This morning, the three of us decided to make some glitter ghosts. Now, I'm not inventing the wheel, here. It's pretty awesomely basic. Glitter, construction paper, crayons, and contact paper (or packing tape for the- ahem- less prepared). I used to do this project with the kids I nannied and, basic as it is, if the kids have never seen this done before, you kinda feel like a wizard.
STEP ONE: Make sure your baby is really, really crabby. Cutting a tooth would help. Take roughly three crayons out of her mouth before putting her down for an early nap.
STEP TWO: Cut out teensy ghosts. Let your [currently] awake child color them any way she pleases. (Like you could instruct her otherwise.) Include faces if you want. Keep others blank, because "they just want to be left alone."
STEP THREE: Lay out contact paper...or packing tape, sticky side up. Sprinkle glitter on the tape. (Points if you can get a little bit of cat hair in there.) Lay the ghosts end to end. Make sure none of them feel sad about it.
STEP FOUR: Sprinkle some more glitter on top of them. Turn your back for one minute and discover a newly glittered cup o' joe. Drink it anyhow.
STEP FIVE: Press another sheet of contact paper (ahem, tape) on top of the strip, sticky side down. Do your darndest to contain the glittery little guys. Make sure none of the ghosts "misses their Mommy."
STEP SIX: Cut out the ghosts and marvel at your miniature pouches of spooky glitter. Sweep the floor five times.
STEP SEVEN: Demand that your camera-shy preschooler display the ghosts. Decide that- yeah- this is still the best photo option.
STEP EIGHT: Make sure that you've created a completely random number of ghosts- something like eleven- just to ensure your li'l OCD brain doesn't feel comfy around the decorations all month long.
STEP NINE: Tape the little guys onto your front window. Pretend that the fingerprints are of an ethereal nature.
STEP TEN: Watch your neighbors explode with The Jealous.
STEP ELEVEN: Wonder how it's possible that only ten minutes have passed because, by this point, it seems like you've been wiping glitter for days. Put on a movie.