Mad Science Lab Trunk or Treat

Adventures in creating a mad science laboratory for Halloween Trunk or Treat.

Have you ever participated in a Trunk or Treat event for Halloween? I participated in my first one this year. It was so much fun!

Of course, the big decision was, how am I going to decorate my trunk? How do you decorate a trunk? How do you fill a whole trunk with stuff and not go broke?

By now you probably know that I love science. I really wanted to make a science lab. I don’t have any official scientific equipment, though. I have a lab coat, safety glasses, and gloves to use for a costume, but nothing to fill a trunk.

I went shopping at Dollar Tree, hoping to find something there. I found some caution tape, creepy bugs, glow in the dark rats (lab rats!), plastic eyeballs, and nasty teeth. I even found some green candy fingers. A plan was beginning to form…

I’d set up some jars of disgusting stuff to look like a mad scientist’s storage room. I could use a few old peanut butter jars to hold my “specimens”.

Specimen_Jars

Every lab has liquids for experiments. I filled a few plastic orange juice containers with water, colored them with food coloring, and put “poison” and “acid” signs on them.

Poison_And_Acid_Bottles

I added mineral oil and colored water to small bottles for bubbly concoctions.

Oil_And_Water_Bottles

Then I made a batch of slime and added a few plastic baby spiders to it to make it look extra creepy.

Slime

Free scientific icons can be found on openclipart.org, like the Radioactive and Biohazard symbols, a skull and crossbones for Poison, and images of a beaker and flask.

Science_Signs

I made a sign for my laboratory: “Science Lab. Danger. Do Not Enter” using a neon green poster board and pasted the beakers and flasks on it.

Science_Lab_Sign

Although this sounds like a lot, it was definitely not going to fill up my trunk. It was just a couple of peanut butter jars and orange juice containers with a bowl of candy in the middle. I really had to think about how to make my idea work. I had to make my trunk smaller. It took a while, but I finally had an idea! I had a bunch of cardboard boxes sitting around. I used them to block off the deepest part of the trunk, and to fill up the sides, leaving a much smaller area in the center. I threw a black plastic table cloth on top of the boxes to clean it up. Then I stacked everything on top. It worked!

Mad_Science_Trunk

Now, I wouldn’t be Zinnia’s Closet without my goody bags. I made MINI bags for everyone. They were big enough to hold 3 Fun Size pieces of candy, just enough for a trick-or-treater.

Mini_Goody_Bag

Trunk or Treat was a success! Almost 100 kids came to the event, it was amazing!

Halloween_Goody_Bags

In case you are wondering, here’s how much it cost:

  • Eyeballs: $1
  • Teeth: $1
  • Bugs: $1
  • Rats: $1
  • Fingers: $1
  • Caution Tape: $1
  • Poster Board: $0.72
  • Mineral Oil: $1.98
  • Baby Spiders: $0.98
  • Glue for Slime: $1
  • Black Table Cloth: $0.94

Not even $12 in total! (I had borax for slime and food coloring already, that will add another $8.)

Happy Halloween!

A Unicorn-Themed Birthday Party

A unicorn themed birthday party.

This week I was honored to sew party favor bags for a sweet little girl’s first birthday! Her mom and dad were throwing a unicorn-themed party. I had the perfect fabric for them: Happy Little Unicorns by Robert Kaufman.

Happy Little Unicorns

It’s a pink fabric with three different unicorns. One is standing up with a bird on it’s back, the second is laying down, and the third is jumping over a rainbow. There are flowers, rainbows and stars filling in the background.

Happy Little Unicorns

The unicorns were spread out on this pattern. I had to carefully cut the unicorns out so that each bag had a unicorn centered on the front. It took some extra time, but it was well worth the effort. The parents were thrilled with the bags. They are putting a small framed picture of their daughter inside to thank their guests for coming to celebrate their special day.

I wish that little girl a lifetime filled with happiness.

Celebrating The Unofficial Start of Summer

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Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. It’s time to put away those heavy coats and snow boots and bring out the flip flops and sunglasses!

To celebrate, I wanted to share this fun fabric with you. An owl summer cookout! It has a patriotic theme with its red, white and blue colors. The red charcoal grill is smoking. One owl is cooking, wearing an apron and holding a spatula. Another owl is wearing sunglasses and waving a pinwheel. A third owl is hanging out eating watermelon. The fabric is decorated with flip flops, stars, watermelon, hot dogs and popsicles. It’s a great summer party!

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Thank a Teacher During Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s time to start preparing for Teacher Appreciation Week which begins on May 7, 2018.

There were many wonderful teachers in my life. They were always full of kind words and encouragement. There was the teacher that had a belief in my abilities when I had no confidence of my own. The teacher that pushed me harder and harder until I thought I would snap, but then one day I finally got it! The teachers that made learning fun. And especially the teacher that noticed me when others didn’t seem to care.

Teachers make a difference in their students’ lives in ways they don’t always realize. Don’t forget to thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week.

ThankYou

 

 

Watercolor Shamrocks Fabric for St. Patrick’s Day

Beautiful green shamrock fabric for St. Patrick’s Day.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share this beautiful fabric with you.

Watercolor Shamrocks Fabric

Watercolor shamrocks- 100% cotton fabric

Background color- Dark green

Other colors- Lime green and Kelly green

Theme- St. Patrick’s Day

Description:

Tossed shamrocks on a dark green background. Kelly green was used to watercolor the lime green shamrocks. It’s a simple design, and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Here is a party favor bag I made:

Watercolor Shamrocks Bag

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!