It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Halloween Craft: Jack o’lantern suncatchers

Super-easy toddler (and up) craft.

Supplies:
Clear Contac paper (Contac paper – a brand of shelf paper)
Black permanent marker
Orange tissue paper

Method:
1. With the backing still on the Contac paper, draw a pumpkin face on the clear side. (The kids can do this, too, of course. That’s Jazz’s tummy. She didn’t want to draw her own.)
2. Peel off the backing, and tape the Contac, sticky side up, onto your work surface. (So it doesn’t slither all over.)
3. Tear tissue paper into smallish pieces. Older kids can do this themselves. My kids only crunched the paper into completely unusable smoodged-up blobs of paper when they tried this…
4. Completely cover the pumpkin face with tissue, going past the edge of the picture.

5. Cut out the pumpkin face. Cute, fun, and easy!

October 26, 2011 Posted by | crafts, holidays | , , , , | 3 Comments

Halloween Craft

Here’s what we did yesterday. You could use popsicle sticks, but these are tongue depressors. (Well, the label on the package says they’re “craft sticks”, but they sure look like tongue depressors.) First you paint them orange… which for us meant that we had to mix our own paint. Turns out it takes about 8 parts yellow to one part red (or thereabouts — I was NOT measuring) to make this shade of orange.

Let the paint dry, tape the sticks together. (I used an X of masking tape.) Draw the pumpkin face using a black permanent marker. Ta-dah!! Pumpkin Puzzle!

It could be just me, but I found that the horizonal (side-to-side) sticks were easier to draw on than the vertical (up and down).

Oh, and the idea? Mix the sticks up and see if you can arrange them back into the pumpkin face!

October 21, 2011 Posted by | crafts, holidays | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Halloween … hangy thingy

Hallowe’en is coming! I’ll be hosting a party for the tots and their families at the end of the month, and that calls for some decorating! (This is also called “any excuse for crafting”.) 😀

I’ve seen these banner things for any and all events, made of any and all materials, scattered liberally throughout all the craft blogs I frequent. (Which are MANY. I love you, One Pretty Thing!)

They’re not called banners, mind you. Nor are they called pennants, though that’s certainly what they look like to me. A series of pennants strung on a ribbon to make a banner is called…

damn my recalcitrant memory anyway…

is called…

BUNTING!

Yup. That’s it. Halloween bunting. The triangles are card stock: equal numbers of orange and black, glued one on top of the other to make a contrasting edge. The ghosts are craft foam, with faces drawn with a permanent black marker.

Right now the triangles are taped to the ribbon. Eventually, the plan is to put a hole in the top of each triangle and attach them to the black ribbon with alternating orange and black ribbons. Of course, that will mean putting letters on the other side, since the triangles will be able to turn. And then, because I like it so well and want it to last without fading, I intend to laminate the whole thing, either with a laminator, if I can be bothered to take my lazy self down to the far reaches of the back of beyond where the laminator is, or with my much-beloved Con-tact, which is in the kitchen.

(Three guesses which is more likely, even though proper laminating will be much more durable?)

October 18, 2010 Posted by | crafts | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment