After missing Monday’s post due to Hurricane Matthew, we are back with this simple Halloween craft!
This paper plate activity is not only super easy, it’s also inexpensive and perfect if you need something fun to do at a moment’s notice. Rainy day? Let’s make paper plate pumpkins! Crabby child? Purple monster faces it is! See where I’m going with this? Even for the self-proclaimed non-crafty, Pinterest-failers among us, this craft can so happen.
All you need are a few simple things. At the very least you’ll need: paper plates, paint, and a foam brush, and we are on our way to having our front windows decked out with these adorable paper plate faces for Halloween.
At 16 months old (excuse me while I bawl my eyes out), this was the perfect craft for Harper. She is finally getting to the point where she realizes certain things shouldn’t go in her mouth (cell phone chargers, crayons, dog hair), so I can sort of trust her with the paint/paintbrush combo. I should probably also mention that unless you want your beautiful white kitchen polka-dotted with purple stamps, this should most certainly be a supervised or outdoor craft, but you already knew that, Marla. So since it was a little chilly out, I used scotch tape to secure some old newspaper to her Ikea Latt table and she happily stamped away.
For this craft, you will need:
- Plain white paper plates
- A foam brush (such as these)
- Non-toxic, washable paint (I used Creatology from Michael’s, but you could also get some Crayola paint for cheap here on Amazon)
- Markers and construction paper for finishing touches
Since the pack of paint I had didn’t come with purple or orange, I got old school and mixed red and blue to make purple, and red and yellow to make orange. I also added a few drops of regular old food coloring to help brighten up the colors.
It feels silly to even provide steps for this craft, but this is basically how I did it:
Pour the paint onto one plate, and turn the other plate upside down. I showed Harper how to dip into the paint and then stamp the plate. When she was finished, I smoothed out the paint and added the faces with black paint. Obviously the older the kid, the more involved they can be with the craft! You could also use stickers, foam letters, glitter, whatever works!
We made an orange pumpkin, a purple monster, and a green Frankenstein’s monster!
Side Note: this craft is also great for sensory play. I let Harper fingerpaint a little and just smush the foam brush in her hands. For a baby who is very sensitive about her hands getting dirty, despite her expression in this picture, she sure had a great time with the paint!
For some more fall craft inspiration, check out these ideas!
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