Easy To Make Mini Top Hat Halloween Fascinators #BostikBlogger

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As I’ve mentioned before, Freya LOVES Halloween and I will admit that if I see a spooky costume in a charity shop – at any point in the year – I always buy it for her, even if it’s too big (she’ll grow).

The problem is that every hat/head adornment we’ve come across has always swamped her, often even when it’s her size. It will fall down over her eyes or slide off the minute she moves her head.

With that in mind, I decided to have a go at making her two headpieces with some of the items from this month’s Tots 100 Bostik Blogger craft box (kindly sent to us by Craft Merrily). It’s slightly haphazard (because that’s the only way I know how to craft) but Freya is pleased – and that’s the main thing.

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For two mini hats, you will need:

2 pieces of A4 card (ideally sparkly black).

Sparkly foam card.

A piece of web net.

Two pipe cleaners.

Eight coloured legs.

Four googly eyes.

Bostik Glue Dots.

Bostik White Glue.

Scissors.

An Alice band.

Two items to make circle shapes (one big, one smaller).

How to make:

 

 

1. We made the spider one first and I started with the body of the hat, which is just a strip of cardboard rolled up. I didn’t measure it (naturally) but just cut it to what looked like a good height for a mini hat. I then rolled it around the smaller of the glasses and cut it to size to ensure the top of the hat would fit in it. I stuck it together using three glue dots plus some glue just to be safe.

 

 

2. Next I made the top. I got Freya to draw around the smaller glass and then I cut it out leaving a border of about 2cms-ish to trim into so that I had something to stick to the inside of the tube.

 

 

3. Time to make the brim of the hat. Freya drew around the bigger glass first and then popped the smaller one inside and did the same with that. I realised that the outside circle wasn’t really big enough for the brim so I used it as a rough guide and cut about 3cms wider that the line. It doesn’t need to be perfect – at least that’s what I told myself. I then pushed a hole in the middle of the smaller circle using the scissors and cut triangles to the edge. I stuck those inside the hat using white glue.

Here’s my top tip – pipe cleaners are GREAT for covering any rough edges, such as where the brim meets the hat.

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4. While I was sticking the hat together, which is a bit fiddly, I set Freya to work on making the spider. This was a piece of sparkly foam card, two eyes and eight legs, which I got her to count and sort into matching colours. She wanted them all purple. She used glue dots to stick everything on, which she can do on her own (and without making any mess either. Bonus).

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5. Once the hat was all stuck together (and dry) I wrapped the web netting around it and stuck on spidey. We had some left over net so I thought I’d get a bit arty and add a bit more with a few sequins, which are supposed to represent prey (if you have a plastic bug you could stick that on too). You can see the finished article at the bottom of this post.

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6. We repeated the hat making process a second time but then decorated it with bat wings (just a piece of sparkly foam stuck on to card), eyes and lots of jewels.

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7. I used an Alice band we already had and it was actually quite helpful that it had a bow on it because I popped it inside the hat and it seemed to keep it more stable. I taped the brim of the hat to the band but I might also add something else, like gaffer tape, just to make it hold better.

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And here’s how it looks on. Cute huh?

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Now, we don’t really do trick or treating but I’m hoping that Freya might have an event at school or maybe we can have our own little Halloween party to make use of them. I might make myself one too.

Are you planning to make anything for Halloween? We are always on the look out for fun things to craft.

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Easy Monster Crafts For Children.

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When I was little, I was certain monsters lived under my bed – and I quite often got my mum and dad up in the middle of the night to check for me, which I am sure they were thrilled about (I know I would be).

Luckily, Freya is completely not fussed about anything that I would have found frightening and, in fact, Halloween is her favourite time of the year – facepaint, costumes AND chocolate (hmm, I’m beginning to see why she might like it).

When I heard the theme for first craft box the folks at Craft Merrily were going to send us (as part of our new role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers) was “monsters” I knew we were going to have some fun.

I’m not sure who was more excited when the box arrived (I think it might have been me) but we spent a very happy morning creating.

Here’s what we made:

Monster Rocks.

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There is a cool treasure hunt going on in Norfolk involving painted rocks.

Some of the designs have been amazing, like works of art, and I knew I wanted to do something with Freya and Monster Rocks seemed like a fab/easy idea.

You will need:

Rocks (remember it’s illegal in this country to take stones/rocks from the beach).

Acrylic paint or Sharpies.

Clear nail varnish.

Googly eyes (optional).

Bostik Glue Dots (optional).

First we gave the rocks a base colour. I wanted to do them all in primary colours but Freya was set on painting some white.

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When they were dry we added the detail. I let Freya do most of them but it was just too tempting to have a go myself. She’s only really just getting the hang of faces but monster faces were perfectly suited to her current skills. In fact I think hers are better than mine!

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We used the glue dots to stick the eyes on, which I am really impressed with (Freya could put them on so easily and there was no splodgy overspill when she squeezed a bit too hard) and we will definitely be using them again.

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What I hadn’t counted on was her wanting to keep the rocks for so long. I figured she would get bored after a day or so and we could hide them but they are still going strong. I will take the googly eyes off and draw them on when she is ready to release them, just in case an animal tries to eat them, so I haven’t varnished them yet.

I’m pretty sure this is happening all over the place now. If you’re interested, I would search Facebook, as that’s where the Norfolk group, which has more than 20,000 members, is run from.

Fimo monster.

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“What does a monster look like?” I asked Freya.

“Hmm, gross.”

“Ok, in what way. How many eyes would it have?”

“Maybe three. And horns!”

Right then! Challenge accepted.

You will need:

Two colours of Fimo.

Googly eyes.

Furry pipecleaner.

Bostik glue.

I’ve never used Fimo before but I knew it was modelling clay so I thought we should try and create the monster from her imagination.

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Initially it was quite tough to shape but once it was warmed up Freya managed to make two balls (one big and one small) from the red and then horns, eyes and a mouth from the white.

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We also made a white base to help him stand up (this was just a rolled out worm made into a circle). I poked two holes in his sides (using the pipe cleaner) for his arms.

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Then we popped him in the oven for 20 mins and when he was cool stuck googly eyes and then arms on by filling the holes with glue..

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I think it’s quite cool to keep and we will definitely be doing some more things with Fimo in the future.

Monster nests.

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You will need:

Cup cake cases.

Paint.

Feathers.

My new BFFs Bostik Glue Dots.

Glitter (optional).

Monsters have to come from somewhere, right? We decided to make nests for the eggs.

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Freya insisted on wearing her witch costume while we painted – although she would wear it every day if I let her. Thankfully she managed to keep the paint on the eggs (and her hands).

When they were dry she added some glitter glue before setting to work to make the nests.

She keeps telling me she can hear something moving inside so I am slightly worried every time I walk into the living room now, just in case there is a baby monster looking for a mummy to eat.

Toilet roll monsters.

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Empty toilet rolls are a favourite around these parts, they are just so versatile. It was a no brainer to make toilet roll monsters.

You will need:

Empty toilet rolls.

Pipe cleaners.

Little hands.

Lollipop sticks.

Patterned card.

Googly eyes.

Bostik glue.

Yes, you’ve guessed it, Bostik Glue Dots.

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First thing to do it cut the patterned card to size. Freya seemed to really enjoy this bit.

Gluing pretty much everything (including my fingers) seemed to go down very well too.

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Next it was time to add the hands and decorate them. Once again, I set her imagination free and let her stick whatever she wanted, wherever she wanted. I think the animal print one looks a bit like Rambo (not sure if I should be worried about me or her here).

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So there you have it, our first craft task completed. I hope you enjoyed, we certainly did. More next month.

We were sent a box of materials in order to make monster-themed crafts as part of our role as Bostik Bloggers. 

Easy Crafts For Children – Cereal Box Theatre.

FullSizeRender 11 2We had only been home from our little holiday an hour or so when Freya started rooting about in our little stash of crafting bits and bobs for something to make.

Luckily, instead of recycling useful cereal boxes I have been hiding them away since the start of the summer holidays and so, like some sort of amazing magician, I was able to pull the boxes out of a hat/cardboard box under the dining table.

“Ta daaaaa!” She looked distinctly unimpressed when I held up an old corn flakes box like it was baby Simba in the Lion King.

“Let’s make a theatre and we can put on a play.” Got a warmer response.

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Please excuse the state of the crafting mat.

I undid the box and turned it inside out so we had the lovely plain cardboard as the outside and then cut a chunk out of the front.

While I was doing that I got Freya to paint a backdrop to stick in. Originally I envisaged a magical Tinkerbell-inspired fairyland, as that was the play she wanted to put on, but she just wanted to paint it purple. Purple it was.

While that was drying I looked up “free fairy silhouettes” on the iPad and then traced a couple on to the leftover cardboard, which she then coloured in.

 

As she was colouring she kept mentioning other characters who were in the play (I wish I’d seen the script) including a unicorn, a witch, a princess and a squid (?!) so I diligently set about making those too.

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I coloured these ones and she decorated them with the stickers.

I attached them all to lolly sticks but then found that she wasn’t quite able to get her hand inside the theatre so we just used that as a backdrop. It actually worked ok because the story took a sudden twist and was now an underwater adventure – maybe I should have expected that with the squid? I was able to pull in the aquarium we’d made in a similar fashion one Sunday morning and use that. The story switched between the two.

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It’s been good fun – although one of the fairies turned out to be a ninja (?!) and the unicorn, played by yours truly, had to race in and tell her off for hitting.

As a follow up we visited the Theatre Royal, Norwich during their open day and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour (and free ice-cream and face painting). It’s safe to say, Freya loved it (I practically had to drag her off the stage) – and that was before we even got to the bit where you could try on costumes.

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In other fun/shocking news, I’m now a Bostik Blogger, which means we will be receiving a box of crafts in the post each month and we have to make something on a different theme (don’t worry, I sent some links of our previous efforts after we were invited and they were still happy to have us!). We’ve just had our first one and it was so much fun (there was Fimo and I’ve never used Fimo before). Look out for regular crafting posts.