If you are looking for some fun, easy Halloween crafts to do with your toddlers, here are some great ideas!
Halloween Craft Foam Door Hanger
Halloween door hanger from fun foam is an easy, inexpensive and fast-to-do craft! Just print out the full size image templates below, trace around them and cut out of fun foam (or construction paper – whatever you have handy), and create your own Halloween doorhanger designs.
If you are really in a hurry, just use the printed shapes straight from your computer printer to decorate your door hanger…it’s up to you!
The pumpkin image, seen at right, is the cut-out from the door hanger. It is a 2-1/4″ circle with an slight outward curve at the top to help the project hang properly. Cut this circle out carefully as you make the hole for the door handle – and save the part that you remove because, as you can see, it makes a great little pumpkin when you add a permanent marker face.
The door hanger template itself is simply a 9″x3″ fun foam rectangle with the corners rounded off. You can cut four of them from a single 9″x12″ orange sheet of fun foam.
Egg Carton Bat
You will need:
egg carton (makes four bats)
pair of goggle eyes for each bat, or draw your own
black craft paint
black or invisible thread, black yarn, or black elastic thread
1. Cut the egg carton into four pieces with each piece having three egg holder sections.
2. For each bat, cut out the wings by creating a scallop shape on the front of each of the two outside egg holder sections. Repeat on the back.
3. Paint the bats, inside and out, with black craft paint. Set aside to dry.
4. For each bat, make two small holes on the top of the middle section. A corn cob skewer is useful for this, but you could use the tip of your scissors. Insert thread, yarn or elastic thread into the holes and tie off.
5. Glue on the goggle eyes. If you don’t have any of these, you can draw a pair of eyes on a white piece of paper, cut out and glue in place.
6. Hang your bats as a Halloween decoration – it’s nice if you can hang them in front of a window to be seen from outside the house as well as inside your room.
You will need
empty aluminum can
1 sheet green felt
1/2 sheet black felt
scraps of white and light green felt
1 black skinny chenille stem
white craft glue
2 small black pom poms
4 round magnets
click here for patterns
What you do
Make sure can does not have any sharp edges around the opening. If it does, use a piece of sandpaper to sand them down.
Lay green felt on work surface. Lay the can down on to the felt. Roll the can up in the felt to see exactly how much you will need to go all the way around the can. Trim, leaving about 1/2″ overlap. Leave about 1″ overlap that will fold over the bottom of the can as well as a 1″ overlap for the top (mouth) of the can. Glue the green felt around the can, glue the excess overlap to the bottom and inside the mouth of the can.
To create the hair, lay the black felt on the work surface and place the can on top like you did for the green. Roll can up in the black felt and measure about 2″ down from the top of the can. Trim excess. Before attaching black felt, cut one side in a grass-like scissor cut for the hair.
Glue the hair in place, lining up the straight edge with the top of the can.
Cut out the patterns for the eyebrows from black felt and the eyes from white felt. Glue in place (see photo).
Cut out the pattern for the nose from the light green felt and glue in place.
Cut chenille stem into a 4″ long piece. Bend into a squiggly mouth as shown in the photo. Glue in place.
Glue the black pom poms to the centers of the white eyes.
Place 2 round magnets on each side of the head for the bolts, no glue required! The magnets should stick through the felt directly to the can. You can glue them in place if you prefer.
Let him dry before filling with candy or pencils.
Halloween Pencil Toppers
What you will need:
1 big orange pompom for the pumpkin and 1 black one for the spider
Black felt for the pumpkin, yellow for the spider, and green for the pumpkins hands
2 google eyes for the spider
Black pipe cleaner for the spider and brown for the pumpkin
Separate the fur of the big orange pompom and glue in one brown pipe cleaner; also put glue on the top of the pencil and glue it in where you separated the fur on the pompom. Hold until the glue sets up a bit.
Glue on a triangle of black felt for the pumpkin nose, two triangles for the eyes, and a black zigzag mouth. Now glue on two little leaves or even some silk leaves on the pipe cleaners and wrap around pencil like the pumpkin is holding the pencil. Take a tiny piece of brown pipe cleaner and glue to the top of the pumpkin as a stem.
For the spider, take two pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Now you have four pieces, but you will only use three. Separate the fur on the pompom and glue in the pipe cleaners. Now put some glue on the top of the pencil and glue it in place where you separated the fur and put in the pipe cleaners. Make sure you have three pipe cleaners on each side of the spider. Bend the legs in a zig zag.
Glue on two small yellow circles and them glue on the tiny google eyes. Enjoy!
For even more fun craft ideas, visit: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/halloween/index.shtml#decorations