Hallowe’en is a great time of year to get the creative juices flowing, and you would be surprised at how excited your children can get at the prospect of glueing bits of orange paper to glass jars (and to themselves), or making monstrous creatures out of scraps from your recycling box. There are so many ideas out that it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ve put together a little list of our 3 favourite Hallowe’en crafts for kids…
1. Hallowe’en Lanterns
First up are these fabulous Hallowe’en Lantern from Red Ted Art, an easy Hallowe’en craft for children of any age.
Be warned though, this is not a great activity for a Hallowe’en fancy dress party unless you’ve got some painting smocks to protect their costumes while the kids get (literally) stuck into the glue.
Watch the video for instructions on how to make Hallowe’en Lanterns:
2. Hallowe’en Origami
Our very own Louise Hobson (you’ll know her from the immensely popular National Trust series) from Sew Sensational has taken a break from fashion and sewing to fold, crease and snip her way to a spooky flat full of Hallowe’en origami creatures. Being a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, I will of course be compelled to try my hand at the folded paper Jack Skellington, although it looks much too tricky for any child under about 8.
Louise seems to have stumbled upon a brilliantly simple, easy and mess-free craft for young children, perfect for our pre-trick-or-treating Hallowe’en party. The snipped paper spiderwebs are a Hallowe’en take on the snipped paper snowflakes we know so well, and will no doubt be a hit with our pack of 3 and 4 year olds who just can’t get enough of weilding sharp scissors and making the mums nervous.
3. Hallowe’en Owl Masks
We came across another perfect, almost-mess-free craft for children this Hallowe’en from the BAFTA-nominated creators of The Land of Me and Me Books. This crackly spooky Owl mask is inspired by the darling little Willow the Owl from The Land of Me, and makes great use of the beautiful autumn leaves from your garden or local park. Most preschoolers can do this craft with very little assistance, and your toddlers will love getting involved in collecting the leaves and adding the glue.
For older kids, why not set them a challenge? They can create the most stunning masks by layering the different coloured leaves, or get just the right owly face by finding two partially curled leaves for feathery eyebrows.
More Halloween Crafts
There are some fab craft ideas over on PattiCrafts, all using materials you can find around the house, or to buy from the wondrous treasure trove that is Baker Ross. The bunting and the pop up witch need a steady hand with the scissors, so you might find they’re better for children age 5 and up. Click the images below for step by step instructions.
Which crafts or homemade Hallowe’en decorations will you be making this Hallowe’en with the kids?