Marie LeBaron blogs at make and takes -dot- com. She’s the queen of quick and easy crafts, and shares five project ideas.
Monster Blobs http://www.makeandtakes.com/googley-eyed-green-blobs
• corn syrup
• empty clear bottle/jar – with or without a lid
• green food coloring
• crafting googly eyes
1. Pour corn syrup into your jar, fill to the top, leaving about 1 inch.
2. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring and stir.
3. Now add your googley eyes. These will float, unless you glue on a weight to the back of the eyes, or something heavy.
Super Silly Spider Hats http://www.makeandtakes.com/super-silly-spider-hats
• black craft foam hat
• paper hole punch
• 4 black pipe cleaners/chenille stems
• glue dots
• googley eyes
1. With the hole punch, make 4 holes on the edge of each side on the hat.
2. Thread the pipe cleaner through one hole and out the other. Each pipe cleaner will be 2 of the 8 spider legs. Once each leg is through, bend each pipe cleaner to form a spider leg.
3. For the eyes, decide if you want 2 or 8 spider eyes. Add a glue dot to the back of each eye and attach it to the center of the foam hat.
“Going Batty” 3D Greeting Card www.makeandtakes.com/going-batty-3d-halloween-card
• paper cutter
• black tissue paper
• black art paper
• white crayon
• letter stickers
1. Fold the cardstock in half to form a card.
2. With the black paper, cut out an oval for the bat’s body and glue it onto the card.
3. With the white crayon, draw a face on the bat.
4. Using the paper cutter, slice a 1-2 inch slit on either side of the bat’s body. Don’t go all the way through the paper.
5. Thread the tissue paper through each slit, letting a few inches of the tissue come out of each slit to form the bat’s wings.
6. Using the letter stickers, make the words “Happy Hallow’EEK”
Boo-tastic Goblin Treats http://www.makeandtakes.com/boo-tastic-goblin-treats
• rice crispy treats (recipe: http://www2.kelloggs.com/Recipe/RecipeDetail.aspx?RID=1605))
• food coloring
• candy corn
• chocolate candy rocks
1. Make Rice Crispies according to the recipe directions, BUT add a few drops of food coloring into the marshmallow mixture before you add the cereal.
2. Once cooled, form a piece of the rice crispies into a ball shape. You can make an orange pumpkin ball or a miss-shaped green goblin.
3. Now add candy for eyes, teeth, horns, stems, nose, arms, whatever you’d like to add for your haunted creature.
Painted Halloween Gift Wrap http://www.makeandtakes.com/painted-gift-wrap-for-the-holidays
• cellophane wrapping – cut into 24 inch square sheets
• craft paint – Halloween colors
• paper plate
• sponges, paint brushes
1. Lay out your cellophane sheet on the table. Apply a tablespoon or so of paint onto the paper plate.
2. Using your sponge or paint brush, paint onto the cellophane. You can make all sorts of designs, but make sure the paint is not too thick so it can dry faster.
3. Allow the paint to dry; this may take a few hours.
4. Once the paint is dry, place some treats in the center of the cellophane and wrap it all up.
5. Attach a ribbon to the cellophane to close up the top and it’s ready for gift giving.
About Marie: Marie is a former Kindergarten teacher, now staying at home with 3 children. She’s the owner and founder of the popular parenting blog, Make and Takes, which she has been writing for 2 1/2 years. Make and Takes features kids crafts, home crafts, easy recipes, and parenting tips. For even more Halloween Monstrous fun, check out her Monster Mania eBook.