Crafts For Kids
By Michael Russell
Balloon Ghost: To make this fun Halloween decoration you will need a
white balloon, scissors, white plastic grocery or garbage bags, tape,
string and a black marker. Cut the plastic bags into strips leaving an
uncut edge to hold the strips together. Blow up the balloon. Tape the
cut up bags around the balloon to make the ghost's body. Make sure the
balloon is upside down when you tape the bags on so that you have
something to hang the ghost from. Draw a face on the balloon to make the
ghost's head. Tie a string to the balloon and hang the ghost up.
Egg Carton Spider: For this craft project you will need an egg
carton, googly eyes, scissors, pipe cleaners and crayons, markers, or
colored pencils. Cut one section out of the egg carton. Poke four holes
in each side of the cup with scissors. Put a pipe cleaner into each of
the holes and bend them to look like spider legs. Draw a face on the
spider with crayons, markers, or colored pencils.
Pompom Spider: Supplies needed for this craft are yarn, scissors,
pipe cleaners, cardboard, glue and googly eyes. Cut yarn into a 2 foot
long piece and a yard long piece. Cut a piece of cardboard into a 3 inch
by 2 inch rectangle. Loosely wrap the yard of yarn around the cardboard
piece. Take the yarn off the cardboard, being careful to make sure the
loops stay together. Put 4 pipe cleaners on the yarn loops. Tie the yarn
loops and pipe cleaners together tightly with the 2 foot piece of yarn.
Cut the loops in half to make a pompom shape. Bend the pipe cleaners in
the shape of spider legs. Glue googly eyes onto the spider.
Pasta and Beans Skeleton: This craft project is made with a piece of
black construction paper, glue, dried beans and several types of pasta
(small shells, wagon wheels, ziti, elbow macaroni, salad macaroni,
spaghetti, spirals, etc.). Lay out the pasta and beans in the shape of a
skeleton. Elbow macaroni is good for ribs. Spaghetti can be used as toes
and fingers. Small shells or small beans make good joints. Lima beans
are perfect for hips. After you are satisfied with the layout of your
skeleton, glue it down.
Ghost Necklace: For this craft project you will need Elmer's glue, a
small paper clip, googly eyes, wax paper and string. On wax paper, make
a ghost shape out of your glue. Unbend the paper clip and reform it into
a V. Stick the ends of the V into the glue at top of the ghost's head.
Put googly eyes on the ghost's head. After a few days, the glue will
turn completely clear. Peel it off the wax paper and thread your string
through the paper clip to turn it into a necklace.
Jack-o-lantern Piñata: Make a perfect Halloween party item by
gathering a balloon, newspaper, flour, water, a bowl, a pot, a wooden
spoon, scissors, orange craft paint, a paintbrush and a black marker.
Make papier-mâché glue by mixing 1/2 cup of flour into 1/2 cup of
water. Then stir the flour and water mix into 2 cups of boiling water.
Simmer for a few minutes. Let it cool. Take newspaper and tear into 1
inch wide strips. Dip strips of paper in the glue and wrap around the
balloon. Repeat process, covering the entire balloon. Let a layer dry
and then add another layer. It dry completely, then pop the balloon, and
remove it. Cut a small hole in the top to put in the candy. Decorate
with the orange craft paint and black marker, making a jack-o-lantern
face. Hang the piñata and have a party!
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