So…Halloween. That time of year when you get to figure out what you’re going to provide for your kids to dress up and parade through town with treat bags, gathering candy like busy little ants. All us parents seem to do at least a little Halloween DIY construction of costumes or decorations or treats of some sort.
Now…there have been years when I wanted to go all Pinterest Mom and DIY some adorable costumes for the girls. There was the Skye costume, the Wishenpoof costume, the bunny rabbit costume, and of course the Kitty Cat costume.
Then…last year, I decided I didn’t want to DIY at all and I opted to buy their costumes. We had Cinderella and Mal from Descendants that year. The kids were happy and I was happy. It was a win-win.
A New Year…
This year, one of my girls wanted to be this for Halloween:
Aside from plastering her with broccoli florets, I had no idea how I was going to manage that, nor did I have the energy or financial resources to invest in the project. Now…I know some of you are thinking, “what’s the big deal? green wig, face paint, and a pretty crown of florals?” Well…that’s just one kid. If I put that much effort into one kid, then I get to do it for the other kid too. Halloween costumes are not where I want to invest right now.
No…instead I took the girls to the garage and we opened the box of Halloween past. I put each of the old costumes on display along with dress up play clothes from their rooms and asked each daughter to decide what she wanted to be from the contents of the box. We ended up mixing and matching and pairing things together to come up with…(drum roll please)…
a Magical Princess Kitty Cat (of course)
a Fairy Princess.
Halloween DIY Mishap
But wait…didn’t I title this post, “Halloween Mishap.” Where’s the mishap in this happy ending? Well. Let me tell you. Since both girls wanted magical powers, I decided I could do a little DIY and make magical wands. That shouldn’t be too hard, or time consuming and I had all the materials I needed around the house. Why not? Right?
I did what any mom would do. I went to Pinterest for ideas. I combined several of the ideas to come up with a plan and I sent the girls into the woods to pick out two sticks. Then I went to the garage with a knife in my hand and began to shave the bark off of the end of the sticks. Harry Potter style wands. Right?
Well…that’s where things went horribly wrong. My knife hit a knot in the wood and slipped (if you have a weak stomach, skip to the next paragraph). In the blink of an eye, I’d sliced open two of my fingers. The feeling in the pit of my stomach, the sharp pain in my fingers, the way my hand shook as the blood began to flow between my fingers was all too much to convey.
I can’t remember a time when I’d injured myself worse than I did in that brief moment. But it’s been 10 days since that accident and things are healing up nicely. I even finished the magic wands.
The moral of the story?
I’ll let you pick:
Don’t play with knives.
It’s okay to NOT DIY.
If you’re shaving bark from wood, watch for knots.
Every parent needs a box of Halloween past.
Now, I’m wondering. After putting together those wands, will the girls actually carry them while trick or treating? Or will they have their hands full of treats and I’ll be the magical one? I think I know. But we’ll have fun none the less. I hope you do too! Happy Halloween DIY ing! or Knot! Bwa haha!