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It'll Be All Fright on the Night with This Halloween Craft Help
With Halloween creeping up on us, there are few better excuses to get your children interested in arts and crafts than the approach of October 31. This can bring hours of light-hearted fun, constructing ghoulish creations they can use again and again.
Here’s a few ideas to get you started. Have a horrible Halloween!
How to put it together
Make a thin water/flour glue. Tear the newspaper into strips of 1in width (2.5cm). Blow up and tie a long balloon. Place it in a bowl to stabilise. Dip a strip of paper in the glue. Wrap around the balloon.
Repeat, covering the entire top of it. Have at least three layers surrounding the balloon. Let it dry overnight after each layer. Pop the balloon, separate from the outer papier-mâché skin then bin it. Trim your ghost's base to form smooth scallops. Cut holes for eyes, paint your ghost white. Let it dry.
Phan-tom Cruise, Phil Spectre, Ghostman Pat.
How to make her (or him, or it)
Stuff the sock with fibrefill/material strips, get an elastic band to fasten the open end, then glue on its googly eyes/buttons, add a tongue using felt and adorn it with double-sided tape.
What can you call him?
The Sock Ness Monster, Stocking Kong, Count Your Toes Dracula.
Your bits and bobs
What to do
Draw then cut out a bat's outline from the black paper, card or foam, ensuring that the body is large enough to cover the clothespin. Glue the wings then the body on to the clothespin. Glue eyes to the bats and hang up.
Bat fastener name ideas:
Bat Slater (EastEnders), Bat King Cole, Postman Bat.
PASSION FRUIT GREMLIN
Bring your gremlin to life
Slice the top off your fruits, ensuring the hole is just wider than a teaspoon. Eat contents. Cut small V-shapes each side of the hole to make a better mouth. Make the eyes by sticking your sharp knife into the skin and twisting it like a screwdriver. Above the eyes, make two slits in the flesh, each 2mm wide.
Push the two passion fruit tops and slide them into the two slits. Slice a small piece off the underside of your gremlin to ensure a flat surface, so it doesn't roll about, then decorate with craft materials.
This Halloween's most popular gremlin names
Gremlin-da Evangelista, Gremlin Hughes, Simon Cowell.
WITCH'S SPIDER WEB
Gather these together
How to construct it
Work on the old newspaper to avoid mess. Draw a spider web with glue on the construction paper. Start by drawing intersecting lines. Then draw curved lines between them. Sprinkle glitter on the web. Gently shake the picture, allowing excess glitter to slide off the web. Dry overnight.
What to call it
Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Webbie Harry, Winona Spider.
Hey, presto! Your children will be the envy of their friends, you'll have spent a fraction of the budget of other parents, and your loved ones will have had a fun, seamless introduction into the world of arts and crafts. Simple!