Thursday, 30 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Make your own Halloween Pumpkin Witch by Yuliya from Yufrukt
It’s almost Halloween time! While carving Jack-o-lanterns is a classic activity, here is an alternative pumpkin craft. It’s quite simple and doesn’t require carving yet is very entertaining for the little ones. Pick up a small pumpkin at the nearby market and lets make a Pumpkin witch!
What you will need:
* A medium pumpkin
* Thick paper (suitable for painting)
* Gouache/poster paint
* A pair of scissors
* Skewers (or toothpicks)
Draw scary arms and a witch hat. Cut them out. Now make an outline to duplicate each item (you have to have two witch hats, two left arms and two right arms).
Squeeze a fair amount of glu on one of your hats, glue a toothpick in the middle then cover with a second hat and press to make it stick together. Do the same with the arms.
Take gouache and paint the witch hat and scary arms. We painted the hat with black and the arms in green with red nails - what colors did you choose?
Now give that witch a face and paint her eyes,nose, and mouth on the pumpkin. Don't use water for this one, because we want the paint to be very thick.
Force the sharp ends of the toothpicks into the pumpkin (if the pumpkin is too hard, make little cuts with the knife first). The witch has arms a hat now!
When the first layer of paint is dry, give her face more details if you like. We painted white teeth and a scary shine in her eyes.
It’s ready! Decorate your room for Halloween with a scary Pumpkin witch and some candles! - Yuliya
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
DIY Halloween decorations by Emma of Showpony
I love Halloween and I’m really excited that my son who’s nearly three is just about old enough to get excited about it too. So to help him get in the mood for all things spooky I wanted to spend some time making decorations with him. These are really simple and perfect for a toddler to get involved with.
What you'll need:
* Polystyrene balls - I used 4 cm balls
* Black and orange paint
* Black pipe cleaners
* Black cardstock
* White paper
* String or cord
* Black pen
* Darning needle/ thin knitting needle
Step1: Paint your polystyrene balls. Paint some black for bats and spiders, some orange for pumpkins and leave a handful white for your ghosts.
Step2: For the spiders: Cut two pipe cleaners in half and half again making the eight legs, push them into the sides of a black ball and bend into shape. Cut out eye shapes from your white paper, draw in the pupils and stick in place.
Step3: Make the bats: Fold a piece of black card in half and draw on one wing shape, Cut this out and push or punch two small holes in the fold. Using a small piece of pipe cleaner attach the wings to the back of a black ball. In the same way as before stick the eyes in place.
Step4: To make the pumpkins: Use your black pen to draw on some pumpkin markings, add your eyes and push a small piece of pipe cleaner into the top to make a little stalk.
Step5: For the ghosts: Cut a strip of white paper long enough to wrap around a white ball. Cut a wavy shape into the bottom of the paper and stick around your polystyrene ball. Cut large black eyes from the black card and stick to your ghost.
Step 6: Using a thin knitting needle or long darning needle push holes through the centre of the polystyrene decorations. Thread a large darning needle with your string and push through the holes. Tie knots in the string to stop the decorations from slipping down and carry on adding as many decorations as you like.
Craft contributed by: Emma of Showpony (our lovely new craft contributor!)
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
DIY Felt Tablet Picture Board by Laura Murray
Smart phone and tablets are all the rage these days, especially with kids. So why not have your little ones make their very own felt tablet picture board which they can use to create countless patterns, pictures and stories simly by layering fun felt shapes! It'll get them away from the screens and using their imaginations, plus it's great use for any felt scraps you may have lying around!
What you'll need:
* 1 black piece of felt - A4 size
* 1 white piece of felt - A4 size
* 1 coloured piece of felt - A4 size (for the backing)
* Various different coloured scraps or small pieces of felt
* A4 card stock
* White craft glue
* (optional) Embroidery thread & needle
Start by cutting a piece of black felt in half and rounding off it's corners. Then take half of a white piece and cut it to size for the 'screen'.
Cut some bright coloured felt square buttons for below the screen.
You can either use craft glue to attach the felt pieces to the black base or, if feeling a little adventurous, stitch a simple line of running stitch in similar coloured thread.
Cover the back of the black piece with craft glue, stick it to the piece of card stock and cut off the excess. Then glue the back of the card stock to your piece of coloured stock and trim off the excess.
Now it's time to cut some fun shapes from the colourful felt scraps! Abstract shapes are great for building patterns while simple trees, flowers, clouds and people can inspire pictures and unique stories.
Craft contributed by: Laura Murray (our new craft contributor! Go have a look at her beautiful website! So many more craft projects over there..)