Thursday, November 1, 2012

Duct Tape Astronaut + Front Porch Halloween Decor

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Sick of Halloween yet? Well this post will surely renew your love of it... In an attempt to save money, I decided to "make" my childrens' costumes this year. My son just adores space shuttles, lives for space shuttles, worships space shuttles! (Is this kid really mine? Who cares, he's mine now.) Did I mention he wants to be Neil Armstrong for Halloween? Well, N. A. costumes pretty much don't exist, but not to worry. I came up with a fairly convincing astronaut get-up even though I spent twice a much as I normally would have. Memories. Creating memories. Small price to pay. So here it is, my duct tape work of art and how I did it:
In right hand: Apollo 11 rocket.

 I started off by using items I all ready had: old coat & snow suit. I purchased three rolls of white duct tape and one roll of silver. Then the taping frenzy began.

 Here is the snow suite & jacket all covered. I used the silver for the collar, and stripes on arms and legs after I covered the whole thing with white tape. The whole process took about 3-4 hours. It went be really fast. Really! 

Here are his last year's school shoes covered in duct tape.

I tried to make the helmet with this odd wrestling thingy from the DI. It didn't work out so well, but next year I'm going to try using one of those half sphere trash can lids with the other thingy that comes up. I didn't have time to come up with a helmet, so I just put a NASA patch over his Pirates hat. The last finishing touches were of course NASA patches that I aquired from the Clark's Planetarium in SLC. These I just duct taped to the suit in keeping with the duct tape theme. Next time I would have hot glued or sewed these on. They stayed on fine, but the edges are starting to come off a little. And here is the finished product! Isn't he handsome? I would do it all over again to see his smiling face. Love him. One giant step for man, one giant leap for ME finding new and useful purposes for duct tape.

@School, an astronaut and a pirate. Brothers at last!

                                                                                          Lovin' me some pirate face!

Halloween Front porch/yard decor

I'm an easy-way-out, simple kind of gal. I am not able or willing to spend time and money on Halloween decorations. Less is more, less is more. I love the texture of the orange garland paired with bats paper bats and pumpkins from our local pumpkin patch "Jakers." Can I just give a quick shout out to Jakers Pumpkin Patch in Springville, UT? All activities are 100% free! They have hay rides, a ginormous corn pit where-in kids roll around like pigs, hay mazes, a petting zoo, and towers of hay to climb. Huge thanks for entertaining my kids for free. Anyway, back to decorations. Here is what I'm going on about: 

When I say simple, I mean simple! Tiny pumpkins on each fence post and let this gorgeous maple tree do the rest of the decorating!

The garland is made out of orange felt. To make, cut your fabric into 3 inch strips. Take a long needle and thread it with heavy duty string. (I used left over kite string.) Gather the strips as you would if you're folding a paper fan. Thread the needle through a small "stack" of folds. Repeat!! The wreath is an old one I spray painted black.

And one adorable lawn gnome. To make this...
To be continued...


  1. Too adorable.. :) XO You are a GENIUS, Heather!

  2. Great job on the costume and decor :) I'm sure he will never forget what an awesome job you did!

  3. Heather, I love you like the daughter I never had. You are a continuous source of joy and amazement! Beautiful kids, beautiful yard, beautiful heart. xoxoxo Mom

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