What do you do when your kid asks for Halloween decorations on a week when you’re flat busted broke? You head to the Dollar Tree and you make something COOL.
Yup, I was down to about 5 dollars. Seriously. Freelance life has its perks, but getting paid on time isn’t one of them. But I had recently worked on a Halloween decoration post with DollarTree.com and all the cool Halloween decor stuff I saw there was still fresh in my mind. And, here’s the thing about holiday decorations: when the kids are little, they get destroyed. I usually buy a thing or two on clearance after holidays are over, but I’m not putting out big bucks until the kids stop hurling and disassembling everything in my house.
So we went back the Dollar Tree, and as we browsed, an idea began to take shape. I grabbed five things:
- a vase that looked a little like a tree trunk
- a bag of floral moss
- a Halloween printed scarf (we got a spooky spidery one)
- a roll of wire ribbon
- a bag of bat-shaped cut-outs
And those things together cost me…yup, you guessed it…five dollars.
The sticks were found kind of by accident in my parents’ driveway. (Your welcome, Mom. When I was little I got paid $5 for that, so technically I *should* be breaking even on this whole thing.)
Not only was this the cheapest crafty centerpiece ever, but probably the easiest, too. And that’s OK. Because my 4-year-old has no concept of project difficulty except to know that the harder it is, the more frustrated Mommy gets, and that’s no fun.
This project? Totally fun. Totally not frustrating. (And it makes really fun shadows on the wall after dark.)
Just fill the vase with the moss, arrange the branches, add a little more moss, then glue the bats onto the branches.
Dollar Tree has scarves in all kinds of seasonal prints and they work great as table runners. (Ok, temporary table runners. But it’s Halloween, so yeah…temporary.) I wrapped the ribbon around the base to make it look pretty and add a little more color.
Please note: I was distinctly told by a certain 4-year-old that tying the ribbon in a bow is a huge no-no because that is NOT scary. So no bows.
And there you have it! ONE! ONE Halloween bat tree centerpiece! Mwa! Ha! Ha! And it was only FIVE dollars! I think the Count would be proud.
I definitely hang out with little kids too much…