Halloween DIY with Sawyer!
Halloween is a magical time for kids of all ages–costumes, fun fall activities and spooky stories (and not to mention treats) are a cornerstone of any fulfilling childhood.
This year, we teamed up with some of our providers to create some quick DIY tutorials you can do with your kids at home!
Frida Khalo Costume – LoveJac
There are three components to transform your child into Frida Kahlo….flowers in hair, layered floral outfit, and, of course, her signature unibrow. You can add to your costume with a stuffed monkey, a paint palette, and even earrings.
- Tissue paper
- Kitchen twine
Flowers in Hair
1. Cut your tissue paper into 4’’x 10’’ rectangles
2. Layer 4 sheets on top of each other. You can make these flowers any color you would like, keep them all one color, or make them multicolored.
3. Once you have them layered, you will fold the stack accordion style lengthwise, with the length being the 10’’ side. Then fold it in half making a crease. Use string to tie a loop around the crease.
4. Now cut the ends into a “U” shape. This is what makes it look like petals. Now, stretch out the tissue paper and slowly pull each layer apart. And just like that, you have the cutest little flower!!
5. Repeat this for as many flowers as you would like. We made five. Once all of your flowers are made, simply hot glue them onto a store bought headband.
6. To add to the “Frida Look,” we parted Georgia’s hair in the middle, made two braids, pulled them towards the front, and bobby-pinned them on top of her head.
Other options for flowers in hair is to buy fake flowers at your local craft store and affix them to a headband or hair clips. You could also buy an already made floral headband from a store like Claire’s.
Layered Flower Outfit
Frida was known to wear a layered look. You can achieve this by combining a floral dress with a cardigan, scarf, and/or necklace. There is a lot of fun to be had with this part, especially if you enjoy shopping. Currently, Old Navy has a wide range of floral dresses and cardigans. Choose any your child likes. The beauty is they don’t have to match perfectly. It’s almost better if they don’t! We found a small scarf in the women’s section that worked well as a wrap. You can also add beaded, gold, or floral necklaces.
Her Signature Unibrow
Frida’s stunning beauty is accentuated by her unibrow and we know your child’s beauty will also shine once you draw in that natural eyebrow.
We used Halloween makeup in both brown and black. You can also use eyeliner. Simply go over their current eyebrows, continuing seamlessly from one side of their face to the other.
Voila! You have your very own mini female art icon! When taking photos to preserve this memory, ask your child not to smile, but to “be serious.” The outcome will be precious and will add to the Halloween fun. We hope these examples have inspired you to get creative and start some Halloween traditions with your little one. Remember, the point of crafting with your little one is to enjoy the process and cherish this time, so don’t worry about it being perfect. Focus on it being fun!
Spider Painting! – Little Bee Learning Studio
We like to focus on process based art activities for toddlers so that they are not completing an adult designed project and can enjoy the experience. So we chose spider painting!
- Plastic spiders
- Construction paper
- Non-toxic, washable paint
1. Cover your surface in newspaper
2. Place sheets of construction paper on top of the newspaper
3. Give each child their own spider
4. Choose a variety of paint colors and put quarter-sized dots of paint on the construction paper
5. Have the child dip the spider in paint and make it crawl or hop around the paper! The children also enjoyed using their fingers to paint the spiders and make them different colors.
Bird Costume – Urban Jungle Play
Who doesn't love a bird of paradise? This fun DIY is a great activity for you and your children to make something truly unique!
- Colorful paper
- Hot glue
- Box cutter
- Paint and paint brush (for mask)
1. To create the wings, first draw out a scalloped shape wing onto cardboard. Use the straight edge of the cardboard for the top of the wing and draw a descending scallop shape for the bottom of the wing. Measurements for the wings will vary based on the height of the person, but my measurements for someone who is 5'6 were as follows: 32 inches wide at the top and 15 inches tall (at its tallest part).
2. Next, cut out the wing shape with a box cutter. Then trace the wing that has been cut out onto cardboard and cut out the second wing.
3. Next, draw and cut a feather template to use for the wing feathers. Make a basic leaf shape in two sizes to make it look like the feathers were slightly more natural.
4. Then, cut out feathers in various colors from paper. You'll be covering the front and back of each wing, so you'll need a lot of paper feathers for this part.
5. Glue the paper feathers onto the back part of each wing, starting at the bottom of each wing and working your way up. Once you get to the top, fold the feathers over and glue the tops down on the other side.
6. Once dry, flip the wings over and repeat this process on the other side. Once you get to the top, cut off the excess paper flaps for this side.
7. Add ribbon loops for the arms to go through, but cutting a length of ribbon and gluing it to the inside of each wing. Cover ends with more paper feathers if necessary. I also attached a ribbon strip to the back to connect the feathers to one another. This isn't required, but it does help to keep the wings from slipping off.
8. Set the wings aside. To create a bird mask, draw a template onto paper to work out the proper shape. Then, trace that onto cardboard and cut out. Cut a separate triangle for the beak and score it down the middle so that it will be more three-dimensional.
9. Paint the mask and beak. Wait for the paint to dry. Then add a ribbon strip to the back of the mask. And add extra paper feathers if desired.
Trick or Treat Bags – Private Picassos
This simple little art project will ensure your kid is armed with a one-of-a-kind trick or treat bag that can be used all year round!
Cardboard sheet (large enough to fit inside your bag and cover the whole surface)
Permanent ink pads (we love Yellow Owl Workshop’s ink pads! Now in stock at the Studio)
Stamps - we used a wine cork and a marker cap. Other options include rubber stamps, bubble wrap, bottle caps, styrofoam blocks, pencil erasers or even your fingers!
1. Lay out your tote bag on a flat surface.
2. Plan your design - you can test out your materials on a piece of scrap paper.
3. Start stamping! We followed a “two stamps on the ink pad - two stamps on the tote bag” rule to make sure the ink was saturated enough. Test out different amounts of ink on your scrap paper to get the right amount for your child.
4. You can cover the whole tote bag or just a certain section. Your child is the artist, so the design is up to them!
5. Flip the bag over and decorate the back - we did a different design on the back, making it like two bags in one!
6. Use the bag for trick or treating on Halloween and all year long!
Baby Gaga & Baby Sushi Costumes – Puppetsburg
Sarah Todes of Puppetsburg produced three videos to give a quick step-by-step for three of her favorite baby and toddler costumes for 2017!
Baby Gaga – Froggy Gaga!
Baby Gaga – Lobster Gaga!
Baked Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Doughnuts – FreshmadeNYC
Cara of Freshmade NYC gives her delicious recipe for the perfect halloween treat...baked pumpkin-chocolate chip doughnuts!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (can also use mashed sweet potatoes!)
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips + more for sprinkling on top (optional)
- Baking spray for spraying donut pan
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a doughnut mold or a 12-cup mini muffin tin
with baking spray.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar with the mashed pumpkin and banana. Add in the
milk, egg, butter, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
4. Add your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until combine. Be sure not to over
mix. Gently fold in your chocolate chips.
5. Pour the batter into a gallon sized plastic bag (or pastry bag if you have one) and cut the bottom
tip off of one side of the bag. Squeeze the batter through, into the doughnut mold. Top with
additional chocolate chips if you would like.
6. Bake until the edges are lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted,
approximately 18-22 minutes. Turn the donuts onto a wire rack to cool.