Halloween Crafts! 🎃
It’s been raining quite a bit here in Oklahoma, keeping the kiddos in the house quite a bit. When the weather’s bad it can be a challenge to find something for the kids to do that doesn’t involve a TV or PlayStation. Here’s five fun and inexpensive crafts to do for or with your children. They’ll stimulate their imaginations and help keep them off those mobile devices!
1.) Pizza Pan Pumpkin!
This can keep younger children occupied for quite awhile. All you need is an old pizza pan, paint, hot glue gun, felt and magnet strips.
- Paint the entire pizza pan. It takes at least 3 coats. Make sure it is dry in between coats. You can leave it all orange or add more detail. When it was all dry I sprayed it with a clear spray, or you could use modge podge.
- While that is drying cut of fun jack-o-lantern shapes from black felt.
- When you are done cutting shapes hot glue on the magnets. I used magnetic tape strips. I liked that I could easily cut the strips to fit, but the tape on the back was not strong enough so you have to still glue it.
- Once you’re done you can either hang it up or keep down on a table, floor etc.
2.) Make Your Own Halloween Slime
Make your own Halloween slime using white glue, baking soda, contact lens solution and food coloring. Small plastic bugs and spiders are optional but fun!
- Pour 5 oz. of clear glue into a bowl
- Add 1 tbsp. of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda; mix well
- Add a few drops of food coloring
- SLOWLY add 2 tsps. of contact lens solution (HINT: Be careful not to add too much at once.)
- Knead for 1-2 minutes
- Pull, stretch, and swirl
- Add spiders & mix!
3.) Mummy Jar
Grab any empty jars you have around the house and create these Mummy Jars. You’ll need white streamers (crepe paper), googly eyes and modge podge or rubber cement. I found the googly eyes and white streamers at my local dollar store.
- First take the jar and cover it with a thin layer of modge podge or rubber cement. You want just enough to make the streamers stick without getting too soggy.
- Layer on the crepe paper – a great job for the kids as it doesn’t matter how it looks, it’s a mummy – they can’t mess it up 😉
- When it’s dry, use a glue gun to put on the googly eyes.
After you’re done you can use them as centerpieces, fill with candy or put a battery operated tealight candle in the bottom and put it in the window. If your real industrious, make enough to line your driveway or walk for trick-or-treaters.
4.) Monster Mash Halloween Door
This craft is super easy – just use stuff you already have on hand like duct tape and paper plates! Decorate the door for trick-or-treaters or let the kids decorate the door to their rooms.
5.) DIY Zombie Makeup
Being a zombie is a popular Halloween character and it’s an easy costume to put together -old, ripped clothes, pale face and blood. The best part is the easy way to make gashes and scars to look extra cool.
You’ll need toilet paper ( only a little, like 1 square!), elmer’s glue, flesh colored makeup ( steal mom’s or use a makeup kit) and fake blood. If you don’t have fake blood try to improvise with lip gloss or something like that!
- First dab a few drops of glue where you want the gash. Then get a few drops of water on your finger tip and smooth the glue out.
- Next take a small piece of toilet paper, I used about 1/4 of a square and place it over the glue. Dab it with your finger to smooth it out. You may need to add a few more drops of glue and spread it around with wet fingers. Make sure the edges are glued down good so they don’t stick up.
- Let it dry for few minutes until it’s tacky. Now you will make the gash. Use a pointed object ( nothing sharp!) and gently break the paper apart so that it looks like the skin is ripped.
- Let it dry completely. Chances are you will need to pull out a blow dryer (on low) to speed this process along.
- After it’s dry you add makeup. For this tutorial I just showed the basic makeup. In the picture at the beginning I used a makeup kit for the entire “dead” look. To make it look realistic add some yellow, green and blue around the gash. I also added some black around the eyes, cheek bones and a little around the mouth.
- The final touch is adding the fake blood. Gently drop it into the gash that you made and let it pool up in there and drip out naturally. It will only take a few drops.