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Old 09-27-2004, 10:51 PM
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Tacky Glue is better for crafts than hot glue, which boys can easily get hurt using. Tacky Glue is thicker and tackier than Elmer's Glue and dries quickly.

Paint a tuna can black. Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the can, put a washer inside the can and tie a string to this (to hang the spider). Glue wiggly eyes and red rick-rack to one side for the face. Drill four small holes on opposing sides, insert black pipe cleaners and hot glue them on the inside of the can. Bend the legs like a spider and hang up!

Cut a big enough piece of dryer vent hose to form into a circle. Wire the ends together with light crafting wire. Spray paint it orange. Hot glue a 2" piece of branch (stem) and a few silk leaves to the top center.

Cut one black pipe cleaner into four equal lengths. Push all 4 through one black (large holed) bead, centering the bead on the pipe cleaners. Spread and bend the legs to look like a spider. Make enough spiders to place about 2-3" between spiders as they hang from a ring. Attach spiders using yarn to a 4-6" diameter ring (wood, plastic, paper plate, etc). Use "loose" cotton to spread a web-like haze over top of ring and down some of the yarns. Use three pieces of yarn or ribbon to make "hanger."

Pull/manipulate one cotton ball into a ghost shape and glue two "eyes" to it. Use a looped piece of masking tape (rolled sticky side out) to attach to clothes.

#1: Glue two "eyes" to a candle (votive, 4", 6", etc.). Can add a small black circle for the mouth.
#2: Melt some paraffin inside a can placed in a pan of hot water (on the stove). Paint the melted paraffin over a leaf onto a candle. Tie appropriate ribbon around base of candle.

Use black pipe cleaner to make jack-o-lantern face on a 1"-2" diameter orange pom-pom. Glue to top of a pencil.

Insert stick of a "dum-dum" lollipop into a large (1") gumdrop. Cover sucker part with a white kleenex. Form "head" by wrapping a rubberband over the kleenex just under the sucker. Draw a face on the ghost's head.

Use a black magic marker to draw a face on a small (3-6" diameter) pumpkin.

Use artificial autumn leaves and/or small ears of Indian corn grouped with a few miniature pumpkins, or a few lollipop ghosts, etc. for a centerpiece.

You'll need 6 white pipe cleaners, two wiggly eyes and a rubberband. Bend one pipe cleaner in half to make the backbone. Twist one around the bottom of the backbone to shape into legs. Do the same for the arms near the top of the backbone. Join two pipe cleaners and wind them round and round the backbone, extending about 1" on each side to form the ribcage. Bend the last pipe cleaner into a swirl for the head. Glue on two wiggly eyes and attach rubberband to head for hanging.

Using pencil, draw a face on a miniature pumpkin. Be dramatic and create very evil eyes or scowling eyebrows, very happy smiles, etc. Paint the faces. When dry, add yarn for hair, fabric for hats, etc.


Halloween parties. I put a piece of florist foam inside a big plastic pumpkin and stuck the pops into it (varying the height of each pop). It made a cute centerpiece and the kids could not wait to get one! I have done it since for the neighborhood kids. I also tied the white napkin with a piece of black yarn instead of the rubberband and it added to the "Halloween" look. It is so easy to make. Thanks for the reminder; I think I will do it again this year for the kids in the neighborhood and my granddaughter.
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