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Old October 29th, 2003, 11:09 PM   #2
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Talking Halloween Crafts

Ghost or Pumpkin Jars

Use for candle holders, teacher gifts or treat holders.

You'll Need:
baby food jars (large for ghosts-small for pumpkins),
white glue, tissue paper - white, yellow, and orange
black permanent marker

Dilute the glue to a painting consistency. Paint the jar a bit at a
time while applying torn pieces of tissue paper. Cover the jar
completely...maybe two or three layers and dry overnight. Use a
permanent marker to make the face of a ghost or Jack -o-lantern.
Tip: Using torn paper instead of cut, adds a nice texture to
this tissue decoupage. Combine orange and yellow paper for a realistic
texture to the pumpkin.

Place a safety tea light into the container.
If you are giving this as a gift--fill the jar with candy corn or
chocolates and tie a piece of green raffia around the top.
It couldn't hurt to write a small note about removing the raffia
before lighting the candle.

You'll Need: Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Mix spoonfuls of these spices together. Pour them into a square of
Aluminum foil. Add a few drops of water and close leaving a small
Opening at the top. Place them onto a cookie sheet and into a 275
Degree oven. As the water evaporates you will notice the aroma wafting
Through the house. You can also achieve this activity using a damp
Paper coffee filter sealed with a "twist-tie"
Homemade Face Make Up

1 tsp cornstarch, 1/2 tsp water, 1/2 tsp cold cream, food coloring

Stir together starch and cold cream until well blended. Add water and stir, then add food coloring.

Wash your face and any area that you will be applying the makeup to.
Dry thoroughly. Use fingertips to spread onto large areas.
Use a small paint brush to paint designs on face. Removes with soap and water.
Store in airtight container.
---------------------------------------- Homemade Bruises

You will need:

Deep blue powder eye shadow,charcoal or smoke gray powder eye shadow, shimmery green powder eye shadow, make up brush

Using a blot of deep blue powder eye shadow, apply with a wet make
Up brush. Use your fingertips to add blots of charcoal gray and blue
Shadows. Touch up the edges with a shimmery olive green. Smudge the Bruise to complete.
---------------------------------------- Homemade Blood

You will need:

1/2 bottle of light corn syrup, very hot water, squirt of liquid soap, red food coloring, blue or green food coloring (optional)

Pour light corn syrup into a bowl and add hot water sparingly,
Adding and stirring until you have the right consistency. Add
A squirt of liquid soap to make it the blood easy to clean off
Later. Tint with red food coloring. You may add a drop of blue
Or green if you like to make the blood a darker color. Store in
The refrigerator until ready to use. Smear on as needed!
Macaroni Skeleton

As preparation for this project, study the human skeleton.

What You Need

Black construction paper (approximately 6" x 11.5")
Glue that will dry clear
Lima beans (head, thorax, hips)
Short, small macaroni in a tube (spine)
Thin twisted macaroni (arms, legs)
Elbow noodles (ribs)
Small shells (joints)
Spaghetti (fingers, toes)
Black permanent marker
White crayon to write their name on the paper

How To Make It

Make a sample skeleton for the children to copy from.
Review the key features with them. Let them build their skeleton,
Starting with the head, then the neck/trunk, working down, gluing
the macaroni and beans to the paper. When they are done, they can draw
a smile and eyes on the 'head'.
Soda Can Bat

Materials Needed
Black spray paint Tacky glue
Paint for eyes and mouth small pompoms
black foam magnet glitter paint for wings crushed pop can

pray paint the can black, let dry
Crush pop can - do NOT crush hockey puck style, you want the can
elongated. The bottom of the can is crushed to the back. The top of
The can is crushed to the front.
Spray paint the can black again to touch up any spots, let dry
Paint on eyes and mouth, or use wiggle eyes Glue on small pompom for
Nose Cut out ears (triangles) and wingsfrom black craft foam
Glue ears and wings on can Outline wings with gray glitter paint or glue
Attach magnets to back of wings for use as a magnet.
You could also attach a string for hanging instead if you wish.

Sugar Cookie Pumpkins Courtesy of Summerfern

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cookie decorator (in a 4 1/2 -ounce pressurized can)

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend together the butter and
Sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, and 1 cup flour and mix well. By hand,
Fold the remaining flour, the baking soda, and the baking powder.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

On a lightly floured board, roll out the dough until it is 1/8 inch
thick. Cut out the cookies with a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter and
Place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and let cool thoroughly before decorating.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies
May your path follow the Medicine Wheel
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