Sunday, 21 October 2012

Kid Friendly Halloween Crafts

Making homemade Halloween crafts is one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday with your kids. For some of us, it is our favourite time of the year. We can dress up, decorate, make yummy treats, and act like a kid again. These are some fun and easy ways to have Halloween fun with your kids.

Decorations are a great way to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. For those of us on a budget, it can be pricey to make your home look spooky. A relatively inexpensive way to have decorations is to make your own. This is easier than it sounds. Most materials can be found in your home or in a local craft store.

I make homemade Halloween decorations using construction paper, heavy poster board, kid-safe scissors, glue, and a computer printer. If you don't have a printer at home, you can print out the designs at the library. Print out the designs you can find online and trace the outline on construction paper and poster board. Using the scissors, cut around the pattern you have traced. Then glue the construction paper to the poster board. This will make the decorations more sturdy than regular construction paper. You can punch a tiny hole at the top to hang from the ceiling. Use dental floss to thread through the hole. It is invisible and easy to use. This is also an easy project for teachers to do with their class. I use black construction paper for silhouettes like cats, spiders, and witches. You can also use this to make flying bats which can be hung from the ceiling. The other patterns look great on walls and make a spooky addition to windows. Orange construction paper can be used for pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns.

It's fun to make Halloween trick-or-treat bags with your kids. You can buy plain canvas bags and have the children draw their favourite characters on them. There are several patterns online that you can print out for free. If you use the printing method, make sure you use transfer paper. Cut around the design and iron onto the bag. Remove the transfer paper and have your child colour the bag with crayons or markers. They can also add their name or which character they are dressing as for a one of a kind trick-or-treat bag.

Halloween stencils are another inexpensive way to decorate. You can find them in your local craft store. I use stencils to decorate linens like tablecloths, placemats, napkins, and even hand towels. Pick a few stencils that you or the kids like and that go with your party theme. Trace over the stencils with a marker and have your child colour inside the lines. I use white linens for this project. Black is usually associated with Halloween but a little white adds a nice contrast so it doesn't look too dark. Article Source:

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