September 2019 archive

DIY Monster Crafts

| Early Elementary, Grown-Up, Halloween, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Tween to Teen

Slime. Will the rage ever go away? We LOVE slime at Project Kid, and when it comes to crafting for Halloween, it was so easy to make this cute monster house with a slime theme! Making monsters might be our favorite type of project because there are no rules. We are not trying to make our characters look like something that already exists, so let your kids be creative and use what you have in your craft drawer!

Start with a shoebox and go from there. Maybe your monster house has three stories? Remember…no rules, NO RULES!

1.Use double-stick tape to cover the inside of a small shoebox (approximately 6x9x3 in.) and a square gift box (approximately 3x3x3 in.) with craft paper. We used solid black on floors and ceilings and patterns on walls.

2. With a pencil, trace each box opening onto Astrobright vulcan green paper, and within the traced shape draw a wavy, drippy slime border, as shown. Cut out and glue around the open side of each box.

3. Add accessories to the room like art on the wall (framed in straws), a Lego table slimed with puffy paint (don’t worry; it peels right off!), or a pendant lamp made with a mini paper cup and a yellow bead for the lightbulb.

3 Ways to Make a Monster: blender + pipe cleaner + googly eyes

2. pom-pom + paper straws + googly eyes

3. kitchen sponge + felt

Photo by Dane Tashima, Styled by Pam Morris.

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Day of the Dead Craft

| Early Elementary, Halloween, Holidays, Older Elementary, Tween to Teen, Upcycled

When designing Halloween crafts, sometimes you get sick of the old orange and black. This Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos craft is the exception to that rule. This playhouse is made with just two pieces of cardboard slotted together, so the construction couldn’t be easier. Plus, if you want to put it away and save it for next year, it’s easy to flatten and store.

All of the little details are what make it super special from the spool tissue paper flowers to the sugar skull art on the wall! See below for how we made this for Parents Magazine.

1.Cut out two 12×16-in. pieces of cardboard. Then cut a long side of each rectangle into a house shape so that the sides are 10 in. tall and the center peak is 12 in. tall, as shown.

2. Paint the cardboard pieces on both sides in bright colors. Let dry.

3. Starting at the bottom of one piece, cut a 10-in. slit up the center. Then starting at the top of the other piece, cut a 2-in. slit down the center. (These pieces will slot together to form an X.)

4. Draw door shapes onto the walls and cut them out. (Optional: Leave one side of door attached, and bend it for a functioning door.)

5. Slide the two pieces of cardboard together to form the house.

6. Create a duct-tape border (optional). Along the top edges, adhere pieces of duct tape, sticky sides together, with about a 3/4-in. overhang. Trim the overhang into scallop shapes (it doesn’t need to be perfect!) and punch a hole in the center of each scallop. Then wrap a piece of duct tape around each vertical outside edge, as shown.

7. Add accessories to the rooms like sugar-skull art on the wall (made from paper and stickers), a cardstock-and-string garland, mini tissue-paper flowers, paper-straw candles, and a colorful felt rug.

Photo by Dane Tashima, Styled by Pam Morris.

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Cardboard Haunted House

| Age, Early Elementary, Grown-Up, Halloween, Holidays, Older Elementary, Preschool, Tween to Teen

The idea of turning your child’s dollhouse into a haunted house is a little grim, but if you build one out of the hundreds of cardboard boxes that pass through your life on a daily basis, it’s, well, passable and you don’t have to worry about it creeping you out past October 31st.

This DIY cardboard mansion that I made for Parents magazine was a feat of architectural proportions. We saved so many boxes and stacked until we found the perfect shape. The best part of making these is that you don’t have to have the exact cardboard boxes that I have…you can use shoeboxes, cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, etc!

It’s so easy…no witch-craft required!

1.Stack various boxes together until you create the shape you want, then glue to each other with craft or hot glue. If using craft glue, let dry several hours. (The house pictured is 35×25 in. and was made with about ten boxes.)

2. Paint boxes dark gray with acrylic craft paint. At the same time, paint toilet-paper and paper-towel tubes. Let dry.

3. Attach painted tubes as columns and spires. Top the spires with half circles of black paper curled and taped into cones. Roof pieces: Bend a piece of cardboard into a V shape; hold that shape and trace a triangle onto another piece of flat cardboard two times. Then cut out the triangles and glue or tape them to the front and back of the folded cardboard V. Repeat to make more. Paint roof pieces black and let dry. Use orange puffy paint to create a shingled roof pattern. Windows: Glue sets of four yellow squares or rectangles to the boxes to make windowpanes. Cut shutters from cardboard or cardstock and glue on. Doors: Cut doors out of cardboard or yellow paper; glue on beads for doorknobs.

make a witch from a toilet paper tube

1.Paint 1/3 of another toilet-paper tube green and 2/3 black. Let dry.

2. To make the hair, cut a 2×4-in. piece of black or gray felt and fringe it with scissors. Wrap hair around top of tube, and cut bangs over forehead. Glue into place.

3. Draw or paint eyes, cheeks, and mouth on green section with markers.

4. For the hat, cut a circle of black felt 1/2 in. wider than the diameter of the tube and glue to the top. Roll a half circle of felt into a cone and glue on top.

5. Wrap and glue a piece of black felt around the tube as the witch’s cape.

Photo by Dane Tashima, Styled by Pam Morris.

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