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October 15th, 2013

Halloween Spider Pops (Craft and Treat)

Halloween Spider Pops (Craft and Treat)

Halloween Spider Pops (Craft and Treat)

Ingredients

  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Lollipops
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Holding all four pipe cleaners, center them at the base of the pop and wrap them around the stick once so there are four legs on each side. Bend the pipe cleaner ends to form eight feet.
  2. Glue on googly eyes
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September 24th, 2012

Pumpkin Seed Necklace [Craft]

Pumpkin seed necklace Halloween craft

Halloween Crafts

Halloween is just around the corner and pumpkins, gourds, and corn stalks are beginning to appear on front porches as part of the autumn decorating and the run up to Halloween. We will be seeing witches and ghosts soon!

When you head out to the fruit stand or pumpkin patch this year, pick up an extra pumpkin or two and make some of these great necklaces. This pumpkin seed necklace is a wonderful craft for children and adults alike and will make a great accessory for a witches costume.

As you will be spray painting the dried seeds, you will want to do this outside on a nice sunny day or in a covered and protected area such as your garage or carport. You definitely don’t want to to this in the house.

You will need:

  • Pumpkin seeds (roasted)
  • Spray paint (orange, black, white and green)
  • Needle and heavy black thread. (You will need a very sharp needle for this, so a new one is best)
  • New and unused kitchen sponge
  • Kitchen foil or waxed paper to put seeds on while you paint them
Instructions:
  1. After your seeds have been properly roasted (you can also purchase pumpkin seeds in most grocery or health food stores) lay them in single layers on the sheet of foil or waxed paper. You will want a sheet for each color. Let them dry for at least an hour.
  2. Check to see if they need to be turned over and painted on the other side.
  3. Once your seeds are properly painted and thoroughly dried you can begin to string them. Do this by measuring a sturdy piece of thread that is long enough to go OVER your head with at least 3-4 inches to spare as there will not be a clasp and you will need to be able to get it on and off easily. Place a knot in one end of the  string.
  4. Place 3-4 seeds at a time on your kitchen sponge in the color order you want. (See the picture). Push your needle through one seed at a time and then pull it down to the end of the thread.
  5. When your string is about two thirds full of seed, try it one to make sure it is the length you want and then tie the ends together tightly.

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September 19th, 2012

Halloween Owl Beanbag Toss Buckets

Halloween Beanbag Toss Bucket for Halloween PartiesPlanning a Halloween party for a classroom or at home? This fun and easy craft from Better Homes and Gardens offers hours of fun from beginning the craft to playing the game.

What You’ll Need

  • Clean, empty 1-gallon paint cans (available at crafts stores)
  • Assorted scrapbooking papers, fabric ribbon, and trims
  • Solid and textured wool felt (brown and yellow)
  • Orange paper
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesives
  • Fabric glue
  • 1-inch circle paper punch
  • Circle paper punches or circle stencils
  • Googly eyes in two different sizes
  • Number stencils

How to Make It

Note: To attach various materials to the can: Use decoupage medium to adhere paper, use a glue gun and hotmelt adhesive to secure ribbon, and use fabric glue to attach fabric pieces.

  1. Download free owl pattern. Click here.
  2. Cut two pieces of scrapbooking paper to wrap around the can. Before attaching the paper, draw around the handle of the can and punch or cut half-circles in the scrapbooking paper on each side for the handle.
  3. Adhere the paper around the can, aligning the half-circles with the handle. Glue fabric ribbons and trims around the top and bottom of the can.
  4. For the owl shape, trace the body and tail pattern onto brown felt. Cut and hot-glue ribbon along the outline of the tail; attach tail under the edge of body. From yellow felt, cut two wings; from orange paper, cut one belly. From felt or paper, cut or punch circle eye pieces. Assemble the owl, and glue different-size googly eyes on the eye pieces. From yellow and white felt, cut two irregular triangles for the beak; glue together. Glue the wings and belly to the owl body first, then layer on the eyes and beak. Cut a number from two colors of paper, making one larger than the other. Layer them together and attach to the owl tail.
  5. Glue the owl to the bucket, letting the tail hang below the bottom edge.
  6. Make five different buckets and number them 1 through 5.
  7. Line up the buckets and have players stand a short distance away on a designated line to toss the beanbags in the buckets. If a beanbag makes it into a bucket, the player receives the amount of points indicated on the owl’s tail.

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September 23rd, 2011

How to Make Halloween Shrunken Apple Heads

Shrunken Apple Head Craft Project From Operation Letter to SantaThis is a very fun, creative and quite easy Halloween craft.

Making shrunken heads from apples is actually an early American tradition that started when early settlers made dolls using apples for the heads. They did this by carving a face on an apple and then drying it. Now of course, they are used for movies, videos, haunted houses and Halloween decorations. By soaking a carved apple in a solution of water, lemon and salt, the salt will draw moisture out of the apple once it has be removed from the soaking bath and the lemon will help keep the color of the shrunken apple head light and fairly uniform.

Quick tips:

  1. Select an apple that is fairly round and as large as possible. Apples shrink significantly in size as they dry, so the bigger the apple you start with, the better.
  2. Your carved apple head will also take up to two weeks to to dry so be sure to begin this project in plenty of time for Halloween.
  3. The best way to dry your apple is to hang it from a string. Try not to hang it directly in front of a window that receives a lot of sunshine; the warmth and brightness can encourage rot. You also want to avoid very moist areas, such as the kitchen sink or near the washing machine in the utility room. If you can hang them in a cool dark garage, that is ideal.

Be as simple or as detailed when carving your apple head as you wish and have fun with this great Halloween craft project!

Ingredients

1 (or more) large-size, fairly round apple(s)
Bowl of water
2 tbsp. salt
2 lemon wedges
Vegetable peeler
Small knife for carving
Whole cloves if desired
Kite string or other heavy string

Directions

  1. Prepare your water about 15 minutes before you are ready to dip your apple(s). Do this by filling a large deep bowl with about four cups of cool water. Pour in the salt and then squeeze juice from the lemon wedges into the bowl. Stir for several seconds so that the salt will begin to dissolve into the water and the fresh lemon juice will blend.
  2. Peel the apple with your vegetable peeler; leave the stem on if desired (it will not affect the drying process). Coring your apple isn’t necessary for drying, but if you wish, you can create a longer, more drawn “face” by coring. (Non-cored apples will end up more round or square in shape.)
  3. Begin carving a face into the apple. You will be carving inward around the most prominent facial feature—the nose. The eyes should be sunken into the apple. Don’t worry about details at this point; just exaggerate whatever features you’d like to stand out on your finished project. For deeply-set eyes, make sure the eyebrow ridge stands out fairly far, and place a clove in the center of each to make a dent once the head is dry. Make sure that you cut deep. When the apple shrivels up you will lose some of the definition in your cut so make sure to cut everything a bit bigger/deeper than you think it should be.
  4. When you are done carving, soak your apple in the prepared water. Let it sit for a minimum of 10 minutes or longer if you live in a high humidity area. Spin the apple a few times as it soaks.
  5. Add some white rice for teeth (just push it into the apple and the apple will shrink around it to keep it in place.)
  6. Hang your apple up to dry using kite string or other heavy duty kitchen string.

Once your shrunken apple head is dry (in about two weeks) you can begin to really have fun with it. You can display it as is or add some very fun details. Glue some large grains of rice in the mouth for teeth if the original ones fell out during the dying process. Make them jagged and scary looking! Or you can glue some strands of pet hair on the top for that scary old man look.

Have fun!

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