Halloween Crafts

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft

by Jennifer Wieland
Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Halloween is my second favorite holiday next to Christmas. I enjoy breaking out spooky decor and doing the house up right in ghastly, ghoulish delight. This year I decided to add to my decorations with this fun Halloween gumball machine candy dish craft.

Instead of the traditional gumball machine I wanted to create a gumball machine look that you might find in a town full of witches and ghouls. To achieve this I skipped the traditional red and went with a black, green and grey color scheme. I have to say that I was so delighted and happy with the final result that I think I may make more to gift to people as a grownup Halloween treat.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

How do you make this fun Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish craft?

This really is an easy craft to make. The hardest part is waiting for paint and stain to dry.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Supplies:

1 round glass floral/rose bowl (my dollar store carries them in two sizes)

terra cotta clay flower pot

1 terra cotta clay saucer

1 flat washer

1 wing nut

1 round wooden bead

black spray paint

grey acrylic paint

green glass stain

hot glue sticks

hot glue gun

Jar Jewelry Halloween glass label (optional)

Candy

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Instructions:

  1. To get started you will need to make sure that your glass bowl will fit to completely cover the bottom (part with small hole) of your clay flower pot. You will also need to make sure that the clay saucer will cover the opening of the glass bowl without it being to large or to small.
  2. To stain the glass bowl you have two options. You can either use a paint or foam brush to paint the outside or you can put the stain inside the bowl and turn it to coat the interior. If you do the interior be sure to use wrapped candy. The glass stain will take a long time to dry. You should let it dry for at least 24 hours.
  3. Spray paint the clay flower pot, saucer and wooden bead. I paint the inside and the outside of the pot and saucer. Let them dry completely.
  4. Paint the washer and wing nut grey and let dry.
  5. Turn the flower pot upside down so the small hole is at the top and use the glue gun to put glue on it. Then attach the bottom of the glass bowl to the flower pot.
  6. Place the clay saucer upside down and put a bead of hot glue in the center to attach the wooden bead.
  7. On the clay pot affix the painted washer and wing nut so that they look like the opening of the gumball machine and the turning knob. This addition really gives this craft the look of a real gumball machine.
  8. If you are using a Halloween label affix it to the front of the glass bowl so that it lines up above of the washer and wing nut.
  9. Fill the glass bowl with candy and place the saucer top on the glass bowl. I used chocolates wrapped to look like gumballs and individually wrapped gumballs that looked like eyeballs. I liked the look of the two different sizes.

Halloween Gumball Machine Candy Dish Craft - A ghastly delight for all of the monsters, witches and ghouls in your life.

Some notes about this craft:

  • Use wrapped candies as this candy dish is painted.
  • This is not designed to and should not be washed.
  • You can run some hot glue along the inside of the clay saucer that will sit on the glass bowl to keep the glass and clay from clinking loudly.
  • I found the Halloween Jar Jewelry labels I used at Joann.

 

 

 


Halloween Fang Printable Perfect for Class Parties

by Jennifer Wieland
Halloween fang printable perfect for class parties or trick-or-treat handouts!

My two youngest boys love all things Halloween that involve spooky, gory and gross. I wanted to create a printable that I could pair with something that they would find amusing. I also wanted it to be something a little more mature. Something that tweens and teens would be amused by and not find babyish. I came up with the idea for this fun Halloween fang printable that’s perfect for class parties for tweens.

Halloween fang printable perfect for class parties or trick-or-treat handouts! 

This printable is a little on the macabre side and not at all cutesy like most of my printables. Since my two youngest boys are getting older though they like less of the cutesy and more of the ghastly and I am oddly fond of this creepy creation. The styles and colors are the perfect blend of classic vampire!

Halloween fang printable perfect for class parties or trick-or-treat handouts!

When I first came up with this idea for this Halloween fang printable when I was strolling through the dollar store. There I spotted bags of individually packaged fangs that also had a pouch of red liquid candy in them so that the plastic fang chompers could look like they’d just been in someone’s neck. I know, maybe it’s a little dark for some kids but I know there are plenty who are a bit older who will get a kick out of them. I can just picture my little monsters trying out their fangs and candy all while trying to say, “I want to suck your blood!” in their best vampire voices.

Halloween fang printable perfect for class parties or trick-or-treat handouts!

Are you ready to get your hands on your own set of these printables? Then all you need to do to print out this frighteningly, fun printable or to save this Halloween fang printable PDF file to your computer is to just click on the image below. A new window will open up with the file.

Halloween fang printable perfect for class parties or trick-or-treat handouts!

 

 

 


Halloween Mask Gift Idea Plus Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
Halloween Mask Gift Idea Plus Printable - A perfect option for classroom parties or trick-or-treaters with food allergies!

Halloween is right around the corner and that means classroom parties and treats for all the little ghosts and goblins that come knocking on your door as well. With all of the food allergies many schools no longer allow food or candy for class parties and Halloween trick-or-treating leaves many parents of children with food allergies in fear. Today, I am going to share with you an option that goes beyond the standard pencil or eraser that you no doubt, have countless of littering a drawer in your house. How about a Halloween mask gift idea plus printable to jazz it up to set your little monster apart at their class party or make your house the most sought after by food allergy families?

Halloween Mask Gift Idea Plus Printable - A perfect option for classroom parties or trick-or-treaters with food allergies!

This Halloween mask gift idea is such a simple one. If you’ve ever been to a craft store I’m sure that in the children’s section, seasonal area or near the registers you have seen those inexpensive wooden masks that are usually about $1. They are meant to be colored in by kids and you can find them in different varieties year round. This is such a perfect thing to hand out at Halloween since masks go with Halloween just like candy. Even better? Craft stores always have coupons so this can help cut the cost of this already inexpensive idea!Halloween Mask Gift Idea Plus Printable - A perfect option for classroom parties or trick-or-treaters with food allergies!

All of these wooden masks have wooden handles for the children to hold the masks up to their faces and these handles make a great spot for a wraparound printable. I created a simple and fun one to attach to each mask. There is a blank area on the back of each printable for your child to write who the mask is to and from our if you are simply handing these out to trick-or-treaters then you can leave it blank or sign it with your family name.

Halloween Mask Gift Idea Plus Printable - A perfect option for classroom parties or trick-or-treaters with food allergies!

To print out your own copy of the printable or to save it to your hard drive to print later just click on the picture below. 

Halloween Mask Gift Idea Plus Printable - A perfect option for classroom parties or trick-or-treaters with food allergies!

 

 

 

 


Handmade Disney Frozen Knit Elsa Hat

by Jennifer Wieland
Handmade Disney Frozen Elsa Hat

The things we do as mothers for our children! I love my kids to bits and I always want to see them as happy as possible like every other parent with their child but sometimes I know I can get a little carried away. Since January of this year Ellie has known that she was going to be Elsa for Halloween. Like many other little girls Elsa and Anna are the end all be all in Halloween costumes this year. We had planned on her using her No-Sew Elsa Dress that I made her just before my cruise but that one has become her play dress that she wears around the house all the time. No, for her she needed the real dress! Luckily I found a deal on that a few months back on Jane and ordered it for under $20. She was blissfully excited to see it arrive and I had to hide it at the top of her closet to keep her from it. Then she hit me with, “I want to have Elsa hair!” I know you are thinking what’s the big deal just get her the wig. The problem though is that she has had some dress up wigs for Snow White and Strawberry Shortcake and she hated them. She did not like keeping them on. So I was excited when Jane had a handmade Disney Frozen knit Elsa hat complete with braid.

The hat was adorable but I had a couple of problems with the ones I saw online. First off, each one had a blue crown knit into it. Now, I am more neurotic than most people but Elsa does not where a crown once she changes into her blue gown and lets her hair down and the crown she did have had been small and gold. My second issue was that the hats were made from white, white yarn. Elsa’s hair is not white, white but an off white, cream blonde sort of color. My third problem was that the braids were small and only attached to the very back of the hat. Lastly, my issue was that the hats were pricey to me. Last winter I taught myself to arm knit and then regular knit and I have made scarves and blankets but I had never made a hat. So of course I decided to teach myself to knit a hat and make my Elsa hat.

Handmade Disney Frozen Elsa Hat

Now I am not going to go into details because there are way better videos and instructions online than what I could ever provide as a novice knitter but I did want to share that I was able to successfully make a handmade Disney Frozen Knit Elsa Hat for my daughter and that she completely loves it! I simply knit a flat hat and then added fringe all the way around for the “hair”. I used 2 48″ pieces for each one. I then styled the “hair” by twisting two sections of fringe and adding another two all the way to the back on each side. I then braided the “hair” and tied it off with some yarn and then trimmed the end up so that it looked nice. Best part, it only cost me $2.75 for the yarn and she can wear it all winter now.

Handmade Disney Frozen Elsa Hat

Now, if you are like I was and want to learn how to knit I found the video series for beginner knitting on KnittingHelp.com to be a great help to me.

 

 

 


Halloween Disposable Coffee Cup Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
Halloween Disposable Coffee Cup Printable

Trick or treat… Three little words that distill giggles, fun and an ungodly amount of candy and sweets into the lives of children. You always see parents following behind dutifully watching their little ones have fun running from door to door while yelling out trick or treat to the kind homeowners handing out treats. It’s always lots of fun, but for the parents who just follow behind or hold the occasional bag wouldn’t it be nice to offer them a little pick me up? A hot cup of apple cider or coffee to chase a way the chill while supervising the kids because it’s usually quite chilly out here. A way to make that hot drink more fun and festive though is with this Halloween disposable coffee cup printable. This printable will add a spell of Halloween cheer to some plain store-bought disposable coffee cups with its witch’s brew art work.

For this project you will need to print out the free Halloween disposable coffee cup printable in color and cut it out along the black lines.

Halloween Disposable Coffee Cup Printable

Head to the store and buy a package of plain, disposable 16 oz. coffee cups and glue the wraparound labels onto the cups. Let the labels dry and then they are ready to use.

Halloween Disposable Coffee Cup Printable

Fill with your favorite hot drink and hand them out to the grown-ups with the trick or treating kids, use them as a fun thing in your office at work or leave the cups empty and fill with a packet of hot cocoa or tea bags and hand out to your kid’s teachers. It’s a super easy and very inexpensive way to put a smile on an adults face this Halloween because why should the kids have all the treats?

Click on the picture below. It will open up the file so that you can save it or print it out now.

Halloween Disposable Coffee Cup Printable

 

 


Girl’s Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

by Jennifer Wieland
Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

My daughter is so girly and I’m sure many would think she would be a total tomboy being the youngest of six and the only girl. The thing is though that she is the polar opposite of that. Her brothers tend to dote on her and give her what she wants and so she is a total high-maintenance diva. Being the little diva that she is means she also loves having her pretty clothing, fashionable shoes and the perfect accessories for every outfit and season at the old age of five. Luckily for her I like having a little girl to dress up and I help feed her diva tendencies. This week I did that by creating a girl’s chunky bubble jack-o-lantern necklace for her to wear with all of her Halloween outfits.

Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

The necklace was really easy to make and came out just as cute as I had hoped it would. This project was not only easy it was also inexpensive. Plus all of the supplies for it were found at my local craft store. The beads I used had a matte coating that gives them an almost rubber feel to them.

Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

Supplies:

2 sets of Blue Moon Beads 7″ Strand, Neon Orange Coated Glass, 12mm round

1 set of Blue Moon Beads 7″ Strand, Neon Green Coated Glass, 6mm round

Elastic cord ( I used silver metallic)

Fine point black Sharpie

Scissors

Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

Leaving the beads attached to the package string draw a jack-o-lantern face on each of the orange beads. Be careful not to touch them and let them completely dry before handling them.

Cut a length of elastic cord measuring between 16″-18″ long depending on the age of the child and so you will have some cord left to tie off at the end of beading. Making sure that you are placing your “pumpkins” facing in the same direction thread the beads onto the elastic alternating between the green and the orange ones. The green beads will look like the pumpkin stems. When you have enough beads on for your desired length tie the ends of the cord together and you now have your own jack-o-lantern necklace for a child in your life.

Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

 


Printable Halloween Joke Lunch Box Notes or Tags

by Jennifer Wieland
Printable Halloween Joke Lunch Box Notes

Knock, knock…

Who’s there?

Me…

Me who?

Me, who has some cute and funny printable Halloween joke lunch box notes to share with you today.

Okay, so that wasn’t crazy funny like I was shooting for but the jokes on these lunch box notes are funny and perfect for the grade school kids in your life that you are packing lunch for every school day. This printable comes with eight different Halloween themed lunch box notes with a kid friendly joke on each one so each of your little ghouls can have a laugh with their classmates while enjoying the lunch you made for them.

Printable Halloween Joke Lunch Box NotesNow to get your own copy of the file and to start printing your own set of these all you need to do is click on the picture above and it will download the .pdf file that you can save and print.

Printable Halloween Joke Lunch Box Notes

What’s even better is once you print these out and cut them out then not only can you use them in your little monster’s lunch box but you can attach a small bite sized candy treat, fruit snacks or anything you like. Another idea to get more use out of these is to print them and attach them to small trinkets, pencils, candy or another spooky item for a perfect little classroom party gift.

So tell me, am I the only one who likes to sneak little treats in leading up to Halloween in my kid’s backpack and lunch boxes? I know y’all must think my kids survive on sugar alone but they do actually eat real food and prefer fruit or veggies in their lunches so I don’t mind sneaking in a little treat once in a while.  Do you like to surprise your kids with little treats (either food or play) for Halloween?

 


Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland
Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Every year I am so happy that I married a man who can carve those fancy pumpkins because if the kids had to rely on me to help them carve pumpkins they’d be in a lot of trouble. Honestly, if my five-year old were allowed to wield a knife she would probably be able to do a better job that I can. One time I did manage to make a half way decent jack-o-lantern but it took me hours and all it had been was two eyes and a mouth on it. This year I decided to take my lack of jack-o-lantern carving skills off the table completely and go with a crafty version instead. That’s how I came up with this pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath.

I had been shopping at my local dollar store and came across two bins filled with the slightly shorter and less thick poodle noodles that the dollar store carries. They only had them in red and green left and when I saw the green ones I knew I had to but one and make it into a pumpkin. I’m so glad I did because the pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath came out better than I expected and much cuter than any pumpkin I could carve.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

So what will you need and how do you make this adorable Jack-O-Lantern?

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Supplies:

1 green pool noodle

orange felt (I used about 1/2 yard)

green felt, one sheet

black felt, one sheet

sharp knife

duct tape

scissors

hot glue gun & glue sticks

chalk or pencil

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Cut a 4″ piece off of the pool noodle. This will be the stem of the pumpkin.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Take the long remaining piece of the pool noodle and form it into a circle and secure it with duct tape.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Place your pool noodle circle onto your orange felt and cut it in a circle that is about 5″-6″ larger all the way around than the pool noodle circle.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Make slits about 3″-4″ long every 4″ all the way around so that the felt will lay batter when gluing. Do not cut the slits all the way to the pool noodle though or you will see the slits on the sides of the wreath. Then using your glue gun carefully stretch and glue each section making sure that the material is laying nice on the sides. Do this all the way around.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

 

Once that’s done turn it over and you should have a nice orange circle.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Next you will glue the stem to the top of the orange felt covered circle. Don’t worry if you can see glue around the bottom as this will be covered up.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Next you will need to take your green felt and draw some leaves. You will also draw a circle and make a spiral inside of it for your vine. I used marker here so you could see better but I’d usually use pencil or chalk. Cut out the shapes and wrap part of the vine around the base of the stem and glue into place. Let the rest of the vine hang and attach the leaves to the base of the stem and vine. At this point you can also cut a strip of felt and glue to the back as a hanger.

Pool Noodle Pumpkin Wreath

At this point you have a lovely pumpkin wreath and could stop here if you wanted to be able to use it all of the fall season.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

If you decide to carry on to the jack-o-lantern then you will now need your black felt. Using some chalk draw out the eyes, nose, mouth and anything else you want. Cut out the shapes and attach to the pumpkin using the glue.

Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern Wreath

Now you have an adorable pool noodle jack-o-lantern wreath for Halloween!

 

 

 


Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

by Jennifer Wieland
Two Free Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

Just a mere thirty days now until Halloween arrives! Yay!!! Woo-hoo, oh yeah! Can you tell I love Halloween? I dress up and take the kids trick-or-treating, my husband carves amazingly cool pumpkins and I decorate the outside of the house. The kids of course have Halloween parties in their classes but in recent years we can no longer bring food or drink items for parties. This means we have to get creative or be one of the many handing out yet another pencil. (Seriously, how many pencils can a kid get in a year?) To try to make these parties more fun for my kids since they love handing out treats to their friends I always try to do some sort of treat bag. The easiest ones are of course just using baggies but I like to make them pop with printable Halloween treat bag toppers.

Two Free Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

I’ve designed two printable Halloween treat bag toppers for this Halloween and each design has a place on the back for your child to write his or her name. These are so easy to do since all you have to do to make them is click on the pictures below of the one you want. This will download the pdf file for you and then you can simply print them out. Then you just cut them out, fold in half and place over the baggie closure and staple to the top on each side. This is a really fun and easy way to personalize simple trinkets, stickers, erasers tattoos, play dough with cookie cutters and yes, even pencils.

Two Free Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

The first one has a little Frankenstein monster on it and says… Thanks for being such a ghoul friend!

Two Free Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

The second one has our friendly little ghost on it and says… You are a spooktacular friend!

The monster and ghost are sort of vague so you don’t have to worry about them being to scary for young ones.

 

 


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