Cheap Homemade Halloween Decorations

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Halloween presents a wonderful opportunity for grandchildren of all ages to be very creative, not only in designing their homemade Halloween costumes but also in making cheap homemade Halloween decorations. By making cheap Halloween decorations from items you have around the house, they become more meaningful because they are original works of grandchildren art. The following cheap Halloween decorations are practically free. If you can’t find the Halloween decoration supplies at home, you can find cheap ones at a dollar or craft store. Feel free to substitute other supplies for those you don’t have – that way they will be totally free!

Clay Pumpkins

What you need:

  • plastic tablecloth
  • modeling clay or salt dough (see recipe below)
  • poster paints, orange, green, black
  • paintbrushes
  • pie tins or other sturdy containers
    cookie sheet

What to do:

  1. Set up a clay-play area by covering your table with a plastic tablecloth
  2. Provide your grandchild with plenty of clay or salt dough and let him make as many pumpkins as desired. A pumpkin can be made as simply as rolling a ball of clay or salt dough and putting a tiny clay stem on the top.
  3. Then provide your grandchild with orange poster paint and a paintbrush, and let him paint the pumpkins. These can be painted when the clay or dough is still wet, but they should then be dried thoroughly.
  4. Note: It is important to let the pumpkins dry thoroughly before moving them. If your grandchild wants to paint the pumpkin stems green and the eyes and mouth black, let the orange paint dry first.

Spookley the Square Pumpkin While you and your grandchild are making the clay pumpkins, watch the DVD and then make up some rhyming poetry lines about clay pumpkins and other Halloween symbols.

Salt Dough Recipe

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup (195 ml) cold water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) salt
  • saucepan
  • spoon
  • wax paper or aluminum foil

What to do:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a saucepan and stir constantly over a low heat. In two to three minutes the mixture will thicken, making it difficult to stir.
  2. Place the dough on the foil or wax paper, and allow it to cool.
  3. Knead the dough until it is smooth. Note: If the salt dough begins to dry out, add a little water.)
  4. Salt dough is a great substitute for modeling clay in many projects. After a salt dough project has been completed, allow it to air dry.

Halloween T-Shirt

What you need:

  • orange T-shirt
  • poster board or thin cardboard
  • plastic tablecloth
  • black fabric paint

What to do:

  1. Cover your grandchild’s work area with a plastic tablecloth, and provide squeeze bottles of fabric paint.
  2. Insert a piece of poster board or thin cardboard into an orange T-shirt that fits your grandchild.
  3. Using an orange T-shirt will make this activity easier. However, a white T-shirt will do, or you can dye a white T-shirt orange.
  4. Then have your grandchild make a Jack-o’-Lantern face on the T-shirt with black fabric paint. The orange T-shirt is the pumpkin. First draw the face on the T-shirt with a pencil for younger grandchildren.
  5. Note: If you cannot find an orange T-shirt and do not feel like dying a white one, just [provide orange and black fabric paint for your grandchild to make this Halloween T-shirt. Especially around Halloween, black and orange fabric paint are popular colors that are readily available.

Creepy Spiders

What you’ll need:

  • paper plates
  • black construction paper
  • non-toxic glue
  • pom-poms
  • black poster paint
  • paintbrushes
  • pie tin or other sturdy container
  • adult scissors
  • plastic tablecloth

What to do:

  1. Cover a table with a plastic tablecloth for your grandchild to use.
  2. Provide black poster paint in a pie tin or other sturdy container, a paintbrush, and glue.
  3. Prepare in advance by cutting eight strips of black construction paper for legs and providing a handful of pom-poms for the eyes, nose, and mouth of the creepy spider.
  4. Give your grandchild a paper plate with the bottom side up. Ask him to paint it black. Allow the paint to dry, then paint the other side.
  5. After your grandchild paints the plate which is the spider’s body, then he can glue on pom-poms for its facial features.
  6. Fold and glue on the strips of black construction paper for the legs. If you desire, these strips can easily be accordion pleated for a festive look.
  7. Let glue dry thoroughly.
  8. Make a small hole in the middle of the plate and thread a string through to the other side. Make a knot to keep the string from sliding out.  Hang the creepy spiders.

Halloween Masks

What you’ll need:

  • paper plates
  • markers
  • black construction paper
  • black yarn
  • adult scissors
  • ribbon or yarn

What to do:

  1. Provide crayons or markers, pieces of black yarn, construction paper, safety scissors, and non-toxic glue for your grandchild to use.
  2. Cut a large, simple triangle out of black construction paper for a witch’s hat, or, if capable, have your grandchild do this.
  3. Ask your granchild to draw a scary face on the back of a paper plate. Have him glue on the pieces of yarn for hair and the black triangle for the witch’s hat.
  4. Cut eye holes and attach ribbon or yarn for ties if she want to wear it, or hang it on a wall or window for decoration.
  5. For a black cat, have your grandchild add triangular ears to the plate and color it.

Homemade Treat Bag

What you’ll need:

  • brown lunch bags
  • orange, black, white, green construction paper
  • markers or crayons
  • adult scissors
  • safety scissors
  • non-toxic glue

What to do:

  1. Give your grandchild brown lunch-size paper bags to decorate and plenty of crayons, markers, construction paper, glue, and safety scissors.
  2. Cut some orange, black, white, and green shapes ahead of time that your grandchild can glue on as pumpkins, witches, cats, or ghosts.
  3. Your grandchild will be able to make a one-of-a kind treat bag for Halloween.
  4. Note: These can be made ahead of time for parties or used for special trick-or-treaters.

These activities are for personal use to teach and enjoy creativity, math, and poetry.

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