Saturday, October 13, 2012

More Kids Halloween crafts

Here are some more Halloween ideas for kids to make.

Yarn-Wrapped Spider

Materials:  2-inch diameter plastic foam ball, black yarn, hot glue gun, eight black chenille stems, black pony beads, googly eyes and red bead

Wrap a 2-inch-diameter plastic foam ball with black yarn; secure the end with hot-melt glue. Coil eight black chenille stems around a pencil. Add a black pony bead to one end of each curled chenille stem and poke the opposite end of each stem between the yarn strands and into the ball. Finish the spider with googly eyes and a red bead nose.

Mini Mummy


Materials:  bouncy ball, neon-yellow chenille stem, first aid gauze, craft tape, Googly eyes, craft stick, and craft glue

This merry mummy will have your kids wrapped up in laughter. Help them make their own character by securing a bouncy ball to the end of a crafts stick with tape. Fold one end of a neon-yellow chenille stem back and forth in small increments to make fingers; wrap the other end around the stick. Repeat for the other arm. Wrap the entire ball and stick with 2-inch-wide first aid gauze that has been cut in half lengthwise; tuck the end into the back of the body. Complete the look by gluing googly eyes between the head layers.

Mummy Candy Holder

Materials:  4-ounce plastic water bottle, Utility knife, Quart-size plastic container, Small cotton balls, Googly eyes, Tacky glue, Cheesecloth and Scissors

For the mini mummy, use a utility knife to cut the top off a 4-ounce water bottle. For the larger mummy, use an empty quart-size plastic container.
Glue a cotton ball to the middle of the small bottle for the nose, then glue on a pair of googly eyes. Use the water-bottle cap for the larger mummy's nose, then add eyes.
For both mummies: Cut strips of cheesecloth. Glue one end of cloth to the container and start wrapping the cheesecloth around, covering the nose but not the eyes. Continue adding layers of cheesecloth, gluing down any loose ends.

Make a Jack O'lantern Pin

Materials:  Orange and black felt, green seed beads, a fabric ribbon that can be curled, a pin back, 2" of wire, scissors, jewelry pliers, needle and black embroidery thread

Cut out two pumpkin shapes; one for the front, and another for the backing. A pumpkin shape onto my orange felt with a marker then cut out the black and orange at the same time. Don't include the stem of the pumpkin. Make a face your jack o’lantern it shows here the traditional triangle eyes and spacious teeth. Cut out these shapes from the orange felt only.
Use 2" of jewelry wire and about 17 seed beads. Use the jewelry pliers to curl up one end of the wire, making a little circle. This little circle is what you will use to sew the stem onto the inside of the pumpkin later. Thread the beads onto the wire. Curl up the other end of the wire into a circle. Bend the middle of the wire twice to form the square top of the stem. (If you don't have jewelry pliers, you can also try to use regular pliers, and curl the ends of the wire over the tip of a pen.)

Use a kind of ribbon that has wires in the edges so that it will easily curl. If yours doesn't have wire on the edges, it may still curl by wrapping it around a pencil, or by rubbing a butter knife brusquely over it. Sandwich the ribbon between the black felt pumpkin shape we made, and the beaded stem. With black thread, stitch a couple of times on the felt near the ribbon. This 'anchors' the thread before we start stitching on the ribbon. Once the thread is anchored, stitch the ribbon to the felt. When you get to the stem, stitch through each circle we make in the previous step. End your stitch on the other side of the ribbon, as shown. Make your last stitch on the side of the ribbon so that the knot won't show up on the back of our pin.

Attach the front of our pumpkin to the back. Use black thread for contrast, but you can use yellow or orange if you like. If you don't have embroidery thread, regular all-purpose thread will work in a pinch. Start from the top of the pumpkin pin and stitch down, emulating the creases in a real pumpkin. It may help for you to sketch out the lines with a pencil before you start sewing. There is no wrong way to do this step... just be sure that your stitches make nice arches... the stitch length is up to you.
Use your black thread to stitch around the holes on the base of the pin back.

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