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Be crafty this Halloween

These easy DIY decorations and snacks will make your Halloween a lot more special

By Belle Yates
28 Oct 2015 | 04:47 pm

DIY Halloween crafts to do with children

Pumpkin apple stamps

Pumpkin apple stamps
You will need:
1 apple
Orange, green and black paint
Brushes
Paper

Cut the apple, just over half so that the core doesn’t great any inconsistencies. Squeeze out some of the paints onto two pieces of paper (orange on one, black and green on the other) and show your child how to do the first one. Once all of the pumpkin stamps have dried, you can add their stalks and faces.

Toilet paper roll characters

Toilet paper roll characters
You will need:
Toilet paper rolls
Paint and brushes
PVA Glue
Coloured paper
Scissors
Googly eyes (optional)

Let your little ones create their very own Halloween characters, be it witches, Frankenstein, cats, bats, zombies, ghosts or pumpkins. For bats, cut out your child’s hand prints using black coloured paper and glue them onto one side of the roll. For the cats, you will need to cut out ears and whiskers to be glued on. For the witches’ hat, it may be easier to print out a template and cut around it. For the mummy, you can use toilet paper torn into strips to wrap and glue. Instructions can be found on www.artsymomma.com.

Spider web art

Spider web art
You will need:
White crayon
Water colours and brushes
White paper

Using the white crayon on the white paper, draw out a spiders web; the more lines, the better! Then let your child paint over the entire thing and you will see the webs form before your very own eyes! Instructions can be found on www.artfulparent.com.

Spider hands

Spider hands
You will need:
Paper
Black paint
Scissors
Googly eyes and PVA glue (optional)

Paint one of your child’s palm of their hand with black paint and get them to place it on the paper. Turn the paper around, paint the palm again and place it the same way as the first, mirroring it so you get the shape of the spider. Leave it to dry and then cut out the spider, your child can paint on eyes or glue on the googly ones.

Earbud skeleton hands

Earbud skeleton hands
You will need:
White paint
Earbuds/Q-tips
PVA glue
Black paper
Scissors

Paint your child’s palm, fingers and the lower part of their forearm with the white paint and have them place it on the black card. While it is drying, cut up 3 of the ear buds in varying sizes. Using the glue, let your child glue the earbuds onto the hand to create their very own skeleton hand. Let it dry before putting it up on display. Instructions can be found on www.craftymorning.com.

Halloween footprints

Halloween footprints
You will need:

Paper
Paints and brushes
Scissors

Draw around your child’s foot on the paper and make several copies to cut out for their different creations. They can then paint monsters, ghosts and other Halloween characters on their footprints to their hearts content! Instructions can be found on www.pinterest.com.

Ghost foam

Ghost foam
You will need:

Baking soda
Shaving cream

Use an area you don’t mind a bit of mess in! Pour out the baking soda onto the surface, add the entire can of shaving cream (the kids might enjoy this bit!) and mix together. You can now use this form to make cool ghosts!

Halloween trees (blow art)

Halloween trees (blow art)
You will need:

Black ink
Pipette/dropper
Straws
Orange, yellow, purple and black paints (sunset colours)

Paint sunsets onto different pieces of paper. Once dried, use the black paint to draw a line as the tree trunk. Now drop small dots of ink around the trunk and use a straw to blow the ink around, creating the branches of the spooky leafless tree.

Snacks for the parents to make

Ghost lollipops

Ghost lollipops
You will need:

Lollipops
Tissues/white cupcake cases/white fabric
Black/orange/white ribbon or string
Black felt tip pen

This is great for the little trick or treaters. Simply place the white material over the top of the lollipop and secure around the bottom of it using the ribbon or string. Draw two little eyes and voila, mini ghosts!

Jack-O-Lantern oranges

Jack-o-lantern oranges
You will need:

Oranges
Berries
Grapes
Any fruit you fancy!
Knife and spoon

After washing all the fruit, cut the tops of the oranges off and scrape out the insides. Next, cut the eyes, nose and mouth into one side and fill with your other small fruits. Serve with a spoon and enjoy a healthy Halloween! Instructions can be found at www.simpleethrifty.com.

Boo-nanas and clementine pumpkins

Boo-nanas and clementine pumpkins
You will need:

Bananas
Clementines
Chocolate chips
Celery

Peel the bananas and the clementines. Chop the bananas in half and gently push in three chocolate chips to make the eyes and mouth (don’t push too hard or you’ll squish the banana). For the pumpkins, cut a very small piece of the celery and place in the centre of the clementine to make the stalk. Voila! Instructions can be found at www.onelittleproject.com

By Belle Yates

By Belle Yates