I’m sort of cheating on you. No, really. I’m blogging somewhere else. Don’t worry, I still love you.
If you’ve come over here to breida with a b. from Extras For Me, then you already know about this little situation, but I thought I would let my usual readers know as well. You can find yet another fun kid’s Halloween craft over HERE where I am doing a little blogging on the side! While you’re over there, you can check out all of the great tips and deals that are available. It’s a great site. Extras for Me is publishing some vintage breida with a b. too. You can see some classic posts from me while you visit.
On with the show!
I whipped up these cute little Halloween crafts for a kid’s Halloween party that my own kids will be attending next weekend. My pictures are of my prototypes – I’m sure the kids will blow me out of the water with their creativity.
I found a clothes pin bat project over at Martha Stewart, but honestly, it was just a little too complicated. I actually had a hard time following the directions. It also required gluing. Because of the amount of time the kids will have at the party, I don’t really think they’ll be able to wait for glue to dry and still get their crafts home in one piece. I simplified the project and it can really be done by anyone old enough to work scissors.
I don’t think you need me to give you a bat template. Just google it and pick one that you like. That’s what I did. I also used glue dots (do you use glue dots?? I love these things!) so there would be no drying time. Simply put 3 glue dots down the back of the paper bat and stick it to your clothes pin. I had some flat black spray paint to paint the clothes pins but it’s optional. You can call it done right then and there if you want or you can fancy your bat up! Googly eyes, shimmery Sharpies, stickers, you could even make the bats out of colorful papers if you want. Feel free to think outside the bat box!
And there you can see my other little crafty friends. Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some ghosts, right?
In order to make these guys I just poked a double length of flexible wire through a styrofoam ball. Keep enough sticking out of the top for a loop to hang the ghost from.
Flex the wire so that your ghost has “hands” or “arms” sticking up. These will be under his “dress” and not really visible so don’t worry about how they look. Cut a tiny hole in the center of a piece of material (i used white but you don’t have to) measuring about 20″ x20″. Poke the loop of wire up through the hole in the fabric and wrap a pipe cleaner around his “neck”. In place of a pipe cleaner you could use a strip of the same fabric you’re using for the body or a piece of thin ribbon. Now you have a ghost! Does your ghost need a face? Not all ghosts have faces, you know! Try drawing a face on with a Sharpie. Try googly eyes stuck on with glue dots. You could also decorate the “dress” if you like. If you have time for glitter glue to dry, you could get really fancy!
What are you doing for Halloween? Does it involve kids? Why not surprise a little kid i your life with the materials for a quick little project like one of these. My kids love it when I stop running around and do something like this with them. They would LOVE to come home from school and find this all set up for them to do. Especially if I were to sit down and do it with them.
I guess I have some more ghosts and bats to make!