Top 5 Halloween craft ideas

With Halloween just around the corner and a lot of schools now off for half-term, you might be thinking about activities to do with the kids this week. To help you, we’ve had a quick brainstorm around the office to come up with our top 5 Halloween craft ideas!

1. Tissue Ghosts

This is a great Halloween craft activity as it’s nice and simple and is therefore perfect for kids of all ages. As they’re so quick you can make a haunt of ghosts (particularly with a few helpers) for an even bigger impact.

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What you need:

  • White tissue paper
  • Black market pen
  • White cotton thread / string

How to make it:

Create a square from your tissue paper. Use any excess tissue paper (or gather some extra) and roll up into a ball. Place this into the centre of the square of tissue paper. Gather the tissue around the ball in the centre and squeeze underneath the tissue ball inside.

Grab your string and use this to tie around the underside of the head (around the neck). If you want to hang your ghosts then use a length of string around 80cm – this will be enough length to tie around the next and create a length long enough to hang.

Last but not least, use the marker pen to create the ghost’s face (and any other accessories you might like!).

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2. Colour-in window stickers

Our newly launched Halloween colour-in window stickers are perfect for keeping the kids busy for a couple of hours. They’re also great at then decorating your front windows with some colourful Halloween designs. The Halloween collection features a Haunted House colour in pack, a Day of the Dead colour in pack and a Spooky Witch colour in pack

What you need:

  • Colour in window sticker pack (available in our Halloween window stickers
  • Sharpie marker pens

How to make it:

The colour in window stickers are super simple. Simply colour in the packs using a set of permanent Sharpie markers (the brighter the better we think!). All our window stickers are easy to apply, just peel and stick. This makes them great for little ones who can help arrange them on the window. And if you need to adjust afterwards, just remove and reposition. Your window stickers are also reusable year after year – just keep the backing sheet and place them on this ready for next year! A fantastic Halloween craft idea for half-term.

3. Toilet roll bats

Another family favourite is creating bats from toilet rolls (an essential item for the craft cupboard!). It’s also another super easy one so is great for making with little ones. As it involves a few different steps it also really good at improving your children’s fine motor skills.

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What you need:

  • Toilet roll (just the cardboard core)
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • 2 eyes (or you can draw these on)
  • Black paper / card
  • Scissors
  • Glue and/or clear tape

How to make it:

To start, take your toilet roll and fold in the ends. Next cut out some bat wings from the black paper or card. You’ll want to make the whole wingspan so this will want to be 15cm – 20cm across and ideally a mirror image of each wing. We recommend painting the toilet roll black now as it will allow you to easily reach all the different areas.

Once the paint has dried – glue or tape the wings to the back of the toilet rolls. Finally, finish off by sticking some googly eyes to the front. Ta da – all finished!

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4. Hand printed spiders

If your kids are anything like ours, then they absolutely love getting a bit messy when doing crafts. We’ve always done lots of hand painting and at this time of year love to make hand-printed spiders ready for Halloween.

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What you need:

  • Orange paper
  • Black paint
  • Google eyes (optional)
  • Black/Silver/White paint (optional)

How to make it:

This one is super simple, but does very much require some adult supervision – and we recommend having some wipes / clean water on standby for the clean-up. Place the orange paper in front of you and then get your child to place their hand in the black paint making sure they cover their whole hand. Place this firmly on one side of the paper, then get them to repeat the process but this time with the hand facing in the opposite direction. Make sure that the bottom of the palms overlap  – this part will make the body. Allow this part to dry – the kids can then accessorise the spider with a spider’s web and cobweb in the corners (this can be done with marker pens or paint).

5. Paper plate pumpkins

Last, but by no means least, we have our paper plate pumpkins. These are another really simple, inexpensive craft idea for Halloween and great for all ages. It also allows your children to express their creativity by creating different faces on the plates.

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What you need:

  • Paper plates
  • Black paper / card
  • Orange paint
  • Green paper (or tissue paper)
  • Glue
  • Wooden ice cream sticks (optional)

How to make it:

Start by taking your paper plate and painting the whole thing orange. If you do this right at the start and then leave these to dry they should be ready to work with when the face is ready (depending how liberal the painting has been!).

Next, start creating the elements for the pumpkin’s face. Take the black paper or card and cut out triangles for the eyes and nose and then a mouth in whatever shape your child wants. You may need to help your children with scissors at this point, but it’s also a great time for them to practice while you supervise. Lastly, from the green paper or tissue paper cut out a large leaf shape to be placed at the of the pumpkin.

Once the plate is dry, simply glue all the pumpkin elements onto the face, with the green leaf at the very top of the pumpkin.

 

That completes our Top 5 Halloween craft ideas. We’ve tried to choose nice simple crafts which will hopefully use craft materials you may already have in the house (it’s always annoying when you have to make a special shopping trip for craft projects). They’re also all super simple and inexpensive, and so great for younger children to get involved too. Remember to tag us using #stickerscape with any of your fantastic creations!

Happy Halloween!

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