Spooky season is well under way in our house, we haven’t sorted out our costumes yet but we’ve been super busy making some fun homemade Halloween decorations. Today I wanted to share with you these cute little toilet roll ghosts! They’re so easy to make and look fab too.
Here’s what we used
White paint and paintbrush
Black and white paper
Scissors and glue
How to make our toilet roll ghosts!
Take the tp roll and cut a wavy edge into one end of it before painting it white and popping it aside to dry.
Once the toilet roll has dried, add two eyes and a mouth to the front.
Cut out two arms and glue them down in place on the back of the toilet roll ghost.
Cut out 3-5 long strips of tissue paper and glue them around the inside of the bottom of the toilet roll tube.
Optionally add some string to the top of the toilet roll and the ghost is ready to display!
These cute toilet roll magic wands are inexpensive to make and provide hours of fun too!
My kids really loved the toilet roll flowers we made to decorate their rooms. They are forever playing with them and today they were using them as magic wands to turn each other into frogs and whatnot. I thought this was a fab idea and it gave us the inspiration to make these cute little toilet roll wands – I just love them! The kids have played with them for hours, they’re great for imaginative play and provide just as much fun as any store bought toy too. They need a lot of glue gun usage so require an adult to make.
Here’s what we used
Coloured paint and paintbrush
Wooden skewer (pointy end removed!)
Something for the middle (pom pom, button etc)
How to make these toilet roll magic wands
Start by taking some paint and colouring the TP rolls and optionally the wand stick too. For this wand we used one blue roll, one white roll and a painted blue skewer (pointy end chopped off for safety!)
Once dry, take the tp roll that you will be using for the main part of the wand and chop it into five equal rings.
Use the hot glue gun to attach two rings both together and to the stick.
Finish adding the rest of the rings to make a star shape. for stability you will need to make sure they are glued to the rings on either side.
Take the secondary colour tp roll and cut it into 8 strips. Take two of your strips and fold them in half. Glue one of the strips inside the other as above and the repeat this three more times until you have four of these shapes.
Glue your shapes into the empty spaces between the rings of the wand as above. Then add a pom pom, a button or similar to the centre of the wand.
Add any finishing touches such as ribbon or sparkles and the magic wand is finished. These are great for imaginative play!
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Here is yet another wooden spoon puppet craft that we made to go with our cardboard puppet theatre project. This is my son’s wicked wooden spoon witch puppet and doesn’t she look great! I’ve really enjoyed making these with him the last few days. They’re a bit tricky for him to make alone so we’ve spent a lot of time doing them together which has been so lovely.
When they announced that schools were going to be shut, i did wonder how he would get on being home so much with just his parents and little sister. I am so blessed to say that he has been absolutely brilliant and every day has been a pleasure. He does of course miss seeing his friends and cousins but these little ones are just so resilient. He’s made the best of every day and we’ve been finding whatever we can to do to make the days a bit easier. There’s no denying he’s probably watched a little bit too much paw patrol, but we have also had loads of fun outdoors and plenty of crafting and educational fun indoors and let’s be honest all that really matters is that they’re happy and that they get through this the best they possibly can until we regain a bit of normality.
Start off by taking your lollipop stick and gluing it centrally across the top of your wooden spoon handle – just below the head, this will make the arms. Then, take your puppet and coat it in green paint before putting it aside to dry.
Now it’s time to give your witch some hair, to make ours we glued some wool scraps around the edge of the wooden spoon head. Then add two eyes, a nose and a mouth to make your witch’s face.
Cut out a witches hat and stick it down in place at the top of your spoon head.
Place your witch puppet on to the back of your felt and draw your dress shape around it. You will need to make sure your dress Is a bit bigger than your spoon all the way around.
To save felt you could just stick one dress piece to the front. However we’re planning on using our puppets long term and wanted to make them sturdy as possible. We drew around our dress shape and cut out a second identical piece to make the back. If you decide to cut out a back piece too remember to draw around the dress with both felt sides facing outwards as they will be on the spoon, otherwise your pieces might not match up!
To attach your witches dress lightly stick one side to the front of your spoon and the other to the back. Pinch the two pieces together to meet and stick in the middle. Finish off you wooden spoon witch puppet by adding a magic wand. My son also added some snips in to the bottom of his witches dress too which i think looks fab!
Today my son decided he wanted to make something for his little sister. how adorable is that? For the last few days she has been absolutely obsessed with a cardboard tube from inside a foil roll, so I suggested perhaps we should turn it into a magic wand for her. He loved the idea and together we came up with this adorable recycled magic wand craft. For the most part we used recycled materials and after i had glued it together he added some craft buttons too. If you’re planning on making one I would definitely recommended using a glue gun if possible, it just makes them so much stronger. Our magic wand still looks completely untouched, even after being bashed around by a year old all day!
You will need
Long cardboard tube (the ones usually found in foil or cling film/saran wrap)
An old cereal box
Any optional decorations
Glue (we used a glue gun because it’s just faster and the glue is a lot more durable. You can use pva, you’ll just need to peg the pieces whilst they dry, it probably won’t hold quite as strongly either)
How to make your recycled magic wand craft
Take your cardboard tube and paint it in your chosen colour. Once finished, pop it to one side to try.
Take your cereal box and cut out two identical stars. The easiest ways to do this are by either cutting two out at once or by drawing around your first one. Once they have both been cut out, paint them in your selected colour. Put your stars aside to dry.
Once your tube is dry, Cut out 6-8 equal lengths of ribbon and using your glue secure one end of each down on the inside of one side of your tube. Leave the other ends loose.
Glue one of your stars onto the tube and then cover all of it’s back edges in glue before securing the other star on the back.
Optionally add some decorations to your magic wand, then you are finished and ready to cast some spells!
Ok Ok, i know.. ANOTHER paper cone craft! But we’ve just been having so much fun making these. It’s awesome just how many designs you can make from them. These little easy paper Halloween witches might just be my favourite so far, they’re so adorable! We made ours friendly witches but you could alter yours to have any kind of expression you like. We’ve stashed these in the cupboard ready for Halloween when were going to hang them up in our conservatory. Why not give them a go?!
You will need
Eye stickers (optional)
Take a piece of A4 paper and fold it in half to make a card shape. Then, take a pencil and draw a gradual curve starting from just above the centre of your fold line to the bottom right corner (you’ll need to make sure the curve isn’t too sharp or it won’t match up when folded). Cut out your shape.
Fold your shape in half and trim off any excess to make sure both sides are even.
Open up your shape to reveal your 4 sections. Cover one of your end sections in glue
and then pull it round and stick it down on the back of your other end section to create a triangular cone.
To make the curly hair..
First you’ll need to cut out a circle for the face. Then, Cut out 4-6 long strips of coloured paper. Roll one end around and pen to give you the curls
and then Glue the curls down equally on either side of your face circle.
To make the straight hair..
Cut out a round circle for the face. Then, cut out a slightly larger circle from your hair coloured paper. Glue your face circle on to the hair circle…
and trim your hair to your chosen shape.
Cut out a pointy witches hat and glue it across the top of her head. Now it’s time to give your witch a face! She will need two eyes, a nose and a mouth. You could add some other fun features too – such as some witchy warts! Put your witch’s head to one side whilst you make the other pieces.
To make the wand cut out a black strip for the handle. Then cut out two matching stars (either by drawing around the first or cutting out two at once) and glue one to the front of the strip and match the other up on the back. put your wand to one side for a moment.
To make the broomstick cut out a strip of brown paper. Roll it round and round and glue at the end to make a small tube, make several snips into one end of the tube and open them out to make bristles.
Next cut out two rounded off strips for the arms. fold and glue one strip around the wand and the other around the broom, just as you can see above.
Now all that’s left to do is add your witch’s head and arms to her dress and she is finished, Doesn’t she look great! Why not add some extra decorations to her dress and hat.