Thrifty Craft Ideas

My two year old and I made a Pumpkin Face Spinner today before nap time. We had so much fun making it. I let her color the pumpkins, while I used scissors to cut out the pumpkin. We made a good team and she loved how it turned out. She even took it to bed for nap-time. An easy low cost  Halloween craft project perfect for school parties, family parties, Boy Scouts or other groups of kids! Hope your kids love making this Pumpkin Face Spinner!halloween-crafts-for-kids-pumpkin-face-spinner-low-cost-and-easy-perfect-for-a-school-party-or-church-group-boy-or-girl-scout-halloween-craft-ideas

Pumpkin Face Spinner ~ Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids

What you need to make your Pumpkin Face Spinner:

You can buy all the supplies for your Pumpkin Face Spinner online, or you can find most of them at your local dollar store. I found everything I needed for this project at, Dollar Tree. I love that this Halloween craft is low cost but, still loaded with fun.  As my kids came home from school they all wanted to spin it and see all the silly faces, even my older kids.

Start by drawing or tracing a pumpkin shape on the bottom edge of the black plate. If you do not feel like you can draw a pumpkin shape there are printable pumpkins shapes here. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the pumpkin shape.  I did this part of the project and let my 2 year old do the coloring.

Next, place the black plate on top of the white plate. Use a pencil to trace the pumpkin shape onto the white plate. Spin the plate until you make it all the way around the plate with pumpkin shapes.  Color the pumpkins first then add the faces. We tried crayons, but loved the bold bright colors that we got with the orange Sharpie markers.  If you use markers make sure they are permanent  so they do not smear all over.

Once your child is done coloring, place the black plate on top. Find the center of the plate and press a brad through and separate the brad legs in back to secure the to plates together. You will want to try to put the brad as close to the middle as you can.  If you get it off centered, the plates will get a lopsided as you spin them.

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Halloween Spider Plate craft fun decoration or party activity
Halloween Spider Plate craft fun decoration or party activity

Sometimes making these fun Halloween crafts is more about keeping the kids occupied while its cold and wet out side. This Halloween Spider Plate Craft is perfect for a school party, or fall or Halloween party at home. It is super easy, very inexpensive and most of the supplies you probably already have.

Supplies:

Directions-

 

1. Lay an old newspaper down on your working surface and squirt a small amount of black paint onto your paper plate
2. Use your foam paint brush to paint your plate black and let dry
3. Carefully hot glue your googly eyes onto the top center of your black plate
4. Now place a dot of hot glue onto the top side of the plate and on the backside in the same spot
5. Place the end of your yarn sticking onto the back and front hot glue and start wrapping your yarn around the place, leaving the eyes open
6. Add a couple more dots of glue in places where the yarn might slip off
7. Once you’ve got as much yarn as you want around your plate, glue the end piece to the back of the plate

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Halloween Bag Pirate Trick or Treat Paper bag craft

Halloween Bag Pirate Trick or Treat Paper bag craft

Halloween is just around the corner. And our kids have already been thinking of how much candy they are going to get one minute and then the next what costume they are going to wear. My girls have gone from princesses to witches to scary zombie princesses, even my 3 year old! She even wanted to be a pirate princess! This year this Halloween Bag Pirate paper bag craft can be made as is or add your own Pirate flair! Change the shirt and the color of the flowers… add a little drinking cup plastic sword that you see in craft stores. You name it and have fun!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

1 brown paper lunch bag
Scissors
Glue stick or pen
1 sheet of peach construction paper
1 sheet of black construction paper
piece of red felt
piece of black felt
piece of white felt
1 small white lace doile
2 Googly eyes – medium size
5 gold glitter stickers (found in embellishment aisle of craft stores or here online)
1 gold earring (I used a keychain ring)
1 white feather
Pirate Paper Bag Craft Halloween

DIRECTIONS

1.  For the pirate face, cut out a 3 1/4 inch long by 5 inch rectangle piece from the peach paper that fits the bottom part of the lunch bag. With the glue stick, glue it onto the bag.
2.   Cut out a 7 1/2 inch long by 5 inch wide piece of red felt. Glue the felt to the body of the paper bag. This will be the pirate shirt.
3.  Cut out the shape of a pirate hat from the black piece of felt. Glue the bottom of the hat onto the top of the face.
4.  Draw a cross and skull bones on the white felt piece. Cut it out with scissors and glue it to the middle of the hat.
5.  Cut a strip of red felt about 8 inches long and 3/4 inch wide for the scarf that fits under the hat. Glue the scarf onto the pirate face directly underneath the pirate hat. Let the end pieces fall to the right side of the face.
6.  Glue both eyes onto the face, You can get some here.

Pirate Paper Bag Craft Halloween DIY

Add some Ruffles

7.   For the ruffled shirt, cut off the sides of the doile. Place the top of the doile directly under the face and position it in the middle of the red felt body. Glue to the red felt.
8.  Cut out a small circle for the nose and a wavy beard from the black construction paper. Glue the nose to the face. Glue the beard directly under the nose and on top of the doile.
9.  Add 3 gold adhesive stickers to the middle of the red jacket below the doile.
10. Add a gold stick-on “button” to both shoulders.
11.  Poke a hole on the far left side of the pirate face and insert the gold earring.
12.  Finally, attach the tip of the feather to the back of the pirate hat with glue (or you could use tape).
13.  Enjoy your DIY pirate craft!

 

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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes. But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten. There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it, but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing, or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Next

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

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Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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