Monday, September 27, 2010

Day 11 - Gettin Crafty for Halloween

Halloween is on its way and my crafting buddies (my beautiful nieces) asked me to help them make some fun decorations. I perused the Internet for inspiration, put on my creative cap and came up with some great ideas for spiders, bats, ghosts and pumpkins partially made out of recycled material.

These crafts are made with egg cartons, jars and lids, and some old tissue paper. Things that I bought for the crafts include: black paper, black and orange paint, pipe cleaners, tea lights, and googly eyes. Supplies that I already had at home include: hot glue gun, crafting glue, scissors, paint brushes, and permanent markers.

This is the result!

And, here are the instructions!

Tissue Ghost
 Cut out two carton egg shells and tape them together to form the head. Lay tissue paper flat, place the head in the middle and wrap the paper around it. Wrap an elastic around the base of the head. Glue on the googly eyes and the mouth with craft glue.

Googly Eyed Spiders
On black paper, trace the outline of a jar lid and cut it out. Glue the black circle on the top of the jar lid with craft glue. Stick on the googly eyes with craft glue and draw a mouth with marker. Cut three or four pipe cleaners in half and glue them on the back of  the lid with the hot glue gun.

Egg Shell Bats
Cut out a row of the three carton egg shells. Paint the shells black and let them dry. Cut bat wings and ears out of black carton. Use a hot glue gun to affix to body (eggs shells) to the wings. Use craft glue to glue on the eyes and ears. Draw the mouth with marker.

Mix a bit of glue and paint directly in a glass jar. Paint the inside of the jar. Cut out a cardboard stem. Hot gun glue the googly eyes and stem to the jar. Draw a mouth with permanent marker. Let the jar dry overnight and place a tea light inside when it is dry.

Here's to a job well done!

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