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Spooky Halloween Decor

We are counting down to one more day! Here are some halloween activities for younger children. The pop-up card was inspired by my friend Queenie’s art lesson at Castle Arts (Arts and Learning Center).

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Duration: 60 – 75min

Haunted Mansion Pop-Up Materials:
– Yellow Cardstock Paper
– Any colour Cardstock Paper (for the back)
– Acrylic or Tempura Paint
– Construction Paper (for extra designs or ornaments)

Chain of Creatures Materials:
– Pre-cut Orange/ Black Strips
РWhite & Black Paper 

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Halloween Lanterns

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Paper lanterns are really fun to make, especially the ones that actually light up ūüôā Since Halloween is just around the corner, I gave my students a handout with some spooky examples and they came up with so many new ideas.¬†

Duration: 1.5 – 2.5 hrs

Materials:
– 2 pieces of Cardstock Paper
– 2 sheets of Tracing Paper
– Exacto Knife
– Gluestick
– Tea Light Candle

The secret to making a good lantern is having a design with lots of negative space. I asked my students to think about a general shape which will form most of the background (to be cut out) while mainting at least one object as the point of focus. For example, some people chose a shape of a window, circle or general rectangle as their frame before adding in objects like ghosts, people and other cool creatures. 

Each student used 2 pieces of cardstock paper (colour of their choice) and folded each in half. They then bent the shorter sides inward to create 4 strips with a width of approx 1 cm.  Before connecting the two pages using the strips, they cut 1 strip off each of the pieces of paper and created 4 equally-sized surfaces to draw on.

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Once the designs have been drawn, they carved out the pieces with an exacto knife and glued tracing paper on the back. Here are some of their finished work!

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