I’m not a crafty person, generally. I’m not trying to make a statement about being too busy to D.I.M. or anything. It’s more just that I’m selectively lazy, and also until now I lived in a very hodgepodge home. Our rented condo in Westwood was beautiful, but its inherent mid-century vibe combined with our hand-me-down-furniture from various eras, combined with our just-merged-two-households miscellany was just too random to motivate me to add any clever home-made holiday decor to the mix.
But! We’re homeowners as of this year — a fact we appreciate with an extremely dorky level of enthusiasm daily. And that enthusiasm (coupled with some inspiring story assignments about D.I.Y. holiday decor lately) has lit a crafty little fire under me.
And I do mean a little fire. While I loved the five jack-o-lanterns and minimal pre-fab Target decor we have out front, I felt we need a little extra je ne sais quoi — at 3 p.m. on Halloween. And I had about five minutes of attention span for it.
I do few things without consulting the Internet lately, but this hardly-any-work-required project just popped into my head from — what, elementary school? Summer camp?
I grabbed some lunch bags from the kitchen cupboard (no, we don’t actually pack lunches in these bags, but we have them because you can make great low-cal microwave popcorn in there with just kernels and a touch of cooking spray — I guess that could have been another post).
Using a scissors, I cut fun little patterns, similar to how you would fold a piece of paper to make a lacy Valentine heart. Place a tea light candle in each, and you have pretty little lanterns to line your walkway and encourage trick-or-treaters. Cut angular borders around the top, or fold over the sides a couple of times if you prefer that effect. I think common-sense rules of safety dictate that you should add some sand in there too as a fire barrier, but, um, I didn’t have any sand handy.
But hey, I made something!* Happy Halloween, friends.
*Full disclosure: I didn’t put them out. It seemed too windy to be safe. See above re: sand. So please enjoy the above photo of my house with no lanterns and then understand why I did that. xo3