October is just a day away, and the Halloween decorating has begun. I’ve never been too excited about Halloween, but my daughter is obsessed with it and wants to decorate anything and everything. She keeps saying that she wants to “scare the kids.” I’m still not sure which kids she is speaking of, since she is one of them. But we were at Michael’s last week looking at the cool decorations, and there was an animated skeleton that would startle you when you walked by. She refused to walk by it, but wanted me to repeatedly. Hmmm.
We started decorating with the dining table, since we spend so much time there eating and doing homework. Channeling our inner Maleficient, we decided for a creepy yet elegant look (more on that tomorrow.) I found these silver place mats at TJ Maxx for $4 for a set of four. They had other colors too, but the silver looks great on the simple black tablecloth (which was a great deal on Amazon.) I hesitate calling them place mats, since they don’t really catch any crumbs, and my kids, ahem, I am messy eater. So I decided to dress them up a little and make them a little spookier. The felt helps corral the mess keeps the place mats from slipping around.
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- Gray or black felt
- Place mats (here is the place mat on Overstock and Amazon, but check TJ Maxx or Homegoods because the prices are way better)
- Hole punch
- Metallic red scrapbook paper
- Glue Dots
This project is super easy and will take just a few minutes. Trace around the placemat onto the felt. Cut the felt about 1/2 an inch inside the line, so the placemat completely overlaps the felt. Center the placemat on the felt, you can use some glue to stick it on intermittently around the edge if you’d like. I just placed it on top for easy removal.
Cut out or punch out the eyes out of the red paper. The round eyes look less sinister, but the oval shaped eyes are full on creepy. You can use a sharpie to draw black dots in the eyes, but this is totally optional.
When cutting out the oval eyes, it’s easiest to fold the paper and cut out two eyes at the same time, so that they match perfectly.
Stick a glue dot on the back of each eye and strategically place eyes on to the felt, so it looks like they are peering out at you. Menacing!
P.S. Don’t eat the fingers…I hear they taste chalky! Learn how to make them here.