DIY/Holiday | 5 Minute TP Roll Bats

5 Minute DIY TP Roll Bats | Squirrelly Minds
As I stated last week, I’m a big sucker for making crafts out of recycled goods. One thing that I always save for this exact reason are toilet paper rolls. There are so many uses, like my koinobori or advent calendar holiday crafts. Well I’m putting TP rolls to crafting use again for yet another holiday – halloween.
5 Minute DIY TP Roll Bats | Squirrelly Minds
These simple bats take up to 5 minutes to make each one. Once all the materials are cut, it’s really only about a minute to assemble. Gotta love fast crafts! These are also kid friendly, except for the exacto knife part.
Let’s get started.

Materials

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Black paper and black cardstock
  • Glue or double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife

Steps

5 Minute DIY TP Roll Bats - steps | Squirrelly Minds
1 Cut your plain black paper in half vertically, then again horizontally. This will give you four sheets for four bats. From your card stock, cut out bat wings, two per tp roll.
2 Cover the tp roll in black paper, using either double sided tape or glue to adhere (Alternatively you could paint the tp rolls black). With an exacto knife, cut slits on either side of the roll, approximately one inch long. You want to make sure they’re approximately at the same spot on each side.
3 Slip each wing into the slit.
4 Have fun decorating by taping onto a wall or door!
5 Minute DIY TP Roll Bats | Squirrelly Minds
I plan to make several and tape them on my door halloween night. You could also attach them to string and hang them from your doorway or front porch. Anything to add to the halloween fun!

      

Shop | The Meaning Behind Flowers

The Meaning Behind Flowers | Squirrelly Minds
Picture from a Portuguese festival where patrons walk flower petals in a procession.
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I’m a big sucker for finding out the meaning behind things (hence the birthstone project), and the same goes for flowers. Whether we realize it or not, we all are aware on some level of their significance. For example, a guy would never give a female friend or their sister red roses because they resemble love. Yellow roses on the other hand, which signify friendship, are a perfect fit.
Let’s look a little deeper into the meaning behind flowers – the perfect ones to give for the perfect occasion.
The Meaning Behind Flowers | Squirrelly Minds
Tulips are the 11th wedding anniversary flower, and symbolize fame and perfect love. Each colour of tulip carries its own symbolism:
Red tulips, much like roses symbolize true love.
Pink tulips mean affection and caring.
Cream colour tulips mean “I will love you forever”.
Yellow signify cheerful thoughts.
Orange tulips symbolize enthusiasm, but also energy, desire and passion.
White tulips signify forgiveness.
Purple means royalty.
Variegated tulips (multicoloured/patterned) mean “you have beautiful eyes”.
The Meaning Behind Flowers | Squirrelly Minds
Orchids are the 14th anniversary flower and represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility, and it was believed that if the father ate new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy while if the mother ate them it would be a girl.
The Meaning Behind Flowers | Squirrelly Minds
Lilies are the 30th anniversary flower and symbolize purity and refined beauty. Much like tulips, their meaning is based on the color and type.
White lilies symbolize modesty and virginity.
Orange lilies signify passion.
Yellow lilies are a symbol of happiness.
Lily of the valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart.
The Easter lily is the symbol of Virgin Mary.
Peruvian lilies (alstroemeria) represent friendship and devotion.

The Meaning Behind Flowers | Squirrelly Minds
Daisies traditionally represent innocence, purity, friendship and classic beauty. Gerbera daisies specifically are also associated with cheerfulness because of their bright colours. They are the fifth wedding anniversary flower.

The Meaning Behind Flowers | Squirrelly Minds
Because they comprise many different types of flowers, wildflower arrangements carry the meaning of each different flower within the bouquet, so I don’t really have an answer for you there. But I just couldn’t resist the chance to show you this stunning bouquet of Australian wildflowers. I have no idea what these flowers are, but it makes me want to run out to the outback with a pair of shears and a good sunhat, picking flowers all day under the Australian sun. If you’re in Australia, will you please pick up a bouquet and take endless photos of it for me?

What is your favourite type of flower?

      

The Friday Five – Halloween Costumes

The Friday Five - Halloween Costumes | Squirrelly Minds

Pinocchio Themed Family Costume from A Beautiful Mess / Puppy Cupcake Halloween Costume from Lovely Indeed / Rainbow Bird Wings from hello, Wonderful / Infant Sushi Costume from Cheryl Style / PInata Couples Costume from Morena’s Corner

Costumes for the WHOLE family!
Since the deer halloween costume I made two years ago, I haven’t put much thought into dressing up. In fact last year I just recycled the costume because I loved it so much. But this year I’m getting a little antsy and want to try something different.
I don’t think an adult in a sushi decorating onesie would be as cute as a baby though…

      

DIY/Holiday | DIY Halloween Tin Can Candleholders

DIY Halloween Tin Can Candleholders | Squirrelly Minds
Whoa what? Tan is blogging today?
Yes I’ve been away a bit lately, caught in a whirlwind of a new job (which so far I love), thanksgiving, and getting sick. I’ll try to make it here a bit more regularly. If not here, then setting up the Squirrelly Minds Shop, cause I’m determined to not let this nasty cold stand in the way of that (although I’ll admit it has so far).

But today I had to share this cute DIY I did for Used Everywhere. I love getting creative with what’s in the recycling box, and this time I opted for a fun DIY to get in the spooky spirit – tin can candle holders painted for Halloween! I currently have mine sitting on my mantel decorated up for the occasion (see pics in the post for a sneak peek of our living room re-decor plans). It’s a cute and simple way to add some halloween decor on a mega cheap budget. So head on over for the full DIY tutorial!

See you there!

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