Serving up a pasta Christmas craft for kids

It’s National Pasta Day today, the perfect day for this pasta craft for kids. You’ll use tube-shaped penne pasta to make this Pasta Christmas Tree Cone. The pasta is inserted at an angle right into the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, which gives it more dimension, just like a real Christmas tree. Designer Kathleen George shares a tip for easily painting the pasta that keeps the mess to a minimum, too. Love that! But whether you’re eating it or crafting with it, what’s not to love about pasta?

The kids will love this Christmas craft made with pasta! Tutorial on To make a Pasta Christmas Tree Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” x 9” cone
  • Dry pasta, penne shape
  • Acrylic craft paint in green
  • Acrylic gems in red, or other embellishments
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1” stiff paintbrush; plastic wrap; tape; sandwich size zip-top bag; sharp pencil

To make a Pasta Christmas Tree Cone:

1. Paint foam cone green.

2. Paint the pasta:

  • Tape a piece of plastic wrap on your work surface. This is where you’ll dry your painted pasta.
  • Place several handfuls of penne pasta into a zip-top bag, and add a few tablespoons of green paint.
  • Zip the bag shut and gently and thoroughly rub the paint all over the penne. If there are bare spots on the inside tips of the pasta tubes, that’s o.k. You can touch it up later.
  • When the pasta is covered, spread it out on the plastic wrap to dry.
  • Repeat, if more pasta is needed. (Kathleen estimates you’ll need about eight large handfuls.)
This is a really fun Pasta Cone the kids can make for Christmas. Tutorial on

First, make a hole with a pencil point, and then push the pasta right into the foam cone.

3. You’ll use a sharp pencil to make your holes in the foam cone first. Start with a row about 1” up from the bottom of the cone. Insert the pencil point at an upward angle till it’s about ½” deep. Repeat, making additional holes about ½” apart. Place a dab of glue in each hole, and push the pasta into it.

4. Repeat, adding a few more rows that are 1” apart, and placing the pasta pieces ½” apart. As you work your way up the cone, place the rows and pasta closer together. Kathleen’s tree has 11 rows of pasta. For the very last row, glue the penne pasta around the top edge so that the pasta meets at a point at the top.

5. If needed, touch up bare spots with green paint.

6. Glue gems in place around the tree.

Kids love crafting with pasta and this is a really fun (and cute) Christmas craft idea for the kiddos. Tutorial on

Pasta Christmas Tree Cone by Kathleen George.

The tree doesn’t have to be green, of course. Let the kids have a little fun with it. Here’s another Pasta Tree, this one painted in metallic gold. It’s made with a STAK® Tree, a shape that’s not widely available in the stores, but you can purchase one online at The Craft Place. Of course, you can also use a foam cone. Here’s the tutorial for the Golden Noodle Christmas Tree.

easy Christmas crafts made from pasta for kids

Golden Noodle Christmas Tree by Kathleen George.

The pumpkins are out, the leaves are changing, and we’re in full fall splendor here. I’m starting to think about Christmas, however, and I’m excited to start sharing new Christmas ornament crafts next week. As I plan out the Christmas lineup, let me know what you’re looking to make this season. Are there any specific projects you’d like to see? If so, leave a shout out below.

Pretty fall leaves!

The view from my window.

Now, go have some pasta! (It’s on my menu tonight.)

Happy pasta crafting.


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Fall harvest décor: Six crafts made with pinecones, acorns, and other nuts

Today’s tutorials are classics – how to make crafts with pinecones, acorns, and other fall finds. The Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres are beautiful au naturel, of course, but we went for glam with a metallic gold finish. I’m also sharing links to five more pinecone and nut crafts that will cozy up your home this fall. So go ahead, stuff your pockets on your next fall walk, and craft a little fall décor.

DIY these and display a dozen in a glass vase or big bowl. Beautiful and timeless!

Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres by Kathleen George.

To make Golden Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 3” balls; scrap piece
  • Acorn caps, 3/4″ wide, 2 cups
  • Unshelled hazelnuts, 3/4″ long, 2 cups
  • Pinecones, 1/4″ – 1/2″ long, 2 cups
  • Paint:
    • Acrylic craft paint in metallic gold*
    • Spray paint in metallic gold*
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Wood skewers; stiff paintbrush; newspaper

*A note about the paints: You’ll want to use the acrylic craft paint on the balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and the spray paint on the acorn caps, hazelnuts and pinecones. Please do not spray paint the foam balls, as the solvents in the paint may melt a portion of the foam.

To make Golden Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres:

1. If there’s any chance that your woodland treasures might have pests, you’ll want to prep them first. WikiHow has a great tutorial on how to do this. (Trust me, you don’t want to skip this step!)

2. Insert a wooden skewer into each foam ball, and use the skewers as a handle. Paint the foam balls with the metallic gold, acrylic craft paint. Insert the skewers into the scrap piece of foam to hold the balls upright while the paint dries.

3. Spread out newspaper and spray paint the acorn caps, nuts and pinecones gold. Let dry.

2. Cover balls, gluing individual pieces as close together as possible:

  • Glue acorn caps, stems down, to cover one ball.
  • Glue hazelnuts, points facing out, to cover second ball.
  • Glue pinecones, stems down, to cover the third ball.

Here’s another glamorous and golden project that will look beautiful hanging over a mantel, on a door, or where ever you need a golden touch – a Golden Nut & Pinecone Wreath.

Beautiful, and made with everyday objects you find all around the yard. Tutorial on

Golden Nut & Pinecone Wreath by Kathleen George.

If you’d like to dress up your table this fall, make a Golden Pinecone & Nut Candle Ring.  You could also skip the paint, and leave it natural, of course. Wouldn’t this make a beautiful Advent Wreath, too?

This would make a beautiful Advent Wreath. Change out the candles for other seasons, too. Red for Christmas? Orange for Thanksgiving?

Golden Nut & Pinecone Candle Ring by Kathleen George.

I think Nature’s Stocking and the Natural Nut & Pinecone Star are my favorites. I love how the various nuts, textures and shades of brown create a natural mosaic.

The nuts and pinecones make the most beautiful, natural mosaics.

Nature’s Stocking and Natural Nut & Pinecone Star by Kathleen George.

I remember my mother making Natural Nut Topiaries years ago. These are really timeless, and I don’t think they ever go out of style.

This is a classic craft, and so pretty. Arrange your nuts and pinecones on a cone of Styrofoam brand foam, and seal it to preserve it forever. Beautiful.

Natural Nut Topiaries by Kathleen George.

Which project is your favorite?

Happy crafting.


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Presto-change-o: A Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath transformed into a seasonal Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath

Do you remember the Thanksgiving Turkey Deco Mesh Wreath Patty Schaffer made? The colors of the Deco Mesh were beautiful, and I wanted to adapt it and make a season-spanning Deco Mesh wreath for fall. So, I got to work changing up Patty’s Thanksgiving Wreath to make it a Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath. (Patty said it was o.k. to reinvent her wreath.)

So, here’s the Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath.

Beautiful Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath. Such pretty colors! And easy to DIY.

And here’s Patty’s original Thanksgiving Turkey Deco Mesh Wreath.

What a fun turkey wreath. Love the bright Deco Mesh tail feathers.Here they are side-by-side.

Harvest Wreath or Turkey Wreath? You choose. Both tutorials on

You’ll follow the same instructions for each wreath, and then embellish them differently.

After I removed the turkey from the wreath, I took it with me to shop for the new embellishments. It’s a big wreath, and hard to miss, and as I walked the aisles at Micheals and Jo-Ann Stores, it became clear that this wreath has a lot of fans. Here’s how I adapted Patty’s wreath.

To make a Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Deco Mesh, 10” wide: Two-tone brown gold; two-tone yellow gold; chocolate brown; orange; apple green. (You’ll have some leftover)
  • Wire, 20 gauge
  • Faux gourd or pumpkin
  • Floral pick with leaves, berries and Chinese lanterns
  • Silk leaves
  • Ribbon, 8” length
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; knippers; floral pins

To make a Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath:

1. Follow Steps 1 – 3 in Patty’s original tutorial.

2. Using floral pins, attach the floral stem to the open area on the wreath. Pin and glue on additional silk leaves. Note: I found it easiest to decorate the wreath when it was hanging up.

Great wreath making tip: It's easiest to embellish your wreath when it's hanging up at eye level.

It was easier to decorate the wreath when it was hanging up at eye level.

3. Determine how you would like to position the pumpkin or gourd, and glue in place.

Pretty embellishments on a Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath.

I used a floral pick with leaves, berries and Chinese lanterns; silk leaves; and a faux gourd to decorate my wreath.

4. Continue to add leaves around the pumpkin, and add a few among the Deco Mesh loops, too.

Beautiful fall colors on this Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath. DIY it with tutorial on

Add a few leaves among the Deco Mesh loops, too.

6. Tie the ribbon in a loop and pin and glue to the back of the wreath. Let glue dry before hanging.

A beautiful Harvest Wreath for fall. The Deco Mesh is in beautiful fall colors.

Make it with a turkey or make it with an assortment of fall accents, but make this Deco Mesh Wreath. As the shoppers at Michaels and Jo-Ann Stores confirmed, it’s stunning.

Happy crafting.


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Arachnaphobes beware: Halloween spider crafts to DIY

We’re crawling with spider crafts today – but they’re really not all that creepy. These spiders glitter, sparkle, and even smile. First up is a cute, Daddy Long Leg Spider Kathleen George made with a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and clothes hangers. (A tangled mess of clothes hangers? I find that scarier than a mess of spiders!) Don’t miss the colorful Itsy Bitsy Spiders Kathleen shared yesterday, too.

DIY this cute spider and use up old hangers, too. Easy tutorial on

Daddy Long Leg Spider by Kathleen George.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 2-1/2” ball
    • Four, 1-1/2” balls
    • Scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Felt, a scrap of orange
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/8″, two
  • Clothes hangers, eight; or 16-gage black wire
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or plastic knife*; ruler; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; yardstick; knippers; needle nose pliers

*Note: If you’re working with kids, please have them use a plastic knife, and closely supervise them while they’re cutting.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider:

1. Cut the four, 1-1/2″ foam balls in half.

2. Insert the skewers into the 2-1/2” ball and the half balls, and use the skewers as handles while painting the foam shapes. Paint the balls and half balls black. Insert the skewers into a scrap of foam to hold the shapes upright while the paint dries.

3. Measure and cut each hanger into a 16” length, including the elbow. Position the cut so that there’s 4″ on one side of the elbow and 12″ on the other side. If the hangers are not black, paint black and insert into the foam scrap while paint dries. If you’re using 16-gage wire, cut the wire into eight, 16” lengths.

4. If needed, use the pliers to help shape the elbow into a knee, about 4″ from one end. Insert the 4″ ends into the 2-1/2” foam ball, four on each side. Remove the legs, add a dab of glue, and insert the legs again.

5. Glue and insert the end of each leg into a half-ball. Adjust as needed so the spider will stand.

6. Glue on the eyes. Cut the eyebrows and mouth from the orange felt, and glue in place.

Do you remember the purple Tarantula in a Cloche Kathleen shared a while back? This is fun one!

Repurpose an old plastic soda bottle and make a Tarantula in a cloche. Fun idea! for tutorial. cloche

Halloween Tarantula in a Cloche by Kathleen George

I’ve rounded up a few more spider crafts for this Halloween season. Kim from 733 blog has this super-sized spider nesting in her bushes.Eek!

Kim at 733 blog has the tutorial to make this super-sized Halloween Spider.
Crystal made this dazzling spider with sequins. She shares her tutorial for making Sparkling Spiders on her blog Make It Easy Crafts.

Go to Make It Easy Crafts for the tutorial to make this Sparkling Spider. Really cute!
We have more sparkling spiders over on Momnivore’s Dilemma, where Nicolette made Glittering Spiders.

Cute, glittered spiders from Momnivore's Dilemma. DIY tutorial on Momnivore's Dilemma.
If you’d like a video tutorial for making Glittered Spiders, then tune in over on Kraft Clatch. Mona’s helpful tutorial will walk you through it.

Watch the video tutorial on Craft Klatch with Mona to make this glamorous, Glittered Spider.

Eyelashes, ruby red lips and glitter make this one glamorous spider!

I love the spider webs Liz made to display her Spooky Spiders. You can see more over at her blog Say Yes.

Fun Halloween spider tutorial from Liz at Say Yes.

You can almost cuddle with this Furry Spider, and Shatzi from Love and Laundry shares her tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts.

He looks so cuddly! Go see the tutorial for this Furry Spider over on Sugar Bee Crafts.

Furry eyelash yarn makes this one huggable! It’s over on Sugar Bee Crafts.

I hope today’s spider crafts haven’t given anyone the heebie jeebies. Are there any Arachnaphobes out there?

Have a great weekend, and happy crafting.


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Non-scary Halloween décor: Colorful, itsy bitsy Halloween spiders

Spiders that aren’t scary? And might even be pretty? Take a peek at these cute & colorful Halloween Spiders and I think you’ll agree that this is a non-scary Halloween craft. These little spider gems aren’t going to scare anyone. With their small size and bright colors, you’ll actually want these Itsy Bitsy Spiders all around the house, from Halloween mantels to buffet tables. Here’s how to make an Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Halloween spiders that are pretty! Made with Styrofoam balls and eggs.

Itsy Bitsy Spiders by Kathleen George.

To make an Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” ball, 2” egg, and a scrap piece
  • Fabric, 4” square
  • Acrylic craft paint in a bright color to coordinate with fabric
  • Micro glitter in coordinating color
  • Jewelry wire in black
  • Electrical tape or duct tape in black
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; wooden skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; newspaper or box lid; jewelry pliers; knippers
DIY these cute spiders for Halloween. So many places to display them around the house.

The bright colors and whimsical, wire legs make these spiders more fun than scary.

To make an Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spider:


1. Insert a wooden skewer into the 1” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to use as a handle. Paint the ball. Insert the handle into the scrap piece of foam to hold it upright while the paint dries.

2. Once the paint dries, spread a thin layer of white craft glue over the painted head, and sprinkle with micro glitter. Work over a box lid or newspaper for easier clean up. Let dry.


3. Cut a small, horizontal slice from the foam egg so that the egg will sit flat. Using your fingertips, smooth out the cut edges.

4. Using the spider fabric pattern, cut out the fabric pieces to cover the foam egg. Spread glue onto the curved side of the egg, and attach the fabric. Pull fabric smooth, and paste down areas that overlap. Don’t attach the fabric to the bottom of the egg yet.


5. Cut four, 8” pieces of jewelry wire for each spider. Using the jewelry pliers, curl each end (refer to photo). The curled wires should measure about 6” long.

6. Tightly tape the wires together in the center with electrical tape or duct tape. Tightly hold onto the tape, and use the pliers to bend each leg into a 90 degree angle. Slightly spread apart the legs.

7. Check to see if the legs will stand on their own. If not, adjust till they can stand.

Detail of cute & colorful Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spider.

Wait to glue the fabric onto the bottom of the spider until after the legs are attached.

Assemble Spider:

Note: Assemble the body with low-temp glue.

8. Glue the glittered head onto the narrow end of the body.

9. Glue the center of the legs to the underside of the spider, and check to be sure that the spider can stand.

10. Glue the fabric oval to the bottom of the spider.

Halloween spiders that are pretty! Made with Styrofoam balls and eggs.

Where would you display these colorful spider gems?

You would be happy to have these spiders in your house, right? Where would you display these little spider gems?

Happy crafting.


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A DIY Halloween Eyeball Wreath that glows in the dark

You know about my duct tape addiction, right? When I bought the Glow duct tape to make my Halloween Ghost Wreath, I picked up a roll of Glow googly eye tape, too. Duct tape + googly eyes? Perfect for a Glow-in-the-Dark, Duct Tape Eyeball Wreath, especially when embellished with a garland made of eyeballs. Now here’s where I need your eyeballs – take a look and tell me which wreath you prefer.

Traditional black googly eyes

Use Glow duct tape and balls of Styrofoam brand foam to make a fun, Halloween eyeball wreath that glows in the dark.

This wreath is made with traditional, black & white googly eyes.

Colorful googly eyes

This duct tape glows in the dark! Fun eyeball banner, too.

The original wreath had googly eyes in assorted colors.

Now, I didn’t make the same wreath twice. I made it with the colorful googly eyes but wasn’t sure I liked it once I was done. So, a very talented PhotoShop expert went to work and transformed them into the traditional black googly eyes. I like the monochromatic look better. How about you?

To make a Glow-in-the-Dark, Duct Tape Eyeball Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Wreath: 12” x 2”
    • Balls: Four 15/16”; one 1”; five 1-1/2”; and one 2”
  • Duck® Brand Glow Duck Tape (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Googly eyes in assorted sizes
  • Jewelry cord
  • Pearl head pins, two
  • Ribbon, 8” – 10” length for hanger
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; carpet needle or other large needle with a large eye; serrated knife
More duct tape for my collectoin -- glow-in-the dark Glow Tape!

Duck® Brand Glow Duck Tape

To make a Glow-in-the-Dark, Duct Tape Eyeball Wreath:

1. Tear off a 36” or so length of duct tape. (I found this length to be easy to handle. If you have a length that’s too long, it will tangle and stick to itself.) Tear this strip into two strips, with one strip measuring about 1- 1/8” – 1-1/4” wide. (You don’t have to be precise.) Be careful your two strips don’t tangle, and carefully put aside the narrow strip for a future use (try making Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres with the narrow strips).

2. Pin the wider duct tape strip to the back of the wreath and wrap the strip round & round the wreath, slightly overlapping with each pass. Pin the other end of the strip to the back of the wreath, and trim any extra tape. Repeat, wrapping the wreath till it’s covered.

3. Determine the order in which you’d like the eyeballs on your garland. Glue wiggle eyes on these balls. My garland uses the following sizes of balls: two 15/16”, two 1”, and two 1-1/2”.

An eyeball garland made from balls of Styrofoam brand foam and wiggle eyes!

Place a dab of glue on the cord and then thread the eyeball onto the glue. The glue will hold the eyeball in place, and keep it from hanging down.

4. Thread the carpet needle with a 24” length of cord. Thread the first ball onto the cord. Squeeze a dab of hot glue on the cord where you want to place the ball, and push the ball onto the hot glue. Make sure the eyeball is pointing in the right direction. (Note: This step is important to keep your eyeballs staring straight ahead. If they’re not glued in place, the weight of the wiggle eyes will pull the eyeballs downward.)

5. Thread on additional balls, following instructions in Step 4. Test fit the garland to be sure the balls are spaced to fit inside the wreath.

6. On the first ball threaded onto the garland, insert and glue the ball end of a pearl head pin into the hole where the cord is threaded. Wrap the cord around the pin several times, and then glue and insert the pin into the wreath and glue the ball in place. Repeat with the ball at the other end of the garland, attaching it to the other side of the wreath.

Glow-in-the-dark eyeball wreath -- lots of fun for Halloween!

Here’s lookin’ at you!

7. Using the serrated knife, cut a 90 degree wedge from the backs of two 1-1/2” balls and the 2” ball. Perch the two, 1-1/2” balls on top of the wreath between 10:00 and 11:00 and glue in place. Glue the 2” ball between 5:00 and 6:00 on the inside edge of the wreath. Glue googly eyes on each eyeball.

8. Glue two 15/16” balls to the inside of the wreath at the 1:00 position. Glue google eyes onto the balls.

9. Tie ribbon into a loop, and pin and glue the knot to the back of the wreath.

Here are the two wreaths, side by side. Tell me which one you prefer.

Which style of wiggle eyes do you prefer? Tutorial on

Which version do you prefer?

If you’d like more Halloween eyeballs crafts, page through Wiggle Eye Craft Week from a few years ago. These are still a few of my favorite Halloween crafts.

What a cute collection of googly eye crafts for Halloween. Happy crafting.


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Say “Happy Halloween” with this sweet, handmade Halloween Card

Tissue paper, Mod Podge and an egg of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam are all you need to make the spirited, Halloween ghosts on this Halloween greeting card. While you’re at it, use your supplies to create a few extra ghosts and hang these cuties around the house. Or, add a wood pick and insert them in a flower pot or floral arrangement. (For another DIY Halloween card, check out the Handmade Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card I shared a short time ago.)

Cute DIY Halloween card. I'd make extra ghosts to decorate the house, too. #DIY #Halloween #Ghosts

Halloween Ghost Greeting Card by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Halloween Ghost Greeting Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” egg
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet
  • White tissue paper
  • Wiggle eyes, six, ¼”
  • Letter stickers: B, O, O, or other Halloween sentiment
  • Mod Podge
  • Mini glue dots
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; small paintbrush; serrated knife or plastic knife*

Note: If you’re working with kids on this project, please have them use the plastic knife, and closely supervise them while they’re cutting the foam egg.

To make a Halloween Ghost Greeting Card:

1. Fold in half an 8-½” x 5” piece of paper, creating a 4-¼” wide by 5” high card.

2. Cut the 2” foam egg in half vertically. Slice ¾” off the wide end of each half.

Tissue paper ghosts to DIY. Tutorial on #DIY #Halloween #Ghosts

Apply the tissue paper to the narrow end of the egg, forming the head. Leave the other end flowing to make a flowing ghost shape.

3. Cut 16 – 20, 2-½” x 4-½” white tissue paper strips.

4. Apply Mod Podge to the rounded front of one half egg. Starting at the narrow end, press on a tissue paper strip. Repeat, adding on more layers of tissue paper and Mod Podge, shaping the strips around the narrow end of the egg to create the head. Leave the ends of the strips loose and flowing to form the ghost shape. Secure excess tissue paper to the back of the ghost with more Mod Podge. Repeat with the second half and make another ghost.

5. Make a small head for the bottom of the card using one of the ¾” slices cut from the egg in Step 2. Brush Mod Podge onto the foam slice, and wrap tissue paper around it.

6. Add googly eyes to each ghost using the mini glue dots.

7. Glue ghosts to the greeting card.

8. Spell out “BOO” using letter stickers.

How else would you use these little ghosts to decorate for Halloween?

If you missed it, here’s another Halloween card by designer Patty Schaffer.

DIY this Halloween card with a mini felted pumpkin.

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card by Patty Schaffer.

If you’re making plans for Halloween crafting this weekend, here are six more ways to make haunting, Halloween ghosts.

Tutorials for Halloween Ghost Crafts

Six more ways to make a Halloween ghost!

Who’s planning on Halloween crafting this weekend?

Happy crafting!


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A Halloween Recipe: How to make Pickled Eyeballs

Sounds pretty gruesome, right? But display a few jars of Pickled Eyeballs and wait for the laughs. Pickled Eyeballs have to be one of the best DIY ideas yet for decorating for a Halloween party or haunted house. You can whip up a jar or two fairly quickly – no pressure cooker needed. Waiting for the paint to dry is the hardest part. Here’s the special recipe.

Totally creepy but a lot of fun -- Pickled Eyeballs. Tutorial on

Pickled Eyeballs by Kathleen George.

To make Pickled Eyeballs, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 15 – 18, 1-1/2” balls (The exact number will vary, based on the size of your jar. You could also use a mix of smaller and larger balls.)
    • Scrap piece
  • Mason jar
  • Googly eyes, 1” (or other sizes if your eyeballs are different sizes)
  • Permanent fabric paint with a fine point in glossy red (Kathleen used Scribbles® Dimensional Fabric Paint)
  • Waterproof adhesive (Kathleen used Goop Contact Adhesive & Sealant)
  • Food coloring in green
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; glass mixing bowl or other glass container

To make Pickled Eyeballs:

1. Fill your empty mason jar with the balls to see how many you will need. The balls should fit snugly. Remove the balls from the jar.

2. Glue a 1” googly eye onto each ball using a water-resistant glue.

3. Insert a toothpick into the back of each eyeball to use as a handle. Draw veins onto the eyeballs using the tip of the red, glossy fabric paint. Insert the toothpick into the scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and let the paint dry thoroughly.

4. Fill the Mason jar with eyeballs, making sure the googly eye faces out.

Here's how to make Pickled Eyeballs for Halloween.

Use the food coloring sparingly so the eyeballs are clearly visible.

5. In a separate container, mix water and a drop of green food coloring. Start with just a drop and check the color. If the water is too dark, you won’t be able to see the eyeballs.

6. Carefully pour the water into the jar. Close the jar tightly. Optional: To make the seal permanent and waterproof, squeeze a generous amount of waterproof adhesive along the top of the jar, and on the inside threads of the lid. Close the jar and let the glue dry.

7. Optional: Print out a label and affix to the jar.

Pickled Eyeballs -- so fun and easy for Halloween. "Recipe" on

Fill several jars of different sizes with pickled eyeballs for a fun Halloween display.

Last year, Kathleen shared her tutorial to make glow-in-the dark eyeballs.

Great patterns for making glow-in-the-dark Halloween eyeballs.

Kathleen shared her pattern for these pupil designs, or you can make your own.

Two years ago, Kathleen shared her Eyeball Cloche — very cool!

Very cool! Repurpose a plastic soda bottles to make a Halloween Eyeball Cloche.

Halloween Eyeball Cloche by Kathleen George.

We’re planning a little Halloween baking for this weekend – no eyeballs involved! Do you have any favorite Halloween recipes you’d like to share?

Happy crafting!


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Halloween crafts for kids: DIY Crepe Paper Mummies

This is a fun Halloween craft for the kiddos, though I had a lot of fun making these goofy, Crepe Paper Mummies. The supplies are pretty basic, and as long as you supervise the kids when they’re using the plastic knife, this is a Halloween craft the kids can make on their own. If you’re looking for more craft ideas for the kids this Halloween, I’ve shared links to a few more favorite tutorials for Halloween kids’ crafts, too.

Cute Halloween craft for kids -- Crepe Paper Mummies.

To make Crepe Paper Mummies, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” and 4” balls
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Googly eyes
  • Plastic fangs
  • Thin wire
  • Glue dots
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Small bat (I used a small plastic bat, but you could also cut one from paper)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; straight pins; optional: pencil; needle
Easy Crepe Paper Mummy for kids to make.

The large mummy uses a 4″ ball. There are so many different types of googly eyes available, and kids might have fun choosing their own style of wiggle eyes.

To make Crepe Paper Mummies:

1. Press your foam ball on a tabletop to flatten the bottom so it won’t roll.

2. Using a plastic knife, cut a wedge from the ball. Cut in half the plastic fangs, and test fit one half in the wedge. If the fangs don’t fit, trim the opening a little more. It doesn’t have to be a perfect fit, as you’ll cover the edges with crepe paper.

3. Pin and glue one end of the crepe paper streamer to the ball, and wrap the crepe paper around the ball, making sure you cover just the edges of the fangs. As needed, fold the crepe paper in half to cover smaller areas and to get a tighter fit around the ball. Once the ball is covered, pin and glue the strip to the back of the ball.

4. Attach the googly eyes with glue dots. Fold a crepe paper strip in half, and wrap around the ball several times to cover the edges of the eyes.

Love this Halloween craft idea for kids -- Crepe Paper Mummy Balls.

The bat is totally optional, but kind of cute.

5. Optional: If you’d like to add a bat, cut one from black paper or use a small plastic bat. If using a paper bat, tape one end of a 6” wire to the back of the bat. If using a plastic bat, wrap one end of the wire around the bat. Coil the wire around a pencil. Make a hole in the top of the mummy with a needle, and then glue and insert the wire into the hole.

Kids will have a blast making these easy, Crepe Paper Mummies. #Halloween #Craft #for #kids

Have kids make a whole family of Crepe Paper Mummies.

Ready for more?

Super-cute Halloween crafts for kids on CraftsnCoffee.comHere’s another classic Halloween craft – mummies made with cheesecloth.

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Mummy Mania Family by Dondi Richardson.

This family is totally square! Here’s how you can make your own Frankenmummy Family.

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Frankenmummy Family by Dondi Richardson.

A while back, designer Patty Schaffer shared her adorable Yarn Ghosts.

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Yarn Ghosts by Patty Schaffer.

Or how about these Fuzzy Wuzzy Ghosts.

how to make cute ghost crafts for kids with Styrofoam and fun fur

Fuzzy Wuzzy Ghosts by Dondi Richardson.

And finally, this Glove Ghostie is pretty darn cute.

Such a cute Halloween kids' craft! Glove Ghostie is made with a glove and Styrofoam balls.

Glove Ghostie by Kathleen George.

I remember planning my Halloween costume weeks in advance, and of course, it was always homemade. I’d love to hear about the costume planning going on in your house. What do your kids want to be for Halloween?

Happy crafting.


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At last, DIY Cheesecloth Ghost success, and a Glow-in-the-Dark, Duct Tape Ghost Wreath

Cheesecloth ghosts – not such a new idea. Glow-in-the-dark Halloween duct tape? Now that’s a new idea and super-fun, too. I love an easy duct tape craft, and when I saw the duct tape with glow-in-the-dark ghosts, I knew I had to make a new Halloween wreath. I also knew I had to revisit my cheesecloth ghost craft fail and try again. So, I paired the duct tape with a trio of cheesecloth ghosts and made my Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath.

This wreath glows in the dark with the new glow-in-the-dark Duck Brand Tape! Love the mini cheesecloth ghosts, too.

Glow-in-the-dark duct tape! This is a must-have. Go see the fun glow-in-the-dark Halloween Wreath over on

You’ll want to add a roll of this tape to your collection!

You may not remember when I shared my cheesecloth ghost craft fail, but it’s been a goal of mine to make a Cheesecloth Ghost for some time now. I’m happy to report “mission accomplished.” For this Halloween wreath, I made three mini cheesecloth ghosts, and I think the tiny size was the reason for my success. I also followed the formula Kathleen George used when she made her mini ghosts for her Ghost Cloche. Nailed it!

These little cuties float in a Halloween Ghost Wreath. Tutorial on

These little ghosts are easy enough to make, and I think the small size makes them almost foolproof.

My final tip is that I used a 12” x 2” wreath because I wanted to have room to hang my ghosts. The depth on this wreath provided the space I needed for my floating ghosts. Now, here’s how to make a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath.

To make a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath; three, 15/16” balls; 5” cube or other scrap piece
  • Duck® Brand Glow Duck Tape (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Cheesecloth, small amount
  • Googly eyes
  • Transparent monofilament, .30mm
  • Ribbon, 8” – 10” length for hanger
  • Thick, white craft glue (I used Aleene’s)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; bowl; wood skewers; straight pins

To make a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath:

1. Tear off a 36” or so length of duct tape. (I found this length to be easy to handle. If you have a length that’s too long, it will tangle and stick to itself.) Tear this strip into two strips, with one strip measuring about 1- 1/8” – 1-1/4” wide. (You don’t have to be precise.) Be careful your two strips don’t tangle, and carefully put aside the narrow strip for a future use (this glow-in-the-dark tape would make really fun Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres).

2. Pin the wider duct tape strip to the back of the wreath and wrap the strip round & round the wreath, slightly overlapping with each pass. Pin the other end of the strip to the back of the wreath, and trim any extra tape. Repeat, wrapping the wreath till it’s covered.

3. Insert a wood skewer into each 1” foam ball. Insert the other end of the skewer into the cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam or another scrap piece. This will hold the ghosts upright.

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The foam cube will hold the ghosts upright while they dry. I use this technique any time I have a painted item that needs to dry.

4. Mix together about ½ cup water and several tablespoons of thick, white craft glue. Layer together two, 8” – 10” squares of cheesecloth. Dip the cheesecloth squares into the glue mixture, making sure it gets saturated. Wring out the cheesecloth, and drape it over a foam ball. Repeat for all three foam balls. If the ghost drape looks too long, trim off the excess. Let dry thoroughly.

5. Glue eyes onto ghosts.

6. Cut three, 8” lengths of monofilament. Tie one end around a straight pin. Place a dab of glue on the head of a ghost and insert the pin. Tie the other end around another straight pin and insert into the center of the wreath. If needed, adjust the length of the monofilament so the ghost will float. Once you have it “just right”, add a dab of glue over the pin. Repeat to hang the other two ghosts.

7. Tie the ribbon in a loop and pin and glue it to the back of the wreath.

Cute Halloween ghost wreath, and it glows in the dark! Tutorial on

We tried out the wreath in a closet and the tape really does glow.

Isn’t it fun? Here’s another easy Halloween wreath I made with duct tape, though it doesn’t glow in the dark.

easy Halloween duct tape wreath

Duct Tape Halloween Wreath

If you’d like to see more ideas for Cheesecloth Ghosts, I shared a roundup of Cheesecloth Ghosts last year.

Have you seen the glow-in-the-dark duct tape? What would you make with it? I’d love to hear your ideas for the tape.

Happy crafting.


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