My family never celebrated Halloween growing up (don’t ask!), so I never got to really experience the fun of Halloween decorating, dress up, and all the other good scary fun as a kid. Now that I have kids of my own, I don’t want them to miss out on anything, so as soon as the calendar turned to October I started searching for fun, easy Halloween crafts I could do with my 4 year old daughter. Shortly after signing up for Better Homes and Gardens 100 Days of Holidays (highly recommended!) I was sent this great slideshow of ideas that immediately inspired a trip to Michael’s for scrapbooking paper, pipecleaners, little tiny pumpkins and googly eyes.
We decided to make the Pretty Paper Pumpkins first. We started out by using a paper cutter to cut our 12×12 inch Halloween scrapbooking paper into strips 12 inches long by 1 inch wide for a total of 12 strips. We stacked up all the strips evenly and used a hole punch to punch a hole in the top and bottom, and then inserted brads into the holes to hold the paper strips together.
Next we fanned out the strips until we had a nice ball shape. For the leaves, we just cut out leaf shapes and folded them down the middle, adding a hole to the bottom with the punch and attaching them with the brad already holding the top of the pumpkin together. We were supposed to use cork for the stem, but all the cork we had in the house was currently in use by the resident wine bottles, so instead we just rolled up strips of paper into cylinders and hot glued them onto the top of the pumpkins. Voila! Paper pumpkins! The only problem was that pretty soon they started to get a little droopy, so we decided to cut the 12 inch paper strips in half and make mini pumpkins. This worked out a lot better, and we were able to get two pumpkins out of each 12×12 inch piece of paper.
Our next project was the Creepy Critter Spiders. They were supposed to be made out of mini pumpkins, but I couldn’t find the right kind at Michael’s so we bought a bag of mini fake oranges instead. We painted them black with acrylic paint applied with sponge applicators, and once they were dry we used Tacky glue to add the googly eyes and some leftovers from our earlier paper punching for the mouth. The last step was to use a sharp pencil to poke holes into the sides to insert the black pipecleaners for the legs.
To display our new creations, I used a big round fruit bowl I had on hand and arranged everything together, and it’s now being used as our table centerpiece.
So what’s you’re favorite Halloween craft/decoration? Does your family have any traditions? Tell me about them!