Family Matters: October Craft Ideas

[ 3 ] September 30, 2011 |

You do not have to be an uber crafter to get in the Halloween mood. There are plenty of ways to get crafty with kids–some ideas require a bit more planning or set up (making shadow puppets) and other projects (drawing on pumpkins with markers) are perfect if you are short on time or would rather not make a mess.

To make crafting fun for children, it’s helpful to remember that they often enjoy the process more then then the end result. You may want to choose projects for the experience. For example if you make a pumpkin mosaic the kids may prefer shredding different shades of orange paper more than where they glue them. If you are looking for a finished product, prep things in advance depending on the child’s age or skill level and make your own craft alongside them or work on your project while the kids are sleeping or off at school.

Have a spooky October with this round-up of cool, crafty Halloween projects.

Paper Bats and more (Kidoinfo)
A new twist on cut paper snowflakes.

Little Apple Yarn Favors (Make and Takes)
Use orange yarn and call them pumpkins!

Pumpkin Mosaic (Itty Bitty Love)
A perfect project for Repurposing old magazines, catalogs and greeting cards.

Book Page Pumpkin Tutorial (Creations by Kara)

Halloween Flags (Squirrel Acorns)

Shadow Puppets Buy (Angry Chicken)
Check Angry Chicken for ideas and inspiration, then make your own out of black cardstock paper and attach to chopsticks or dowels.

Pumpkin Fun (Kidoinfo)
Use your own toys or decorations to make your own Halloween scene.

Pumpkin Lantern (Woman’s Day)

Pretty Jeweled Pumpkins (Glorious Treats)

More: Pumpkin Creature (MIY Creations)

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Kara says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my book page pumpkin Anisa! I love the other projects too, especially the jeweled pumpkins. Gorgeous!!

  2. Anisa Raoof Anisa Raoof says:

    I want to try it at our house. I love it. You may like (and may already know about) my friend’s blog and book, PLAYING WITH BOOKS…

  3. Anisa Raoof Anisa Raoof says:

    I want to add this awesome craft idea from Amy at kids in the studio. Make chalk-o-Lanterns:

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