Fun Halloween Crafts

Some fun Halloween decorations and crafts to make:

Witches’ Cauldron: Buy one of those inexpensive black plastic witches’ cauldrons they sell at this time of year. Cut a hand sized opening in the bottom of it. Cut off the toes of a long black sock and use something like duct tape to attach it to the hole. Now fill up your cauldron with the candies for your trick-or-treaters. Put your hand up through the hole and sock and when your Halloween visitors go to reach in the cauldron to get some candy, there will be a moving hand within it! (From Rachael Ray show)

Glass jars and beakers to represent specimen jars: Place items in water, plain or coloured with food colouring (either the water and/or the items) …Vienna sausages look like fingers, certain shapes of gourds look like various organs, certain cabbages or cauliflowers can look like brains (especially effective if tinted with food colouring before putting into the water), and so on. Do you have any other great ideas for things to use as the specimens? From Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart shows

Have a ceiling fan? Turn it into a spider! Cover each of the blades with a pair of black pantyhose that has been stuffed with some black crepe paper streamers to give it some form. You’ll want to leave a bit of the pantyhose hanging down from each blade for extra creepiness as the fan slowly turns and the legs potentially brush up against people! For the head, use a black Styrofoam ball (you can sometimes buy precoloured foam balls or you can use spraypaint on a plain one. You have to use a light touch with the spraypaint as applying it heavily can cause it to sort of melt the foam. In our area, large Styrofoam balls can be really expensive. You can also adapt this idea to using other spherical objects…an old small beach ball or child’s playground ball for example…even a black balloon!). If using something like foam, you can pin two red peppers hot peppers to the ball to form the spider’s pinchers. Certainly, fun foam, felt, or even construction paper would be an effective substitute for the peppers. Make sure to keep the fan on low or you risk losing spider parts as it spins! (from Rachael Ray show)

Papel Picado Halloween flags/banners: a tutorial based on the patterns available at The Toymaker http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/10/29/papel-picado-halloween-banners/

Adorable Halloween printables and crafts from The Toymaker: Includes treat boxes, goodie bags, bookmarks, and little novelty toys like the Dancing Skeletons, Ghost Show, and more! http://www.thetoymaker.com/Holidays/Halloween/1HALLOWEEN.html

Candy Corn Bowl http://www.favecrafts.com/Halloween-Crafts/Candy-Corn-Halloween-Bowl#

Witch’s Hat wall-hanging http://www.favecrafts.com/Halloween-Crafts/Bewitching-Wall-Hanging

Free Halloween printables http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/10/24/free-halloween-printables/

Halloween Glass Ball Ornaments http://www.favecrafts.com/Halloween-Crafts/Halloween-Glass-Balls

Hanging Lantern Ghosts http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/10/08/hanging-lantern-ghosts/

More Halloween printables http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-printables/

A Murder of Crows silhouette pictures http://www.cantstopmakingthings.com/2009/10/murder-of-crows.html

More Crow Art http://www.cantstopmakingthings.com/2009/10/murder-of-crows.html

Halloween Pop-up Card http://www.cantstopmakingthings.com/2009/10/halloween-pop-up-card.html

Halloween Picture Frame http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/10/halloween-frame-revamp/

Spider Decoration http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/10/spider-decoration/

SPOOKY candleholder http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/10/candle-holder/

Creepy Halloween Birds http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/10/halloween-birds/

A Vampire Bouquet from Kathy Cano-Murillo http://thecraftychica.blogspot.com/2009/10/vampire-rose-bouquet.html

An Easy to Make Paper Halloween Village from Claudine Hellmuth http://claudinehellmuth.blogspot.com/2009/09/easy-to-make-halloween-village.html

Bat Napkin Rings http://celebrationsathome.blogspot.com/2009/10/cutest-diy-batkin-rings.html

Halloween Printable Paper Dolls http://www.livinglocurto.com/2009/10/halloween-paper-doll-free-printables/

Halloween Silhouettes for your windows http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/10/fabric_and_felt_halloween_silh.html

Glittered spider’s web placemats from Eddie Ross http://www.eddieross.com/eddie_ross/2008/10/oh-what-a-glittered-web-weave-weave.html

Lots of amazing crafty Halloween ideas here! (ps a favourite blog too) http://4crazykings.blogspot.com/search/label/Halloween%20Craft

A Halloween quiet book (have never seen “themed” ones before…am going to start on a Christmas themed book for some little ones I adore) http://everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com/2009/07/halloween-goodness.html

Adorable Halloween paper doll http://babalisme.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloweenie-dress-up-printable.html

Some adorable Halloween crafts adapted from Woman’s World Magazine:

A Witchy Treat Container: This uses a plastic gallon milk jug painted green inside and out as the base. Tip: A coating of spray adhesive applied to the jug as a base coat prior to painting will help the paint stick better. Cut out an oval for the mouth opposite to the handle. Make a hat for the jug by using a cone of black felt for the pointy part and a brim formed out of a circle of black fun foam. The facial features and teeth can also be cut out of felt or fun foam or even construction paper. You can use stickers or trims like rick-rack or even pieces cut from scrapbooking paper to add embellishments to the hat or to create cheeks for the witch. For hair, you can use strands of yarn, lengths of raffia, strips of construction paper that have been folded accordion style or the magazine suggests using chenille stems (coloured pipe cleaners…they used purple!). They took 40 of the stems and twisted them together in bundles of 10 at one end. Again, bend these accordion style (zigzag) and glue two of the bundles on each side of her face. Glue the hat on top of her hair. They added a cute little touch making a little spider out of a Styrofoam ball with googly eyes, chenille stem legs, and a little black witches’ hat on and placed that in the witch’s hair. Fill the jug with candies and use this as a positively adorable way to hand out candies to trick-or-treaters!

It Always Feels Like Somebody’s Watching Me…Eyeball Mobile: These used Styrofoam balls painted white (I guess they painted them to make it more of a solid appearance but I would think you could just leave them plain). Ping pong balls would work nicely for this too!! Turn these balls into eyeballs with acrylic paints or for a dimensional look, use tubes of puff paints. In the ones I saw, they painted the iris of each eye a bright green and each pupil black with a tiny white spot as a highlight. Red squiggly lines branching out from each iris makes the eyes look bloodshot. Suspend these from a ring of some sort such as an embroidery hoop or you can even fashion one out of a bent coat hanger. You can hang them by string or yarn or for a little motion to them, you can use elastic.

Witch’s Hat Candy Holder: Use a Styrofoam cone painted black as the base. Create a circle out of black cardboard or foam core. Use a piece of wide ribbon or a strip of scrapbooking paper around the base of the hat where it meets the brim to add a bit of decorative trim. Use a knitting needle or something similar to poke some holes all over the cone to make openings for Halloween lollipops. They further embellished this by taking regular lollipops and turning them into Halloween creatures. For example, you could make the typical ghost lollipops using tissues, cut out shapes like Jack O’Lanterns from fun foam and attaching those to the lollipops or even adding black pipecleaners to make spider legs or black fun foam batwings attached to each side of a lollipop. Cute!

Halloween Totem Pole: Use a Styrofoam block as a base for this. You can cover it with scrapbooking paper, fabric, or you can simply paint it. Cut a 12” skewer into 4 pieces and use these to attach the various characters together. Paint Styrofoam balls orange to make Jack O’Lanterns (tip: they suggest using a wooden spoon handle to press into the ball to form the grooves of the pumpkin. You can also paint or draw lines on or glue on pieces of black yarn or strips of paper.) Add googly eyes and/or features cut from felt, fun foam, or construction paper or paint them on. You can even cut out little hands from fun foam and attach them to the Jack O’Lantern heads with coiled chenille stems. You can paint some black or purple…again add features and for a spider you can use chenille stems for the legs or for bats you can add batwings cut from fun foam (fun foam is best as it is stiff enough to stand out). If you would like to make a vampire or Frankenstein’s monster, use rectangular pieces of Styrofoam painted green and again using felt, fun foam, or construction paper to add features like fangs, hair and so on. Little pieces of fun foam or Styrofoam make ideal bolts on the side of the monster’s head or you can use actual bolts for them!

How to make a spider wreath: I just love this spider wreath from Canadian Living magazine. If you would like to see a photo of it, there is one on their website. They used a grapevine wreath as a base but a wire or Styrofoam wreath works well too. Paint the wreath black. Make some spiders by creating bodies made from black or orange cellophane squares gathered up around balls of paper (tissue paper, newsprint, etc.) and secured with string or a twist tie. Use black pipe cleaners to create legs for the spiders and attach to the bodies. If using orange cellophane, it can add a nice touch to take some black paint and just casually dab over the bodies to add some depth to the colouring. You might want to paint some plastic or silk leaves black and use these to fill in any open spaces between the spiders. Use wire or twist ties to attach the leaves and spiders to the wreath. Add a big black bow to the wreath for a final touch! http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/other_crafts/halloween_decor_how_to_make_a_spider_wreath.php

Halloween decorating video includes a beautiful dessertscape of jars of Halloween candies renamed and labeled with creepy names and a RAVEN stenciled on a white pumpkin http://www.39online.com/videobeta/watch/?watch=e3b4efa2-5ed7-4d9b-a8c5-dec11728cb30&src=front

Halloween Roundup of Ideas from the wonderful One Pretty Thing blog:  http://www.oneprettything.com/?p=7465

Creepy Bottle Labels  http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/10/creepy-bottle-labels/

Printable Halloween Crafts from Canon (I especially love the Zombie that’s part of the Halloween Night display:  http://cp.c-ij.com/en/halloween/craft/index.html

 

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