Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mini Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Cute things come in small packages.  I think the same can be said for mini-pumpkins. While I typically purchase two to three bigger pumpkins, I always seem to be buying a lot of mini-pumpkins.   My kids like them too. They look nice on the mantel, in the bathroom or any small space that needs some fall cheer.  Mini-pumpkins look nice just the way they are.  However, decorating these tiny bundles of joy is also fun.   

Toothpick Designs

It might be hard to drill a design into a mini pumpkin.  However, the small point of a toothpick is perfect for creating words or a design.  Simply firmly poke a small hole and repeat until your design is finished.  In case the tip gets dull, you should make sure to have half a dozen toothpicks or so handy.  

Fine Glitter

Fine glitter is a great way to add some shine and sparkle to your mini-pumpkins.  First, spread a thin layer of glue over the pumpkin.  Then, sprinkle the glitter and shake the excess off.   It is best to do this outside over a big box top so you don’t get glitter all over the place.

Small Self-Adhesive Gems

If you don't like messes, this is the perfect craft for your kids. Tiny gems are perfect for a small pumpkin.  A small package of gems is more than enough to cover your pumpkin in a pretty design.  Choose complementary fall tones for a sophisticated look.  These look nice in a circular design; start from the top and work your way to the bottom.  

Permanent Markers

Permanent markers are an easy way to make a design. Try polka dots, chevron stripes or even a message!  Remember, these markers are permanent so you might want to use a pencil first and wear gloves (especially kids) if you don’t want any on your fingers.  

Mini-pumpkins look wonderful in the window or stacked on top of each other in a hurricane vase.  Have fun decorating your mini pumpkins this fall season!

*Due to small parts, pointy objects, etc. I would recommend these projects for children over four (with close supervision).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Spooky Halloween Crafts Using Recycled Materials

Halloween is just around the corner! My kids often want to make an art project. However, crafts can get expensive. Luckily, if you have toilet paper rolls, scraps of paper and fabric, and basic drawing materials, you can make plenty of fun crafts. This October, try out some of these spooky Halloween crafts!

“Look Inside” Haunted House 

You will need:
  • paper scraps
  • pipe cleaners
  • markers or crayons
  • gluestick
  • scissors

This is a simple craft using leftover construction paper and crayons. First, we looked through our scrap drawer for some big pieces of construction paper. Then, my kids drew a haunted house. Next,they cut out three sides of each door and window so each could "open". After that, they drew some spooky things on scraps of construction paper and taped the drawings behind the doors and windows. Some ideas include:ghosts, monsters and zombies. You can also draw things coming out of the windows like hands or spiders. We used a small piece of pipe cleaner to make a spider coming out of the window. Finally, we cut out another house of the same size and glued it on the back of the house. Spooky!

Ghost Windsock

You will need:
  • White masking tape
  • Old white shirt or white crepe paper
  • black marker

This one is very easy. First, take an empty toilet paper roll and wind white masking tape around it. We cut off three six-inch pieces to cover the cardboard roll. Then, the kids made a ghost face on the tape using a black marker. If they mess up on the face, you can easily cover it up with another piece of masking tape and then they can try again. Next, I took an old white shirt and cut out narrow strips of cloth. We cut four pieces of various lengths. After that, we used the masking tape to secure the fabric on the inside of the toilet paper roll. Finally, we took one more piece of fabric and made a loop. You can secure it with duct tape. You can also use white streamers(crepe paper)in place of the fabric.

I always keep a bag of paper and fabric scraps on hand. You just never know when things like this will come in handy. Have fun using up your crafting extras with these Halloween crafts.

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