Last week I pulled out my Halloween decor and had second thoughts about what I should put out or not. My reality is this--my son, for those who don't know, has Autism. Basically, he has classic Autism and isn't what you would call high-functioning or those you most likely have heard of with Asperger's. Now, I won't go into too many specifics, but I will say he really isn't scared or even affected by scary Halloween stuff so you'd think it wouldn't be a big deal to decorate around the house, but what you don't know is that he has a semi-infatuation with tearing things apart and even at times chewing on things. So after the last few years, I've had to make some changes to my decor and what I decide to put out.
So on to today's little project, this hanging wood poster is the perfect addition to my Halloween decor and one that doesn't seem to interest my little boy at all. So for me, that's a win-win. My daughter still gets to see some holiday decor and I don't have to worry so much about him bothering this (hopefully).
To begin, last year I stumbled upon these giant Halloween prints. And the best part is you get three printable posters all for $5!! Last year I printed out the skeleton and this year I decided to go with Edgar Allen Poe's quote. I also decided that it needed a fun hanging element. This project was really inexpensive and took less than an hour to do.
***To have enlargements done on your prints, get them printed at your local Staples as an Engineering Print. Mine today only cost me $1.68 (prices may vary).
- A favorite print or one of the Giant Halloween Prints from the Caravan Shoppe
- Two dowels (from a craft shop or home improvement store)
Begin by getting whatever print you want printed, and trim any excess you don't want. I also went ahead and measured my dowels to my print and left about an inch on either side of it.
Stain your dowels with your preferred stain, mine was Varathane, Early American. I only applied one coat of stain and my dowels were ready within the hour.
Leaving less than half and inch border on the top and bottom, this allowed me to staple my print to the wooden dowels.
Staple and tie your twine around the dowel and hang! The great thing about this project is how easy it is to switch out your print whenever you feel the need. This poster won't be up forever, but I can guarantee this wood poster hanger will be sticking around.
I'm still getting set-up around here and figuring out exactly what to put out, but it's coming along and a few other little mini-holiday projects too. If you want to see what I've been up to be sure to follow along on Instagram.
Do you have any fun holiday projects going on?
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