Sometimes I struggle at holiday decorating. Only because it’s so time consuming and I feel like I don’t have much time. Anyone else feel that way? Okay. So I’ll level with you. It might also have something to do with the fact that sometimes I think that I’m not incredibly crafty. Okay. I think that often. Like I’m not all thumbs when it comes to crafts, but I’m pretty particular and need things to look just right. One minor imperfection and I can’t let it go. Whenever I see said completed craft that looks kind of strange or has a tiny blemish I cringe. Of course I don’t cringe at other people’s crafts. I don’t notice their mistakes. Only my own. I’m an insecure crafter. It’s a complex. I must overcome. Anyone else have this problem?
So I struggle with time and being an insecure crafter. I really do want to be more secure in my crafting abilities. Really I do. Maybe I need lessons? Probably. Crafters Anonymous? Definitely. I see all of these cute ideas everywhere. Tons and tons of cute ideas. I pin all of them right here on Pinterest, but then I never do them. Or if I start the project I never finish it. I’m airing all of my guilt today, right?! My name is Tara and I’m a craftaholic. I bet there is a group for that… Honestly I do need to be better at finishing the projects that I start. It’s a wonder that I can actually sit down at the computer and type blog postings when I’m such a spaz when it comes to everything else. You laugh? I may have the focus for some things, but with crafty projects… Well, I turn into that dog Dug from the movie “UP”. It’s true. Maybe you are totally laughing, because you think that my blog postings are exactly like that??? Oh my. I really am insecure. But I’m working on my insecurities. Both craft related and non. I’ve decided that the first step (remember I’m a psychology educated gal) in the process would be simple crafts. If I do something simple then I will finish it and it will be perfect because it will be really difficult to mess up something so simple. It’s that simple.
Here is THE easiest DIY Halloween yard decoration that I’ve ever made.
Seriously the easiest.
It’s dedicated to all the Dugs in the world.
I give you…
The Lamp Post Ghost Tutorial!
In front of our house we have an ugly light post. I’m sure it was beautiful in its time. Now it’s just quite dingy looking. It’s super old. Original to the neighborhood when others have been replaced. The lamp doesn’t even work so I’m not sure exactly why it still in front of our house. Maybe I should be digging it up… One day we will just replace it? Maybe? Probably. In its prime it was a gas lamp. Then it was converted to electric way before we moved in. However, the “electrician” (previous home owner who was a medical doctor and had no idea about how to be an electrician) didn’t do a very good job. It quit working so the “electrician” then cut the line and left this random wire in the basement that operates the lamp post only it plugs into nothing. No outlet. No switch. No lit lamp post. So you get the idea. We are left with an antique lamp post that has absolutely no use just standing in our front yard.
See? It’s not the most beautiful thing in the world.
BUT recently when I looked at that old lamp post I saw something different.
I saw a ghost.
So I decided to create one. A lamp post ghost. So simple that even a 6 year old could do it.
And it can be created in record time. By the 6 year old.
To create the ghost I purchased 3 yards of white drapery fabric. It was on clearance at less than $3 a yard.
You could just as easily use a white sheet.
Banjo used a black Sharpie to make the ghost’s eyes and mouth. Then we just threw the whole thing over the lamp post and there you have it:
Our Lamp Post BOO!
You can transform your own lamp post for Halloween and it will look super dandy.