The mantle this Halloween included a couple of new things, including an estate-sale find felt ghost hand puppet, and a flickering lantern with spooky silhouette I picked up at Tar-jay Boutique. I like the ghost because it’s charming and it came from a crafter’s home (my favorite kind of estate sale). The seasonal lamp added some light to the decor, and doubled as a night light for my kids after Sandy blew through our neck of New Jersey and left us without power for over a week.
Also new this year are the cat and jack o lantern, made from papier mache, and a felt haunted house.
I found this at a dollar store and it reminded me of a favorite childhood craft project where I made a haunted house and put creatures in all the windows. I created the ghosts out of craft foam, and the other guys are Martha Stewart stickers from a few years back.
I made this papier mache cat out of two balloons covered in black crepe paper. It’s about a foot and a half tall.
I also made a pumpkin that would become a jack o lantern once dried.
Here’s the cat in progress. Cardboard pieces were covered in black crepe paper and added later to form the legs and eyes.
I made the tail by wrapping fringed crepe paper around an s-shaped hanger.
Bye, Halloween…See you next year!