Paper is probably the best material to use for crafts because they are versatile and very easy to use. If you are looking for the perfect crafts this October, you might as well settle on easy paper Halloween crafts. Here are some of them.
Bags For Trick or Treat
Trick-or-treat bags are one of the easiest Halloween crafts to make. The simplest trick or treat bag design would be pasting pumpkin cut outs made from pieces of orange, black and green construction paper. If you want to be more creative with these easy paper Halloween crafts, you can cut out different facial features from construction paper to paste on the bag. You can add special scary features like fangs and horns. Fill the bag with goodies and fold and close the top with some tape. Cut some yarn and glue on the fold for hair.
One of the most versatile materials you can use in Halloween crafts-making is the paper plate. Any Halloween decoration with a circular shape like a wreath or a pumpkin could be made out of paper plates. Aside from decorations, a variety of homemade masks can be made out of them like a witch mask.
The first step in making witch masks is to paint the back of the paper plate with a light, lime or mint green color. Let it dry and carefully cut out eye slots. You can trace the outline of the slots with black ink for effect. For the nose, cut a triangle from a piece of green construction paper and fold the triangle in half. Put some glue on the two long edges of the triangle and attach to the center of the plate just below the eyes. Cut a squiggly mouth from black construction paper and paste below the nose. Cut circles from brown construction paper for moles and warts.
To make the witch's hat, make a triangle with curved edges from black construction paper. Then, glue this to the top of the plate. Cut a long thin strip of construction paper and paste just below the triangular hat to serve as the hat's base. Cut holes and insert rubber bands on the opposite sides of the mask. There are no other easy paper Halloween crafts than this.
You will need additional materials for these easy paper Halloween crafts. Get a circular object such as an old ping pong ball. Cut white crepe paper into long strips with widths that are slightly wider than the circumference of the ball. Stick the ball onto the center of one crepe strip. Put adhesive on the back of the crepe and ball and lay it horizontally on a vertically positioned strip. You should now have a cross of two strips with the ball at the center.
Stick another strip of crepe to the back of the ball, and using the other strips, paste or glue them diagonally. Stick a fourth strip going in the opposite direction. Gather the remaining strips and continue sticking horizontally, vertically and diagonally.
Insert your hand under so that you are holding the very base of the pieces of glued crepe. Invert the strips such that the ball becomes completely covered. Gather the strips together and tie at the bottom of the ball. Draw ghostly features on the ball with a marker. Thread a piece of double white yarn on a small square of white cartolina and knot at the bottom. Stick the piece of cartolina on the head of your ghost.
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To make this fun Halloween decoration you will need a white balloon, scissors, white plastic grocery or garbage bags, tape, string and a black marker. Cut the plastic bags into strips leaving an uncut edge to hold the strips together. Blow up the balloon. Tape the cut up bags around the balloon to make the ghost's body. Make sure the balloon is upside down when you tape the bags on so that you have something to hang the ghost from. Draw a face on the balloon to make the ghost's head. Tie a string to the balloon and hang the ghost up.
Egg Carton Spider
For this craft project you will need an egg carton, googly eyes, scissors, pipe cleaners and crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Cut one section out of the egg carton. For more details www.greateducationonline.com Poke four holes in each side of the cup with scissors. Put a pipe cleaner into each of the holes and bend them to look like spider legs. Draw a face on the spider with crayons, markers, or colored pencils.
Supplies needed for this craft are yarn, scissors, pipe cleaners, cardboard, glue and googly eyes. Cut yarn into a 2 foot long piece and a yard long piece. Cut a piece of cardboard into a 3 inch by 2 inch rectangle. Loosely wrap the yard of yarn around the cardboard piece. Take the yarn off the cardboard, being careful to make sure the loops stay together. Put 4 pipe cleaners on the yarn loops. Tie the yarn loops and pipe cleaners together tightly with the 2 foot piece of yarn. Cut the loops in half to make a pompom shape. Bend the pipe cleaners in the shape of spider legs. Glue googly eyes onto the spider.
Pasta and Beans Skeleton
This craft project is made with a piece of black construction paper, glue, dried beans and several types of pasta (small shells, wagon wheels, ziti, elbow macaroni, salad macaroni, spaghetti, spirals, etc.). Lay out the pasta and beans in the shape of a skeleton. Elbow macaroni is good for ribs. Spaghetti can be used as toes and fingers. Small shells or small beans make good joints. Lima beans are perfect for hips. After you are satisfied with the layout of your skeleton, glue it down.
For this craft project you will need Elmer's glue, a small paper clip, googly eyes, wax paper and string. On wax paper, make a ghost shape out of your glue. Unbend the paper clip and reform it into a V. Stick the ends of the V into the glue at top of the ghost's head. For more details www.greatindustrialguide.com Put googly eyes on the ghost's head. After a few days, the glue will turn completely clear. Peel it off the wax paper and thread your string through the paper clip to turn it into a necklace.
Make a perfect Halloween party item by gathering a balloon, newspaper, flour, water, a bowl, a pot, a wooden spoon, scissors, orange craft paint, a paintbrush and a black marker. Make papier-mache glue by mixing 1/2 cup of flour into 1/2 cup of water. Then stir the flour and water mix into 2 cups of boiling water. Simmer for a few minutes. Let it cool. Take newspaper and tear into 1 inch wide strips. Dip strips of paper in the glue and wrap around the balloon. Repeat process, covering the entire balloon. Let a layer dry and then add another layer. It dry completely, then pop the balloon, and remove it. Cut a small hole in the top to put in the candy. Decorate with the orange craft paint and black marker, making a jack-o-lantern face. Hang the pinata and have a party!
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Creamotion Brads can be used for decorating scrapbook pages, cards, and so on.
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Children love quilling, with all the colored paper strips and the chance to create something all their own. As you practice your quilling skills, and experiment with designs, you may want to invite the other members of your family, or your friends, to practice quilling with you.
Although quilling takes a little dexterity and some coordination, it's not beyond most grade-school age kids, and if projects are kept within their abilities, kids will come up with some great ideas.
Working with kids and quilling means going back to your first time trying to hold your quilling tool correctly and keep a coil tight. The best thing to remember is that quilling is funno rules apply to the best' way to do anything and any shape that is quilled can be used for making anything your heart desires.
Loose coils in gray can create an elephant's belly, and curly spirals can be a tail. Brightly colored teardrops can become balloons and tight coils glued in stacks can become spinning tops. Kids can draw a design first, and then fill it with shapes they've quilled. They can cut out shapes, or use a paper punch, in several pieces of colored paperthen lay them in a stack to create a layered look. Then these can have quilled shapes added, either in designs of particular things or creatures, or simply as abstract shapes on a multi-colored sea.
Holidays can be the perfect time to bring your family into quilling. Christmas time comes to mind with quilled Santas and Holiday decorations. Remember your wreath!
Quilling can be fun and rewarding for anyoneeven the guys in your life! Many quillings reflect masculine themes and abstract styles, and this artistic past time can be as relaxing as tying trout flies, working puzzles or whittling wood. As we say, quilling is without boundaries, so everyone can come join the fun!
Popular examples show kits available from many fine quilling craft suppliers and provide a wonderful way to work on Christmas quillings with your family.
Gather the kids and create a Santa for a Holiday decoration, a card for the grandparents, the favorite teacher or best friend. Everyone can the basic shapes that make up this fun pattern.
Take a moment to read through the instructions beforehand, and of course, have enough tools for everyone and gather up plenty of materials, so everyone can quickly dive into the fun. Some little fingers may have trouble using a quilling tool, but should be able to glue pieces together just fine. Before you know it, you've got a quilling party going!
Assembling a quilling design is as fun as putting together a puzzleonly more, because the pieces are hand made and the 'puzzle' stays together!
The Angels kit is a great example of quillings that can allow for personal artistic expression while still learning to follow a design correctly to achieve the finished piece.
Color combinations are the obvious options to play with here, but the spirals and scrolls used for angel hair could also be used on whatever pattern you wished. This would be an excellent opportunity to try your hand at miniature quilling as well.
Perhaps the family, or you and your best buds, would enjoy working with such a pattern together? Your creations could grace cards, gift boxes or maybe hang from the tree, or in a window.
Go through the pattern with the others and ask for ideas on color schemes and uses for the finished pieces. Have plenty of color variety in your paper strips, maybe including some foils, graduated papers or two-toned papersan added bit of fun can be a crimping tool for crinkled paper.
Or, perhaps you can ask everyone to bring some accessory they would like to add to their piece? Beads, sequins, glitter, ribbons, silk threadswhatever sparks the imagination.
Again, and always, the idea is to have fun, be creative and enjoy yourself!
Animals, of any kind, are favorite quilling subjects. Whether you're going for a realistic look or a caricatureor your own interpretation of a critterquilling it will be an adventure. The examples below illustrate exception works of quilling where animals claimed the artists' imagination and they, in turn, captured their subject uniquely.
There are a number of beginner's kits with patterns for small animal shapes. These designs allow anyone starting out in quilling to learn yet another design skill that brings them closer to being able to create their own designs.About the Author: Claire's website has a Step by Step guide on Quilling. Please visit her site for more info on quilling patterns. Article Originally Published On: http://www.articlesnatch.com
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Halloween isn't far away and there are plenty of things that you can get the kids making for the occasion to keep them busy. Here are just a couple of holiday craft ideas.
Pumpkin candle holders: You don't need huge pumpkins for these, in fact lots of smaller ones are more fun. Carefully slice the top off your pumpkin (this should be done by an adult as a large sharp knife is needed) and get the kids by the sink or a bowl to scoop out the flesh. Don't throw it away as you can either roast it as a veg to go with your holiday meal or to make a wonderful soup with a bit of orange and cumin. Now get the older kids to cut out eyes, nose and a big toothy mouth with a small sharp knife. Insert a candle or t-light and put the lid back on.
You can put these in your window so that people passing by can see them or just put them on the table to light on the night or make a wire handle so you can carry them when you're trick or treating.
Witch's or wizard's hat: You'll need a semi-stiff black card (you must be able to bend and fold it), glue, scissors and a pair of compasses for this. If you haven't got compasses then you can use a drawing pin, piece of string and a pencil.
Measure the head you want the hat to fit with a piece of string and draw a circle to the right size. About half an inch inside that circle draw another one and about two inches outside the first circle draw a third one. Cut all the way around the outer circle then cut out the centre at the inner circle then every inch or so snip a line to the middle circle. Bend the snipped bits upwards and you will later be able to glue the brim of your witch's hat to the main piece.
To make the main part of the hat, put your compass or drawing pin with string attached in the corner of the card and draw a quarter circle which will be wide enough to fit the head when folded plus enough for a seam. Cut along the line of the quarter circle and gently form the card into a cone to check the fit. Glue the cone into shape then put glue on the outside of the bits you turned upwards on the brim and stick them inside the cone. Leave to dry and you have your witch's or wizard's hat. Decorate with silver stars or cats if you like.
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