Halloween is an exciting time of year. Children get to dress up and go trick or treating and adults get to give out candy. To make Halloween even more exciting, many decorate their homes, classrooms and offices. Making your own Halloween crafts not only saves you money, but really gets you into the spooky spirit. You can turn simple paper products into cute, scary Halloween crafts.
Decorate your refrigerator with Happy Jack. Happy Jack is a magnetic pumpkin that eliminates the mess of pumpkin carving. To the back of an orange piece of construction paper or poster board, attach a self-adhesive magnetic sheet and cut out a pumpkin shape. Cover another magnetic sheet with black paper and cut out various stems and facial features. You can apply the facial features to the pumpkin to create different looks.
A Halloween tree can be displayed indoors or outdoors. Begin with a medium-sized tree branch and various Halloween-coloured pieces of construction paper and cut out witches, pumpkins, ghosts, black cats and spiders. Punch holes for the eyes or other features. Tie coloured string or ribbon to each paper ornament for hanging and hang throughout the tree branch. Consider tying extra loose bows throughout the tree branch for extra decorations.
A bat mobile can hang overhead in a door entrance. Draw a moon and several different sized bats on appropriately coloured poster board or construction paper and cut them out. Attach a string to the back of each bat with tape or glue and hang them from the longest part of a clothes hanger at different lengths. Cover this part of the clothes hanger with fiberfill to create a cloud and attach the moon with glue. Consider painting the moon and eyes of the bats with glow-in-the-dark paint.
Decorate the windows of your house with a House-O-Lantern. Measure the inside of the window you wish to decorate and cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit tightly inside. Draw a face on the cardboard and cut it out. Cover the entire interior side of the cardboard with orange tissue paper. Attach the cardboard to the window with tape and place a lamp safely near the window to creating the glowing affect.
An easy craft for kids the Halloween wreath of leaves. Cut out the centre of a paper plate for the wreath. Using black and orange construction paper, cut out various sizes and shapes of leaves. Glue the leaves to the paper plate wreath and hang on the door.
Begin your papier mache spider by making a glue from 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water. Stir in 2 cups of boiling water. Blow up a medium-sized balloon and tie it. Tear a newspaper into strips about an inch wide; they can be short or long. Dip the strips of newspaper in the glue and cover the entire balloon in at least two layers and allow to dry overnight. Make eight legs from rolled-up aluminium foil and glue them to the body. After the glue dries, paint the spider black and draw on the eyes. You can hang the spider from the ceiling or set it on a table.
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