Classroom Crafts Projects for Halloween September 10 2009

Halloween Crafting Great Fun for Kids of all Ages

Teachers, if you’re looking for some creative ideas for crafting projects in your classroom, we’ve got detailed materials lists and directions for several fun projects for you.

Check back during October for more Halloween crafts projects.

Decorative Halloween Tote Bag

Supplies and materials you'll need:

  • Pacon Construction Paper in Assorted Colors
  • Any kind of sturdy box such as cereal box or soap detergent box
  • Gloss Decoupage Medium or White Glue mixed 50/50 with water (referred to as adhesive)
  • 1" wide bristle brush
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Markers

Directions to Make Halloween Tote

Easy to make decoupage tote bag holds Halloween surprises for your kids to take home!

  1. Tear construction paper sheets into irregular sizes and shapes.
  2. Brush adhesive onto small sections of your container.
  3. Press pieces of paper into adhesive then use brush to smooth. Don't work your paper too much as this may cause smearing of color.
  4. Overlap edges of paper with next piece, brushing to smooth. Continue until you have covered the entire container. Let dry completely.
  5. Decorate as desired using cut pieces of construction paper and gluing them down with adhesive.  If you want to use markers for decorating, wait until it is completely dry then use the markers. There is a chance of the markers running if you use them before putting the finish coat on your tote, especially if they are water soluble markers.
  6. Brush several coats of Decoupage Medium or Glue Mixture onto finished piece to give it a durable finish. Allow to dry between coats.
  7. To make ribbon handles:
    1. start at the bottom of the box and glue down end of ribbon.
    2. Run ribbon up one side gluing to secure.
    3. Leave enough ribbon unglued at top to form a handle then continue gluing ribbon down other side of box.
    4. Bring ribbon around bottom of box then repeat on other side to form the other handle.

HINT: If it is too hard to hold your wet container while working on it, work in smaller sections and let them dry before proceeding with the next section.

Spider Pumpkin Decoration

Supplies and materials you’ll need:

  • A small craft pumpkin
  • Black tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • A pair of wiggly eyes
  • A small pompon for the nose
  • Eight pipe cleaners
  • White school glue
  • Craft glue (optional)

Directions to Make the Spider Pumpkin Decoration

  1. Paint the entire surface of the pumpkin with the black paint. Set the pumpkin aside to dry.
  2. Glue eyes and nose to the front of the pumpkin. Plain white glue should be sufficient to hold them in place.
  3. Bend the pipe cleaners into L shapes for the legs. Bend the bottom end of the L into a small foot. Bend the top end of the L so that it lies flat against the pumpkin.
  4. Glue the legs into place, four on either side of the pumpkin. You may want to use craft glue instead of school glue to make them a little sturdier.
  5. Let the project dry completely before handling.

Pumpkin Funny Faces

Your students will have fun making these fun pumpkin faces.

Supplies and materials you’ll need:

  • Small paper bowls (7 1/2 in., 20oz. wt.)
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black felt-tip marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper - white, green, brown & bright yellow
  • Green curling ribbon
  • Glue
  • Tape

Directions to Make the Pumpkin Funny Faces

  1. Turn the paper bowl over and paint the entire backside orange and let it dry.
  2. After it has completely dried, draw a pumpkin face on the bottom with pencil. Cut out the mouth and nose that you have drawn. You may cut out eyes also, but in the samples shown the eyes were drawn on white paper first and then glued on. This way you are able to make them more expressive.
  3. Outline the features with a black felt-tip marker. Add a few vertical lines to make the bowl look like a real pumpkin.
  4. On the inside of the bowl tape or glue a piece of bright yellow paper. This will make it look like the pumpkin has a light on inside.
  5. Make a brown stem and green leaves from the construction paper. You may make vines with the green curling ribbon. Ask an adult to help curl the ribbon with scissors. Attach the stem, vine and leaves with tape or glue.

Tip: use paper plates instead of bowls for a different look. The Funny Faces are perfect to decorate a wall, door or a bulletin board. Encourage kids to make their pumpkin faces funny, scary or however they want them to look!

Mummy Mobile

Supplies and materials you’ll need:

  • Thin ribbon (black works best)
  • Heavy construction paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White crepe paper
  • Markers

Directions to Make the Mummy Mobile

  1. First, you will need to cut out the shapes for the mummy’s body from the construction paper or card stock. You will need:
    • A head
    • A torso
    • Two arms
    • Two legs
  2. Cut five pieces of ribbon approximately three inches in length and one piece approximately six inches in length. Glue the longest piece to the top of the head for hanging. Glue the head to the torso using one of the smaller pieces. Glue each of the arms and legs to the torso, also using the smaller pieces.
  3. Draw a face on the head using the markers. Your students may want to draw faces on both sides of the head or they may want to have a front and back of the head.
  4. Cut long strips of crepe paper and glue them horizontally onto the mummy. If you cut the strips long, the unattached ends will flutter when you hang up the mobile.
  5. Of course, allow the craft to dry fully before hanging it up.