As my boys are growing up it takes a little bit more encouragement for them to get crafty. I really enjoy making things and try my best to encourage the boys to do so too. They have a set of art drawers in their bedroom that is full of arts and crafts, the boys would often rummage through them and create little masterpieces. And when they do get crafty they do produce some lovely art pieces, my youngest has just finished an art project (set by school) to create a Halloween scene in a box – he loved doing it, but just needs that extra little encouragement to do so.
Viking – an online stationary and office supplies company – invited us to take part in a Halloween Craft Campaign, which I thought would be a lovely idea for the boys to get involved in some spooky arts and crafts.
In the box
We were sent a box of goodies to use our imaginations with and creative to produce some spooky crafts and to share with you all what we come up with.
Our kit included:
- A selection of coloured paper and card
- A pack of felt tip pens
- A set of Halloween based stencils
- A gold and silver metallic craft pen
- A ball of string
- A pumpkin carving kit
- Elastic string for masks
What we created
I love getting crafty with the boys, they have great imaginations and i just enjoy spending the time together sitting at the table. It is far better than watching them playing games on their phones or tablets
Frankenstein’s Monster Mask
We cheated paper, card, felts, metallic pens, scissors, glue and the elastic to create a Frankenstein’s Monster mask for my son to wear on Halloween. He really enjoyed this craft and we are pretty smug about how it turned out. We used black card for the base and stuck the green paper on top, my son then went on to add in the details with the felts.
As my son plays football and trains once a week at the WestHam Development centre, he really wanted to make a Halloween Card to give to them. He used the coloured paper, the stencil and felts to create a spooky picture. The broom and the sword are creating the famous ‘Hammers’
Next up we made a cobweb using the ball of string and 3 twigs that we had collected from outdoors.
Here is how we made it:
- Secure three, same size, twigs together with some of the string in the middle to make a star like shape.
- With the rest of the string start to wind the string around the twigs, moving from one to another.
- keep on going around the twigs, wounding the string around and around.
- We wrapped the string around the twigs once before moving on the next twigs as this helps to secure the string in place.
- When you get to the end of the twigs, tie a knot in the string.
Pretty cool eh! And very effective when you leave them hanging around the trees in your garden.
We also created a tiny spider from the black card and placed it in the cobweb
Pumpkin sweet treat holder
Halloween isn’t just about dressing up into the scariest outfit you can find but, for children, it is also about knocking on the neighbours doors ‘trick or treating’. These cute little Pumpkin sweet favours are not only sweets but also double up as a little gift that you can give to the children.
You will need some orange tissue paper, string and green paper.
- Cut out a circle from the tissue paper – big enough to hold some sweets in
- Place the sweets in the middle and then bring the ends up into the middle
- Secure the middle with some of the string
- Place some green paper over string to create a green stem
- Draw on a scary face or leave plain
- They are now ready to give out to children as gifts
The last part of our Hallowe’en crafts was the best bit, the bit where we got messy. Pumpkin carving is always the best part, in my opinion, of celebrating Hallowe’en.
We used the pumpkin carving kit that was provided to us in the box. Once we had decided on what design we was going to put onto our pumpkin we was ready to get going.
First we cut off the top of the pumpkin and then using the scoop we scooped out of the middle of the pumpkin. Once it was empty of all of the flesh and the seeds we drew on our design and then following the lines we cut it out.
The boys like to do something a little different with their pumpkins and this year they wanted a Harry Potter Pumpkin. What do you think?
We were enjoyed getting crafty with our little box of stationary that Viking gifted to us
Why not take a look at what Viking-Direct has to offer for your next arts and crafts projects here
We were gifted with some craft items for the purpose of this post