Halloween crafts for kids – Mason jar pumpkins, spiderwebs and more
This is a neat little ditty that you can do with your kids.
Coffee filter spiderwebs
- Round coffee filters (larger the better)
- Craft foam (for spiders)
Instructions (or as my three year old likes to call it, the recipe):
- Fold coffee filter in half three times.
- Cut tip off of pointy end and cut wide end from the closed fold leaving 1.5 cm un-cut.
- Start cutting a spider web design! For a basic spider web, I found that cutting out straight strips worked best, but of course if you are doing this with your children do whatever works!
- There are many coffee filters in a bundle, so there is a lot of room to be creative. As with snow flakes, it may take a few attempts to get a spider web you are happy with.
- Once you’ve made your webs add a couple of spiders here and there. Now hang them from the ceiling or glue them to your windows using a non-toxic glue that washes off after.
We stuck ours to the pumpkin Mason jar lanterns we had already made, and it looks pretty neat with the light glowing through.
Mason jar pumpkins
In case you’d like to make pumpkin lanterns from Mason jars, here’s the recipe.
I have had thoughts of changing my last name from Morency to Mod Podge, but I still think people might be caught off guard by the awesomeness of this name.
I have done many Mod Podge projects in the past and it has never failed me!
- Large jar
- Orange tissue paper
- Black construction paper or craft foam
- Mod Podge
- Pipe cleaners or ribbon
- Glue gun or strong adhesive
- Wash and dry the large jar.
- Cut strips of orange tissue paper into one inch pieces.
- Apply Mod Podge to the glass jar gently. Then press the tissue paper onto the glass beginning at the jar opening and pressing the strip in place to the jar bottom.
- Continue to apply tissue paper ensuring you’re even at the top of the jar. When painting Mod Podge for subsequent strips of paper over lap each layer by about 2 cm.
- Cover jar completely and let dry. I like to paint a gloss Mod Podge layer over entire surface once it has dried as it enhances the look of the project.
- Cut eyes and mouth for your jack-o-lantern from black paper or craft foam and stick to the jar with chosen adhesive.
- Insert your tea light or battery operated tea light and enjoy indoors or outdoors.
This one is from UsedOttawa.com’s Community Coordinator Angus who also loves Mod Podge.
- Any size Mason jars
- Mod Podge
- Lace curtains or tablecloth
- Foam brush
- Using your scissors, cut the tablecloth into strips. No need to measure but approximately 2″ width is ideal.
- Apply Mod Podge to the glass jar and wrap a strip around. Once you’ve wrapped it, press firmly with your hands to help adhere it to the jar.
- Once covered, apply a liberal amount of Mod Podge to the outside and let it sit for about an hour to dry.
- Add another layer of lace strips, stretching or twisting to give the wrap effect and let dry.
- Use glue to attach the eyeballs to the jar.
- Insert candle or led candle and enjoy!
Possible variations could include drilling holes in the lids and stringing Christmas or patio lights in them. These can be used as candle holders but could also be filled with candy, pencils, or small toys and given as gifts.