What I like even better are Dollar Tree rats! They squeak you know! And come in two poses - still only a dollar apiece - wow! How do they do that? (...she wonders, while jockeying for position to exit the store, groaning with bulging bags clutched at every wrist, elbow and hip...) Um yeah. I guess that's how they can afford to sell "all this great stuff for only one dollar!"
But enough about me and my urge to splurge every time those big green letters loom in my rear view mirror! I admired, but didn't buy any of those little squeakers last year and then regretted it. This year I bagged half a dozen and scurried home to make them into a fun Halloween ring toss carnival game. We'll use this one at the grandkid lunch party I'm hosting that afternoon, but you may need one sooner for a cousins' spooky-craft-making-ghostly-cookie-baking-late-night-game-playing-scary-story-telling sleepover at your own house!
Here's what you'll need:
- Cardboard box for base, approx. 20" x 24" x 12" deep
- Orange bulletin board paper (in the teacher section at all 3 major craft stores)
- Halloween print scrap book paper
- 6 plastic rats
- Rings to toss (purchased carnival type or embroidery hoops)
- Optional: orange and black crepe paper, orange tissue paper, decorative fuzzy trim
- Scissors, strong glue, rubber cement, stapler, ruler
- 1. Cover box with orange paper, staple as you work.
- 2. Measure top surface and divide into 6 equal parts with 2"-3" borders all around.
- 3. Cut 3 scrapbook paper squares, 7", with a contrasting 6" square centered. Rubber cement together. (adjust these sizes if box surface is not 20" x 24")
- 4. Cut 3 circles, 5," with a contrasting 3" circle centered. Cement together.
- 5. Cement squares and circles to top surface of box.
- 6. Use strong glue (such as Gorilla, if you have it) to attach a rat to each square and circle.
- 7. Complete box by decorating the sides with side by side strips of crepe paper, followed by a 4" tissue paper ruffle and fuzzy trim, as shown in photo.
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