I am SO excited to have an amazing guest poster today, my new friend Kirstylee from Moms Have Questions Too. Don't you love that name?! Her blog is FULL of great craft ideas and tons of ways to enjoy your little ones...a girl after my own heart!
Hello! This is Kirstylee over from Moms Have Questions Too. I am so excited to be guest posting here at Blue Skies Ahead. She has all the greatest candy corn ideas for Halloween. Today I will be sharing a fun Halloween craft with you. They are popsicle stick pumpkins and bats.
Things You'll Need:
- Popsicle Sticks
- Markers or Paint (black, orange, green)
- Black Construction Paper
- Googly Eyes
Get 7 small popsicle sticks (4-5 if you are using tongue depressors) and place them flat and so the sides are touching. Get another popsicle stick and place it perpendicular over the other popsicle sticks. Make the perpendicular popsicle stick cover all of the other sticks, but only have it overhang on one side.
Now, mark the perpendicular popsicle stick where it overhangs and cut off the popsicle stick where it has been marked. I used scissors to cut off the overhang and it worked just fine. If you are worried that your scissors won’t be able to cut through the popsicle stick, you can also break off the extra. Repeat this with two more popsicle sticks. Keep both sides of the 3 popsicle sticks that you cut because you will use the shorter ones for the pumpkin stem.
Use glue (hot glue gun works well, but regular glue works fine, too) to attach the three longer popsicle stick pieces evenly across the other popsicle sticks.
This will be the back of your pumpkin. Make sure that the glue is completely dry before moving on to the next step. Wait to glue the stem pieces on until you have colored the pieces green. To make your pumpkin orange, paint the popsicle sticks or color them with an orange marker (do-a-dot markers work great!). If you paint them, you will need to wait again until it is dry before moving on. Also, paint your stem pieces green. Once the green has dried, then glue them onto the back of the pumpkin.
Now, cut out eyes, a nose, and a mouth from black construction paper and glue them onto the pumpkin. You can also draw the face on with a black marker.
Since my son, Little Bear (4) is obsessed with bats this year, I had to adapt this craft to make a bat as well. To make the popsicle stick bat, make the body the same way as the pumpkin, but only use 3 popsicle sticks next to each other (1-2 tongue depressors). You will also only want two short popsicle sticks holding the pieces together in the back.
Paint the bat body black or color with a black marker. Cut out bat wings from black construction paper using the template from my flying bats craft. Once the black paint has dried, attach the bat wings with glue to the back of the bat body. Attach googley eyes to the front of the bat.
My son loved this craft! He helped me paint the pumpkin and bats which he always loves. When we were all finished with the creations and the glue was dry, we hung the bats from the ceiling so they could be next to the flying bats that we made. The popsicle stick pumpkins went next to the painted pumpkins on our table. We love having so many festive decorations everywhere!
These popsicle stick crafts are absolutely adorable Kirstylee! And the fact that I have everything on hand to make them is an A+ in my book too ;) Thank you SO much for joining us at Blue Skies Ahead!
If YOU would be interested in guest posting one Friday over here at Blue Skies Ahead...we would LOVE to have you! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set it up. I would love to feature the great things you are doing in your lives!