Crafting is probably one of my very favorite things to do and when I have a theme, I can’t get enough! Last Saturday night, while most of our college buddies were celebrating the end of midterms by lurking the streets of Boulder, Colorado, my roommate and I decided to try something a little different. By default, we ended up at an arts and crafts store in the early afternoon and here’s what we came up with!
Calli’s Glitter Pumpkins
1. Calli first bought some Styrofoam in the shape of mini pumpkins, gold and silver glitter and we had a few candles at home to stick in them.
2. She cut out holes in the top of the Styrofoam pumpkins just large enough for the candle to fit.
3. After that she painted the pumpkin white using regular acrylic paints and a foam brush.
4. Once the paint had dried, she painted over the white with glue and covering the pumpkin with gold and silver glitter.
5. While she let the glitter set, she picked through her bag of googly eyes to pick the perfect size for her “candle monster.” Calli insisted on making a face on the pumpkin so she thought it’d be fit to make little monsters and they came out super cute!
6. So Calli made the faces using googly eyes and black paper cut outs and just glued them to the pumpkins.
This was such an easy craft and it was so fun to make! Calli had a blast with these pumpkins and I had way too much fun coming up with ideas for my Halloween canvases! While we were at the arts and crafts store, I picked up some orange and black glitter and a few canvases for my paintings. I had left over, black, orange, green and white paint left over from a project I did a while ago so the craft was pretty inexpensive to make. I first painted two of the canvases black and one orange and while I let them dry, I surfed the web for ideas of what I was going to actually paint. I decided to make a spin off of the trendy “Keep Calm and Carry On” products and made a “Be Scary and Halloween” canvas, as well as one that said “it’s all about the candy” and another with a haunted house on it. They were so fun to make and really let me be creative.
These projects are both fun to make with the kids because with just a little bit of technical help from an adult, kiddos can make crafts that would otherwise be for “big” kids. Canvases are also super fun for little ones because they feel so fancy when in actuality you can find them for as cheap as a dollar a canvas.
These crafts should keep the whole family busy on a weekend afternoon! You’ll be surprised at the little artists you’re housingJ