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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Halloween Spider Craft

I am obviously having a thing for spiders lately. The funny part is in real life I am dreadfully horrified of spiders! For some reason in craft form though I find them pretty adorable. The other day I ate the last wedge of my Laughing Cow Cheese with my lunch and as I looked at the container and saw two hole punches already made in the sides of it, a light bulb went off in my head that this container needed to become a fun Halloween Spider Craft. You won't believe how simple this is to make too!


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Supplies you will need:
Directions:
1. Start by taking the lid off your cheese container. Use your hole punch to punch four holes on each side of the container, trying to line up the holes on each side the best you can. My container already had a hole on each side, so I only had to punch 3 holes on each side.


2. Paint the lid off of the cheese container. While the paint is still dry, sprinkle black glitter all over the top of the lid. Also, paint the entire outside of the cheese container. Let it dry completely. If you plan on hanging your spider you'll need to paint the bottom of the cheese container too.


3. When your paint is dry, thread your four pipe cleaners through the holes in your cheese container, lining up the holes on each side. Bend the pipe cleaners to make spider legs.


4. (Optional) If you want to hang your spider, now is the time to make a hole punch at the top of your spider and tie a knot with white string through it.

5. Once you have put the legs in your spider, you can put the lid back on your cheese container. Ours stayed securely on, but if you want to add some glue to the inside edge to keep it firmly in place you can. 

6. Glue on your googly eyes.


These are fun just as a sitting spider and also as a hanging spider Halloween decoration. We hung ours coming down a lamp in our front room to scare all of our guests. Hee hee!



rachel

Friday, September 19, 2014

31 Halloween Crafts for Kids {Plus Mega Cash Giveaway}

Halloween is such a fun time of the year for crafting with kids! I have put together a round up of 31 of my favorite Halloween Crafts, all from fabulous Kid Craft Bloggers. You will find all of the essential crafts for Halloween here including pumpkins, witches, spiders, ghosts, bats and Frankenstein!

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You'll find the crafts categorized and linked below the pictures. After checking out these fun crafts, I hope you leave feeling inspired to get crafty with the children in your life!

Pumpkin Crafts
 Paper Plate Pumpkins with Lacing Practice from I Heart Crafty Things
Pumpkin Suncatchers from Here Comes the Girls
Pumpkin Paperweights from Artsy Momma

Pumpkin Patch Art from I Heart Crafty Things
Pumpkin Button Craft from JDaniel4sMom
Circle Stamped Pumpkins from I Heart Crafty Things

Witch Crafts
 Witch Craft from I Heart Crafty Things
Witch Legs from Tippytoe Crafts
Footprint Witch from Sweet and Lovely Crafts

Popsicle Stick Witch from Crafty Morning
Witch Silhouette from Mrs T's First Grade Class
Paper Plate Witch from Toddler Approved 

Bat Crafts
 Cardboard Roll Bat from Crafty Morning
Cupcake Liner Bats from I Heart Crafty Things
Hand and Footprint Bat from Fun Handprint Art Blog

Bat Printmaking from Tiny Rotten Peanuts
Coffee Filter Easy Bats from Fun-A-Day
Egg Carton Bat Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Ghost Crafts
 Cotton Ball Ghost from The Chirping Moms
Footprint Ghosts from Crafty Morning
Shaving Cream Paint Ghost from Hands On As We Grow

Paper Plate Ghost from Mommas Fun World
Cupcake Liner Ghosts from I Heart Crafty Things
Puffy Paint Ghost from No Time for Flashcards

Spider Crafts
 Paper Plate Spiders from I Heart Crafty Things
Spider Headband from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Pipe Cleaner Spiders from Mama Miss

Itsy Bitsy Spider Hand Puppet from Lalymom
Styrofoam Spider Craft from Paging Fun Mums
Handprint Spider in Lacing Web from Mom Endeavors

Frankenstein Craft
Footprint Frankenstein from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recycled Fruit Cup Spider Craft

A couple months ago I shared a Ladybug craft over at PBS using a recycled fruit cup. With Halloween coming up, I wanted to show you how simple it is to also make a spider using a fruit cup. All of the googly eyes make this one an especially fun craft for kids! 


{The following post contains affiliate links, which means that at no cost to you I can make a small amount of money to help support I Heart Crafty Things. Thank you in advance for choosing to support us.}

Supplies you will need:
Directions:
1. Start by using your scissors to cut the outside rim off of the fruit cup. (An adult should assist with this part.)


2. Use your hole punch to punch four holes on each side of the fruit cup, trying to space them as evenly as you can.


3. Use your acrylic paint to paint the outside of the fruit cup. The fruit cup may require a couple coats to cover it completely. (From my experience, tempera paint does not adhere well to these type of plastic cups so stick with acrylic paint.) Let the paint dry completely.

4. Put a generous amount of tacky glue onto your large pom and put it onto your fruit cup, making sure not to cover up the holes on the sides.


5. Cut your 2 Fuzzy Sticky in half to end up with 4 pieces. String the 4 fuzzy sticks through the holes in the fruit cup, lining up the holes on each side. Bend the fuzzy stick on each end to look like spider legs.


6. Lastly, use tacky glue or school glue to glue on your small googly eyes. Poisonous spiders have 6 eyes, non-poisonous spiders have 8 eyes. 


Now have fun playing with your little spiders, or use them as spooky Halloween decor around your house.

Looking for books about Spiders?


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rachel

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Crow Puppet Craft

I have a huge love for birds and bird crafts! My Daughter recently had so much fun playing with our Peacock Puppet Craft so I've had an itch for us to create another bird puppet for her to play with. Since Fall time is upon us, I thought it was a perfect time to create a Crow Puppet! 


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Supplies you will need:
Directions:
1. Start by tracing your child's open hand prints on one your black construction papers. Also, trace one of their hands in a closed position on your paper. Cut them out.


2. Next cut about 3" off the bottom of your paper bag. (This isn't necessary, but I feel like my 4 year old works better with the puppet with the bag shortened a little. You make the call.

3. Now you need to measure and cut out the remaining pieces you will need for your puppet out of your black and yellow construction paper. See the picture below to see all the different pieces. I found it easiest to measure with a ruler the width of the paper bag, and then cut the entire length of my black construction paper to that width. Then I measured the length of each individual section of the paper bag and cut that off of my black construction paper strip.   


4. Have your child use their glue stick to glue all the pieces on to their crow puppet. You can see in the picture above where all the pieces go.

5. Lastly, glue your handprint wings onto your puppet. Glue the closed handprint onto the back of the puppet, and the open handprints on the side of your bag, on the front half of the folding flap. 


The prep work of cutting out the pieces takes a bit minutes, but the end result is seriously darling! And so much fun to play with too!


If you are doing this craft with several children, you could easily create a pattern of the paper bag pieces and have the children cut out their own pieces to save time, and to help them strengthen their cutting skills.


Looking for some books to go along with this craft?


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