So, on Twitter I've been posting pics of some of the [lame-ass] quick & dirty Halloween Crafts that I've been doing with TLNG. Cara Mama asked if I would mind sharing the 'How To' of the Notorious Ghosts, Spooky House and Glitter Pumpkin.
And so, here we are.
There are a few things you should know before we get started. 1) I am a half-assed crafter. At absolute BEST. 2) I made these crafts with a 3 year old. 3) I made them without the intention of posting a 'How To' and so there is no real photo-documentation of a step-by-step nature, which would seem to be the bare minimum requirement of a for-real craft post (see Number 1.)
The key to doing almost any [half-assed] craft with kids is knowing and respecting their developmental level-slash-attention span. Trying to do too much or something too complicated usually ends in tears of frustration (yours) and time outs (theirs. Or, maybe yours too.) For a 3 year old, I'd say 10 minutes TOPS, with the task being simple-like. Even pre-making things for the kid to assemble and embellish works well, too.
The Notorious Paper Towel Ghost Slacker-Craft
Newspaper or other kind of paper
Paper towels (or tissue or square pieces cut from an old sheet--which would cut down on the half-assedness, though, so do that at your own risk.)
Tape (or yarn or string)
Thread (or yarn or string)
1) Wad up a little ball of newspaper.
2) Wrap paper towel or tissue around it and use tape or yarn or string to tie it off, underneath the 'head' of the ghost.
3) Let your kid get her grubby mitts on the Sharpies, like she is always DYING TO DO, to make a spooky face (or a nice one! Ghosts can be nice too! Crazy-skerrd of everything 3 year olds will tell you that! REPEATEDLY!)
4) Tie a piece of thread around the neck and to the back of the ghost head and then use tape to fasten it wherever. (You don't need to tape it up the back of the head if you want them to dangle from the ceiling but it will keep them 'upright' against a window or whatever.)
The Spoooooky House Slacker-Craft
This one came about because after the ghosts, my kid said, 'Why don't we have a Spooky House for the window, Mommy?'
So I looked on The Internet for 'Spooky House Template' and got one to [copy from] inspire me.
Black, yellow & green construction paper
Scissors or exacto knife
1) Use pen to [copy] approximate the outline of the Spooky House. Keeping in mind (as all half-assed, slacker-crafters will) that the lines on the Spooky House are not meant to be straight. So, your usual [crooked as hell] eyeballing it will be fine. NO NEED FOR A STRAIGHT-EDGE!! (The Call of the Slacker-Crafter.)
2) Using the side of one scissor blade (or an exacto) cut out the window parts. Use the scraps to cut out a few [blackbirds. bats. blackbirds.] bats.
3) Layer the green under the black and tape on.
4) Layer the yellow behind the black so it shows through the openings. Cut a big rounded top, to look like the moon.
5) Glue-stick (Or half-ass tape, like I did) on the [Blackbirds. Bats. Blackbirds.] bats and tape the whole shebang, face-out, onto your window.
The (Actual Real Craft) Glitter Pumpkin (AKA: Bastardized Martha Stewart for 3 year olds.)
This one made me LOL. I happened to watch a 4 minute On Demand 'Glitter Pumpkin Craft' clip from Martha Stewart. My kid said, 'Mommy, can we do what that woman did?' She even remembered the directions.
So, how is a Half-Assed Crafter supposed to say no to THAT?
We got some fancy-ass glitter and we used the pumpkin that she *picked* at her preschool.
A Fuck-ton of Fancy-ass glitter (or, you know, a fuck-ton of regular glitter) of your kids' color choice.
Cookie sheet lined with paper
School glue (in one of the bowls)
Acrylic Paint for stem (I used old ass acrylics that were laying around.)
1) Put the pumpkin on the cookie sheet (Martha said to never pick it up by its stem but TRUST, we used that bitch like a HANDLE) and brush school glue* on half the pumpkin. Use a teaspoon to scoop glitter (out of another bowl) and sprinkle it all over the glued area.**
*I gave her a brush for [smearing the fuck-all out of the glue] spreading the glue and I used my brush to wipe the glue trail off her brush and to even out the glue she [smeared the fuck-all-OVER] applied.
**I turned the pumpkin around and around and up and down to present her with 'holes' for her to 'sprinkle' (read: dump entire contents of spoon directly DOWNWARD.)
2) Wait for that half to dry. (I did a pre-bought easy crafty to do in between, I KNOW.)
3) Repeat on the other side.
4) Wash your glue brushes.
5) When it's reasonably dry, get a little acrylic paint (a darkish color) and put it in a bowl. Dip the brush in and paint the stem. (This step might be optional but it really makes it look pretty.)