October 30, 2012

Halloween and Kid Crafting

This post is a little random, but I thought I'd show you a few little things we've been up to.  I'm not a big "holiday decor" person.  I don't like spending lots of money and time on things I'm only going to have up a couple of weeks.  Call me cheap or Scrooge, but that's how I roll.  (I make some exceptions for Christmas, of course.)

So, we don't have any incredible Halloween decor, but we did some pumpkins.  The boys wanted to paint them this year.  Rex wanted his to look like Ironman so I drew a Sharpie sketch on it and let him paint it.


Baden wanted Hulk, so I let him paint it all green and then we used sticky felt and a Sharpie to do the rest.


My sweet mother-in-law made rice crispy treats (well I guess they are fruity pebble treats) with the boys and I thought she did something pretty cool.  Isn't that fun?



In non-Halloween crafting I let the boys make egg carton caterpillars the other day.  Do you remember making these at school?  They were fun and the boys love any reason to use googly eyes.


And last but not least, Rex has been drawing more and more.  He asks me if I think he's an "artist."  Naturally, the thing he draws most is any super hero.  Ironman is his specialty.  He taped this to the door and asked if we could keep it up forever.  Why not?  It makes me smile.  (Sorry for the ugly cell phone pics.)


Do all of you get really into holiday decor?  

Thanks for stopping in.

20 comments:

Angela said...

These look like tons of fun =) I do seasonal decor ... I use a few items here & there that I leave up throughout spring, summer, fall, or winter. I put out my fall decor at the 1st of Sept & it stays out til I am ready to put up my Chrismas decor. Blessings~

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

I'm not a seasonal decorator. Our house is hurting for storage and I don't want to add to the problem with items that are boxed the majority of the year! We do Christmas lights big time, and I have a ton of little Christmas items, a nativity set, etc that we take out and decorate the first floor of the house with. That's about it. :) Love the cute little iron man Rex taped to his door. That would make me smile too!

Christa from Controlling Craziness said...

I don't get that much into holiday decor. I do more than I normally would since we have kids and sometimes I think about doing lots more, but haven't started that yet. I just don't want to store it all. I do like making crafty decorations with the kids, displaying them for that one holiday and then throwing them away so I don't have to store them and we can make new ones next year. Love the painted super hero pumpkins, using the felt was a good idea too.

Nicole Reis said...

Definitely not a seasonal decor person. I think it's cute, but I can't rationalize the money spent on something stored all year-- even for homemade decor. We get a pumpkin or two. We have squashes that act as decor for a bit and then eat them. Oh, and I bought a cinnamon broom from Trader Joe's for $4 since that fills our downstairs with a non-chemically scent of cinnamon. The rest of our decorations for halloween were my husband's growing up, so I guess that makes them B-List decorations since they were the ones that didn't make the cut for my in-laws. They all live on the same table and total fewer than 10 items.

I always feel like I must be a Scrooge for that, but oh well. I'm sure over the years, we'll accumulate homemade things from my daughters doing seasonal crafts as they get older.

The Miller Five said...

I do not get into Halloween decor. In the past I have made simple homemade stuff (yarn webs, balloon and fabric ghosts, felt bats, etc). I am going to make egg carton spiders with my little guy today. We are riding out the remainder of Hurricane Sandy and we need something to do!

Joy said...

My house is hardly decorated at all--seasonal or not. I'm finally trying to make it more homey & have managed a little decor over the last few months. Since I love fall, I did put up a few fall decorations this year (pumpkins, foam craft leaves, a couple of small scarecrows). I think Halloween decor is cute but I can't imagine spending much money on it when I can put simple fall decor up from mid-September to the end of November.

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I love those caterpillars. I'd never seen them before, but they are super cute! I'm not super into seasonal decor. I left my spring stuff up till October this year and skipped summer altogether. I left up halloween one year clear til Christmas, so it's not so much getting it UP that's hard, but getting it taken DOWN. :)

Dagny said...

I am not a seasonal decor kind of person. It totally seems like a waste of money to me. My three year old son, however, has been asking to decorate so I have caved a little. We put up a ton of Dana's (from Made) bats in our kitchen and some rat silhouettes on our stairs and along the baseboards.

tiffany lagrange said...

I'm not really into "anything" decor right now. I try to focus more on activities then decorating. I figure there will be plenty of time for for decorating and stuff when the kids are older and don't think mommy's activities are cool anymore. On the other hand, my blog partner goes all out for decorating. She's much better at it than I am! http://www.craftinterrupted.com

Elizabeth said...

I am not a seasonal decor kind of person either. I do decorate specially for Christmas but not much else. I have my eye on making a sunflower wreath for fall (probably for next year) but that would be the only fallish decor I would do. I do think it is a waste of money and time to always be changing my decor and we move so much (6 times in 7 years) that each house needs its own decor or things fit in one house that don't fit in another so I don't bother.

Little Ol' Liz said...

I haven't felt like draging out the seasonal/holiday dec stuff -- in years! You are my people! If my heart isn't in it, it looks pitiful, so I just live with the guilt of not doing it.

Celeste said...

I try to decorate for the holidays. I don't have much storage space, so I keep it simple. Now that I have kids, they love it and like to make the decorations. My son has been asking if he can keep his creations "forever." I always tell him he can keep them until they get ruined. That way, we never have too many little crafts lying around. So far, nothing has lasted very long:)

stephaniegiese said...

Can I just tell you how much this post makes me love you? THANK YOU for showing kids crafts actually done by kids and not Pinterest-Perfect projects. Holidays like Halloween are supposed to be FUN. Your painted pumpkins are the things that they will remember because you are letting them get their hands dirty and get in on the fun!

rioj said...

Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas I go all out for. It may be sad but I have as much or more Halloween Decor than I do Christmas! I Love this time of year. I usually try and get things on sale or make my own things. It is alot to store but my kids find so much joy in it and so do I. To each there own though we are all different and that is okay!

Bethany said...

I LOVE decorating, I don't have a ton of things, but it grows little by little every year!
Cute pumpkins! I will definitely need to try fruity pebble treats!

Olof Drofn Eggertsdottir said...

yay for decorations. You have done more than I but I also just had my 3rd child 5 weeks ago so I have been a little busy.

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Outback Crafter - Debra said...

No don't do Halloween here at all in my little home town in Australia.

Love Rex's drawing. I hope you remembered to write the date on it Mum (and a translation of what it is for when we forget in years to come).

kristen said...

Surprised at how many people don't decorate for the seasons. This was one of my favorite memories growing up...and still is. We all go up to grandmas and pull out the decorations one at a time- ooh and ahh and find a perfect place to put them in the house. I have loved carrying on this simple little tradition with my babies. They gather around the storage totes and we open them up. It makes the day kind of magical and who doesn't need a little magic once in awhile :)
I do hate storing them all though :)
Loved Rex's cute drawing.
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Brett said...

I'm a seasonal decorator too. Pretty much everything I have was bought on clearance, so I don't feel too bad about it. We also have a lot of storage space. My daughter loves it too, so that makes it even more fun :) I love your pumpkins, and thanks for the reminder about egg carton catepillars! We will have to make some.

Brett said...

I'm a seasonal decorator too. Pretty much everything I have was bought on clearance, so I don't feel too bad about it. We also have a lot of storage space. My daughter loves it too, so that makes it even more fun :) I love your pumpkins, and thanks for the reminder about egg carton catepillars! We will have to make some.

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