Friday Fun

Friday Craft: Halloween Pumpkins

We used to carve a pumpkin every Halloween.

We don’t do that much anymore. *sigh* It’s sad when you stop doing something you’ve done for years. I don’t really know why … well yes, I do know why. The husband simply doesn’t want to put up with the mess anymore. And the boys don’t really “help” anymore so it’s sort of boring without their participation.

BUT, I know that a lot of you DO carve/decorate pumpkins for Halloween, so let me pass along some of my favorite “how-tos” from Family Fun.

I’ve posted this little guy before, but I have to say, he’s still one of my favorite pumpkin characters:

Ball Player Pumpkin

Transform a pumpkin into a bubble-blowing major leaguer.

Carving knife
White paper
Acrylic paint or markers
Pink balloon
Baseball cap

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Cut the pumpkin’s top off and hollow out the shell.

2. For eyes, carve holes in the shell and tack white paper behind them.

3. Use acrylic paints and colored markers to add hair and eye black below the eyes.

4. To make the gum bubble, blow up a small pink balloon and pull the knotted end through a small hole in the pumpkin’s shell. Then add a baseball cap for the finishing touch.

Here’s a really easy one that would look really cool lined up on your front porch:

Say Boo! Pumpkins

(The instructions on this one are self-explanatory).

Frank N’ Friends

You can find the instructions for the pumpkins pictured above, as well as a Frankenstein pumpkin here.

And here’s a new one this year:

Bat O’ Lanterns

Stage a spooky scene by assembling a colony of these winged creatures made from miniature pumpkins and craft foam.

Black acrylic paint
Ornamental (miniature) pumpkins
Black and white craft foam
Hole punch
Glue dots
Black duct tape
Wooden skewers

Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours
1. Cover your work surface with a drop cloth or newspaper, then paint the pumpkins. Allow them to dry completely.

2. For each bat, snip two identical eyes from the white craft foam and use the hole punch to make pupils. Adhere the eyes to the pumpkin with glue dots.

3. Cut matching pairs of ears and wings from the black craft foam (our wings are about 6 inches long). Attach the ears by taping a toothpick to the back of each one, leaving about 1K inches of the toothpick exposed, then inserting it into the top of the pumpkin.

4. Finally, tape a skewer to the back of each wing, leaving a 2-inch point exposed, and push it in place.

Have fun making memories!

Friday Fun

Friday Craft: Backpack Buddies

Okay school … it’s all we can think about right now. Or at least, it’s all I can think about right now. GD is a SOPHOMORE in HIGH SCHOOL and MK is an EIGHTH grader this year.

That still seems so surreal to me.

Anyway, school – here we come.

My kids are too old for this stuff (unfortunately), but I thought it would be fun to pass on this information to all of you that have grade school/middle school kids that are still into this stuff.

Here are some cool backpack buddies for the kids to hang on their backpacks. I don’t know about you, but sometimes these little buddies can be quite comforting during the first weeks of school.

Here are three that I thought were especially fun. You can find more here, if you’re interested.

1. Mini-Fabric Backpacks
(Great for storing extra coins!)


You Need:
Backpack Pattern
9″ x 12″ Fabric Scrap
9″ x 12″ piece of Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing (Pelon)
Inkjet Printer
Fabric Glue
1/4″ Velcro Scrap
Beads, Craft Foam or Fabric Markers for Decorating

Fuse interfacing to back of fabric following manufacturer’s instructions. Trim to 8½” x 11. Print backpack pattern on fabric. Cut out on outer lines. You will have two pieces — the backpack and the straps. Cut the straps down the middle solid line so you will now have three pieces.

All of the remaining solid lines are fold lines. The dotted lines are decorations. Fold on each solid line with the fabric side out. Crease with iron. Use fabric glue to secure the folded straps so the interfacing doesn’t show.

On backpacks there are four flaps — two on the sides and two on the bottoms. Use fabric glue to secure the bottom flaps to the bottom of the back pack. Use fabric glue to secure the side flaps to the to the back of the backpack.

Glue the straps to the top back of the backpack forming a loop with each strap. You will probably want to trim the straps to make them shorter before gluing.

Attach a piece of Velcro under the flap to hold it closed.

Decorate with beads, craft foam or fabric markers.

2. Yarn-Looking, Er, Creature


I just love this little guy. Can you imagine your son/daughter lovingly stroking this little creature while waiting for the bus or someone to pick him/her up? I’m sure it would be comforting. 🙂

You Need:
Neon Wireless Chenille
Plastic Clips
Wiggle Eyes — 10mm
Low Temp Glue Gun, or Tacky Glue

Cut a 6 two yard pieces of wireless chenille. Thread all six pieces to the middle through the ring on a plastic clip. Gather all strands together and split into 3 bunches. Braid. Cut a small piece of wireless chenille to tie off, double knotting tightly around the bottom of the braid. Trim ends. Glue on wiggle eyes.

3. Backpack Address Book


Okay, HELLO?! What little, sociable person wouldn’t want a little address book to keep track of his/her friends?? How cute!

You need:
Mini Address Book
Plastic Clip
2 Feet Black Rat-tail Satin Cord
6 Pony Beads
Contact Paper
Two 15mm Wiggle Eyes
Low Temp Glue Gun
2″ Piece of Feather Boa

Tie satin cord to plastic clip at middle. Use hot glue gun to attach both pieces of the satin cord along the spine of the address book. Leave about 1/2″ of cord between the clip and the address book.

Cover book with contact paper. Trim close to edge of book. Glue on wiggle eyes and piece of boa.

Add beads to each end of satin cord. Tie with knot. Trim close.

Have fun! If you do any of these crafts, post a picture and let me know!

I’m off to get some work done – have a GREAT Friday!

Friday Fun

Friday Craft: Boogie Monsters

I’m feeling crafty today, you?

Great! Here’s a fun craft to keep the kiddies busy today:

Boogie Monsters (Okay, I confess, this craft caught my attention because of the boogie/booger reference. I’m shallow – I know this. 😀 )

These zany desktop dancers have the “cents” to stand on their own two feet.

Tacky glue
3 (12-inch) pipe cleaners
2 medium pom-poms (ours were 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
2 googly eyes
Tiny pom-pom
Wooden skewer
Poster tack
2 pennies
2 penny-size buttons

Time needed: About 1 Hour

1. Glue a 7-inch length of pipe cleaner between the pom-poms for arms. Let the glue dry.

2. For legs, fold a 9-inch pipe cleaner length in half and glue the fold to the bottom of the lower pom-pom.

3. Attach each googly eye to a small felt circle, then glue the eyes, felt ears, and a tiny pom-pom nose to the face.

4. For each horn, coil a 4-inch pipe cleaner length around the skewer, then glue the horn onto the head. Fold the ends of each arm to form hands. Glue the feather tail in place.

5. Add a foot to each leg by using a small ball of poster tack to sandwich each end between a button and a penny, as shown.

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