this picture popped up on instagram (@danamadeit). Thanks Annie! And it all came together. The project wasn't meant to be a Christmas village...but a Ghost Town! YES.
bats and moon as the backdrop had the perfect Halloween hangout. Welcome to Little Rock Ghost Town!
Take a bunch of old stuff and turn them into spooky houses and haunted hotels.
But this wasn't just a fun project.
I. Loved. It.
(maybe more than the kids.)
It was pretty much like carving pumpkins....but even better! Less messy, more options! If we had done this growing up I would have been at the table for hours, cutting, gluing, pruning, tweaking. And my siblings would have been right there with me. I love this stuff!
I'm just a dork for recycled-goods-turned-to-cool-new-things type stuff.
And I've been saving these boxes and cylinders for months now waiting for the right project.
So the excitement is legit.
• Grab whatever recyclables you have on-hand: cereal boxes, other food boxes, diaper boxes, oatmeal cans, kleenex boxes, etc.
• Let the kids draw their design on the box (like carving a pumpkin) and then let mom and dad cut out the design with a knife or scissors.
• Cut out the back wall of the house so that it's open and easy for playtime.
• Use a hotglue gun to glue everything together.
• Be as creative and crazy as you want! Add a chimney with a hole in top for ghosts to slide down. Create stairs? Make a railing around the balcony.
Annily Green. Isn't she genius? Pet rocks turned to Ghost rocks. Love it! The hardest part was finding rocks that were flat on the bottom and would stand up.
Best Halloween project yet.
Yay for recycled family fun, both day and night.