My granddaughter ‘Lil Moomette celebrates her birthday in October and will be turning five. There’s so many opportunities for a birthday party theme! Several of the local farm stands offer hayrides, and birthday celebrations can be set up in the picnic areas. She’ll be inviting her school friends along with her pre-school brother, Slugger and his buddies!
This is a fun and easy Halloween craft project for kids that you may want to break up across a couple of days, so be sure to start a few days before the big night. Mom, Dad, Grandmom and Grandpa can join in the fun as well and make a fall decoration Autumn wreath or Halloween wreath of your own too!
- Paper Plate (One per child/adult)
- Glue Sticks
- Orange Construction Papers
- White Construction Paper
- Black Construction Paper
- Washable Black Marker
- Black Yarn (optional)
Adult Preparation: (To Be Done Prior to Actual Wreath Making)
Cut the center from each paper plate prior to giving one to each child. These will be the base for the homemade wreaths.
Day 1: Grab the kids and head outdoors.
Gather as many fallen leaves of different shapes and colors as you can find. Once you’ve collected enough leaves to cover each paper plate, head back inside and glue them to the paper plates. You can glue the leaves to cover the entire plate, randomly around the plate or even as a border around only the edge, whichever you prefer. Once you’ve glued the leaves to the paper plate, leave the plates to dry for 24 hours or at least overnight.
Day 2: Creativity
Depending on how much time you have to complete this project you can have the children do the next step after the leaves have been glued on, while you’re waiting for them to dry or you can make another day of it.
Let the kids draw Halloween images on the construction paper that you can pick up at your local craft store.
Here are some ideas for each color of paper:
- Orange – Pumpkins (Use the black marker to draw the face on their pumpkins)
- White – Ghosts, Mummies, Bones
- Black – Cats, Witch Hats (You can use the yarn to put a tail on the cat and hair on the witches head if you’d like to put that under the hat)
Once the kids have picked out and drawn which decorations they’ll be using, carefully cut them out and paste them to the wreath.
Tip: Pre-placement (before gluing) will give the child an idea of what the wreath will look like once it is all glued together. When the kiddos are happy with the way the decorations are placed, it’s time to glue them to the leaves.
Again, allow the decorations to dry completely.
Day 3: Decorating Time
Congratulations! You’ve made your very own homemade simple and easy Fall decoration Halloween wreath. Enjoy your child’s creation by hanging it on the front door, or his or her bedroom door for all your friends and family to see and admire.
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