Friday, October 31, 2014

HALLOWEEN DECOR FROM TOILET PAPER TUBES!

ABC's "The View" had a great segment on quick and easy Halloween DIY decorations this morning - and a couple of the ideas used one of my favorite green craft supply items: toilet paper roll tubes! A long time ago I started saving mine in a grocery bag to pass on to teachers - they really know how to transform a TP tube! It is pretty amazing how quickly those bags of tubes fill up! I am always excited to learn a new way to use them.

To see the clip of the segment on ABC.com (and see how to make all the decos), click HERE! (It is the October 31, 2014 airdate.)

I am not techie enough to capture still shots from any video, so I looked on Pinterest and came up with images for both the TP crafts:


LURKING EYES!
TP tube + a glow stick
On "The View" they show how putting a paper cup inside the tube gives better stability for cutting out the eyeholes with a craft knife. They also painted theirs green, to better blend with the bushes. Varied colors of glow sticks make the effect more fun with multiple pairs of "eyes!"

This next one, the "floating candles" was inspired by Harry Potter movies. The photo I found on Pinterest originated from a really cool website post about an all-out Harry Potter themed party. Check it out HERE. I want to mention that The View's version was simpler - only black-painted TP rolls with LED tealights in one end. If you want to try this and step it up (as in the photo below), search Pinterest for these key words: FLOATING CANDLES LED TOILET PAPER. Including "toilet paper" in your key words will filter out most of the other types of floating candles; my search put just what I wanted at the top of the image results. You will find among them ways to make them look like drippy wax candles.

FLOATING CANDLESFor this Harry Potter party, candles were made from both TP tubes and paper towel tubes to vary the sizes. These were painted white and faux wax drips were added.
 
HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE HOLIDAY! I HOPE YOU HARVEST LOTS OF TREATS!


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