Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Handprint Turkey Art

This precious little craft is perfect for children ages 4 and above.

9″ paper plate

Acrylic paint: goldenrod, brown, yellow, orange, green, red, white and black

Black marker

Paintbrush

Felt in fall colors, cut into 1″ squares

How to make it:

Place paper plate on work surface upside down and write the child’s name and the date. Turn the plate right side up. Paint entire plate with goldenrod color and set aside to dry.

Meanwhile, cut felt into 1″ pieces. Use several fall colors, such as red, brown, orange, tan, gold and cream.

Have all of your paint colors handy and a separate paintbrush for each color. Paint your child’s palm and thumb with a generous amount of brown paint. Working quickly so that the paint doesn’t have time to dry, paint each of your child’s four fingers with red, green, orange and yellow.

Have your child gently place their handprint in the center of the paper plate (you’ll need to help the younger ones, Mom). Gently press down on their hand and each individual finger to ensure a good distribution of paint.

Have them lift their hand directly up into the air so as not to smear any of the colors.

Use a paintbrush to add a red gobbler and an orange beak. Let dry.

While the paint is drying you can glue on the pieces for the frame. Pipe glue around the outside edge of the plate and press the felt squares onto the glue, overlapping the outside of the plate. Alternate the colors to create a pattern.

Use black marker to draw legs and feet.

Use the handle end of a small paintbrush to add a dot for the eye, let dry. Once dry, use a toothpick to dot on the black.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Paper Plate Pumpkins

Such a cute little jack o’ lantern that your children will adore making! Not only is it easy, it’s the perfect little project for an afternoon at home. Hang it on a door or in a window.

Perfect for ages 4 and above (with mom’s help!).

What you’ll need:

Mini paper plate

Orange acrylic craft paint

Yellow craft foam

Green craft foam

Brown craft foam

Scissors

Glue

Place the paper plate upside down on your work surface and paint it orange. Set aside to dry and repeat with a second coat if needed.

Cut out facial shapes (triangles for eyes and a mouth with a few missing teeth) and glue to the plate.

Use scissors to trim the plate into a pumpkin-like shape. Do this by cutting a dip in the top where the stem would be and trim the bottom to flatten it a bit.

Cut two simple oval-shaped leaves from green craft foam and glue to back of the plate at the top of the pumpkin.

Cut a simple rectangular stem from brown craft foam and glue to the back of the plate, between the leaves.

Spooktacular Halloween Chalkboard Buckets

These are perfect in every way, and can be reused year after year! Is there a cuter way to display your Halloween treats? I think not! Here is how to create your very own chalkboard buckets…

Materials Needed:
New, clean bucket(s) any size
Spray primer
Chalkboard spray paint
Painter’s tape
Chalk

In a well-ventilated area, apply one coat of spray primer to can. Tip: When using spray paint, move paint can in long, even strokes. Apply paint in a thin layer to prevent drips.

In the same manner as primer, apply two coats of spray chalkboard paint. Allow it to fully dry before removing tape slowly to prevent paint from pulling away.

Decorate how you like! Add cute colorful pictures or cool messages. *Makes a super cute trick or treat bucket too!

Crafts For Kids – Mint Tin Treasure Lockets

The perfect little treasure chest to store your sweet little secrets. Locket is made from a common mint tin. Dress up the lid with a toy plastic animal, fake jewels, stickers, and more. Perfect craft for summer days spent indoors!

Materials:
Small metal mint tin (Make sure it has a hinged lid to pull a string through or around.)
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
String or metallic craft cord (You’ll need about a 3-foot length. Be sure it’s thin enough to fit around or through the tin’s hinge so the lid can still close.)
Tacky glue
Small plastic animal or plastic jewels, stickers, foam letters etc.

Clean the inside of the tin. Paint the top your favorite color and let it dry.

Thread the string or metallic cord around or through (depending on the type of tin) the tin’s hinges. Pull both ends of the string tight, so that they fit snugly around the hinge, and then knot them together at the top.

Glue plastic animals or jewels to the top of the tin. Let it dry. Store your secrets!