Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Great Halloween Crafts for Kids

Gather your little goblins and get ready for Halloween with some great crafts you can make together.  All of the crafts shown are easy to do and won't break the bank.

Graveyard Lollipops - courtesy of Country Living

To make these clever covers for candy suckers, download the tombstone image and follow the steps below: 

Step 1: For each lollipop, print and cut out two tombstones, then glue them, faceup, to a sheet of black construction paper with a glue stick. When dry, cut around each tombstone, leaving a black construction-paper border, as shown. 

Step 2: Turn one tombstone facedown and glide the glue stick along its outer edges at the top and sides only. Place the other tombstone on top of it, faceup. Press the edges together to create one cover. Let dry. 

Step 3: Use a fine-tipped black Sharpie to spell out "RIP" — or a guest's name — on one side.

Step 4: Repeat directions above to create additional lollipop covers. Insert candy. Place floral foam in a bowl and stand lollipops in the foam. Then fill the bowl with crushed Oreos to serve as the dirt in your graveyard.

Milk Jug Ghost Halloween Decoration

Spirit Jugs - courtesy of Family Fun

Step 1: Draw ghost eyes and mouth on the jugs (leave the caps on while you do this so the jugs don't bend.

Step 2: Mom or Dad - use a craft knife to cut out a half dollar size hole in the back of each jug. 

Step 3: Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing some lights into each jug.

This is a great way to teach your children about recycling, while making a pretty cool Halloween decoration at the same time.

Flowerpot Pumpkin Halloween Decoration

Flowerpot Pumpkins - courtesy of Family Fun

These are great - pumpkins made out of terra cotta pots!  These pumpkins won't get eaten by a squirrel or rot away!

Step 1: For each one, paint your terra cotta pot with heavy-duty orange paint (use weatherproof paint if planning on using outside).  Cut eyes, nose and toothy grin out of yellow craft paper.  Brush modge-podge on the surface of where you'd like to place the features and press them onto the pot.

Step 2: To further weatherproof your creation, apply a final coat of modge-podge to the entire surface of the pot.  Finally, insert a short, fat stick into the hole for a stem.

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