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4 Spooky and cute DIY Halloween ideas

DIY & CRAFTS / DIY HALLOWEEN IDEAS / OCTOBER 24th, 2019

 

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SPOOKY AND CUTE
BUT STILL SPOOKY

At Castle and Cubby we are all about immersive play, there is nothing we love more than watching our bigs and littles set their wildest imaginations free! Halloween is perfect for promoting this kind of unbridled creativity in our kids and for allowing them to let their spookiest ideas loose for just that one moment every year!

Whilst Halloween has its roots deeply steeped with American tradition, there is something more than a little magic about celebrating it here in Australia where we have such freedom and creativity to do Halloween our way and, if we dare say it ourselves, our way is pretty awesome!

Celebrating Halloween needn’t be a consumerist field day, it is, in fact, the ideal occasion to whip out the hot glue gun, craft paper, some paint and a couple of old white sheets and share in the joy of creating, imagining, designing and crafting spooky, but cute, Halloween costumes and decorations with your beloveds.

To inspire the spooky in you and your’s we have put together a collection of DIY Halloween crafts that are sure to set imaginations running (from ghosts, ghouls and all things ghastly…of course!)

 

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MASKED ANIMALS

Anyone that has small children is sure to have some animal and dinosaur figurines laying about, waiting to be played with or dunked in the nightly bath. This simple craft is super sweet and perfect for decorating cubbies, bedrooms and everywhere in between with a little Halloween spirit.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Animal/ Dino figurines
  • Black craft paper
  • White fabric scrap
  • Sticky tape

HOW TO

  1. Using a led pencil draw some tiny superhero style eye masks on the black paper (figurine size )
  2. Cut them out and sticky tape them to your figurines!
  3. Trace a small mug or bowl (depending on figurine scale) sized circle on your white fabric scrap and cut it out. Snip two little eye holes and some ear holes if needed.
  4. Place on your chosen figurine for a ghostly look!

 

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WOODLAND CREATURE FELT MASKS 

Felt masks are the perfect Halloween costume for little kids, they are reusable, sustainable and most importantly they won’t inhibit your child’s movement or freedom as they enthusiastically revel in Halloween celebrations. These gorgeous felt masks can be repurposed time and time again for many an adventure, grand performance or trip to the supermarket…!

YOU WILL NEED 

  • A rough paper template of your chosen design
  • Felt fabric for mask
  • Smaller scraps of felt for the finer details
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle (you can also buy children’s versions and let them sew with you)
  • Straight pins

HOW TO 

  1. Choose the creature you would like to make and draw a rough paper template of the design.
  2. Cut out the paper template.
  3. Trace your template onto your main felt and cut it out, also cut out holes for the eyes.
  4. Trace the smaller details of your template onto the fabric scraps and cut them out.
  5. Pin the smaller detail pieces onto your main felt piece to create the desired design.
  6. Using your needle and embroidery thread stitch each piece on using a simple running stitch.
  7. Measure the elastic for the mask ensuring it is long enough to fit snugly on your child’s head and then pin each elastic end 2cm onto the side at the back of the mask.
  8. Stitch around the border of your mask using a running stitch, making sure that you securely stitch through the elastic as you do so.

 

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PAINTED PUMPKINS 

The idea of letting a child loose with a knife sharp enough to carve a pumpkin seems more than a little terrifying…a paintbrush and some acrylic paint, on the other hand, sounds messy but perfect and right up our alley! Why not gather up a bunch of your fave kids and let them have a pumpkin painting party as an alternative to trick or treating.

YOU WILL NEED 

  • Pumpkins of varying shapes and sizes
  • Matte spray paint (If you want to spray a base colour to start with)
  • Acrylic paint in all the colours
  • Permanent markers
  • Metallic paint pens
  • Scrap cardboard to make paint palettes
  • Masking tape (to create designs)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Old glass jars for brush washing water
  • Newspaper to make a mess on

HOW TO 

If you want to spray paint the whole of your pumpkin before you start painting designs on it,  this is best-done 24hrs before to allow drying time.

Paint and draw designs on your pumpkin until your spooky heart is content!!

 

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SPOOKY LEAF GHOSTS

Leaves have to be one of our all-time favourite craft and play mediums, on any given day they can be transformed into anything from a delicious sandwich served via a cubby cafe window to a spooktacular ghost and so much more!

This ever so easy craft is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon and the results are sure to delight. Individually these leaf ghosts are amazing but you can also thread them onto some cotton thread with a sewing needle and make a garland to decorate your home or cubby.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Dried leaves of any shape and size
  • White spray paint
  • Black sharpie
  • Newspaper

HOW TO

  1. Lay your chosen leaves down on the newspaper.
  2. Spray paint the leaves white and allow time for them to dry.
  3. Use the sharpie to draw spooky faces on the leaves.

 

Got any more fun and creative ideas for Halloween that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them!

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