Crafting homemade decorations with your children is a great way to get ready for any celebration – It’s a fantastic way to teach kids about history and tradition whilst at the same time helping develop their creativity and keep them occupied during the October half-term.
We’ve found three easy-peasy step-by-step guides to help you get crafty with the kids this Halloween. You’re likely to find everything you need in your craft cupboard – so it’s quite cheap too!
Glitter Spider Webs
These glitter spider webs make superb decorations to hang in windows or decorate pumpkins. Use different coloured glitter for a rainbow effect.
“Make your house spooktacular with these Halloween craft ideas.”
- PVA glue
- Wax paper
- Black string
- Black pipe cleaners
- Black pompom
- Googly eyes
- Tear off a piece of wax paper and place it on a flat surface. (Make sure you are using wax paper and not parchment paper or other baking paper. The wax on the paper is what makes the craft able to peel off once it is dry.)
- Draw your spider web with the liquid glue. (Make sure the lines are fairly thick. Lines that are too thin could end up tearing.)
- Cover the entire spider web with black glitter.
- Gently shake off the excess glitter. (Tip: Shake it off onto a paper plate and then pour it back into the glitter holder to be reused.)
- Let it dry completely. Overnight is best.
- Gently peel the spider web off the wax paper.
- Now it’s time to make your spider. Take one black pompom and wrap some short black pipe cleaners around it to make 8 legs. Then glue on the two eyes.
- Attach your spider to the cobweb with black string.
Cotton Bud Skeleton
These Cotton Bud Skeletons are a fun way of using a bathroom essential creatively. Use against black foam or card for maximum effect.
- Cotton buds
- Googly eyes
- Black and white foam sheets/paper or card
- Create the skeleton’s spine by gluing one of the cotton buds vertically onto foam sheet/card. Glue five cotton buds horizontally across the skeleton’s spine to create the rib cage.
- Use two cotton buds for each skeleton arm and two cotton buds for each of the legs. Cut a cotton bud to about 1/3 of its length and glue to the bottom of the leg to create a foot. Repeat for the other foot.
- Cut ten short lengths of cotton buds to create fingers. Glue them onto the foam sheet/card.
- Using a white foam sheet/paper/card, cut out the shape of a skull and glue it onto the top of spine. Glue on small googly eyes.
- Using a black foam sheet/paper/card, cut out a triangular shape for skeleton’s nose and then glue to face. Using black foam sheet/paper/card, cut out small rectangular pieces and glue them to face to create the skeleton’s teeth.
Mummy Jar Halloween Craft Lights
These spooky lights are a great way to incorporate light into a Halloween display. Arrange them on the doorstep to scare away the trick ‘or’ treaters!
- Jam jars
- Googly eyes
- Real or electric tea lights
- Sellotape, glue or safety pins
- Attach one end of the bandage to the glass jar using sellotape or craft glue (Tip: use sellotape so that you can reuse the jars for other cool DIY projects!), before wrapping the bandage round and round the jar. Wrap the bandage unevenly around the jar, only about three times, so that the material is thin enough for the light to peek through.
- Once you’re happy with your bandage arrangement, fasten it into place with sellotape, glue or a safety pin.
- Next, peel the backs off your sticky googly eyes and press gently onto the fabric.
- Finally, switch on your battery tea lights and place one inside the jar. Repeat the steps to create a whole family of awesome mummy lights!