Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Paper Bag Pumpkins

Easy afternoon craft for kids.

brown lunch sack
orange paint
paint brush
green curling ribbon or green pipe stem cleaners

black paint or black construction paper

Have the kids ball up the newspaper and stuff the bag (1/2 to 3/4 full) tape up the top to make your pumpkin stem.  Let the kids paint.  When the paint dries tie your ribbon or wrap the pipe stem cleaner around the stem to make a vine.  Easy.  If you want to go a step further cut black shapes out of construction paper or what for the paint to dry and give the kids black paint to make their pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween Costume: Firefighter

Plastic Firefighter Hat (Dollar Tree)  $1
Black Shirt (Old Navy - and bought it two sizes larger than what Noah normally wear in case we need to layer up due to weather)  $6
Black Cargo Pant (Wal-Mart)  $7
Yellow Duck Tape (Wal-Mart)  $3.96
Reflective Silver Duck Tape (Wal-Mart)  $3.96
Iron-On American Flag Applique  (Wal-Mart)  I think it was $1.99
Iron On Yellow Letters (Micheals)  I think $4.99
Firefighter Rian Boots (not shown and borrowed from a friend, otherwise we were just going to use his snow boots)
Total Costume: approx. $30.00
 After some online searching of firefighter costumes, etc.  I decided on one stripe around the legs, two stripes around torso and 2 around the arms.  I had to remove one of the arm strips on one arm to fit the American flag applique onto the shoulder.  It was a fairly simple process.  All I had to do was cut the duck tape to the size of the garment and rap it around.  The silver duck tape I ripped in half the long ways to go down the center of the yellow.  One tip learned:
Do the iron ons BEFORE doing the duck tape on the arms because you have to turn the shirt inside out.