October 30, 2011
Last Halloween, we wanted to make our house “spooky” for the trick-or-treaters, so we added window silhouettes to our front door and front windows. When the holiday was over, we rolled them up and stored them for future use. We’ll be using them again this year, in different places, with the addition of a few new candidates.
Black Construction Paper
A Roll of White Craft Paper (from an easel or art-table set, ours is from Ikea)
White or Light Coloured Chalk or Colored Pencil
Measuring Tape or Ruler
Measure the size of your window and cut a sheet of white paper from your roll to fit the space. If necessary, tape two pieces of paper together to get the size and shape you need.
Use white chalk to draw or trace a spooky shape or group of shapes on your black paper. Again, if your paper isn’t big enough to fit the image you want, tape a few pieces of paper together from their undersides to get the size and shape you need.
If you don’t want to draw a silhouette free-hand, download and print Halloween Templates from websites like Country Living and Activity Village, cut out the templates, and trace around them on your black paper. Cut your black silhouette shapes and glue them (or tape them from the undersides) onto the front of your white sheet of paper.
Hang your silhouetted sheet in the window using tape at the four corners.
Tips and Tricks
If you’re using a template (we used the Owl from Activity Village this year!), try to “spook up” the basic image by cutting out eyes, mouths, bleeding hearts, vampire teeth, etc. with scissors or an exacto knife. You might also cut a few thin curves and lines to represent contours (wings, chins, etc.)
For more template ideas, try searching Google Images, especially Tattoos! We looked for “Dragon Tattoo Images” to get a template for the elaborate dragon silhouette we made this year. (It was much easier than it looks!).
If you want to have more visibility from your windows, replace the white craft paper with clear cellophane wrapping paper. Or, you could forgo the background paper entirely and simply tape the black shapes to your windows. However, your shapes may not be visible from the street until it is quite dark outside.
Save your silhouettes for next year by rolling them up and securing them with an elastic band. Store them on the inside or wrapped around the outside of an old empty cardboard tube from a roll of used up wrapping paper.
NOW SAY BOOOO!!!!
October 26, 2011
Halloween is less than a week away. This weekend, we’ll be re-creating two of our favourite crafts:
Brown Bag Owl Puppets (inspired by the folks at Elmer’s and Free Kids Crafts)
Over the summer, we had a special Egg Day, completing several fun science experiments with eggs. We also found a great use for our leftover egg cartons. We looked online and found a fabulous owl puppet design to try. Of course, the kids put their own spin on it….Here’s how ours turned out:
Brown Paper Lunch Bags
Googly Eyes [Optional]
From an egg carton, we cut out two “pairs” of egg holders for the eyes/beaks, and four single cartons for the talons. Our cartons had quite long dividers to keep the eggs in place. So, as we cut our pairs of cartons for the eyes/beaks, we made sure to include the entire central divider. After we cut them out, we bent the dividers downwards so as to form a bird beak. We also cut and bent the edges of the talons so that three of the four sides of the square egg carton were triangle shaped. We then coloured the bird beaks and the talons with our yellow and black markers.
We took googly eyes (purchased at the dollar store) and glued them into the bottoms of the egg-carton eyes. If you don’t have googly eyes, just have the kids use markers to draw eyes in the depths of cartons. Each eye could have a slightly different expression, lending a sense of “eeriness” to the occasion.
Then, with a brown paper lunch bag face up on the table, we traced a U shape on the bag to designate the owl’s breast and belly.
We coloured everything except the space inside of this U-shape a deep, dark brown.
Next, each of the kids folded pages of creamy coloured construction paper in half and traced both a small triangular ear shape and a large wing shape along the fold. We cut out these wings and ears and divided them along the fold line so that the kids each had a pair of wings and a pair of ears for their owls. The kids then added some flair by colouring the owl’s wings and ears.
We used white glue to attach the owl’s eyes/beaks to the bag. Then, we attached the ears above the eyes. We also attached the wings onto the top undersides of the lunch bag. Finally, we attached the talons on to the bottom fronts of each bag.
We let the owls sit and dry for an hour before taking them around the house on a flight!
Play or Display! Fly these owls around the house! Use them in your puppet shows!! Or, scare some trick-or-treaters at the door!!! When you’re done playing with them, these owls will look great resting on the top of your fireplace mantle. You can also attach them to strings and hang them, windsock-style, from a hook on your front porch!!!!
NOW SAY WHOOOO!!