I can't tell you how many times I've heard friends say that they'd love to be crafty, but don't "have the supplies". They don't frequent Hobby Lobby, they don't have a stash of leftovers from other projects, they don't have the imagination to dream up complex ideas. I totally get it.
You don't need any of that to make something festive.
My husband brought this home. Well, he brought home something IN the bag, but as I am not a shoe girl (can I say that and still be a woman?) the shoes went back, but the paper bag stayed.
Because I *am* a stripe girl and a lover of trash.
Find a piece of junk mail and make a rectangle type shape. Fold it in half and cut at a diagonal. BOOM - there's your template.
Now use that template to cut some more from your bag.
Punch some holes with a REGULAR hole punch, and thread onto REGULAR garden/utility twine and HOLLA because you just made something.
Of course there just may be some strips of orange construction paper laying around from a child's school project that you can sprinkle in if you wanna. Then you can throw a baby pumpkin from Kroger on your otherwise "everyday" mantel and call it decorated for Halloween.
P.S Don't put that twine away.
You still have half of a bag left and a birthday gift that needs wrapping. Make it work.