Spooky, Yet Simple: A Guide to Halloween Arts and Crafts for Kids
It’s that time again! As we wave goodbye to the summer, autumn draws in and Halloween is fast approaching. This is an exciting time of year for your little ones; pumpkin carving, trick or treating, Halloween fancy dress and Halloween parties. There’s plenty to look forward to. What’s more, Halloween falls during half- term.
Why not get into the full swing of Halloween by decorating your home, perhaps for a Halloween party or something spooky for outside of the house for your trick or treat visitors? This can, at times, become expensive. However, we are here to provide you with some homemade, Halloween decoration inspiration for you and the kids!
We have pulled together some inexpensive Halloween arts and crafts ideas that the kids will love, and you will too! From egg boxes, milk cartons and jam jars, there are many household recyclable items that can be used to make craft projects.
Jazzy Spooky Jam Jars
Something for all of the family!
Photo and craft inspiration from Party Delights https://blog.partydelights.co.uk/diy-tutorial-jam-jar-halloween-decorations/
You will need:
- Cleaned jam jars, or sauce jars
- Tissue paper (spooky colours of your choice!) shredded into 2cm strips
- PVA glue
- Paint brush
- Black card, or paper
- Tea lights (battery ones to be extra safe!)
- Brush glue around the outside of the jar.
- Start sticking tissue paper onto the outside of the jar. You might want to build up different layers, or use different colours; whatever you fancy. Just remember to apply plenty of glue.
- Using the black card, or paper, design, draw and cut out some spooky themed shapes, such as pumpkins, cats, witches hats etc. Ensure that they are just about the right size so that they can be stuck to the outside of the jar.
- Stick these onto the outside of the jar.
- Apply a final layer of PVA around the outside of the jar.
- If you wish, you can add some fun extras, such as googly eyes, ribbons or glitter, whatever takes your fancy!
- Leave to dry and then your jazzy spooky jam jars are good to go! Put your tea light inside and, ta-dah!
Egg Carton Bats
Perfect for little ones!
Photo and craft inspiration from Tesco https://food-and-community.tesco.ie/home/our-little-helps/how-tos/how-to-make-egg-carton-bats/
- Old egg cartons
- Black, or grey paint
- Googly eyes, or white paint
- String or thread
- Firstly, you will need to cut a line of 3 egg cup holders.
- Place the cut out cup down and draw and cut two semi- circles from the first and the third egg cup. Do the same on the other side of the egg cup and you will see the bat shape come to life!
- Next comes the messy part (parents… you’ll love this)! Paint the bat with the black paint. Leave to dry.
- Use glue to add the googly eyes or paint on the bat’s eyes.
- Pierce two small holes in the middle of the bat.
- Thread your string or thread through and you are ready to hang your bats up for a spooky surprise!
Toilet Roll Spiders
This one is easy peasy and great for all ages.
Photo and craft inspiration from Mollymoo Crafts http://mollymoocrafts.com/halloween-crafts-for-kids/
You will need:
- Toilet roll tubes
- News paper
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of warm water
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Paint brush
- The first step is to make your paper mache! Mix 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of warm water and give it a stir! Pop this to one side.
- Then, stuff the toilet roll with newspaper.
- Cover both ends of the tube with newspaper, so that the stuffing does not fall out, and stick down using the paper mache mix.
- Tear the newspaper into shreds.
- Cover the toilet roll tube in strips of newspaper and stick down using the paper mache mix. This can be brushed on using your paint brush. Do this until the coverage is fairly even. Put this to one side and allow to dry.
- Once dry, it’s time to get painting! Your spider can be any spooky colour that you choose! Paint all over and allow time to dry.
- Now the tube is dry, it’s time to add the spiders legs. Pierce 8 holes evenly in the side of the tube (this bit might need a little adult assistance!); 4 on each side. Ensure that they are big enough to put the pipe cleaners through.
- Cut your pipe cleaners to equal lengths
- Poke them through the holes in the tube and bend them accordingly.
- Stick your googly eyes onto the front of the tube and hey presto, you have one spooky Halloween spider!
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