I get so much magazine reading done in the minivan while I’m waiting for the kids.

Yesterday, I snagged the October Real Simple from the mailbox and headed off to Basswood Elementary to pick up the boys.

I zip through my magazines pretty quickly. But, this photo inspired me to make my own Real Simple Halloween Garland. Real Simple made theirs out of these adorable postcards which cost $1.50 each.

Instead of ordering the postcards, I made my own using some clipart I found online and some index cards.  

Let me show you how I did it…

First, Wendy, helped me print and enlarge the clipart. She colored them in with a black sharpie and then had the kids help her make the legs a tad more ookie by adding some “hair” with some fine print gel pens.  (Shiver!)

Then, Emma and Wendy glued the clipart to the index cards.

 I decided to really vary the clipart for my garland. The kids each have their favorite. Personally, I like the rats the best.

Wendy helps me out with my artsy projects!

The next day, Hannah and Emma helped me punch the top of the index cards for threading the twine. (I didn’t use black yarn because I didn’t have any on hand!)

Emma is quite the crafter. I love having a daughter. 

Look who had to get in on the action! Old Sonny can’t handle not being the center of attention for very long.

The girls helped me get strategic about the order of the cards. The spider and the rat will hang down on the ends…. ew.

 I love it. I love it. I love it!

 Getting these little projects done is so life-giving.

Many hands make light work… 

Still growing...




Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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