Crafty Halloween Fun

Looking for easy to do Halloween crafts for younger children?

Check out these cute crafts that are perfect for busy little hands. Adult supervision may be required!

Paper Plate Pumpkin

Use these as window/door decorations or create a garland of mini-pumpkins for your mantle; put a few different sizes together and make your very own paper pumpkin patch!

Source: Kaboose.com

MATERIALS: 7″ and 9″ white paper plates, orange acrylic craft paint, yellow craft foam, green craft foam, brown craft foam (can use construction paper in same colors if foam is not available); scissors, white craft glue.

  1. Place the paper plate upside down on your work surface and paint it orange (use a paper or plastic cover to protect the surface). Set aside to dry and repeat with a second coat if needed.
  1. Cut out facial shapes from yellow foam (triangles for eyes and a mouth with a few missing teeth) and glue to the plate. Use scissors to trim the plate into a pumpkin-like shape. Do this by cutting a dip in the top where the stem would be and trim the bottom to flatten it a bit.
  1. Cut two simple oval-shaped leaves from green craft foam and glue to back of the plate at the top of the pumpkin.
  1. Cut a simple rectangular stem from brown craft foam and glue to the back of the plate, between the leaves.

Pom Pom Spider

This soft and furry friend is sure to be a hit with little ones! Make a few to decorate different rooms in your home.

MATERIALS: 2 black pipe cleaners (chenille stems), a large black pom pom, a pair of wiggle eyes, craft glue.

1.Cut the two pipe cleaners in half. Lay the four halves of pipe cleaner side by side, then twist them together in the middle.

2.Glue the pom pom to the middle of the pipe cleaners.

3.Stick the eyes to the pom pom.

4.When you are sure the glue is dry, bend the pipe cleaners so your spider’s legs are spread out. Now put him on display!

Paper Plate Ghost

These easy to make ghosts are a great hanging decoration for doorknobs, tree branches, bed posts, etc.

Source: FreeKidsCrafts.com

MATERIALS: White paper plate, white garbage bag, black permanent marker, black or white pipe cleaner, craft glue, scissors.

1.Turn plate upside down.

2.Draw ghost face on the plate bottom.

3.Cut garbage bag into strips.

4.Glue strips to the bottom of the plate.

5.Make a loop out of a pipe cleaner for a hanger.

6.Glue to the back.

Pumpkin Necklace

Little ones will love wearing these or giving them as gifts to their friends.

MATERIALS: large orange pom pom, brown pony bead, green felt, black felt, ribbon or yarn, craft glue.

1.Put a dab of glue on the side of the bead, do not cover or block the holes! Stick the bead onto the pom pom. The bead will be the pumpkin’s stem.

2.Cut out two small leaf shapes from the green felt. Glue them on either side of the bead near the holes, but don’t cover the holes.

3.Cut out small shapes from the black felt for the pumpkin’s face (triangles for eyes and a nose, and a mouth with a few missing teeth). Glue onto the face.

4.Once all the glue has dried, you can string the bead onto a piece of ribbon or yarn and you have your very own pumpkin necklace!

Paper Bag Bat Puppet

This fun puppet will be a hit with your little ones

Source: DLTK-Kids.com

MATERIALS: a paper lunch bag, black paint (if you’re making a black bat), big wiggly eyes (optional), crayons (black, brown & gray), scissors, craft glue, printed template.

1.Put a dab of glue on the side of the bead, do not cover or block the holes! Stick the bead onto the pom pom. The bead will be the pumpkin’s stem.

2.Cut out two small leaf shapes from the green felt. Glue them on either side of the bead near the holes, but don’t cover the holes.

3.Cut out small shapes
from the black felt for the pumpkin’s face (triangles for eyes and a nose, and a mouth with a few missing teeth). Glue onto the face.

4.Once all the glue has dried, you can string the bead onto a piece of ribbon or yarn and you have your very own pumpkin necklace!

5.Print and color template pieces as needed. For a black bat, color black and for a brown bat, color brown.

6.Lay your bag with the flap up. The flap is the head of your puppet. (see pictures).

7.Glue the ears to the top of the head (flap is the head).

8.Glue the eyes onto the head, just under the ears. If you like, you can use wiggly eyes instead of the paper template pieces.

9.Glue the nose just below the eyes.

10.Glue the fangs so they stick out from under the mouth.

11.Glue the tongue into the mouth so you only see it when the puppet mouth opens up.

12.Glue the wings into the crease on the sides of the bag.

13.Glue the feet onto the bottom of the body.

14.Glue the tail onto the back.

Have fun playing with your bat puppet!

Mina Frannea is a mom to twin children, a son and daughter. An avid volunteer, Mina is involved at her children’s school and in various capacities in her community. In her past life, Mina enjoyed helping clients with estate planning and is now satisfying her passion for all things technological in her role as website administrator for www.momsoutloud.com. Mina enjoys creating new recipes, finding great bargains, tinkering with technology, learning new things, and finding projects that will keep her little munchkins busy long enough to get dinner on the table!

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