Guest blog by Cindy Cheung, Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Founder of When Alice Sleeps
Make your own Halloween paper bunting with the kids and make staying at home more creative and FUN! They’re surprisingly simple and all you’ll need is some coloured paper, a pair of scissors and some tape! Fold the paper, cut out your favourite shapes (see template cutout) – choose from a (not so spooky) spider, bat, pumpkin, ghost or a witches hat, then watch the magic as you open them back up again to see your bunting of amazing connected shapes.
This is a super cheap, quick and simple kids activities which your little one and they will surely get involved in decorating these too. I love a good DIY that’s quick to make and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! Why not even add some glitter or sequins for that added sparkle to your halloween decor too?
You can use our free printable template to make your shapes OR you can draw them freehand. I find it easiest if you cut the shapes onto a thick piece of paper or cardboard as you’ll be using these over and over again to trace. Just remember you only need to draw half of each shape. When you trace it onto your paper, you’ll end up with the mirror-image once you unfold it.
Here’s a list of what you’ll need.
• Coloured A4 sheets of Paper
• Free printable template cutouts (sized for 12 inch strips of paper, folded as shown below – see instructions 1-4 on the illustration. You will get 4 strips from an A4 sheet)
Follow these simple instructions and hey presto, halloween decorations are sorted! You can make these as long as you want, all you have to do is repeat the process again and cellophane the two pieces together.
The ghosts were the only ones where I used a slightly wider 4.5 inch by 12 inch strip of paper. After they were cut out, we drew two eyes and a mouth onto each one to make them even more ghost-like. These turn out REALLY WELL and my little girl just loves attempting to decorate these.
A video tutorial is available to view on Baby Toddler Adventure's Instagram page.
All of our activities are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple! (which is super important in my books! :)
Make sure you tag us on how you get on, we’d love to see your crafty paper-makes at home this season. (tag @babytoddleradventure and @whenalicesleeps so we can see your creations!)
About the author
Cindy Cheung is design and brand consultant as well as the founder of When Alice Sleeps - a children's clothing and gift store using her own creative designs!
In other news,
I really hope you enjoyed this week's blog post. It's a little different than the usual read but with Halloween being only round the corner, I thought this was the perfect time to share this activity. It is a great, low cost and simple activity you can do at home (as it seems we are going to have to get used to spending more time at home these days!). I will be trying it out with the children myself.
Even though you can't have guests round, why not have a little Halloween party anyway! Maybe put up your newly-made bunting, make some cupcakes and play some party music. We will be switching on the disco lights on the 31st! I shall share our party photos on my Instagram- I would love to see what you get up to! Do you celebrate Halloween in your house?
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Wishing you a fab week ahead!