Apparently, I have been crafting forever!
This year while digging out my Halloween decorations I came across this little number and I couldn't believe the date on the bottom. I have been a crafty DIYer for a very, very long time!
I made this treasure at our local public library when I was just eight years old ~ now you know exactly how old I am! My mom signed me up for a craft class. It was a very easy project and unbelievably, I still remember the day, the class and the actual crafting.
We had to bring an old tuna fish can to the library and flattened one side. We then covered the inside and outside of the can with thick, orange, velvet ribbon, accenting that with a strip of black. We did not have glue guns or quick drying tacky glue; we used Elmer's. Next, we stuffed a cotton ball into a bit of orange tissue to make the jack-o-lantern and another piece into a small square of white fabric to make the ghost. The faces were added with marker. In the back, there is the tiniest bit of hay!
To complete our vignette, we traced the cats on orange and black paper and then glued them to the corner of the can. Having taught primary school for many years, I can say that I am actually pretty impressed with the cutting skills of my eight year old self! I'm not really sure if I could do much better today!
My project is very o-l-d and tattered now, but I am so glad that my mom kept it so that I can display it in my own home today. It's filled with memories from Halloweens past and serves as a great reminder that I have been a crafty girl all along! Happy Halloween!
When did you get crafty?
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