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Weekly Halloween Crafts Roundup!

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Whew! Can’t believe another week flew by and what a week it’s been! Most kids are back in school and tomatos are back in season. Can we say “yippee”? Thanks to email submitted after last week’s roundup as well as combing through copious craft blogs, we have a fresh batch of creative crafts ideas for Halloween. So let’s get started!

Eerie Luminarias

What can I say? I love these paper lanterns from Better Homes and Gardens. Stick them inside your house or outside to create a unique atmosphere for all the trick-or-treaters coming to your doorstep!

Cereal Box Monsters

These cereal box monsters from are great arts and crafts project for kids! You can either choose to make your own personal Frankenstein or Mummy. Directions are located here and they are simple to follow.

Creepy Cute Leaf Ghosts

Another fantastic idea from is the leaf ghost made out of silk leaves (not real ones! although that would be a great way to recycle those autumn leaves). These little ghosts are perfect on tabletops or you can string them in numbers to make a garland to hang across the rooms in your house or classrooms.

Monster Treat Bags

The very talented and creative Amanda Formaro is also the creator of the Eerie Luminaires. On her blog, there are all sorts of craft ideas for people of all ages and for every occasion you can think of. These colorful treat bags are made out of ordinary brown lunch bags but with a little creativity and spicing up, these brown bags are ready to be taken out for a night of trick-or-treating!

That’s all the crafts for this week! Hope you’ve enjoyed the roundup as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Stay tuned for more amazing crafts next week!

We’re constantly on the lookout for more craft ideas to add to our weekly roundup. If you have an idea or a suggestion, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or email us! We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Halloween Craft Roundup!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

There are many sites out there that have crafts and DIY projects for halloween decorations. In anticipation (we know we know Halloween is still a few good months away, but we’re starting to rev up our engines in preparation!) of Halloween, every week here at GH will have a roundup post of crafts to share with our viewers! Below is the first batch that caught our eye thanks to their creativity and promotion of more family time with your kids!

If you have an idea to submit, feel free to email so we can include it in the upcoming roundup posts! We look forward in hearing from you!

Spooky Thumbprints

Create Halloween art with your thumbprints! It’s simple and fun. Your kids will sure to be pleased by their artworks! Click here for step-by-step directions.

Tootsie-Pop Spider

A decoration that has a treat inside it! How sweet is that? This Spider’s body is made out of a Tootsie-roll lollipop. Head on over to for directions on how to make your very own candy spider!

Hanger turned Pumpkin

Next up, we have a pumpkin made out of old wire hangers courtesy of the San Diego Zoo. Instead of tossing them out, turn them into a creative Halloween decoration! Not only is the pumpkin super eye-catching, it’s simple to make and it’s eco-friendly to reuse materials.  All you need are old hangers and Halloween colored pipe cleaners!

Glue Ghost Necklace

From comes a spooky and delicate necklace that your kids will scream for! This is the perfect accessory to make to go along with their costumes this year. Who wouldn’t want a string of cure transparent ghosts following them around while they treat-or-treat around the neighborhood?

Halloween Crafts: Handmade Fridge Magnets

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Looking for a fun way to decorate your fridge this Halloween? Check out these cool eye magnets by Jojo from A Bit Of This and A Bit Of That.

We love the concept and think these simple, do it yourself magnets are perfect as Halloween decoration! Supplies you will need are as follows:

  • glass pebbles
  • strong magnets
  • old magazines
  • scissors
  • suitable glue
  • and of course, pictures of eyes!

Cut out the picture of the eye you want to use and glue it to the back of the pebble. Jojo recommends finding a picture that is large enough to fit the entire glass pebble! After the glue is dry, stick a magnet on the back of the pebble and voila! You have instant Halloween decorations that will sure put a scare to anyone who’s reaching for the contents of the fridge in the middle of the night!

For more unique and interesting crafts, check out Jojo’s online shop as well as her official website Jojoebi Designs!

DIY: Eco-friendly Marble Run

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

What child doesn’t love a simple yet fun game of marbles? I certainly remember playing with them myself when I was a wee tyke. So this marble run made 100% from an old cereal box from Made by Joel is a great way to provide your little ones with hours of entertainment. This a fun way to spend time with your kids as you make the toy together as a family activity, not to mention it’s environmental friendly since you’re recycling a used cereal box and creating a toy out of it! For directions on how to make one for yourself, click here.

QUIZ: How Green is Your Halloween?

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010


Planet Green has a quiz up on their website asking readers exactly how green their Halloween is. We took the test and boy were we surprised! Even though we thought we’d ace this quiz with flying colors, we still learned a thing or two.

The best part is, unlike a quiz from grade school, this quiz corrects your answers as you take the test. It also provides a detailed and thorough explanation of the correct answer if you get a question wrong.

So head on over to Planet Green, take this test for yourself and learn something new on how to create a greener and healthier Halloween for your loved ones!


How Green’s Your Halloween? : Planet Green – Games & Quizzes : Planet Green.