Halloween is just around the corner and my daughter is already planning her outfit and trick or treat route for the evening. It is the perfect time to get crafting with the kids and Pinterest is brimming with lots of fabulous ideas that are simple to do and look really effective. Today on the blog, I have a guest post from Safestore with three really great Halloween craft ideas.
Who doesn’t love spooky costumes, devilishly good decorations and stuffing a shopping basket full of sweets for trick-or-treaters (that will likely end up on your own coffee table)? When you’re a parent, you can double the joy of Halloween season by involving your family too; here, at Safestore, we’ve come up with a range of budget-friendly Halloween crafts to keep you and your kids entertained for the whole month.
DIY Treat Bags
Craft level – Easy
What better way to freak out your trick-or-treaters than to ‘hand’ them over a severed hand jam-packed with sweets. This is a super easy but fun and kind of gross treat bag DIY.
What you’ll need
– Latex gloves
– Decorations of choice e.g. fake blood, spider rings etc.
– Ribbon or twine
We’re sure you know already where this is going … Simply get your sweets, stuff them inside a latex glove and secure with some ribbon or twine. Once the sweets are secured inside, let the kids loose with the fake blood and decorations.
Ghost and Pumpkin Pops
Craft level – Intermediate
If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, or if you’re throwing a party, in the lead up to All Hallows Eve why not task the kids with making some spooky confectionary? These ghost and pumpkin pops are super cute and incredibly simple to make.
What you’ll need
- Orange tissue paper & some white tissues
- Black and orange ribbon
- Black marker pen
To give some plain old lollipops a Halloween twist, simply wrap around a square of white or orange tissue and secure with ribbon. Now, ask your family to come up with the creative designs to put on them – think petrifying pumpkin faces.
Think Outside the Box
Craft level – For the ambitious!
Remember those old storage boxes that you kept after moving in? Now you can easily transform them into some hauntingly realistic cardboard tombstones that will make you the talk of the town.
Get your whole family involved in making this staple Halloween classic and have some fun coming up with some spooky names of the deceased.
What you’ll need
- Cardbox boxes
- PVA glue
- Packing tape
Start by splitting open your cardboard boxes and map out the shape you want your tombstone to be, remembering to leave a few inches spare at the bottom so that you can fold this underneath later. We’d recommend making the base of your tombstone around 20 inches and the height around 30 inches.
Cut out the tombstone as use it as a template to trace and then cut another identical shape. Both will later be combined to create a 3d effect.
Cut two pieces of cardboard at 20 inches by 3 inches. Now cut down the center of each piece by an inch and a half, and slide the cuts part together to create a cross. This piece can be placed inside the two tombstone pieces you cut previously to prevent the tombstone from folding into itself.
Both tombstone pieces can now be stood up together, using the extra few inches you left folded underneath and create the bottom of the tombstone. Tape the bottom together.
Create the sides of the tombstone by cutting strips of cardboard to tape around the edge. Before taping on the cardboard edging, don’t forget to pop in something to weight the tombstone down. Sandwich bags full of flour or sand would work well.
Once your tombstone is taped together and is solid, you can start to paper mache it by layering newspaper with PVA glue. Apply about three layers and leave to dry completely.
Paint and decorate as you wish!
For more crafty ideas, head on over to the Safestore blog.
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