Two Easy Halloween Crafts To Do With A Child Sent Home From School Poorly (But Not All That Ill). 

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After being sent home from school poorly yesterday, I made Freya a snuggly bed on the sofa, gave her the iPad and expected her to rest. 

And she did.

For five minutes. 

Literally.

“I think we should go outside and play football, the fresh air will do me good,” she said.

It was a nice try, she’s definitely learning how to push my buttons but, on this occasion, it was a no. I wanted her to be aware that being sent home from school was a serious thing, not just an excuse to play all afternoon.

She definitely wasn’t herself, had a slight temperature and was losing her voice but there was no way she was going to just lie on the sofa, which is what I’d like to do if I was ill, so I went for the middle ground – and got the craft stuff out.

October is Freya’s second favourite month because it has Halloween in it, which she loves even more than Christmas. She suggested we could decorate the house this year but is frightened of all the decorations in the shops (plus I refuse to buy them anyway). Luckily I had some ideas and Pinterest helped with the rest.

Spooky/Autumnal Jam Jars.

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You will need:

Jam jars.

Masking tape.

Paints.

Scissors.

Black pen.

Pencil.

LCD candle.

If you’ve been reading for a while, you will know I have a ‘thing’ for jam jars. I’ve managed to give a few away but keep a stockpile, just in case. 

Obviously, as they are glass, this craft might not be suitable for younger children.  Freya  quite often paints vases and I thought they would make a cool spooky fake candle holder along with a more autumnal one. The plan was to make two but then Freya came up with the idea of making a fox. I was a bit worried it looked more like a pumpkin but either worked.

Step 1.

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I asked Freya to write a list of things she associates with Halloween. I then did my best to draw some of them on to masking tape.

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Step 2.

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While Freya is a dab hand with scissors now, it’s a bit fiddly with sticky tape so I cut the shapes out and handed them to her to stick on.

Step 3.

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Paint the jars. Yes, she is wearing a witches hat and using two brushes. Whatever floats your boat, right?

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Step 4.

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After they have dried, carefully (or not in Freya’s case) peel off the tape. This can be the end but I used a marker pen to define them. I think it works well. If I was feeling really fancy I might put some ribbon around the top to make it look a bit more appealing. It’s quite hard to take photos in the dark but you get the idea.

Top tip: If you use washable paint you can clean the jam jars after a suitable period and reuse them for more painting fun.

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Toilet Roll Halloween Decorations.

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You will need:

Toilet rolls.

Card and paper.

Googly eyes.

Pipe cleaners.

Scissors.

Double sided tape.

Glue.

One of the things I ponder quite regularly is how we as a family of three go through so many toilet rolls – I’m seriously thinking of rationing paper.

On the plus side it means I did have a supply in the recycling bin to use for this craft.

Freya is a huge fan of the Hotel Transylvania films and was keen to make the entire cast. We settled on Drac with the promise to make more at a later date. I’m sure you can work out how to do this yourself but just in case…

Step 1.

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Roll the toilet roll in card or crepe paper.

Step 2.

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Decorate as desired. There a huge selection of things to make on Pinterest (I’ve made a board). I had a look at what craft stuff we had (a severe shortage of black card) and, along with Drac, the cat and pumpkin fit best.

Step 3.

Hang them up. It’s a bit too early for that at the moment but my plan is to hang them around the living room nearer Halloween.

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So there you go, that’s how we spent some of Freya’s afternoon off school. Hopefully she will be heading back today, if she’s well enough – otherwise it might be time to start on the Christmas decorations!

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My Sunday Photo – October 29th, 2017.

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If you’ve already read my crafting post you will have seen these photos before, sorry. I couldn’t resist using them again as it is almost Halloween. Freya is a huge fan of the occasion and we made these mini top hat fascinators for her to wear as the hats you can buy always drown her.

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Have you got any plans for Halloween? I don’t like trick or treating but I might make Freya some creepy cakes for after school.

To see what other people have submitted for the My Sunday Photo link please click on the camera below.

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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.