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Going Batty for Halloween

Black poster board and some command strips can transform your Halloween front door decor from boring to batty ...

I subscribe to the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ club.

I also believe the ‘you can’t build a better mousetrap’ theorem.  Unfortunately, I have personal experience with this one.  And let me tell you, hearing that snap and that squeal is one of the most unpleasant sounds. Ever.  But it works.  Effectively.  Efficiently.  Quickly.

Oh, and I’m a card carrying member of the ‘why reinvent the wheel?’ society.

Now, with all that said …

… please don’t get me wrong.

I don’t eschew progress.  I don’t squash creativity.  I’m a strong proponent of forward thinking ideas …

And while I believe in the tried and true … I truly believe the tried and true can always be improved upon.

Take, for example, that big wedge of Swiss cheese on the mousetrap proposition.  Outside of a Tom & Jerry cartoon, I don’t believe it works all that well.  But peanut butter on the mouse trap?  Yeah, that works …

Snap.

Squeal.

And take, for example, my fourth ever blog post.  The post where I was inspired by Country Living magazine and Martha Stewart (dot) com to have a bunch of bats fly across my front door.

Last year I used three sizes of bats. Cut out of black poster board and affixed with command poster strips …

Whereas this year I made a slight adjustment.

A small improvement, if you will …

… and only used two sizes of bats.

That’s right folks.  I went all wild and crazy and skipped the largest of the bats …

I know, I know.  I took a big risk on this one …

:)

So, what camp are you in?  Are you a ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ kinda gal — or guy — like me … ? 

~ Linda

P.S.  The link to the marthastewart.com bat template can be found on this post …

Linda is a wife, mother, Chicago homeowner … and creator and author of it all started with paint blog.  You can find her on Facebook here, follow her on Twitter here, and see her Pinterest boards here

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Thomas October 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Those are excellent ideas! DIY will save a lot and finding great sites or stores with discounts. We got a lot of our decoration at http://www.homeseasons.com/ and used their DIY projects for the rest of the decoration. I can't wait to make bats!

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