Crafts for All Ages
For the following craft ideas, I consulted my wonderful wife for the specifics. These are fun for kids of all ages, and pretty easy, too. They are so easy; I think I might do some with my kids, too.
This is absolutely the easiest way to make a wonderful creation and keep the kids clean, yet busy, too. You will need the following:
- A small to medium size pumpkin for each person in your group.
- Newspapers to line the table.
- Mr. Potato Head accessories. (These can come from the original Mr. Potato Head or from an accessory pack they sell separately.)
- Fun Halloween Party music.
Okay, now for the craft part. All you need to do is make sure that the kids are having fun picking their favorite Mr. Potato Head pieces and are careful ‘sticking’ them into the pumpkin. Depending on the thickness of the skin, you may need to poke small holes with a skewer so the small plastic pegs in the accessories don’t bend or break. The kids can make scary faces or funny faces. See the links below for some cute ideas:
To transform your pumpkin into a cute cat or dog use this: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3312369
To transform your pumpkin into R2-D2, try this accessory set: (keep in mind you will need a narrow pumpkin so the hat will fit: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3105923
Now if you want to stay traditional, here is the link for the standard Mr. Potato Head: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2396732
Again, this is a very simple craft for kids of all ages.
Easy Halloween Blanket
For this craft, you will need to visit your local fabric store, unless you are like me and a dear friend of mine that already have plenty of this in stock. (http://www.joann.com)
- Halloween fleece roughly 64″x 52″. (This will make a good size couch blanket. If you would prefer a smaller one, or larger, then get the size that will best fit your needs.)
- Of this fleece, get two panels. One solid color, black, orange or even neon green or purple, and the other panel should be a Halloween print of some sort.
- Kitchen table
- Tailor chalk
This project is almost as easy as the Mr. Potato Pumpkin Head. What you will need to do is lay the fabrics on the large table, just the way you want your blanket to look. Make sure the edges line up, and use pins if needed.
Next, take the ruler and the tailor chalk and go from the edge of the fabric inward two inches. Do this all the way around the entire blanket. Again, if the fabric moves about, use pins.
Take the scissors and cut the lines to make a fringe. Do this all the way around, making sure you go through both layers.
Take each ‘fringe’, one of each color and tie them in a square knot. Repeat this for all the fringes. Make sure the knots are tight enough to not come out, but not tight enough to stretch the fabric. Fleece is nice, but it has a tendency of stretching and not going back.
This is a quick and easy way of making a very warm and comfy blanket for all to snuggle under while telling spooky stories!
A Crackled Spooky Picture Frame
This is a fun craft to do, and pretty simple, too. You will need the following:
- 1 bottle of Black acrylic paint (preferably Apple Barrel or Folk Art) http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=cp0294&channelid=
- 1 bottle of Orange Acrylic paint (again, Apple Barrel or Folk Art)
- 1 bottle of Crackle Medium http://www.stencilplanet.com/browseproducts/FolkArt-Crackle-Medium.HTML
- A wooden picture frame like this one: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=cp0222&channelid=
- 2 sponge brushes
- 1 bristle brush
- Spray varnish
- Art palette
Take your frame and paint, with a sponge brush, the entire surface area, including the sides and insides orange. You might need to do two coats to make it nice and bright. Let dry. When it is dry, take the black and paint only on the surface. Do not paint the sides or insides, either. You want the sides to be bright orange. Let dry. Make sure it is completely dry. Next you take the Crackle Medium and the bristle brush and put a nice layer of the Crackle on the black paint only. The thicker the Crackle, the deeper the cracks. Let dry. As it dries, it will crack, so leave it alone and have it dry overnight. Finally, take the spray varnish and cover all exposed areas of the frame to make sure the colors last. Be very careful with the crackles because they are fragile until you varnish them. Let dry.
Now you have a spooky Halloween picture frame for your little ghouls!