It’s October 31st on Tuesday, which we all know marks the date of Halloween. If you’re a parent, your duties for the Halloween weekend will probably involve making sure you’ve stocked up on sweets for any visiting trick or treaters, and ensuring that your children are dressed up in the best costume possible. Maybe you like to be decorative for Halloween too, enticing people to your house with brilliantly crafted pumpkins and lanterns? If you’d like to go that bit further than carving a pumpkin this weekend, we’ve got some fantastic Halloween craft ideas for you and your children to enjoy together, fun for all the family.
Spider Nest Lanterns
Those with a phobia of spiders might want to give this one a miss, but if you think you can handle a few plastic spiders that definitely won’t crawl anywhere, you and your children can follow these instructions to create spider nest lanterns.
- Two 1-litre drinks bottles
- Craft knife
- Clear packing tape
- Cotton string
- Plastic spiders
- Battery-operated tea lights
- Cut the spout off each bottle and make the hole 1¾ inches wide (an adult’s job). Cut them in half and discard bottoms.
- Cut a vertical slit into the side of one bottle, then slip it onto the other; tape the globe together.
- Cut the cheesecloth into a 20-inch circle.
- Place the globe in the center, then pull the edges up and over, tucking them into the opening.
- Wrap the globe with string, and attach spiders.
- Pop in the light.
Ghost Family Piñatas
Maybe you’re going one step further for Halloween and hosting a party? Every good party needs a piñata, so follow these simple instructions to create your own. Just make sure you don’t forget to put any sweets in!
- Liquid cornstarch
- Strips of newspaper
- White paint
- Tissue paper
- Black felt
- PVA glue
- Blow up your balloon and begin dipping strips of newspaper in liquid cornstarch.
- Lay the strips on the surface of the balloon (you want the strips wet, but not soggy). Continue doing this until the balloon is totally covered.
- After your balloon has been drying for about a day, cover the newspaper in a coat of white paint.
- After the paint dries, carefully pop the balloon inside of the newspaper.
- Begin glueing tissue paper around the base of the balloon. You may need more than on piece to make it wrap all the way around.
- After you have glued 3 or 4 long tiers on, start back down by the base of the balloon and begin the same process with thinner strips of tissue paper. You will need a large circle to finish off the top.
- When all of the strips have been glued down, go back to your long layers at the bottom and cut them into fringe.
- Cut faces shapes out of felt and glue them down.
Pumpkins don’t just have to have scary or funny faces carved into them, perhaps the kids want to add a bit of colour and sparkle to their pumpkins? That’s where these instructions for glittered pumpkins come in handy.
- Coloured glitter
- Spray adhesive
- Small paintbrush
- Brown craft paint
- Roll of craft paper
- Put down a layer of newspaper topped with a sheet of craft paper to protect the work surface.
- Spray the top and middle portion of a pumpkin with spray adhesive.
- While the glue is still wet, use a spoon to sprinkle glitter over the sticky surface of the pumpkin. Allow to dry.
- Pick up the pumpkin and shake off any glitter that didn’t fully adhere.
- Set the pumpkin aside and fold the craft paper to funnel the excess glitter back into its original container.
- Place the pumpkin back on the craft paper, tipping it to the side so you can apply spray adhesive to the bottom.
- Spoon on glitter until the entire surface of the pumpkin is covered.
- Allow adhesive to dry, then shake off remaining excess glitter.
- Use a small paintbrush to apply brown craft paint to the stem of the pumpkin to help it really stand out.