Halloween tube bats!

Oh my goodness, I am super excited! It is nearly Halloween which means we can now officially start making some decorations to make our home look a little spooky! My kids love Halloween crafts nearly as much as making Christmas ones! We decided to make some cardboard tube bats which are one of our very favourite Halloween crafts, and one which we do every year.

You will need – cardboard tube, black paint, glue, googly eyes, red paint, card and pipe cleaners.

Begin by painting your tube black. Then cut out two wing shapes from the card and two triangles to be the bats ears. Paint the wings and ears and leave to dry.

Once everything has dried, stick the wings to the side of your tube with glue.

Next add your ears to the inside of the tube and add googly eyes and paint a mouth on the front of the tube.

Next hole punch two small holes into the bottom of the tube. Then thread a pipe cleaner through each hole. These will be the bats legs. 

My daughter made quite a few of these cute little bats and then hung them up on a branch she had found outside. You can make smaller bats by cutting down the tube. We think they look fab and very effective!

We hope you like our Halloween bats! A super simple craft for the little ones! 

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A very handy pumpkin!

Continuing with our Halloween theme, me and my niece decided to make a pumpkin the other day. She wanted to make it to take home to her mum but didn’t want to use paint or printing techniques. We decided to use hand shapes instead to make a cute, personal pumpkin!

To make your handy pumpkin you will need orange card, green card, scissors, paper, pencil, glue and felt tip pen.IMG_2682

Draw around the child’s hand onto the orange card. We did four hand shapes. You may need more if you have a younger child or want a fuller looking pumpkin! Then draw around the hand onto green card. You need two green hand shapes as these will be the pumpkin leaves. Next cut out all your hand shapes and start arranging them on your paper how you would like them.IMG_2687Once you are happy with how they look, stick them into place with glue. Then draw a face onto the pumpkin.IMG_2688IMG_2691My niece loved making her handy pumpkin and her mum loved receiving it!

Halloween hand-prints!

We love hand-printing in our home and thought we would do some Halloween inspired prints this week. I love how you can turn your hands into pretty much anything with just a bit of paint! We turned to Pinterest for a little inspiration and found some fantastic ideas, including bats, cats and witches to get us started!

I was looking after my nephew and niece for the day too and the two girls were super excited at the prospect of turning their hands into something a little spooky!

To make your spooky hand-prints you will need – paint, paintbrushes, paper and black felt tip pen.

My daughter decided to make a witch hand-print so set to work painting her whole hand green. She then printed down on the paper. She then painted on the hair and a hat. Once the paint was dry she drew on her witches face with black pen!

IMG_2702 IMG_2704My nephew and niece wanted to do some Frankenstein prints. They painted the palm of their hands green and their fingers purple (don’t paint the thumbs for this print). My nephew needed some help with this as he is only 22 months!IMG_2679 IMG_2681

They then printed onto paper and added some ‘screws’ at the side of Franks neck. Once dry, we added the face!IMG_2699 IMG_2711 IMG_2712The kids loved their Halloween hand-prints and we cut them out and popped them up around the house!

We hope you have a fantastic Halloween!

Spooky footprint ghosts!

Yesterday, I decided to make some spooky footprint ghosts with my two year old nephew. It is a super simple and cute activity for very little ones!

I love making footprints with the kids as they are so lovely to keep and to look back on as they grow. There are some beautiful poems which you can add to footprint pictures and crafts, especially if you are making them as gifts for family or friends. The poem below is one of my favourites –

Two little feet with ten tiny toes,

Isn’t it strange how quickly time goes?

Footprints so small but this will not last,

I change each day, I grow so fast,

These two little footprints will help you recall,

How little I was when my feet were this small!

Author unknown.

To make your spooky ghost footprints you will need – black card, white paint, paintbrush and felt tip pen.

Begin, by painting your foot in white paint. (My nephew loves this part as he finds it super tickly! Lots of giggles here)!

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Next, print the foot down onto black card. Once they are dry, draw on the ghosts eyes and mouth! IMG_2615 A super simple print activity and a nice way for the very little ones to get involved with Halloween! These would also look lovely cut out and placed around the home to decorate!

Happy printing!

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Halloween Jack – o – Lanterns!

This weekend my daughter and niece were feeling rather creative and wanted to do something Halloween themed! We decided to make some pumpkin paper lanterns in preparation for Halloween. They make wonderful decorations for around the home and are pretty simple to make!

The origin of Jack – o – Lanterns is still not known, but there is a wide belief that they originated in Ireland, where turnips and beets were carved into. Jack – o – Lanterns were believed to protect your home from spirits and vampires.

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There is a fantastic poem called ‘The Pumpkin’ written by John Greenleaf Whittier in 1850:

Oh!-fruit loved of boyhood!-the old days recalling,

When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!

When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,

Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!

To make your Jack – o – Lanterns you will need – A4 orange card, black paper, glue, scissors, stapler and a pencil. You will also need a hole punch and thread / wool if you are going to turn your lanterns into bunting.

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Start by folding your orange card in half lengthways and then cut slits along the folded line. Make sure you leave approximately 5 cm at least, at the edge of the card.IMG_2583Once you have cut slits along the folded line, open the card up and roll (width way) into your lantern shape.IMG_2586 IMG_2590Once it is rolled into the lantern shape, staple both ends to hold in place.IMG_2589

On black paper, draw the eyes, nose and mouth for the lantern and cut them out.IMG_2592 IMG_2593Using glue, stick the face onto the Jack – o -Lantern.IMG_2597

You can now staple a strip of card to the top of the lantern to form a handle.

IMG_2601If you would like to use your lanterns to make some spooky bunting make plenty of lanterns and use a hole puncher to make two holes in the top of each of the lanterns (one on each side of the lantern).IMG_2591IMG_2602Next, thread some ribbon / string through the top of your lanterns and hang the bunting up! I use sticky tape to hang up our bunting! IMG_2604We love our Halloween bunting!It is a fantastic way to decorate your home with your little ones and without spending lots of money. Double bonus!

Stained glass spooks!

Continuing with our Halloween crafts this afternoon, we decided to make stained glass window decorations. These are one of my favourite crafts to do as they can be adapted for most celebrations and festivals! They need a little preparation time, but I promise they are worth it!

You will need – black card, coloured cellophane and glue.

Start by drawing your chosen image / images onto some black card. My kids chose a cat, bats and a pumpkin. Make sure you draw spaces on the images where you can cut pieces out from (these will be where the cellophane pieces go to give the stained glass effect).

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Next, cut out the card images to form templates. ( I find it easier to cut out the templates myself, as they can get quite difficult on the smaller parts). You should have something a little like this once they are cut out.

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Next give your children different coloured strips of cellophane. They can then choose which colours to glue onto their template. They may need a little help to make sure they have fully covered the gaps on their template.

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IMG_2077 IMG_2083Once the spooky decorations are dry, trim down the edges if you need to, so that you have a neater edge. Display them on a window to get the full stained glass effect!

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The kids love the whole process of making these and enjoy the effect when they are up on the window. They look absolutely fantastic and always get lots of compliments!

Happy Creating!

Leaf shape bats!

Now we are officially in October, I feel it is perfectly okay (and not at all premature!) to post some Halloween crafts! We love Halloween in our house and always end up visiting some Halloween party (or four)!

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So to kick off our Halloween crafts we started with a very simple bat picture! I have also linked it in with Autumn as the craft uses autumn leaves to form the bat shapes 🙂 Me and my daughter decided to do this craft together as she wanted me to draw some of the bats with her on the picture. Some mummy daughter artwork! 🙂

You will need – 

Dry leaves, paint, paper, brushes and felt tip pen.

Begin by placing a leaf onto your piece of paper and paint around it. Then move the leaf to another part of your paper and paint around it. Continue painting around the leaf on different parts of the paper. My daughter used purple paint. Black would look good too, for the night-time sky!

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Once the paint is dry, add a face to form the bat. Me and my daughter also added ears and feet! She also added stars to form the sky at night.IMG_1924

We love this craft as you can use different leaves which will give totally unique bat shapes. Play around and have fun! A nice, easy Halloween craft!

Knuckle Printed Pumpkins!

Continuing with our Autumn activities, the kids decided they wanted to paint pumpkins today. We decided against the paintbrush and chose to use our knuckles instead! This is a super simple activity which my son and daughter both love as it involves getting their hands messy – always a hit with my two little ones!

You will need – orange paint, paintbrush, paper and green pen / crayon.

Firstly, paint your knuckle with orange paint.

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Then push your painted knuckle down onto your paper to make your print. Once dry, add a pumpkin stalk with green pen or crayon.

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You could also add a scary face to adapt the activity for Halloween! We are going to make lots of these pumpkins with faces on, and use as bunting around the house for Halloween decoration!

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A really simple activity for Autumn! Have fun!