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!