2017 - Annual Family Zombie Photo - CAMPING theme - photography - gory props - Severed body parts

We do a yearly family zombie photoshoot and create a new theme of something a family would do but as zombies. A few are in a graveyard or inspired by the Walking Dead. 

Some people send holiday cards.....well, we send Halloween zombie cards. You can see past years -  2009-201320142015 & 2016. I can't believe we've been taking them for NINE years!!!

Our theme this year - FAMILY CAMPING

I had so much fun making all the severed body parts and intestines and they turned out great!

The set-up

Camping stuff (obviously) - Tent, camping chairs, lantern, bbq grill. 

I didn't realize two camping chairs were in my car and it's been in the shop for almost a month. :/ I also didn't realize my tripod was in my car as well. Only two chairs and we used our trash can as the tripod. Lol!

Mini grill with severed nose, fingers, and intestines.

New for this photoshoot were the severed arms, torso and intestines. See link above for DIY tutorial.

((Drum roll))

2017 Family Zombie Photo/Card

Hanging skeleton, severed head & hand on the lantern are in almost all our family photo shoots. Sometimes they don't make it to the final card but we used them.

Happy Halloween!

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Office HALLOWEEN decoration ideas - SPOOKY tree & spiders / bats - easy & inexpensive - cubical fun

I just recently posted about office birthday decorations and after begging and promising not to use gruesome, scary, creepy, or bloody decorations AND no body parts or clowns.......THEY LET ME DECORATE!!!!! {{mwahahahahaha}}

So I don't do cutesy or whimsical Halloween decor EVER....NEVER EVER! I still didn't want cute but needed to think about clients walking in. I brainstormed and was going to either go with a bat or spider theme. One person is sooooo scared of spiders and the same one I pulled this SPIDER IN A CUP PRANK on. I kinda mentioned it might be about spiders and they wouldn't be that creepy. I didn't really get an okay but later that night I was at Target and they had a bunch of fun spider decor and no bat stuff.

Spider theme it is!

Because I didn't want to spend a lot of money and I tried to find very inexpensive supplies.

Brown craft paper
Bulk bag of plastic spiders
Fishing line
Spider web
Few $1 store items
Spiders from Micheal's
Spiders from Party City
Spider window cling from Target

We had a leftover tri fold display board at work. I used one flap for the curly deco mesh centerpiece and the rest for the base of the tree. I needed something to keep it in place against the wall and it worked perfect!!!

I've made a paper tree before for the elementary school library and "Camp Read Along" theme for a classroom so I knew it would be pretty easy. (Trying to find pics of past trees) I also made tons of vines for a dinosaur party years ago.

I rolled out two really long pieces of craft paper for the trunk. One single piece would not be wide enough.

At the base I cut three sections on one piece and two sections on the other. These are the roots of the tree.
I crumpled and twisted the roots for a basic shape. Doesn't look that good ......yet. :)

I continued to crumple the trunk.

Made the roots have a little more shape and longer.

I hot glued the trunk to the tri fold cardboard leaving extra not attached on the bottom for the roots. 

Used one command strip to secure in place.

Each limb is separate. I cut the packing paper at an angle to form the end of the branch. I attached with a small amount of hot glue and/or a couple pieces of packing tape. 

The fishing line supports the limbs and to hang spiders.

I purchased a roll of magnetic tape for the magnetic board frame craft and it didn't work BUT was perfect for magnetic spiders!!!!

Bag of spider rings
Roll of magnetic tape

I cut the ring part off and hot glued tiny pieces of magnetic tape. EASY PEASY!

I tried magnetic buttons but they cover up too much of the spider. Plus the magnetic roll is much cheaper.

I added the extra spiders I didn't use for the table centerpiece to these little pots already in the office.

Tombstones and spider web to my desk. The spiderweb was from the $1 store and the hardest to work with. Usually it can be pulled but this just fell apart.  I planned to cover the office but this is all I ended up doing.

I love to make deco mesh wreaths and thought a centerpiece for our office conference table would be perfect. Orange, purple, green and black should be as cutesy enough. Plus the spiders are glittery. It matches our office lime green color too! Tutorial HERE.

I love how it turned out and was thinking that I could remove all the spider web and spiders after Halloween and add fall leaves. It would double for October and November decor. :) We'll see if they agree.

Had to share. :) I do this for almost every project. I get an idea and sketch something out but I can't draw. Usually you can't decipher what's going on. THIS ONE is so cute and exactly what I decorated. My son calls them my "game plan" paper. Lol!

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CURLY Deco Mesh Centerpiece - Garland - DIY tutorial - Decoration - HALLOWEEN orange, purple, green & black - SPIDERS- Wreath

This is my VERY FIRST cutesy Halloween craft I've ever made!!! I'm all about scary, gross, creepy, gruesome, bloody Halloween stuff. I kinda (tiny bit) had fun buying some new Halloween theme supplies. 

I've made a deco mesh garland before using a wire track but this was a last minute decision to make and I'm crafting at 2am. :/

No track, craft store not open, BUT bonus.....it's an inexpensive alternative. CARDBOARD!!! 24hr craft store would be awesome! Just sayin'

Deco mesh (Michael's with a coupon and $1 store)
Accessory picks
Cardboard or wire track
Pipe cleaner
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Styrofoam block or spheres cut in half (optional)

Purchased the little sign, green mesh, and black mesh at Micheal's with a coupon and purple mesh at $1 store. I bought two rolls and used both.

I wanted orange mesh but I couldn't find it in that size. I was surprised since it's Halloween orange but they only had burnt orange or fall colors.

Cut mesh 10"

Cut ribbon 12"

Layer colors of mesh. Keep in mind that if you want all the colors to look even then make at least two of each pattern. If you don't care....mix and match all you want!

 Ribbon on top, pinch in the center, use a pipe cleaner to attach together. 

Make a billion ton lots of bunches. I ended up using everything. Deco mesh - 1 green, 1 black, 2- (sm) purple, 3 colored ribbon rolls, and 1 pattern ribbon. EVERY scrap was used!!!

I used a side panel from a tri-fold science experiment display board or whatever they are called. :) The rest I used for decorating the office. I cut little styrofoam spheres in half for two reasons. 1.) To have something to secure the sign and picks and 2.) Add a little height in the center.

I thought about only using 3 but once I started testing spacing I decided to use 6.

Tested spacing of the ribbon and planned my pattern to make it symmetrical.

Hot glued in place and ready to attach the deco mesh bunches.

Gather all the curls together and add hot glue to the pipe cleaner and base of mesh. I held in place for a few seconds for hot glue to dry a little so the curls would point up and not lay flat.

 I started on the outside edge at the middle making two rows on either side. 

Once the edges were done I attached the sign to skewers and placed in the center.

Then I worked from the middle and continued to fill in the center row. (Three rows total)

Looks soooo cute already! 

I found these glitter spiders at Michael's and made them into picks.

I held the skewers with a paper towel and spray painted.

Cut down to size and hot glued with some crawling down, to the side, and up.

Added spiders. The styrofoam made it so easy to add the final touches. SO CUTE!!!

AWE!!! I love it!

I used the matching ribbon and one spider for the door hanger.

 Simple and ...... cute. I CAN decorate cute.

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