windows so that they appear to be peeking out
3)make paper spiderwebs using the same technique as for paper snowflakes
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2005 11:26:39 AM »

Such great ideas tamagotchi! I immediately went on a hike to get some twigs and came up with this fall tree! Its just twigs spray painted black with "leaves" made of twisted up tissue paper glued on with a glue stick.


 Keep the ideas coming! I know we have some "greens" in here!
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2005 12:10:35 PM »

oooh, i love the tree..i may have to use that for the buffet table at our Halloween party.

We are throwing a spooky extravaganza and have used almost all recycled items to decorate.

For yard tombstones we carved styrofoam sheets that came as shipping padding.

My girlfriend had tons of gift tissue paper that she's been saving from gifts over the years that we accordian folded into large paper flowers (our party is specifically a Dia de los Muertos meets Night of the living Dead party).

For a few weeks we collected tin cans as we cooked, drilled holes in them, and painted them in bright colors to use as luminarias on the front porch.

We also picked up some white sheets at a garage sale and used red food coloring to create very creepy and realistic bloody sheets to cover the furniture.

We really haven't spent much on anything else considering the scale of the pary. It's taken some hard work and lots of planning but it's also been way more fun than just buying stuff at the story.
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2005 12:24:23 PM »

Such great ideas tamagotchi! I immediately went on a hike to get some twigs and came up with this fall tree! Its just twigs spray painted black with "leaves" made of twisted up tissue paper glued on with a glue stick.


 Keep the ideas coming! I know we have some "greens" in here!

these are so beautiful!  I am in awe of your recycled-craft godliness!
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2005 05:07:41 PM »

Wow, I love the lightbulbs and the twigs...I'd keep the vase out all year!

I'm doing a lot of recycling crafts for this Halloween, mostly due to being broke right now.  I took paper bags and added halloween magazine/catalog cutouts.  Those will be luminaries for the porch.  I made a few record bowls for candy dishes, and I found a jack o latern but I'll be keeping him so that's not wasteful (actually, he may become a planter this spring).  I'm duct taping an UGLY chair on our porch in orange, and it'll probably stay that way.  I'm making a sign for the trick or treaters with the backing of the a notepad and some wire.  I may make glue gun spiderwebs (draw a design of a spiderweb, trace with glue gun, let cool, peel off the cardboard...I didn't make this up, but I don't remember what website I found it on).  I'll be keeping whatever I can for the next year as well, or for other crafts.
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2005 08:15:11 PM »

You can fashion a skinny out of scale scarecrow out of old pantyhose stuffed with old quilt/pillow stuffing or rags.

Torso legs & arms--
Just put 2 stuffed pantyhose together with the waists touching and tie up the legs a little farther to make the torso longer and have part of it left for arms. Head--
Take another pair of hose & stuff the panty part to make it more round like a head and shred the legs to look like hair bunching it up.

Tie rags on for clothes and paint a face. You could also use raffia or yarn for hair.

Use whatever you have to tie this thing together-- cut stips of more pantyhose, duct tape, wire... Use whatever is in your rag bag to dress this thing... the more raggedy the scarrier!

I haven't made this yet, I just thought it up from an old lifesize doll that My mom made of ragedy ann-- she just stuffed it with old pantyhose and is was very nice. I think that using the actual hose as the outside matierial will make it very scary with the beige coloring.

I'll post once I make one.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2005 05:06:24 PM »

Light bulbs as Halloween decorations?  Brilliant!  I just replaced three bulbs and was wondering what I could do with the burnt bulbs...thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2005 05:23:44 PM »

I'm not sure if this counts, but me and my friend usually go the thrift store to put costumes together. Like, this year we're searching for things for fairy costumes, and then modify them if needed. It's so much better than buying costumes, and much better quality than, say, party city.
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2005 05:30:02 PM »

Just today I saw some really cute homemade Halloween decorations. They were decent sized rocks with skull faces painted on them. Looked really neat. I thought they would look especially cool with Dia de los Muertos style skulls painted on. Also, when I was a kid, we used to make little ghosts out of Kleenex by crumpling one up in a ball, placing it on the middle of another one, and then using string/elastic/ribbon to secure (like a little sachet). Draw a little ghoulish face on, and hang in the tree. This is pretty juvenile but if you did it with scraps of fabric and did more than a typical child's drawing of a face on it, they could look cool.
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