Fast And Fun Crafts
For Little Hands

If you're looking for something to do with all those leftover wooden sticks from your favorite frozen treat, look no further! These Halloween-themed craft projects are simple, fast and fun! Use simple supplies to create a fun puppet-in-a-cup, a sparkling bat or a silly mummy.

Puppet-in-a-cup

Puppet-in-a-cup

Supplies:

  • Large wooden craft stick
  • black paper cup
  • cardstock
  • patterned scrapbooking paper
  • washi tape
  • Elmer's® Early Learners™ Glue Pen
  • stamps and ink pad
  • black marker
  • googly eyes (for the spider)
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your shapes — a large and small circle to decorate the front of your cup and a ghost shape or circle for the spider body. If making the spider, also cut eight legs, 1" wide and 6" long. Make sure your shape is wide enough to cover the width of the stick and roughly the height of your cup, but small enough to completely fit inside your cup.
  2. Next, decorate your shapes. Draw a spooky face on the ghost and outline its body in black. Stamp or write spooky sentiments on the smaller circles. If making the spider, fan-fold the legs and then glue four legs to the back of each side of the circle, as shown. Glue the googly eyes on the front of the body, using the Elmer's® Early Learners™ Glue Pen.
  3. Now, decorate your cup. Place a piece of washi tape down the front and center. Layer your circles on top and glue into place.
  4. Carefully cut a slit wide enough to accommodate the craft stick in the bottom of the cup.
  5. Finally, glue your ghost or spider to the top of the stick and insert into the slit in the cup. Your preschooler will have so much fun surprising the unsuspecting with their ghost and spider cup-puppets!

Sparkling bat

Sparkling bat

Supplies:

  • wooden craft sticks, various sizes
  • Elmer's® Early Learners™ Glue Pen
  • black fun-foam sheet
  • black glitter
  • black craft paint
  • googly eyes
  • white cardstock
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. First, paint the craft sticks black and let dry completely. When they are dry, use the Elmer's® Early Learners™ Glue Pen and coat the entire stick in a thin layer of glue. Sprinkle on the black glitter and allow to dry completely.
  2. While you are waiting for the glue to dry, trace and cut bat wing shapes out of black foam.
  3. Now, center the craft stick bat body onto the center of the wing shape and glue into place.
  4. Next, cut fang shapes out of white cardstock and glue into place. (Younger crafters might need help with this step.)
  5. Finally, glue googly eyes onto the top of the craft stick. Allow glue to dry completely before handling.
  6. These can be suspended from fishing line and hung from the ceiling or tree branches. Or, glue a magnet to the back to decorate the refrigerator.

Mummy

Mummy

Supplies:

  • wooden craft sticks — one large and two small
  • scissors
  • one yard of 2" rolled cotton gauze or similar material, cut into two 1" strips
  • Elmer's® Early Learners™ Glue Pen
  • googly eyes

Instructions:

  1. Before crafting day, assemble the mummy body by cutting one small craft stick in half and using hot glue to attach the legs to the end of the large craft stick. Glue the other small stick across the top/middle of the large stick on the opposite end.
  2. Glue the googly eyes near the top of the head, above the arms.
  3. Starting at the top, near the head, glue one end of your gauze to the back of your mummy.
  4. Wrap your mummy up in the gauze. Once it's all wrapped up, trim off any excess and glue the other end to the back of the mummy.

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