First of all, chain! Those plastic chains you can get at the store for about $5-$10 for maybe a few feet? Psshaww!! That's what I have to say!! The reason being is that it is SO easy to make your own!! Now, it may not have all the details the plastic chain would, but you can always add your own details later!! The site I used for reference was : Tutorials: Easy Chain Pipe Insulation
Next on the list? Dripping candles!! Fake, mind you, but awesome dripping candles that you can reuse each year!! Reference? How-to: Making a Faux Dripping Candelabra
I didn't actually use the instructions though, just the idea, so mine didn't turn out quite like I wanted. They still look pretty awesome though IMHO and there's always next year to make them better!!
|Grab yourself a PVC pipe (I used a 3" diameter by 6' for about $7.50) and a Miter Saw to cut them|
|Glue gun (with very old sticks apparently that ended up more yellow than clear!)|
|Spray paint white to cover the yellowed glue and the blue lettering on the sides of the pipes|
|Add bases the candles can sit on|
|Yay fake candles!!|
Next on the list? Bats!! And instead of just buying the plastic bats to put on the wall, here's an idea: cut out of paper and put on the wall AND string from the ceiling!! Reference : Flight of the Bats
|Tried getting a good perspective shot.|
|Closer-up of the bats.|
|And re-used some of the bats for Halloween night on the wall to our front door.|
Something easier you can get the kids to help with is Finger Weaving! My brother taught me how to do this when I was younger but a reference for anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about or how to do it: How to Finger Knit
|I mixed orange and black at the same time. A little harder to do the knitting, but you get used to it.|
|Works like a charm for using as a type of garland!!|
I'm going to go ahead and wrap up part 2 as this is getting long, and there's still a few more things I wanna show you guys plus the reveal for the full effect later!!
Craft ya laters!!