Halloween is right around the corner, and at my house we’ve been making some simple non-scary decorations to help get us in the mood.
These three crafts really are “easy as 1, 2, 3” so if you are not a crafty person, don’t fear! (Mwah ha ha ha ha – that’s a creepy Halloween laugh, in case you couldn’t tell)
Egg Carton Bats
I cut three bumps out of a cardboard egg carton and cut triangles out of the ends so it would look more bat-like. The boys painted their bats black, and we added googly eyes and little ears made from black construction paper. I cut a small slit in the top and stuck a black ribbon through it, tying a knot on the end of the ribbon that hides inside the bat. Our three little bats looks great hanging in our kitchen doorway.
“Stained Glass” Candy Corn
Our candy corn window decorations are made out of tissue paper and contact paper. I sketched out the black outline on construction paper, cut it out, and laid it out on a piece of contact paper. The kids stuck down the squares of orange, yellow, and white tissue paper. I did this project with my son’s kindergarten class last year (it was a lot of cutting to prep for – I wouldn’t recommend it actually), which is why I decided to make a designated area for each color. With older kids I probably would have just left the whole triangle open (and saved myself a LOT of cutting!). We taped our candy corn to the window and it looks pretty with the light shining through.
Pumpkin Place Mat
To make this pumpkin place mat I cut some orange paper into small squares and triangles, and cut out a pumpkin features according to my son’s instructions. I drew the outline of the pumpkin on a piece of construction paper and he glued all the pieces down. I also made one of these with my two year old niece. She did a great job pressing the pieces of paper down where I put the glue. Since I wanted my son to be able to use this as a place mat, and laminated it. You could also cover it with contact paper for a similar effect. Or you could leave it unlaminated and just hang it up! I didn’t manage to get a photo of it quite soon enough – it’s been used a lot the last week and it’s kinda dirty!
What are you crafting up this week before Halloween? Or better yet, what are you planning to do with all that candy?!