Halloween is a great time to try your hand at some new decorative crafts. Whether you're a seasoned crafter looking for some new ideas or a first time crafter, you'll find these quick and easy ideas will help liven up the Halloween decor at your house or at a school party. Involve the kids in these easy crafts for lots of family fun time.
Photo credit - Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House Decorating from Amanda at Flickr
Pick up some Styrofoam balls in different sizes. You can find them at the craft store. Paint them orange. Once dry, you can add black triangle eyes and a spooky mouth. A splash of green paint on top will make a stem. When all the pumpkins have been decorated, hot glue a loop on top of each one for hanging. You can make it with wire, string or felt. String the pumpkins on a length of black yarn. Hang them in the hallway or weave them around a chandelier for a festive touch. These will also look fun if you just fill a bowl on the table with them.
If you want them to look a bit more elegant, you can buy silk leaves and decorate them like the ones shown in the photo that is courtesy of All Free Crafts.
I love this craft idea for decorations at a pumpkin baby shower. If you are hosting a shower in the fall, this theme is a great way to welcome Mom's little pumpkin to the world.
Use black construction paper and white prints to make ghosts. Dip the child's hand in white paint and have them place it down with fingers together on the black paper. Cut around the handprint to make a ghost shape. Add eyes and a mouth and you've got an easy ghost to hang on the fridge.
You can get detailed step-by-step instructions and see the final product at The Crafting Chicks blog.
This is a fun craft to do with smaller children as well as older ones. Take some white pillowcases and some Halloween rubber stamps. Using fabric paint, stamp on designs.
You can stencil each child's name on their bag or write it with glitter glue. Use rhinestones and other decorative embellishments to make each bag unique. Children will love using their very own hand made bags when they Trick or Treat.
Since most children are not able to carve their own pumpkins (and it's no fun just watching the adults do it), have a Pumpkin Decorating night. Instead of carving with sharp knives, children can use all kinds of supplies to decorate the most fantastic pumpkin ever.
Use paint, stamps, googley eyes, felt, pom poms and any other embellishments you have around. Children can get creative and you can relax knowing they won't get hurt. If you have several children or want to invite neighborhood friends, you can award Halloween gifts or prizes for the best pumpkins.
Photo courtesy of Lizard888 at Flickr
Set up a table with an array of Halloween or Fall themed discount cookie cutters. Let children roll out and cut "cookies" from PlayDoh or lightweight craft modeling foam. Poke holes in the top and run a string through each one. Hang them as Halloween decorations on a Halloween tree. You can make one from branches from the yard that you place in a galvanized bucket. Start a new tradition with the decorating of the Halloween tree. (Make sure you designate any rolling pins or cookie cutters that you use on clay as craft only and don't reuse on food.)
With a bunch of black pom poms young kids will love making black cats or spiders. Get glue dots at a craft store (small dots of glue that come on a roll). They're easy for little hands to use and don't drip.
To make a cat, glue one pom pom on to a larger one for a head and body. Add tiny pom poms for feet. You can make tails out of black felt. Google eyes complete the Halloween kitties.
To make the spider shown in the photo to the right, visit Inna's Creations for instructions.
Pick up the following supplies at a craft supply shop:
Print out the template and follow the instructions on the video to make these fun bats that you can hang all over the house for Halloween!
An inexpensive and easy craft that all kids can do this Halloween. You'll need some supplies that you likely have lying around the house such as disposable plastic drinking cups, plastic water bottles, plastic milk jugs, or whatever kind of plastic container you want to mummify.
Then you just use some cotton balls and googly eyes to create the face and use long pieces of cheesecloth to get the mummy effect.
Don't forget you can get step-by-step instructions and photos at Parents.com!
I love this idea because we always decorate the front porch of our house for Halloween (as well as the interior). You likely have many of the objects you need to create this giant spider on hand.
The body is formed using a milk jug that you either paint black or cover in black electrical tape.
The legs you can make from pool noodles or black pipe insulation tubes and the yellow eyes are made from those plastic Easter eggs that you probably hide on your lawn for the annual Easter egg hunt. You can get step-by-step instructions with photos at FamilyFun.com.
This fantastic video shows how to create pumpkin decorations out of just about anything. Classic plastic ornaments are filled with orange things like crinkle paper or pom poms and then a Sharpie is used to create a jack o-lantern face on the ornament. Throw pillows are covered in orange fabric and then decorated with black buttons to make a jack o'lantern. Little photo frames that you may have or can buy at the dollar store are made using orange craft paper, orange ribbon and glitter. Check out the video for all kinds of inspiration!