DIY Halloween Spider Straws

Written by Aleah and Nick of Valley & Co.

Halloween really brings out the kid in us and each year we get so excited to pull out all of the stops to decorate for the festivities. Pumpkins galore, dried corn stalks, creepy bats, aged scary silhouettes, and freshly made apple cider and home-baked goods are some of our Halloween must-haves for entertaining. This year will be our first Halloween as parents so now we can truly justify decking the halls with fun! To add the perfect dose of eeriness to a Halloween meal, surprise the kiddos with these Spooky Halloween Spider Straws. It’s a simple project that yields scary results!

MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED:
For the straws: paper straws || plastic spiders || faux spiderwebs || hot glue gun
For the glass: orange sprinkles {or rimming sugar} || water || tall glass

Kids Craft: DIY Halloween Spider Straws

Step 1. warm up your hot glue gun and dab a bead of glue towards the top of the straw

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - Step 1Step 2. gently press a spider onto the glue, holding into place while the glue dries
DIY Halloween Spider Straws - Step 2 DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 3Step 3: prepare a small piece of the spiderweb and turn the spider over. Place a few dabs of hot glue on several of the legs and secure the spiderweb onto each bead, stretching it as you go and pulling over the top of the spider.

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 4Ta-da!

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 5Serve up these spooky straws in a big glass of milk on Halloween morning and make it extra festive by adding a pop of edible orange fun! Pour a mound of orange sprinkles into a small plate. Rub the rim of a glass with water and turn the glass upside down, rolling the rim in the sprinkles until it’s coated. Then carefully pour the milk into the glass.

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - Step 4

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 8 DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 6 DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 7 Party planning tip: If you’re hosting a Halloween gathering, set out a side table welcoming your guests with pre-rimmed glasses with straws at the ready. Let guests garnish drinks {whether it’s milk or other libations} with all sorts of fun elements like edible red flowers, frozen spiders {simply place plastic spiders in an ice cube tray and fill with water to freeze}, or raspberries {use them frozen if you want them to attain a dripping red look as they melt}.

Who else is as excited for Halloween as we are?

Nick and Aleah Valley, of Valley & Co., began planning and designing utterly fantastic celebrations in 2003. They also pen Valley & Co. Lifestyle, an entertaining blog, where they share their pro party planner tips, effortless entertaining ideas, recipes, and tips on how they balance family life with running a business. Their entertaining and party tips are frequently sought after for publications like Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset Magazine, BRIDES Magazine, Occasions Magazine, and many more. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

DIY Sock Monsters

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog
Kids Craft: DIY Sock MonstersA couple years ago, I threw a monster-themed birthday party for my daughter, whose birthday is on Halloween. As party favors, I made some super-simple monster toys out of colorful socks. Those monsters have made the rounds on Pinterest, and I’ve had several emails from readers asking for me to make sock monsters for their parties! I wish I could make sock monsters for everyone; but I think it’s high time for a tutorial for this great kids craft, DIY sock monsters!

If you don’t have any monster-themed parties in your immediate future, don’t let that hold you back! On my blog today, I’m sharing a way you can make a whole bunch of these buddies for a great cause, so stop by and join in the fun!

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters SuppliesWith a quick raid of your craft stash, and a trip to Target or Michaels, you’ll have everything you need to make a whole pack of monsters. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Colorful socks – look for long ones from the dollar section
  • Assorted felt scraps
  • Wiggly eyes – the sew-on kind
  • Thread – any color
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery floss – any color
  • White felt with an adhesive back
  • Polyfill, or any other filling material

Let’s get to work!

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - step 1First, you’ll need to cut the sock roughly in half. I usually cut right above the heel, so I’ve got a straight line. Save the other half of the sock…usually you can get two monsters out of one sock.

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Step 2Next, sew on the eye and embroider a mouth. Don’t be too neat, monsters are not neat and tidy creatures, after all.

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Monster Top 1

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Monster topAfter you’ve got your mouth and eye in place, it’s time to add the hair. Cut some scraps of felt to make horns/spikes/hair, etc. Then fold the top of the sock inward about 1/4″, and sandwich the felt scraps in between. Hand-sew along the edge, making sure to get all the felt scraps and and the top of the sock in with each stitch.

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Monster ToyFill the body with the polyfill, and tie off the bottom with some embroidery floss. You could also sew along the bottom for more of a square body shape.

Then add the finishing touch: fangs. Cut some small triangles with the adhesive felt and stick them on near the mouth. If you have adhesive felt in other colors, you could add an eye patch, or heart or anything else you want.

Kids Craft: DIY Sock Monsters - Finished MonsterNow that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to get creative! Make boy monsters and girl monsters, add hair or accessories. These guys usually cost about 25¢ – 50¢ each if you can find socks in the dollar section…so make a bunch! And if you get out of control and make too many – you can send these to my friend Julie for her Monster Project, to help brighten the day of kiddos in the hospital.

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on self-named blog, Christina Williams.

Halloween Decorating DIY Projects

Written by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

The best part about this time of year is that Halloween festivities span the entire month of October. From hosting ghoulish kids parties to making creepy Halloween treats, what would be a better way to celebrate the spirit of Fall than with kid-friendly Halloween decorating DIY projects.

Halloween Decorating DIY's: Halloween Table

If you are looking for easy Halloween DIYs to do with your little ones, look no further than Spooky Eye Halloween Cards and Milk Jar Mummies. Both DIYs require little instruction and your little one can make them all by themselves.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards Supplies

For Spooky Eye Halloween Cards you will need black cardstock, glue, googly eyes, a ruler, scissors, and a metallic pen.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards 2

First, using your ruler, trace a 6 x 8 inch rectangle onto the black cardstock and cut out with scissors. Next, fold in half.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards 3

Write your spooky Halloween message on the inside of the card.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards: Interior

Place a small drop of glue on the back of your googly eyes and secure them to your card. Add as many as you would like and help your little one deliver these to all their friends!

Milk Jar Mummies 

To make Milk Jar Mummies you will need mini milk jars, gauze, googly eyes and glue.

Milk Jar Mummies Supplies

Begin by putting a small dot of glue at the top of the milk jar and place one end of the gauze over it.

Milk Jar Mummies Step 1

Next, wrap the gauze around the milk jar until it is completely covered. To keep the gauze secure, rip off excess gauze and glue the edge down in place.

Milk Jar Mummies 2

For the finishing touch, glue the googly eye on the front and place them around the house for ghoulish décor!

Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Beeswax Crayon Fall Leaves Kids Craft

Blog post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM
Beeswax Crayon Fall Leaves Kids Craft We are in full-on fall decorating mode around our house and now that the kids are a bit older I thought it would be fun to tackle an arts and crafts project making some beeswax crayon fall leaves (a favorite of mine from when I was young). The Land of Nod’s Beeswax Crayons were the absolute perfect fit for this art project — the colors are gorgeous and the larger, triangular shape lends itself to easy use for young fingers (particularly during the grating process!). We loved how they turned out. A little abstract and a whole lot of bright fall color. Here’s how to make them yourself!

You’ll need:

  • Beeswax crayons
  • Wax paper
  • Leaf templates (you can purchase these at an arts/crafts store or even print an outline out to trace)
  • An old kitchen grater or oversized pencil/crayon sharpener
  • Old dish towels and paper towels
  • An iron (to be used with adult supervision)

Once you have your supplies:

  1. Grate the crayons into small pieces (this gets messy, so plan for a good work spot ahead of time!)
  2. Place a dish towel onto an ironing board, and then a piece of wax paper on top
  3. Sprinkle grated crayons on one half of the wax paper — spreading the colors out and keeping the layer thin
  4. Fold the other half of wax paper over the grated crayon and cover with a piece of paper towel
  5. Using an iron set on the lowest setting, iron over the wax paper, melting the crayon shavings sandwiched inside
  6. Trace a leaf outline and cut out. If necessary, repress the leaf with the iron to fuse the edges again

It’s fun to experiment with amount and placement of the shavings as well as how long to iron each one. My favorites are those with a thin layer of melted wax and some spottiness — I love how the light shines through each one a bit differently. Happy fall, all and enjoy this fall kids craft!

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