My 3 year-old fell in love with a few projects that she and I looked at in the Halloween additions of some favorite magazines. She is in the NO-Mommy-Make-It-Like-the-Pictue! phase, so that's what we tried to do, but we were lacking some of the materials and it is hard to get the time to go specialty shopping and do the project. So here is our if-you-don't-have-that-use-this-addition-of-paper-skeleton-crafting.
This first thing she liked was the dancing skeleton- loose arms and legs, dangles from a string, etc. The one we used was based on clip-art from a certain domestic diva's Webpage. The pattern called for brads, but we had no brads. We did however have a lot of small buttons accumulated from years of family purchases of shirts and sweaters that came with spare buttons. We used the buttons to attach the arms and legs much like you might do for a rag doll teddy bear.
The attachment points on the body and extremities were reinforced with tape and then buttons were sewn on the front and back of each point, sandwiching the moving paper parts in between. To make sure the arms and legs would move well, I passed the thread back and forth through a single hole in the paper at each attachment point.
A surprising number of things can go wrong in this process (see above that I have forgotten to attach the arm under the button- he he) and it is too much for a 3 year old to wait through. However the end result was good and sturdy.
The next project was a floating skull wreath -again based on clip-art from another Home and Out-doorsy kind of magazine. We did go to a craft store to get most of the materials for this one. There was only one melt-down over a plastic dinosaur craft kit that the cruel parent would not purchase.
The instructions called for a scrap of upholstery fabric for the bow- something not carried by the craft store. Wide gauge ribbon would do, but it was $15.99 per roll-a non-starter. However the store carried a selection of $2.99 novelty halloween scarves- Perfect!
The idea for this wreath was to cut black and white felt into 100 1/2 inch wide by 10 inch long strips. We were instructed to wrap the strips around a straw wreath form, pinning each one in place with a straight pin. See picture below. One Hundred 1/2 in strips with a 3-year-old? Forget about it!
We used 50 1 inch wide strips. The 3-year-old pinned about 3 felt strips herself- not bad. She also helped "organize" the strips in a good pile next to our work space.
The instructions called for bamboo skewers to support the skull clip art, sturdy but difficult to achieve the floating aspect for the skull as seen in the magazine. Also, we did not have any bamboo skewers. So we just used thin thread to stitch and X across the back of the wreath. We taped the skull to its vertex. We got very convincing "floating" out of it.
Anyway thanks for reading. Hope your halloween is full of dancing and floating.