I love turning my house into holiday wonderland with every holiday that comes along. We’ve been getting ready for Halloween at our house lately. I love making wood crafts, and my kids get right in and help me. They love working with real tools and real supplies, and they are totally capable. Each of these Halloween wood crafts are made basically with wood, paint, and vinyl.
I have several saws in our shed, and my oldest son (12 years old) knows how to run the saws and helps me do the cutting. My daughters (6 and 10 years old) help me with the painting. We just put on paint clothes, get out the paints and sponge brushes, and go to town. Most of these have solid colored paint designs you’ll notice. Toll painting might not be doable for my little ones, but they can certainly help me paint solid colors on blocks of wood. They can also do stenciling using vinyl, like we did on the subway art and the Halloween blocks.
Here they are one by one:
Wired Candy Corn
The wired candy corn is really simple. You can sketch your basic design right on the wood. First, we cut out the entire rounded angle triangle, then sketched where the color divisions should be and cut along those. A few drill holes makes it easy to get the wire through later. Each section of the candy corn gets its’ own paint color, so it’s super simple. Once the paint is dry, you just wire it together, making cute curly-q’s on each tail.
This craft is made just exactly like the candy corn above. Just trace your design, make your cuts, paint, and then wire.
Candy Corn Trio
The Candy Corn Trio is made from a 2″ x 6″. You cut simple triangles, one large (the height is the full width of the 2×6) and two smaller. Then use masking tape as your kids paint the stripes on the candy corns. You can see that they aren’t perfect, but it doesn’t matter so much. The handpainted quality just adds charm.
These Halloween blocks are actually the least kid-friendly craft of the bunch. If I did it again I’d probably just use straight vinyl lettering instead of the stenciled lettering with hand painted embellishments. The blocks themselves are simple though – just straight cuts from a 2×4. Then the blocks got a solid paint color before the rest of the embellishment. The letters were made using vinyl as a stencil. When the vinyl is on you just paint over it, and all of the open letters get painted. Afterwards we added the eyelid and lashes on the O and attached the stickers and ribbon.
My friend just made some similar, but much simpler blocks for Halloween – she just used painted blocks she cut from a 4×4 post and attached vinyl letters.
Halloween Subway Art
This last one is my favorite. It looks too hard for a kid to do, but it’s not. We started with a simple board that we painted black. I cut a vinyl stencil with my Cricut cutter and we put it over the whole board. Then we painted each word in a different way. When you peel the stencil up, you have awesome Halloween Subway Art. You can see how we mixed a little white paint in to create a graduated tint when we painted the word “spooky.”
I didn’t get pictures of the process of us actually making this one, but we did another one together for St. Patrick’s Day, and you can see what it looks like with all the messy paint on the stencil.
So no more crafting during naptime. Get your kids involved in some real art projects. You’ll have fun making these Halloween wood crafts together, plus your kids will love pulling out their decorations year after year.
Hope you have a happy Halloween! And happy crafting!
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