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Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Halloween Baskets

Halloween is just around the corner and what could be better than to create some fun and exciting crafts.  I just love Halloween, and it always makes me feel like a kid again. The little one is so excited about all the decorations, and all the candies she will be receiving. Before I continue, this project was selected by my dear Husband, who I give all the credit too. He sure put all his time and effort in making this an incredible crafty project for everyone to enjoy. Now, enough about all that, let's just start on our Halloween Project. Don't you love when the entire family can participate in crafty projects?

We will be making paper mache Happy Halloween Baskets. What you will need is:
Newspaper or telephone book pages
Big Bowl

First, get all you supplies together. Blow up some balloons as these will be used as a base for our paper mache. Next, cut or tear strips of the newspaper. Then, in a big bowl add 1 cup of flour to 1 cup of water. Mix together until you get a nice smooth, glue like texture, adding more flour or water as you need. The little one will love mixing this together. Sophia had so much fun with the mixture, she thought she was making a cake. LOL.
Now, the fun, messy part begins. Dip your strips into your glue and begin to layer your balloon. Keep adding layers of strips and flattening your strips around the balloon until you almost completely cover the balloon.
Then, let the balloons dry. This may take up to 24 hours or your could get a fan or hair dryer to speed up the process. Well, of course the little one couldn't wait to see the results, so she woke up real early asking me were the Halloween Baskets ready to be painted. I was happy when they were finally dry, otherwise I would have have heard this sentence "Are they dry yet Mama?" And, if you have kids, you know what I am talking about. LOL
When the balloons are completely dry, pop the balloons and peel them off. Next take your scissors and cut and nice round top, or you can cut zig-zags, squares and anything else you can think of. If you had a knife or exacto-blade you could even cut out eyes and a mouth. It is all up to your own creativity.
Now you are ready to paint your Happy Halloween Basket. Grab your paints and brushes and go to town! Sophia loved painting her Halloween Baskets and wanted to add a little sparkle to her baskets by adding some glitter. It sure looked exceptional and most of all, it made her happy.
Now, hurry and make your own Happy Halloween Baskets! 


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30 thoughtful responses:

Mom vs. the boys said...

It's been a long time since I've done paper mache! messy fun! those turned out great!

Fiona Designs said...

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Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I'm following you too. ;)

Very cute idea! I've been wanting to find something to do with my papers. Thanks for sharing!

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Sippy Cup Mom said...

So much fun! New follower from TTA!

The Frantic Mother. said...

Thanks for following me. Stopping by to return the favor.

Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! I remember making these as a kid. Fun!!

Thanks for visiting me. Now I'm following you.

Enjoy the week! :)

AtHomeMoma said...

At Home Moma following you back.

Life with the Lebedas said...

That looks like so much fun!! Your daughter is adorable!

Karen @ Barefoot in Portland said...

Thanks for stoppingby today from the blog hop! I am following back!

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Mommying On The Fly said...

Cute Blog!
I’m your newest follower Happy Tuesday!!
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malia said...

so cute and creative... following ya back!

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Following you back from Mediocrity Chronicles. Please stop by again soon!

Moonangelnay said...

how much fun! i made a pinata this way for my sons 1st birthday party (for the bigger kids of course!). so much fun :)

thanks for following me!

Best wishes!

Nay x

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Wendy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blogs Around My Family Table
and Savings Spree. I love your blog...following you!!!

tips4green said...

Hi there, I am following you back, thanks for stopping by!
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Lauren said...

Thanks for following Three Crazy Munchkins- I'm now following back! Your blog is so cute, as are those baskets! I might just have to try those with my kids!

Jessi said...

Hi, just stopping by from the Blog Hop. Thank you very much for checking out my blog.

What a neat idea, those baskets are so cute! Looks like fun for kids to make.

Kimberlee said...

What a fun project. Much better than a store bought basket!
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K said...

Awww how neat! Had to follow ya. We're always looking for new kid craft ideas!

Beth said...

Great craft idea- my kids would love this!

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I'm your newest follower.

Emily said...

What a fun idea!! She looks like she had a blast doing it too! Thanks for stopping by, Following back!
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Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Fun idea!!! TFS on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

Nichol said...

Oh these are super cool! I've never done paper mache at home may have to try this for Halloween!

Lara said...

You are so crafty! I love it!

Baby Pickel said...

Too cute!!!!!!!! :)


Emmi said...

Super Cute! I would love to do these with the kids but I think little man would paper mache himself or at least try to eat it!

Show Me Mama said...

@Emmi- LOL that is funny. I know kids can be funny right. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments. I truly appreciate it.

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