It’s half term and the struggle is on to find ways to entertain the kids without spending a fortune; well what better way to keep them busy than getting crafty! With Halloween just around the corner providing the perfect inspiration I thought I’d share some simple fun ideas that don’t require you to break the bank.
Sweetie Treat Bags
What you’ll need:
- Paper bags – any colour or size you like
- Coloured pens /pencils*
- Decorations – we used glitter and stencils*
These are perfect for parties or handing out to trick or treaters when they know on the door and are super simple, with the only limitation being your imagination.
Once you are happy with your design and the glue is dry all that’s left to do is fill to the brim with yummy treats!
What You’ll need:
- Black card*
- Green washable paint
- White washable paint
- Lolly sticks
- Coloured pens
Kids love nothing more than getting messy and what could be better than painting your feet!
- Use the paintbrush to cover the whole foot including between the toes with paint – be prepared for plenty of giggles!
- Standing up press the foot onto the card ensuring you press down firmly, not forgetting each toe.
- Remove the foot by lifting straight up to avoid smudging
- Once the paint is dry cut around the footprint
- Decorate however you choose – we made a monster and ghost but these could be made into any spooky character you like
- Use sellotape to attach a lolly stick to complete your puppet
These spooky footprints also make fantastic decorations to stick around the house and the different options are endless: why not try creating a werewolf or a bat?
What you’ll need:
- Paper plates
- Pipe cleaners
- Decorations – we used glitter* and polystyrene balls for eyes but anything you have in the house will be fine
Let your creativity shine as you design your very own spooky spider, but will he be friendly or not?
- Cut your pipe cleaners into eight pieces of equal length and use the sellotape to attach them to the back of your paper plate
- Decorate your spider. We made ours friendly and gave him a sparkly feel using glitter
We used coloured plates to make our spiders, but why not use plain white plates and paint them to make your own base colour before decorating.
These spooky spiders look great dangling from the ceiling to scare any unsuspecting guests or can be made into a puppet to play with by simply attaching a lolly stick to the back.
What you’ll need:
- Card – any colour*
- Mask template*
- Glue and decorations as required
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without some creepy masks and the possibilities are endless when it comes to design. Viking kindly sent us some ideas to get started with and we created a Frankenstein mask using their design.
- Trace around your mask template onto the card using pencil
- Add additional detail to personalise your mask using pencil – we added Frankenstein’s hair and bolts
- Carefully cut around your mask shape including cutting out the eyes
- Once you are happy with your mask’s shape use the rubber to remove any pencil lines still visible
- Decorate your mask as you wish – ideas include using pens, glitter, tissue paper, pom pom’s, buttons, paint or anything else you have available
- Once your design is finished use the pencil to mark where you want the elastic to be and carefully push a sharpened pencil through using the rubber behind to avoid marking the table or poking yourself!
- Thread the elastic through and fasten into place
- Jump out and scare your family!
I hope these simple creepy crafts give you some inspiration to get the kids creative juices flowing this half term and that you have a fabulous Halloween whatever you have planned.
Items marked with * were gifted to us by Viking.