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Spooky Decor: Halloween Decoration DIY

It is September, and for many that means back-to-school routine, cooler weather, and shorter days. In our house, it means Halloween prep. We have already established that I love holidays. I decorate for Halloween and Christmas WAY before I should. It bother’s some people. I like to do it because ti brings me joy, it brings my family joy, and when people see it they are joyful too. We could use a little more joy in this world!

So do not be upset when I tell you I am already decorated for Halloween, and my kids already have their costumes. I am by no means an over achiever. I just enjoy certain things in life, and Halloween is one of them. So I have a fun and frugal Halloween decor idea for you to try. This year we created a Vampire Welcome Mat for our front door. Thank you to Megan Andersen at Creative Live for the fangtastic idea….. I kid.

What you will need:

– Jute doormat with rubber skid on the bottom (10$ at Home Depot)
– Pencil
– Box cutter or cutting blade
– Cutting mat
– Sharpie in pink, yellow or any other medium-light color
– Acrylic paint in white or unbleached titanium, black, and red
– Medium and small sized paint brushes
– Small paper plate

All of this is fun and simple stuff, much of it we already had. Thanks to Megan I now have a really cool and unique welcome mat for the front door this Halloween. The kids and their friends have already started commenting on how cool it is. I so rarely get to be the cool mom, so I enjoy getting these kudos at Halloween. After all, holidays are the times when parents get to be kids too!

Fall Art Projects: Pumpkin Keepsake

Autumn brings the beginning of the holidays. During the holidays I try to slow down at home. The world gets so busy and so chaotic during holiday time, and a parent can get lost in it all. So I try to sit back and take moments to enjoy the holidays a little. How do I do this? I choose special moments of the day to be with my family. I set aside special meals, movies, activities, or crafts for us to do together for us to soak in as much “together” time as we can in the midst of the busiest seasons.

This month I found these sweet little clay pumpkin keepsake crafts to do with my kids. My kids love a good clay craft, really they love anything that lets them play with things sticky, and messy.  This simple craft was created by Nadia at Teach Me Mommy. I really loved her take on the clay handprint because it not only gave you a handprint but she also found a way to incorporate a photo.

Pumpkin Keepsake

For the full tutorial including amazing photos head on over to Teach Me Mommy now. The great thing about this sweet keepsake is that it can double as fall or Halloween decor and can be brought out every year. So in a few years, you can look back at how young and precious your kids were, and remember that sweet day you worked together to create such a fantastic memory.

I am planning to enjoy this sweet keepsake all autumn long, and I hope you will too!