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
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.