Halloween Lanterns

These pumpkin lanterns are so cute!  The best part is you can make them with material that you have at home.

Halloween crafts

Materials:
Tin can
Clamp
Hammer and nail
Sandpaper
Metal primer
Acrylic paints: orange and black
Several yds of 18–20-gauge black annealed stovepipe wire
Tacky glue (we used Aleene’s Original)
Votive candle

Instructions:
Clamp can to table and poke holes for handle on opposite sides 1/2″ below top with hammer and nail.

Sand, prime, then paint outside of can orange.
Pencil outline of a jack-o’-lantern face on front and punch holes along outlines. Paint face black. Let dry.

Wind 27″ wire around a bunch of pencils or a thick dowel; remove and fasten ends in holes. Glue votive in place. When candle is lit, bend handle away so it doesn’t heat up.

Never leave candles unattended.

Milk Jug Ghost Halloween Decoration

Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.

What you’ll need

  • Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
  • Black permanent marker
  • Craft knife
  • String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights

How to make it

  1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
  2. Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).
  3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

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DIY Make a Lawn Ghosts

Are you looking to add a new outside Halloween decoration?  Then this project is for you.  It is easy and doesn’t cost very much.  Get the whole family involved they will love making Lawn Ghosts in your yard.

DIY Make a Lawn Ghost

Click here for instructions on how to make this project.

Halloween Treat Tubes

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These Halloween treat tubes are super easy and fun for kids to make.  Your can use them for party favors, school treats, or just a fun activity for your own family.

Supplies:

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Halloween stickers or other decorations
  • Treats

Directions:

Fill your toilet paper rolls with candy or other treats.  Wrap the toilet paper roll with the tissue paper leaving 2″ on each side.  Tie each end with ribbon and decorate with stickers or other decorations.  And whalaa your done.

Activity: Simple Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Your kids will have no problem making these cute pumpkins made by craft elf.

toilet paper pumpkin craft

Supplies:

  • Fabric 22″ square, solid orange or calico
  • Green felt 5″ x 2 1/2″
  • Craft paper 3″ x 6″ *
  • 1 Green pipe cleaner
  • Glue stick
  • Roll of toilet paper; the full roll not just the tube
  • Pencil or round chopstick

* If you don’t have craft paper, use a paper bag

Directions:

  1. Lay a 22″ square of orange fabric right side down on you work surface.
  2. Place a full roll of toilet paper in the center of your fabric square.
  3. Working your way all the way around the toilet paper, neatly tuck the fabric into the center of the toilet paper roll.
  4. Cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of craft paper.  Starting at one of the 3″ ends, roll the paper to form a tube which will be you stem.  Run a glue stick across the other 3″ end before you finish rolling the craft paper to secure it in place.
  5. Using the leaf pattern provided, trace and cut out one leaf from green felt.
  6. Lay the stem on top of the leaf.  Securely wrap one end of the green pipe cleaner around both the stem and the leaf.  Curl the other end of the pipe cleaner by wrapping it around either a pencil or chopstick, then slide the chopstick/pencil out.
  7. Place the end of the stem/leaf piece into the center of the roll of toilet paper and your pumpkin is ready to display.

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Activities: Easy Ghost Decorations

Supplies:

1 1/2″ Styrofoam ball

12″ Square white fabric (old sheets or pillowcase works great)

Black sharpie

Thin orange or black ribbon

White thread or fish line

Directions:

1    Lay the styrofoam ball in the middle of the fabric.

2   Gather up the fabric around the ball

3   Tie the fabric tight with the ribbon

4   Draw eyes with the sharpie

5   Thread the white thread or fish line through the top of the ghost head with a needle or tie it around the neck.

6   Hang the ghost up outside on a tree or outdoor lighting.

Activity-Kids: Spooky Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Have some Halloween fun with the kids!  These Spooky Pipe-Cleaner Spiders are easy to make.  Check it out…

Pipe Cleaner Spiders

Materials needed for Spooky Pipe-Cleaner Spiders:

  • Black or silver cap (small or large)
  • Craft glue
  • Google eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Click Here for Directions for Spooky Pipe-Cleaner Spiders:

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