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Bloody Camper August 20, 2012

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Boooo-Haaaaa, I love Halloween and I love to camp so you can just imagine how excited I was when we merged Halloween with camping. This particular campsite was having a contest to see who could decorate their site with the best Halloween spirit (Ha! Ha!). I didn’t have a whole lot of time and I needed to keep my decoration budget looow. Here’s all the gory details.

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You will need:

  • Roll of red plastic table covering
  • Scissors
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Ladder

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  1. Roll out the red plastic table covering in about 12 foot lengths.
  2. I free-form cut bloody drips. Open the scissors halfway, this will allow you to use the scissors like a knife. If you plan it just right, you will be able to use both the top and bottom portions as the drips – doubling your bloodyness.
  3. Carefully roll the cut portions back up. It will be easier to transport.
  4. When you get to your site, hang the blood with blue tape. Grab a buddy, you’ll need their help when you’re up on the ladder.

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Happy spooking.

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Colored flowers to dye for

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I feel like a kid again when we have dyed Queen Anne’s lace at my house or I stop at Katie’s and she has them on her window sill. Katie and I did this all the time when we were younger. It’s a beautiful flower (actually it’s an uncultivated form of a carrot), very intricate and delicate. My kids enjoy playing ‘scientist’ as they concoct colorful potions to transform the flowers.

 

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You will need:

  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • Jars (I use pickle and pasta sauce jars)
  • Food coloring
  • Water

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  1. Fill jars with water.
  2. Drop in a few drops of food coloring.
  3. Submerge stems of Queen Anne’s lace into colored water. Let soak for a few days and marvel at the colorful transformation.

This also works well with carnations.

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