If it has not already become apparent, Halloween is quickly approaching up. These means so you will have to go out and pick costumes, pick up plastic pumpkins for candy, and of course decorate your house. While many go out and purchase their decorations, in the spirit of both being green and getting the children involved, I have a better idea for decorations. Get the children together and have craft time! In addition to my Fabulous Fall Crafts for Kids, I have put together some fun paper crafts that your kids can do. I have pulled some easy to do, inexpensive crafts from one of my favorite sites All Free Crafts, which is just a wonderful website to pick up craft ideas for all holidays and you do not have to purchase a membership or the patterns. They also have on the site examples of how your project should look or at least an idea of how it looks when complete.Paper Plate Jack-o-Lantern Mask
These are an excellent idea for small children. They also would make a good craft if you are a classroom mom and in charge of a Halloween party activity. Jane Lake the creator of this craft, says on All Free Crafts that this is an activity that can be done with one child or with multiple children and she is definitely correct!
– paper plate
– string or elastic cord
– pencil or crayons
– orange craft paint
– green construction paper
– stapler and staples
The natural curve of a paper plate will fit around the face better if you use the back of the plate as the front of the mask.
On the front of the plate, draw a triangle nose with the top point of the triangle being at the center of the plate. The nose should be about 1-1/2 inches high, with a bottom line about 1-1/2 inches long.
Draw two oval shapes as eyes, placing the inner points of the ovals about 1 inch apart and about a 1/2 inch from the top of the nose. Make sure the eye holes are large enough (at least 1 inch high and 1-1/2 inches wide) to allow a clear view when you are wearing the mask.
Draw a smiling curve line as the bottom of the mouth. Usually, you can follow the inside edge of the paper plate brim to do this. Join both ends of the smile curve with a straight line. If you like, draw three small, equally spaced, squares or rectangles along this straight line to represent teeth.
Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth shapes.
Paint the front of the mask orange. Cut a stem and two leaves from green construction paper and glue to the top of the mask.
Staple two strings, or a single length of elastic cord, to the sides of the mask. Secure with a knot so that the string or elastic will not pull through the staples.
Handprint Spider Smilies
These are a very cutesy little craft that is very good for small children and toddlers. These are non-threatening and non-scary little spiders with huge smiles.
You will need:
– white paper
– black craft paint
– white craft paint
– paint brush or cotton balls
1. Use a paint brush or cotton balls to apply black paint to your child’s palm and four fingers (omit the thumb).
2. Have your child make a handprint on white paper.
3. Turn the paper around, and make another handprint, overlapping the palm area.
4. Paint over any extra white areas in the spider body (the palm part of the the print) and let the spider dry.
5. Attach goggle eyes, or paint white circles for the eyes. Paint on a nice white smile.
6. You can cut out the spider if you wish, or hang it just as it is!
Paper Circle 3D Pumpkins
These are good crafts that can be used for both fall and Halloween. They are a good way to teach kids about different shapes and dimensions. This is a good craft for older children.
What You Need:
orange and green construction paper
small amount of glue
juice can lid, or a round jar lid of similar size to use as a circle template
pencil or crayon
Craft Project Instructions:
1. Method One: Cutting Single Circles:
Trace around a juice can lid on a sheet of orange construction paper. Repeat ten times and cut out each circle just inside the trace lines.
2. Method Two: Cutting Multiple Circles:
Take a sheet of orange construction paper and fold it in half, then in half again, so that you have four layers.
Place a juice can lid on top of the folded construction paper and trace a circle around it. Use the scissors to cut out a circle through all four layers of paper, cutting just inside the traced line. If you repeat this step twice, you will end up with 12 orange circles; set two of them aside, as you will only need ten circles for each pumpkin.
3. Fold nine of the orange circles in half to form an arc (like a half moon). Fold this half circle in half again, to form a quarter circle, as shown on the diagram at right.
4. Open out the quarter circle. You will now have a fold line in the center. Cut along the fold line to a point about 3/8 of an inch from the edge of the circle.
5. Make the Stem:
From green construction paper, cut a 1/2 inch wide rectangle that is about twice as long as the diameter of your circle. Fold the rectangle in half, lengthwise.
On each end of the rectangle, fold out a small tab.
Apply a small dab of glue to the bottom of each tab, and set the stem in the center of the remaining orange circle to make your pumpkin base.
6. Assemble the Paper Pumpkin
Take one of the nine prepared circles and slide the cut line onto the base. Continue adding paper circles until all nine are in place. Gently arrange the segments evenly around the base so the pumpkin will stand up nicely.
If you wish, you can add a dab of glue between each segment to make sure the pumpkin won’t come apart. However, if you’re not going to be moving the pumpkin around very much, this step isn’t needed.
If desired, you can cut a small leaf shape from green construction paper and glue it to the stem. To make a curling vine, cut a thin length of green construction paper and curl it around a bamboo stick or knitting needle. Pull and twist the curled paper very gently to make a tendril, then glue it opposite the paper leaf on the pumpkin stem.
Halloween Witch Hands
This is a fun activity for young children and maybe even older ones who want to make their own party invites.
You will need:
Green card or paper
Scraps of black, red or purple card, paper, felt, tissue paper etc
Pencils and pens
Draw around the children’s hands onto the green card. Older children can pair up and draw round each other’s hands. Cut out carefully.
Use the scraps of paper or card to cut pointed oval shapes for long, spiky finger nails and stick them on – embellishing, if you like, with glitter or stickers.
Draw some spidery veins onto the hands, using your own hands as inspiration.
Why not add a wart or two? Make them by scrunching tissue paper into a tiny ball and sticking onto the hands with white glue.
Use the hands to decorate a notice-board, the fridge, or the Halloween table (place them on either side of a plate for a humorous effect). If you attach them to the edge of doors with sticky-tack it looks as if someone spooky could be hiding on the other side!
Alternatively, attach plain white paper to the back of the hands and use them as invitations!
Children could create monster hands. Use cream or brown card and square off the fingers of the handprints before cutting out. Fingernails should be black or perhaps silver, and also square in shape. Use black pen to draw veins and lots of spiky black hair in the center of the hand and knuckles!
Ghostly hands can be made out of white card. Stretch your handprints out a little to give particularly long, thin fingers. Make fingernails out of grey or silver scraps and decorate with silver glitter. Use pencil or grey pen to draw on veins.