Wreaths Change the Entire Look of My House: A Lesson for My Library

I am blown away by how much of an impact a wreath can make.

Over the weekend, I taught myself how to make Deco Mesh Wreaths.  I first saw them at a craft fair, and loved the look.  I didn’t love the kitschy embellishments that most crafters seem to add.  For instance, a Halloween wreath with a big hat in the middle and witch legs dangling from it.  I want to class up my front door, and I just don’t think that does it.  Totally my opinion.

Here’s the Halloween wreath I made…


And the Thanksgiving one that I will put up next month!


Really, decorating of any kind just adds warmth, comfort, and a sense of familiarity.  That’s why I never hesitate to decorate in the library.  I don’t worry about offending anyone and I try to be inclusive of all. I just can’t stress enough the difference it makes to the kids.  Here’s what Sue and I did for Halloween:

Your typical window clings…


These guys kind of remind me of Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo:


I love our book display.  The ghosts, especially.


This guy’s eyes flash red when he detects motion, which is actually terrifying.


These are removable, but I kind of like them…


The pumpkin lights catch your eye immediately.


The best part is that decorating really gives the kids something to talk to you about.  It’s a natural icebreaker.  And, it’s just a little way you can show your students that you care about them.

Have a great Halloween!