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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Skeleton Bat Decoration - Kids Craft

I joined in on the Favecrafts October Blog Hop: Halloween Crafts



If you like my craft can you please visit the Blog Hop, and click the "LIKE" link under my image?

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I often compare my "art" to what a kindergarten child would do, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that I like kids crafts.

Holidays often offer the CUTEST kids crafts to do, and now that I have a kid, I'm eagerly collecting them for the day he reaches an age where he cares about doing crafts.

This craft is super simple. You can make a "Skeleton Bat" with your children, and they can hang the bat up for decoration! Most crafty families will already have all the supplies needed handy around the house.

SUPPLIES
  • 1 sheet of black construction paper (8.5" x 11" or larger)
  • 1 rectangle of black construction paper approximately 4" x 5' for a child hands, or 5" x 6" for an adults hands (or you can use a empty TP roll for this part)
  • White paint (black paint too if you're using the TP roll)
  • A short piece of yarn or ribbon (around 6" is good)
  • 1 set of Google eyes
  • 1 foam paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue of your choice (I recommend white glue or tacky glue)
  • Soap and water for quick hand washing
DIRECTIONS

1. Using the foam brush, cover BOTH of the child's hands with the white paint.
2. Have them press their hands down on the LARGE piece of construction paper. They should have the thumbs of each hand touching and the fingers spread. It should look something like this:



3. Set the hand prints aside and quickly wash the paint off the child's hands.
4. While the hand prints dry, take the smaller piece of construction paper and glue the short sides of it together to form a roll. (If you are using the TP roll, paint the roll black.) Glue a pair of google eyes at the top of one end of the roll. This is your body.



5. By now the hand prints should be dry, so its time to cut out the wings. Have the child cut around then hand prints, leaving some black around the edges. Leave plenty of black left between the pointer fingers. (this is where the body will go.) These are your wings and should look similar to this:



6. Tie the ends of your yarn/string/ribbon together to form a loop. With the fingers of your hand prints pointed toward you, glue the knot of this loop to the top of the thumbs.
7. With the fingers of the hand prints pointed toward you, glue the body (eyes towards the top) to the center of the hand print. It should cover the bottom of your yarn/string/ribbon loop.

Give the glue time to dry, then hang your SKELETON BAT whenever you would like to display it!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October Calendar

I'm pretty late in the month even getting this posted. This has not been a nice month for me, and holiday shopping season is already in full swing where I work. I'm stressed out the wazoo....and I've got a BIG wazoo to be stressed out of.

My original plan for my October calendar involved a skull rubber stamp, and resist techniques. When my resist didn't work, I slathered the whole thing with acrylic paint, stenciled on a few leafless tress and this was the end result: