Halloween in our house is an excuse to be creative, share stories and work together to make things. From decorations and sweet treats to costumes and carved pumpkins, we make the most of taking simple materials and transforming them into fun memories. So on the blog over the next week I'll be sharing some of what we're doing at Case de Henderson to make Halloween fun for the whole family.
This week, Zella and I covered our front door to look like a mummy. It's simple, the materials are cheap and it's something a toddler-aged kid can really help with. Here's what you'll need:
white electrical tape or masking tape
(2) white and (1) black poster board; depending on the size of your door
eyeballs (these can be store-bought or made with spare poster board)
How to make your mummy step-by-step:
1. Our front door is painted bright red and has a dimensional moulding, so I had to cover our door in white poster board to create a flat work surface and neutralize the bright color that would inevitably show through the toilet paper. I cut the black poster board in half and used the masking tape to adhere it to the door at the eye level of the mummy, then proceeded to cover the remainder of the door with the white poster board.
2. While tackling the poster board, I had Zella unravel an entire roll of toilet paper. This was by far her favorite part!
3. Then we worked together tearing the TP into strips that measured the width of the door. We simply laid the toilet paper on the ground along the door and tore it into sections approximately the same length as the width of the door. (We used one entire roll and then unraveled just a few strands off a second one.)
4. Next we glued the silly eyeballs to the black poster board with an elmer's glue stick. I let Zella decide where to stick them and just helped her push them on tight to make sure that they adhered well.
5. Then using small strips of the white electrical tape we hung one strand of TP at a time, taping it down on each side of the door (where the hinges and door lock mechanism are located). The trick at this stage is just to cover the whole door and then criss-cross pieces from time to time - once the entire door is wrapped tuck little sections in to create some texture and depth to the mummy wrapping.
6. Around the door handle and lock we just tore a single square of TP and tucked it in to the strands of toilet paper that were already adhered above and below those parts.
7. After all your TP strands are taped down on the sides of the door, run masking tape down both sides of the door to prevent any sections from being caught and torn from repetitive opening/closing of the door. This makes a seamless surface along the sides that will protect the TP from getting damaged with door use.
8. Be sure to take pictures at some point to capture the memory!