Halloween Fairy Bread

Put a spooky spin on a traditional Aussie treat!  Make Halloween fairy bread for your little ghosts and goblins.

Here in Canada and the United States, we do Halloween in a big way.  I have a lot of Australian followers though, and they don’t really embrace Halloween.  It’s simply not a holiday that they’ve ever celebrated there.  Some have started to in recent years, but it doesn’t take over the nation like it does here in North America.

Because my loyal, Aussie followers have patiently endured all of our bat, ghost, mummy and pumpkin crafts these past few weeks, I wanted to honour them with my final Halloween post of the season.  I’ve used their infamous recipe for Fairy bread to whip up some cute Halloween party treats.

Halloween Fairy Bread

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What IS Fairy Bread you ask?

If you hail from the northern hemisphere, it’s possible that you haven’t heard of Fairy bread before.  I’ve only learned about it recently myself.

Fairy bread is a popular kids’ treat in Australia, and it’s traditionally served at birthday parties. Word has it, for the kids down-under, a party just isn’t a party if the fairy bread doesn’t make an appearance.

Let’s make some of our own!

To make our Halloween fairy bread, you’ll need:

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To make a piece of fairy bread, generously butter one side of a slice of bread.  Don’t skimp here, you want your sprinkles to stick.

Place your cookie cutter on top of the buttered side of the bread.  Line it up in a way that there’s just white bread and no crust inside the cutting edge.

You might have to play with your cutter a bit to get it just right.  My cutters fit perfectly inside my the crusts of my bread.  Phew!

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Press down firmly, making sure the cutter goes all the way through the bread.  Wiggle or slide your cutter around against your cutting surface to make sure it goes all the way through.

Pop your shape out of the cookie cutter.  Use the tip of a knife to nudge the bread out if it seems stuck.

At this point, you could sprinkle your sprinkles (how else would you say that without using the same word twice?) all over your buttered shape, but I found it easiest to just flip my shape (butter side down) into a plate of sprinkles.

Carefully lift up your shape, turn it over, and voila!  Fairy bread!

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Isn’t it adorable?

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Don’t they look fun? Yay!  A new treat idea for your next Halloween party! Thanks for the Halloween inspiration, my Aussie friends!  Bet you don’t hear that too often!

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{3 More} Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Halloween

Ok, I’m not gonna lie. The Hooligans and I get a little excited about our holiday crafts. Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year when it comes to crafting! Check out 21 of my favourite (easy) Halloween craft projects right here.

You may have also noticed that we’ve been making a ton of paper plate crafts lately too.  I recently shared a collection of 17 easy paper plate crafts that toddler and preschoolers will love, and more recently, what with Halloween approaching, I shared an adorable paper plate spider that’s just perfect for kids ages 2-4.

And now, we’ve whipped up a few more really easy and super-cute Halloween crafts using paper plates, and I think your little ones will like these too.

3 paper plate crafts for halloween

 

We have a crow, a pumpkin and a simple skeleton handprint. Check ‘em out!

3 Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Halloween

paper plate pumpkin

Paper Plate Pumpkin:

First off, we have our paper plate pumpkin.  This guy was easy to make.  One little hooligan blended shades of orange, red, yellow and brown paint, and covered her paper plate in it.

For the eyes, nose and mouth, she dipped a few wooden building blocks into a puddle of black paint, and stamped the pumpkin’s face on just the way she wanted it.

She then glued a couple of rows of corn kernels in place for the teeth.

To finish, we twisted a piece of green tissue paper into a stem and glued it to the top of your paper plate.

 

white handprint on paper plate

Paper Plate Skeleton Handprint:

A handprint art project really doesn’t get much easier than this.  Toddlers love handprint art, don’t they?

Have your little one paint a paper plate with black paint.  Then paint the palm of her hand white, and have her press it against the middle of the plate.  Voila!  A skeleton hand.  This is perfect as a last minute Halloween craft when your toddler wants to get crafty but you’re short on time.
Paper Plate Crow Craft

Paper Plate Crow:

And my favourite:  the paper plate crow.

Start by painting a paper plate black.

Next, glue on fabric a couple of layers of fabric wings.  If you don’t have a stash of fabric handy, scrap book paper, construction paper or wall paper samples would work for the wings.

Eyes can be made from craft foam, large googly eyes or a black button layered on top of a white button.

Finish with a yellow foam or paper beak and some corn kernel talons.

Happy Crafting and Happy Halloween!

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Paper Plate Spider Craft for Preschoolers

Toddlers and preschoolers will love this paper plate spider craft. It’ll have them painting, cutting, stamping and gluing… all the crafty stuff that little kids love best.

With Halloween just around the corner, you and your kids will be looking for lots of “spooky crafts” to make this month.  Lucky you!  I have 21 easy Halloween crafts for little ones right here for you, and I’ll be sharing a few more in the days to come. You can subscribe to receive them when you get to the bottom of this post!

The hooligans and I have made several spider crafts in the past, but this is our first paper plate spider.  I LOVE crafting with paper plates! I always have a big stack of the cheap ones in my craft room. They’re so versatile. You can turn a paper plate into just about anything when you’re stuck for a craft idea.

Ok!  Let’s make our Halloween spider!

Paper Plate Spider Craft for Halloween

To make our paper plate spider craft, you’ll need:

 

To make your spider:

Begin by painting your paper plates black.  If your child would rather use a different colour, go for it!  Colourful spiders would look great!

Spider body:

We’re only using the centre of one plate for the spider’s body, so cut off the outer rim.  There’s usually a line distinguishing the centre of the plate and the rim. Encourage your child to follow that line.

Don’t worry about it being perfect.  Practicing those scissor skills are more important than getting it exactly right, and the process is much more important than a perfect end-result. Plus, your child’s crafts will be much more adorable if they’re a little quirky-looking.

stamping dots on the paper plate

Have your child dip the cork into a puddle of coloured paint and dot it all over the spider’s back. We do a lot of stamping with corks here. The hooligans love the process, and corks are easy for a small hand to hold.

Spider legs:

For the legs of your spider, fold a paper plate in half.  Mark 4 legs on one half.  With the plate still folded in half, go through both layers, cutting out the spaces in between the legs.  Open the plate back up, and ta-daaa: spider legs!

legs for spider craft

A little tip when cutting the legs:

Confession:  I found it a bit confusing to distinguish between the legs and the negative space in-between, and I cut off a couple of legs on the first attempt.  I ended up with a 6-legged amputee arachnid.  Oopsy!

Second time around I drew the legs on the plate, and then made a little squiggle on all the spaces in between.  I knew to cut out the pieces with a squiggle on them. Problem solved. 8-legged spider guaranteed.

Now your child can glue the body of the spider on top of the legs and then glue the googly eyes in place.

Finish by slightly bending or curling your spider’s legs up and under a bit.

Finished paper plate spider for halloween

And there you have it!  A cute little paper plate spider to dangle in a window or over a door in the weeks leading up to Halloween!
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21 Easy Halloween Crafts Your Toddler Will Love

The spookiest night of the year is almost here!, folks! The days are getting cooler, and the evenings are getting darker. Halloween is just around the corner! If you’re looking for inexpensive and easy Halloween crafts to make with your toddlers or preschoolers this year, you’re in for a treat!

The hooligans and I LOVE crafting for Halloween, and we like to keep things simple by using basic craft materials and things you already have around your home. We have lots of ghosts, pumpkins, monsters, mummies and spiders for you to make at home, daycare or in your preschool classroom Here are 21 simple Halloween crafts that toddlers and preschoolers will love. Pin them or bookmark them to refer to when your kids want to get crafty this October.

 

21 Easy Halloween crafts for kids

21 Easy Halloween Crafts for Home or Preschool

The clickable link in the descriptions of the crafts will take you to the detailed post.

toilet roll and tissue paper mummies

Wrapping and winding skills are challenged when making these adorable tissue paper mummies.

pumpkin-art-for-toddlers-and-preschoolers

This unique pumpkin art project lets kids get creative with paints, stamps, scissors and glue.

cotton ball ghost craft

Cotton Ball Ghosties – a tactile craft for toddlers using chalk, cotton balls and buttons.

Pom Pom Spiders and Web weaving craft

Pom Pom Spiders and Wooly webs are fun for little fingers to practice their weaving skills.

Monster Hands Halloween Art for Toddlers

Make Monster Hands!  Everyone loves a hand-tracing activity, right? Beans and lentils add some sensory fun to this craft.

easy halloween wreath for toddlers

Simple Halloween Wreath.  Kids love the crumpling process and googly eyes always put a silly spin on things.

skeleton footprint craft for kids

Repurpose styrofoam meat trays into a skeleton footprint craft.

monster mobiles A

monster mobile is a whimsical way to upcycle some cardboard toilet rolls.

halloween button bracelet

Strengthen fine-motor skills while making a Halloween button bracelet.

Spooky Toilet Roll Bird

Turn a toilet roll into a spooky Halloween owl or crow.

halloween necklaces

Threading Halloween necklaces is a fun fine-motor activity.

smoosh painted pumpkin art

Smoosh and stamp some pumpkin art using a plastic bag and this fun paint technique!

handprint spider craft

Use an energetic, whole-body painting process to make a web for a hand print spider. Unknown-27

Round up fabric scraps and a few crafting odds and ends, and create a halloween collage.

Paper Bag Alien Headgear
Turn a paper bag into an alien or monster head-piece.

skeleton hand print art for halloween

Using meat trays again, create some skeleton hand print art.

Halloween sun catcher

You won’t believe what we used to make these nifty halloween sun catchers!

paint print ghost for toddlers to make

Experiment with print making, and create some spooky ghost prints.

painted jack-o-lantern craft Painting, cutting, gluing, shapes and abstract art.

These painted jack-o-lanterns cover it all.

Milk jug sun catchers for halloween

Milk jug sun catchers are so easy for toddlers to decorate the window with at Halloween.

painted pasta "bones" for halloween Turn some dry pasta into a pile of “bones” for a halloween wreath or in your spooky sensory bins!

 

Looking for more awesome crafty ideas?  Check out our:

10 Easy Christmas Ornaments for Kids 

14 Fall Crafts for Preschoolers

10 Spring Crafts for Kids

70 Homemade Toys to Make for Kids

20 Disney’s “Frozen” Inspired Crafts and Activities 

 
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Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Best, easy recipe for perfectly roasted pumpkin seeds… Oh I do love a good halloween treat!

Not just the stuff the trick-or-treaters bring home.  I’m talking about homemade Halloween treats: Mummy Pops, Pumpkin Chip Cookies, and of course I LOVE making a batch of salty, crunchy, golden brown, perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Roasting pumpkin seeds is so easy!

For years, I didn’t bother because I thought it seemed like a hassle, and then my neighbour came over with a batch of her own toasty, brown pumpkin seeds for me and my boys to try, and I’ve been making them ever since!  They’re delicious!  And they’re really no work at all.  I mean, you’re scooping all of those seeds out of your pumpkin anyway, right?  Why not take a few extra minutes, and start a new tradition with your kids. For us, roasting our pumpkin seeds is as much of a tradition as carving our jack-o-lantern now!

pumpkin seeds

The hooligans and I whipped up a this batch of pumpkin seeds this morning, and they were heavenly.  Mmmmm…  my mouth’s watering again just thinking about it!  Let’s get you started so you can make some of your own!

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe:

pumpkin seeds and sea salt

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Ingredients:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • olive oil (or butter, vegetable oil, canola oil etc.)
  • Sea Salt

coating pumpkin seeds with olive oil

 How to roast pumpkin seeds:

  1. In a colander, rinse the seeds under  cold running water to remove all pumpkin pulp and stringy bits.
  2. To dry your pumpkin seeds, you COULD lay them out on a paper towel and pat them dry, but to keep things easy, I just leave them in the colander, and stir them around for a minute or two with a paper towel in my hand.  If the paper towel gets too soggy, I swap it for a dry one.  Don’t worry if your seeds aren’t completely dry; they’ll be fine.
  3. Transfer the seeds to a bowl and drizzle with a little olive oil, and give them a stir until they’re all coated.  Go easy on the oil.  A little goes a long way.  I probably used 1 tsp oil for about 2 cups of seeds this morning.
  4. Now sprinkle them with Sea Salt, stir well, and spread in as single layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Take them out, give them a stir, and pop them back in for another 8-10 minutes.

Oven temperatures vary.  In my oven I’m good at the 9 minute mark both times.   You’re looking for your seeds to be a beautiful, golden brown, but they can burn quickly if you don’t keep an eye on them. When they’re done, roasted pumpkin seeds are HOT!  You’ll hear them sizzling and popping, so be sure to give them a few minutes before eating them.    I know.  It’s torture.  They smell soooo good.

toasted pumpkin seeds

Psst….  anybody out there love a little sweet with their salty?  Want to know what I tossed in with my toasted seeds this morning?

candy corn

Candy Corn. Oh yeah. THAT’s what I’m talking about!

candy corn and roasted pumpkin seeds

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Pumpkin Art for Toddlers

Pumpkin Art for Kids – a simple Halloween project for toddlers and preschoolers, which combines art and fine motor development…

I have one last, little Halloween craft to share before the big night arrives, and I believe, if my memory serves me correctly, this may be the only pumpkin craft we’ve done this Halloween season.

pumpkin art for toddlers and preschoolers - happy hooligans

There were no defined expectations of what the art should look like; this was just an opportunity for the hooligans to explore colour mixing and to combine a few fine motor activities: painting, stamping, ripping and cutting while creating some Halloween art.

Supplies we used for our painted pumpkin project:

  • paint (red, orange, yellow, and a very small amount of brown)
  • paint brushes
  • small cube of styrofoam
  • strips of white paper
  • black paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • large piece of cardboard or construction paper (for the canvas)

Making our pumpkin art:

I gave each of the hooligans a large piece of white cardboard, and three small containers of paint (red, orange and yellow).

Paint & glue tip for toddlers: Ketchup cups from fast food restaurants are perfect for holding small amounts of paint or glue when we’re crafting.

 

The girls painted their canvases as they liked, mixing and blending their paint colours.  They knew we were making pumpkins, but I left it up to them to paint whatever sizes/shapes they wished.

toddler mixing paint colours

I love how she ended up stretching right out on the floor and getting into her work.

Painting Pumpkins - a lesson in colour mixing

As we waited for the paint to dry, they worked on their pumpkins’ eyes and teeth.  Depending on the ages of your children, they can either rip their shapes or use scissors to cut them.

For the teeth, have your child cut a strip of white paper into small pieces.

For the eyes, they can cut or rip a couple of black circles/ovals/triangles.

pumpkin painted by preschooler

Introducing your child to using scissors:

Our littlest hooligan is determined to master the art of cutting.   Every day, as soon as we enter the craft room, she asks to “snip”, and she’ll sit for easily a half hour working patiently away with a pair of small scissors and narrow strips of paper;  she’s really gotten the hang of it this past week.   There’s proof here that there’s no real rule to follow when it comes to the age at which to introduce scissors to your child.  This little one isn’t yet two, but she has advanced fine motor control, so she was ready.  Just know your child, and follow his or her lead, and of course, be near by to supervise.  Here are some terrific scissor exercises for children  if you’re looking to get yours started.

one year old learning to use scissors

They finished off their pumpkin by dipping a styrofoam cube into some brown paint, and stamping a stem (or maybe I should say many stems). :)

stamping "stems" onto pumpkin art

Happy Hallowe’en!

finished pumpkin paintings done by a toddler and preschooler

Looking for more Halloween art ideas for kids?  Check out our:

Smoosh & Stamp Pumpkins

Easy Skeleton Hands

Paint Print Ghosts

Sponge Painted Ghosts

 

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Skeleton Footprint Craft for Halloween

Skeleton footprint craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  A fun and easy halloween craft to make with footprints and styrofoam!

Who’s up for another Halloween craft?  If you made our  halloween handprints yesterday, you may have plenty of styrofoam “bones” left over.  These halloween “skeleton” footprints are a great way to use them up!


Halloween Skeleton Footprint craft

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the ‘bones” were simply pieces of a painted styrofoam meat tray that I cut into narrow strips, and the hooligans further chopped into small pieces.

painted styrofoam strips are the "bones" for a skeleton foot craft

We changed things up a little bit with our skeleton feet, but for the most part the process is the same as it was in yesterday’s post.

To make this Halloween footprint craft, you’ll need:

  • white paint
  • black styrofoam meat tray (sterilized in dishwasher)
  • strips of painted styrofoam (see yesterday’s skeleton craft for details)
  • glue
  • paintbrush
  • bowl of warm, soapy water/towel (optional, but makes for easy clean-up)

Stamping your footprints:

To make the hooligans’ footprints, I sat each child on a low stool and painted their foot with black paint.

This is of course a wonderful sensory experience, and each child was happy to share how the paint felt on the sole of their foot: “It’s slippery”, “it’s cold”, “it’s soft”, and “it’s ‘wery wery’ wet” were a few of the descriptive phrases we heard.

Then I helped each child to carefully step down onto the styrofoam tray, and I gently pressed each toe down so we’d have a solid impression of the foot.

Adding the “bones”:

A quick blast with the hairdryer had the painted footprints dry in a matter of seconds, and the girls proceeded to glue the “bones” to their skeleton feet.

3 white painted footprints on styrofoam meat trays

And at the end of the day, this is what each hooligan took home with them!

skeleton hand and foot crafts

 

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Skeleton Handprint Craft

Skeleton handprint craft – a fun way to explore skeletons with preschoolers, and an easy halloween craft for toddlers too!

We kicked off our morning today, with a little lesson about skeletons.  I wasn’t sure how much the hooligans knew already – they’re only 2, 3 and 4, so I talked about how your skeleton is a framework of bones inside your body, and how all of the bones are all connected to each other.  We examined our skulls and our hands and feet, fingers and toes, pushing and probing to feel the bones inside of them.

I also explained how the Doctor can take a picture of your bones using an x-ray machine, and we looked at images of a skeletons and of x-rays on the internet.

Then we got down to work.

Skeleton Hands Craft

The supplies for making our skeleton handprints are simple:

supplies for skeleton hand x-ray craft

  • for the “bones”:  black styrofoam meat or produce tray (sterilized in dishwasher)
  • square of white cardboard (alternatively, you could glue a piece of white paper to a panel of a cereal box)
  • white and black paint
  • paint brushes
  • glue

How to make your skeleton handprint craft:

Have the kids brush the black styrofoam meat tray with some white paint.  No need to ensure full coverage here.  If there’s some black peeking through that’s totally fine.  Actually, that’s great.

While that’s drying, have your child make his handprint on the white cardboard.  I brushed each hooligan’s hand with black paint and helped press it to the card.  You want your child’s hand to make full contact with the card, so help them by gently pressing and jiggling their hand against the card.

a palm and fingers painted black makes a great skeleton handprint

 

A bucket of soapy water and a towel on the floor beside us made for a quick clean up.

While the hooligans were waving and blowing on their handprints to speed up the drying, I quickly cut the styrofoam meat tray into long thin (very thin) strips.

styrofoam bones for skeleton craft

 

Then I had the hooligans cut those strips up into small pieces.

cutting styrofoam - great fine motor / scissor skill development

Then, using a paint brush, they covered their handprints with glue and filled them in with their styrofoam “bones”.

gluing styrofoam "bones" onto hands for an x-ray craft

I LOVE the way they turned out!

kids x-ray craft - 3 skeleton hands

If you liked this simple Halloween Craft, be sure to check out our:

Skeleton Foot Craft 

and our

Monster Hands too!

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Why is it called Candy Corn?

I finally figured out why they call it Candy Corn, and it only took me 46 years…

Ok, tell me I’m not alone.  Tell me I’m not the only one who never quite understood how Candy Corn ever got its name.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve quite liked candy corn, but the name has always puzzled me.  I never quite understood the “corn” part.  Why corn?  I mean, they’re little, orange, white and yellow, striped triangles.  Candy CONE maybe, but candy CORN?  It’s never made any sense to me at all.

 

Why do they call it Candy Corn

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, candy corn is a treat that, in some parts, is associated with Halloween.  The candies are soft and sweet and a little chewy.  They kind of taste a little like a marshmallow.

 

why is it called candy corn

 

I can remember, as a kid, wondering what the “corn” bit was all about, but I guess I just accepted it.  I think about it briefly every October when the candies make their appearance, but it’s only ever a fleeting thought.  I’ve never bothered to actually look into WHY it’s called what it is.

So, why DO they call it Candy Corn?

Well, one week ago, it hit me! I had my A-HA moment while sitting in the driveway with one little hooligans who was waiting for her Mom to arrive.  We were picking kernels off our corn cobs (a project that’s kept us busy for a few weeks now).  I thought it would be fun to line a few kernels up to see if they looked like teeth, and THAT’s when, in an instant, it all became clear.

 

real corn kernels look like candy corn

How had I missed this?  Every fall we spend days or even weeks plucking all of the kernels off a couple dozen ears of corn.

How had I not seen these bands of yellow and orange, and the white tip that connects the kernel to the cob.  

kernels of real corn look like kernel corn

 

Candy CORN.  Of COURSE!  It was so ridiculously simple.  Too simple.  How had I not figured it out before now?

candy corn kernel beside real corn kernel

I had a good laugh about it, and then excitedly shared my big news with my boys and my husband, and guess what.  THEY had always wondered why it was called candy corn too!

Tell me we’re not alone!

If you’re looking for a super-sweet candy corn craft, check out these totally easy and adorable Candy Corn Paper Sculptures by Creative Family Fun!

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Painted Ghost Craft

This painted ghost craft is a sweet and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers!

The hooligans in my home daycare are just loving all of the Halloween crafts that we’ve been making lately!  We’ve been testing out lots of fun and easy art techniques, making halloween ghosts, monsters and pumpkins!  I had my two youngest hooligans here today so we kept things sweet and simple with this cute, little ghost craft.

painted ghost craft for toddlers and preschoolers

The girls loved this activity because it combined two favourites: paint and stamping, and I loved it because it was easy enough for them to do with very little help, and they turned out super-cute!

sponge painted ghosts

Supplies for your painted ghost craft:

corks, sponges and paint for stamping ghosts

  • black and white paint
  • sponges
  • corks
  • cardboard (we used long narrow strips, but the inside of a cereal box would be perfect)
  • styrofoam meat tray (always sterilize in the dishwasher first)
  • jar lids
  • raffia & hole punch

Stamping your ghosts:

Trim the top two corners of your sponge to round the top of your sponge a little.

Pour some white paint into the styrofoam tray and let your little ones dip their sponges and stamp onto the cardboard.

Painting with a sponge dipped in white paint

The sponges soaked up quite a bit of paint so I had to frequently add more white paint to the tray.  I showed the girls how to press down hard enough on their sponges to flatten them right out, using two hands if one didn’t make a dark enough print.

stamping ghosts with sponges and paint

We didn’t bother to let our painted ghosts dry before moving on to the next step; I poured a little black paint into the jar lids and they dipped their corks into it and stamped eyes all over their ghosts.  You won’t need as much black paint as you see in the photo; I ended up scooping some out because I could see it was going to be far more than they needed.

stamping ghost eyes with corks

When they were finished, I punched two holes in the top of each piece of cardboard and tied some raffia through the holes so they can hang their ghosts on a door knob when they get home.

Purple and orange raffia for hanging ghost craft

Aren’t they sweet?  And how easy was that?!

stamped halloween ghosts with sponges and corks

 

ghost door-hanger craft

 Want to see some more simple but adorable ghost crafts?  Check out our:

Paint Print Ghosts

and our

Cotton Ball Ghosties

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