Halloween craft can bring a splash of colour to your celebration (and make it colourful instead of creepy!). Because there’s no doubt about it, this year has had its own dose of scariness, so why not add some cheer to Halloween this year with some colourful, not creepy, craft ideas with fun themes and bright colours from Shannon Wong-Nizic, craft expert and owner of Oh Creative Day.
Halloween craft is great for little children who might find Halloween symbols and imagery quite frightening! Lightening the mood with fun colours and getting immersed in non-spooky craft can help ease their fears.
“Craft can be so much fun for little ones and you don’t have to go crazy buying up half a craft shop – just a few simple materials are all you need,” says Shannon.
Halloween Craft: Four top tips for colourful, not creepy Halloween crafting
1. Focus on the process not the end product
When children get creative, it’s powerful to let them have ownership over their project. Try to avoid micro-managing the process and let them create as they please.
2. Get stuck in
Roll up your sleeves and have a go along-side your children. Just create what is in your mind and let them create what’s in theirs. It can be incredibly bonding and it’s a great way to have fun and connect with your kids.
3. Comfort zone
If the thought of craft sends shivers up your spine then stick to the basics. Forget multiple fabrics, glitter and textiles – just go with the low mess option. Colours, glue, scissors and card are really all you need. I really love Pilot’s Pintor Paint Markers. They have 24 amazing colours including metallics and pastels so you can get even more creative. I have used them this Halloween to develop a Bat Mask, Trick or Treat Bag and a colourful Ghosty Mask and I’m sharing these on my Instagram page, ohcreativeday.
4. Boost confidence
If your littlies ask for help, try and use open-ended questions such as: “How can I help you?” or, “Where would you like me to cut/glue/stick?” That means even though I’m helping them with parts of their projects, they still have full control over the process which encourages confidence.
Download the designs for Shannon’s Bat Mask, Trick or Treat Bag and a colourful Ghosty Mask here:
Shannon Wong is a teacher, mum of three and avid crafter. An enthusiastic fan of pom poms, PVA and paint, she runs popular blog and online parenting resource dedicated to all things creative, Oh Creative Day. and her popular Instagram account, which has over 30,000 followers.
To download Shannon’s Halloween Pintor craft templates, visit: www.pilotpen.com.au/activities. Pintor Paint Markers are available from Officeworks, Big W and independent retailers, RRP $5.20 (fine, extra fine and medium nib). Broad, RRP: $6.25.