Halloween Crafting Ideas

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The girls have been begging for an art activity with painting, so Saturday was art day. I have been wanting to make a Halloween wreath for our barn door. We decorate the barn as a (not so scary) Haunted House for the littles each year, but the entry door is always lacking. I thought what better way to keep the girls occupied while I craft than to have their own Halloween projects?

I have been planning this activity day for a few weeks, and it was so easy to order all the supplies we needed at once from Oriental Trading. I filled my cart with lots of burlap ribbon and a wreath frame for me, glow in the dark fabric paint and canvas bags to make our own trick or treat bags, and mini flashlights. Why flashlights? You shall see in a sec!

First, I set the girls up to paint their trick or treat bags. Y’all, these are so simple to make. Of course, you need some type of bag. We chose black canvas bags to paint. Oriental Trading has tubes of neon glow in the dark puff fabric paint in the Halloween craft supplies that are the perfect size for little hands.

I chose to create Aubrey a stencil out of contact paper I had on hand. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a skeleton, but you can easily cut your own stencil out of cardstock or cardboard using scissors or a craft knife. I thought it would be easier for a 4-year-old to color inside the stencil, and it worked well at first.

stencil paint halloween treat bag

Then I ruined Aubrey’s bag in a total mama fail. As you can see in the photo above, I helped her outline the head where she painted with a sponge. Unfortunately, I made a big oops by letting the paint dry completely before removing the stencil, and a lot of the paint peeled off with the contact paper! We’re going to redo hers tomorrow, but painting gave her something to do while I worked on my wreath.

Ellie asked for a white skeleton, so I cut a skeleton from HTV and pressed it onto her bag. Then she traced around it with her paints. It turned out much better than our failed bag!

htv and oriental trading glow in the dark paint treat bag

After the girls painted, I gave them the bag of mini keychain flashlights I ordered and some Halloween stickers I cut to put on each flashlight. We usually go trick or treating with a group of friends, and I thought the flashlights would be a nice addition to the usual glow products the kids sport. The kids love customizing gifts for their friends, so it was perfect!


And I did manage to make my Halloween burlap wreath for the barn door. I used bits and pieces of a few different types of burlap and burlap ribbon.

I really didn’t have a vision when I started the wreath, so I just went with what came to me as I worked. I found some leftover black tulle in my craft room (also from Oriental Trading), and decided the wreath needed something other than just burlap. Then I added a wood sign I painted awhile back but hadn’t found a home for yet. In the end, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I see a few spots that need fixing, like bare spots in the tulle and crooked ribbons, but I’d say not bad for 30 minutes of crafting!

boo burlap and tulle wreath

Do you love to make your own Halloween decor and crafts? I would love to hear about some of your projects!

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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  1. My granddaughter is big on crafts with painting too. The bags are cute (even the “failed” one, which has it’s own unique look!). I love Oriental Trading for crafts too!

  2. Very cute! I really love that wreath! Very cute!

  3. Nice Ideas! Also, that skeleton bag looks cool 🙂