See those two black Viewtainers up there? When the company asked me if I’d like some viewtainers for review I specifically requested a couple of black ones.
I had an idea.
Ok, two ideas.
And the first one started with something I saw on Pinterest.
I was inspired by an idea I saw where eyes were cut out of toilet paper tubes. The instructions say to insert a glow stick and tuck them into bushes.
A pretty good idea, I thought, but I live in Ohio and I can’t tell you how often it has either rained or snowed on Halloween so toilet tissue rolls would be a soggy mess in no time.
Then I figured I could still use this idea if I use a viewtainer!
So I cut a piece of cardstock the width of the viewtainer and long enough to go around the outside circumference. This makes it just long enough so that the ends will overlap a tiny bit when you place it inside the viewtainer.
Then I cut some spooky eyes into the cardstock.
Roll the cardstock and place it inside the viewtainer.
Insert a glow stick and place in the bushes around your house to give passersby a bit of a spook.
I used glow stick bracelets because it’s all I could find at my local craft store and while I like this look I think the bigger glow sticks would look even better.
Then I started thinking about all of the kids out trick or treating.
In our town it’s called “Beggars Night” and actually takes place on the Thursday BEFORE Halloween. Weird, huh?
My son wrote an article for the school paper all about the how’s and why’s of Beggars Night but I can’t remember how it started to save my life. All I know is that it’s been going on for ever.
So anyway, by the end of October it gets dark fairly early in these parts and I got to thinking about how a viewtainer could help parents keep track of their trick or treaters.
And how trick or treaters could have a bit of light to 1) light their way and 2) keep the ghosts and goblins away.
Ghosts and goblins don’t like light you know.
So I used a bit of ribbon (Halloween themed, of course) and two large wooden beads.
I put the ends of the ribbon down through the opening slot in the viewtainer lid and added the beads, tying a knot to keep them on the ribbon.
Add some more ribbons or a charm or two to the ribbon handle, fill with glow sticks and let your child carry a glow stick Halloween lantern while trick or treating.
Now you can easily find where your children are and if you assign a certain color glow stick to each child you’ll know exactly which child just took off running far ahead of you and you can call him/her back.
The best thing about both of these projects is that once Halloween is over you can use them in your craft room to store supplies.
I love things that have more than one use, don’t you?