Big news, people. I actually completed and photographed two Halloween-related projects this weekend! Sure, my laundry is still dirty and I definitely didn’t exercise, and please don’t look at my floors. But, man, one small corner of my house certainly looks extra spooky and styled.
Today I present to you my unoriginal and completely copied mummy lanterns.
Yes, you may have seen projects like this featured in magazines and on Pinterest, but my mummies are special. Why, you ask? My mummies represent my little family of four, which makes them extra special.
You see, I started by just making two mummies using Ball jars.
Then I tried to explain them to Ike. The conversation went something like this:
IKE: “Mommy, you made Halloween for ME!?”
ME: Yes, Ike. These are mummies. Not mommies, mummies. This is one mummy and this is another mummy.”
ME: [Pointing at one mummy.] “Ike, what is this?”
ME: [Pointing at the other mummy] “And what is this?”
He clearly didn’t get the whole “mummy not mummy” thing. But, he did inspire me to make a family of mummies seeing how he thought one of them represented him. So, I found a pizza sauce jar that was slightly smaller than the Ball jars to make the Ike mummy, and then wrapped up an empty baby food jar to make a little Lincoln mummy.
Please, tell me that this little baby mummy isn’t the cutest thing you’ve seen. I dare you.
Anyway, I did take a couple of shots to show you how this little project came together. Many tutorials suggest using cheese cloth or gauze, but decided to use what I had lying around the house. I tore some strips of white fabric from scraps I had on hand and used googly eyes that I still had from last year’s Halloween costume.
My method was to wrap and tuck some fabric, then place the eyes. I decided to just tape the eyes on since I will likely dismantle the mummies and use the jars for something else between now and next Halloween.
Once the eyes were in place, I wrapped more fabric around for good measure. All four mummies were done in less than 30 minutes, so it was a fast project with loads of spooky impact.
I’ll admit, I kind of love decorating for Halloween now that we have kids. Three years ago I would have been trying to do something more sophisticated and classy. Now I am settling for 30-minute projects with plastic googly eyes and having just as much fun, if not more.
Did you work on any Halloween projects this weekend? And how do you explain a mummy to a three year old, anyway?