Oct 25


by Hannah Holt »

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Easier than carving pumpkins, these simple bag lanterns will light up your Halloween.

What you’ll need:

  • brown paper bag
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • LED tea light
  • tissue paper (optional)

Step 1: Draw a face on the paper bag. Basic shapes are easier to cut with scissors. (An X-acto knife can make more elaborate designs.)

Step 2: Cut out the shapes of the face.

Step 3 (optional): Cut a rectangle out of the tissue paper and glue it inside the bag (such that all the shapes of the face are covered).

Step 4: Turn on the tea light and place it in the bag.

Detailed Shapes (X-acto knife example)

Lay the bag flat on a table and place a piece of cardboard in the middle. Cut around this pattern…

The cutout will look like this (green paper used to highlight design better)…

Place the tea light in the bag. Ta da!

Oct 25

Window Hands

by Hannah Holt »


What you’ll need:

  • black construction paper
  • a white crayon
  • scissors

Step 1: Trace your hand.

Step 2: Draw bones. The exact configuration is not important. Just have fun with it.

Step 3: Cut along the traced lines of the hand.

Step 4: Tape to a window.

Note: Construction paper will fade in the sun, so this is a good project to do the week of Halloween.

Oct 18

Webby Spiders

by Hannah Holt »

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A yarn-ball web forms the base for these freakishly fun spiders.

What you’ll need:

  • black or purple yarn
  • glue*
  • balloons
  • pipe cleaners (4)
  • wiggly eyes (2-8)
  • wire cutters (optional)

*craft glue has a nicer finish, but school glue also works

Step 1: Inflate a balloon. (Small is better, especially for little people. I recommend five inches across or less.)

Step 2: Thin the glue by adding water– two parts glue, one part water.

Step 3: Cut a long strand of yarn and coat with the glue mixture. Be sure to leave one end of the yarn out of the bowl. Otherwise finding an end later is a nightmare.

Step 4: Squeeze off the excess glue. The yarn should be slightly damp, not dripping.

Step 5: Wrap the yarn around the balloon. Anyway you wrap is fine as long as most of the balloon is covered. If the yarn string runs out too early, just tuck the end and start another strand (steps 3-4).

Let the balloon balls dry overnight.

Step 6: When the glue is finished drying, pop and remove the balloon.

Step 7: Thread the pipe cleaners through the yarn balls to form the spiders legs like this:

For smaller spiders, cut the pipe cleaners in half with the wire cutters to make shorter legs.

Step 8: Add a dab of glue to the wiggly eyes. Press them into the yarn balls and hold for 20 seconds.

Haunt your house with these little critters…

Oct 12

Baby Carrot Monster Hands…

by Hannah Holt »


…with grape tomato eyeballs! A spooky snack for monstrous little appetites!

What you need:

  • 1 piece lettuce
  • 5 baby carrots
  • 1 grape tomato
  • 1 raisin
  • 1/2 tsp cream cheese

Step 1: Cut the ends off the baby carrots. Each carrot should be a slightly different length. Like this…

Step 2: Make the grape tomato eyeball by topping the grape tomato with the cream cheese and raisin. Like so…

Step 3: Place the piece of lettuce on a plate, and arrange the carrots (flat end down) on top of the leaf into fingers of the hand.

Step 4: Place the eyeball in the center of the monster hand. Eat it before it gets you!

Oct 09

No-Sew Animal Costumes

by Hannah Holt »


An old pair of sweats, a little fabric paint, a cheap mask… One awesome costume!

What you’ll need:

  • Sweatshirt and pants
  • Fabric paint ($3-$5)
  • A paint brush
  • Cardboard
  • A mask or face paint (optional)

Step1: If the sweats aren’t solid in color, turn them inside out and remove the tags. Like so…

Step 2: Look up pictures of the desired animal print. It’s a good idea to make a practice sketch before painting.

Step 3: Insert cardboard between the layers of fabric in the sweats. (I used an old cereal box.)

Step 4: Paint the design on the fabric. If the sweats are new, they should be washed and dried (without fabric softener) before painting.

Step 5: Because I was painting light on dark, I painted a second coat after two hours. When finished painting, dry on a flat surface for 24 hours.

Left: One coat, Right: Two coats

Step 6: After the sweats have dried, iron over the pattern (inside and out) on low heat. This helps the paint bond with the fabric.

Other considerations:

-I found our giraffe mask at our local zoo, but a quick google search showed a variety of animal masks available for $5 and under. You could also make one out of a paper plate.

-One bottle of fabric paint (4 oz) is enough to complete one coat of the above pattern on an extra small (four-year-old) sized sweatsuit. A less paint intensive pattern will require less paint. Larger sized sweats might require more paint.

Other costume ideas: