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Jack-O-Lantern Magazine Collage

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Magazine collages are a fun way to repurpose your old magazines.

Magazine collages were a favorite activity of mine when I was a young girl. They are easy and fun to make and the end results are just so cool. If you have a bunch of old magazines sitting around, these jack-o-lantern magazine collages are a creative way to make use of them before tossing them into the recycling bin. Jack-o-lantern magazine collage with two different printable pumpkin templates. Fall and Halloween arts and crafts for kidsDraw out a pumpkin shape or use our one of our printable templates. We have included a tall and a short pumpkin template for your convenience.

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Stained Glass Jack-O-Lantern

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Stained Glass Pumpkin With Sharpies & markers.

We were given a few small pumpkins yesterday. Last night, after a rather long & exhausting day, my family all fell asleep early. I was a little bored & was antsy to do something with my hands. I grabbed one of the mini pumpkins, some Sharpies & regular markers and decided I was going to make a stained glass Jack-o-lantern.

I sat on my chair & a half and watched ‘Identity Thief’ with the pumpkin & and markers on my lap.

I drew on the Jack-o-lantern’s face.

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I drew random shapes around the Jack-o-lantern’s face.

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I used my daughters markers to color in the shapes. Different colored Sharpies would work best, but we didn’t have any so we just used Crayola markers.

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This didn’t take me very long to make & I thought that it came out pretty cute. This is what a bored mama does on a Saturday night.

Stained Glass Pumpkin With Sharpies & markers.

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Egg Carton Pumpkin & Jack-O-Lantern Crafts

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Egg Carton Jack-O-Lantern Craft for kids. Fall autumn & Halloween Crafts & activities.

My picky daughter has recently discovered that she loved eggs. She like them in every form, scrambled, fried & hard-boiled.  This is great news to me, as my husband & I love them too. We just finished an extra-large carton of eggs. Normally, I would store the egg carton away to use for craft projects at a later date, but since we are moving I can no longer hoard things away. What does that mean to us? That means last night we made a lot of egg carton crafts.

We decided that we were going to make pumpkins & jack-o-lanterns, so we cut up our carton & painted each piece in orange & then let them dry.

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For our first craft, we cut a stem & leaf out of construction paper.

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We glued them down to another piece of paper. We took 7 carton pieces & glued them around each other to form a circle.

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Here was Mai’s finished project. Don’t forget that each child’s abilities are different in crafting.

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Mommy went a little further & made her project into a jack-o-lantern. We used construction paper for the face.

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Egg Carton Jack-O-Lantern Craft for kids. Fall & Halloween Crafts & activities.

Next we made more jack-o-lanterns.

Glue two painted carton section to each other.

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Cut out and glue a stem to the top.

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Fold a pipe cleaner in half & curl the ends to form vines. Glue construction paper leaves to the end.

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You may leave these as pumpkins or cut out small face pieces out of black construction paper.

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Our last craft was a pumpkin patch.

We cut out a corn-stalk & glued it to the paper.

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Glue the carton pieces around the stalk.

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Draw in the stems, vines & leaves.

Egg Carton Pumpkin Patch Craft. Halloween & fall kid's crafts

We used up every bit of egg carton & made a ton of cute and fun crafts.

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Egg Carton Pumpkin & Jack-o-Lantern Crafts

Pasta Jack-O-Lantern Craft

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As much as fall is my favorite season, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Halloween is next week & we are looking forward to taking Mai trick or treating. I wanted to let her choose her own costume this year. I asked her several times & her answer has always been the same. “I want to be a Jack-o-lantern, mama.” Our daughter loves pumpkins & Jack-o-lanterns, so next week our daughter will proudly strut the streets as the cutest Jack-o-lantern ever to say “Trick or Treat”.

Until then, we can have a little fun making our Halloween crafts in anticipation.

Pasta Jack-O-Lanterns

You will need:

Jumbo shells (as used for stuffed shells)

Farfalle

Ziti
You will need 1 piece of each of these pastas for each Jack-o-lantern

Orange & green paint

Black Sharpie

Glue gun

Directions:

Paint the jumbo shells orange & the Farfalle & ziti green.

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Let the pieces dry.

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Glue the ziti piece into the shell as shown.

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Glue the Farfalle piece over the ziti.

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With a black sharpie, draw on your Jack-o-lantern face.

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Mini Pumpkin Crafts

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Pumpkin Family

Last weekend was a big fun fall weekend for us. We did our hayride, went apple picking, went to the fair & picked pumpkins too.

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This weekend, in the aftermath of a bad tummy virus, we put a hold on our plans to go to the corn maze & leaf peeping. All is well now, but I wanted Mai to continue to rest at home rather than running around. Last weekend we picked up a lot of pumpkins. I bought two full sized ones for carving, but Mai really wanted the little pumpkins because they were so cute.

The mini pumpkins were great because they were just the right size for my little pumpkin. She may still be too small to be wielding carving tools, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t have some fun. Pumpkins are not just for Jack-O-Lanterns anymore, after all.

Painting Pumpkins

We painted pumpkins mid-week. She is getting to be such a great little painter. She painted one pumpkin red with a green stem. “Look mama, it looks like an apple.” It really does.

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Yesterday she asked to paint more pumpkins, so we did. Then we broke out the glue & the glitter for some extra fun. Seriously nothing lights my daughter’s face up faster than the prospect of pouring glue & glitter on something. This is a super easy, moderately messy, but very cute craft. Simply let your artist pour or paint on the glue & then shake on the glitters of your choice. Let dry & then shake off the excess glitter. Use paper or drop cloths to work on & to catch the glitter. When you are done, if you are stingy like me, you can pour the excess glitter back into its container for next time.

Glitter Pumpkins

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Mai had so much fun making these. She even made one as a present for her Auntie Linda. “I make this one for Auntie Linda. She is so proud of me.” I bet Auntie is going to love it.

Mai's are in front & mommy's are in the back.
Mai’s are in front & mommy’s are in the back.

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Our little pumpkin family.

As I have told you before, our daughter has a very strong sense of family. It is extremely cute how she refers to everything in terms of mama, dada & baby. When we were picking the pumpkins, she would tell me, “This is mama pumpkin, daddy pumpkin & the baby pumpkin.” And so they shall be.

Draw out you pumpkin family's faces & then carefully carve out.
Draw out you pumpkin family’s faces & then carefully carve out.

For daddy pumpkin, I fashioned him a Patriots hat out of foam.

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For mommy pumpkin, I just hot glued some yarn to the top of the pumpkin. I did the same for the baby & then braid the hair into pigtails
For mommy pumpkin, I just hot glued some yarn to the top of the pumpkin. I did the same for the baby & then braided the hair into pigtails
I hot glued all 3 pumkins together, putting the daddy on the bottom, mommy in the middle & baby on top. I used a pipe cleaner as a scarf for the mama.
I hot glued all 3 pumpkins together, putting the daddy on the bottom, mommy in the middle & baby on top. I used a pipe cleaner as a scarf for the mama.

It looks just like us doesn’t it? These were all so much fun, I think we will have to pick up more pumpkins next weekend.

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Paper Plate Halloween Crafts

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It is hard to believe that it is already the middle of September. My favorite season is here. I can hardly wait to begin all of our fall festivities. Soon we will go on our annual leaf peeping drive through Vermont & take our daughter apple picking. We have been trying to brain storm for Halloween costumes, but have not had much luck coming up with anything. I asked Mai, what she thought we should all be for Halloween. She said that she wanted to be a Jack-o-lantern & that I could be the mommy Jack-O-Lantern & daddy could be a ghost. Adorable! Although I do not think that I will be going as a mommy Jack-O-Lantern this year, it is never too early for our Jack-O-Lantern & Halloween inspired crafts.

Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern

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Draw the Jack-O-Lantern face on the back side of the paper plate.
Cut out the the outline to make the Jack-O-Lantern face.
Cut out the outline to make the Jack-O-Lantern face.

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Paint your Jack-O-Lantern orange.

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Paint another paper plate on the top side. Layer colors light to dark.
Paint another paper plate on the top side. Layer colors light to dark.
Cut out a stem using green foam or construction paper. Glue it to the plate.
Cut out a stem using green foam or construction paper. Glue it to the plate.
Glue the two plates together.
Glue the two plates together.
Mai wanted hers to be a mask, so we attached a pipe cleaner to the back for her.
Mai wanted hers to be a mask, so we attached a pipe cleaner to the back for her.

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Scarecrow Mask

Draw your scarecrow face on the backside of the paper plate. Cut out the eyes. Paint your plate yellow.
Draw your scarecrow face on the backside of the paper plate. Cut out the eyes. Paint your plate yellow.
Using black foam or construction paper, cut out & glue your nose & eyes in place.
Cut out & glue your nose & eyes in place using black foam or construction paper.
With a marker draw in eye lashes & stitches around the mouth.
With a marker draw in eye lashes & stitches around the mouth.

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Bend & glue a few pipe cleaners or yarn in place to make the hair.
Bend & glue a few pipe cleaners or yarn in place to make the hair.
Cut out a hat & glue it to the top of the scarecrow.
Cut out a hat & glue it to the top of the scarecrow.
Cut out a scarf & check it using a marker.
Cut out a scarf & check it using a marker.
Glue pipe cleaners or string to the back to hold the mask in place on the head.
Glue pipe cleaners or string to the back to hold the mask in place on the head.

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Paper Plate Spider Web

Cut slits around the paper plate every 2 pleats around.
Cut slits around the paper plate every 2 pleats around.
Using black yarn, slide a strand between one of the slits. Cross the strand across the plate repeatedly until you achieve your desired look.
Using black yarn, slide a strand between one of the slits. Cross the strand across the plate repeatedly until you achieve your desired look.
End your web at the same spot that you started it in. Tie the starting strand & end strand together,
End your web at the same spot that you started it in. Tie the starting strand & end strand together,
Cut 3 pieces of pipe cleaner. Glue the pieces to the pom pom to form a spider. Add goggly eyes if you desire.
Cut 3 pieces of pipe cleaner. Glue the pieces to the pom pom to form a spider. Add goggly eyes if you desire.
Stick the spider in the web. Use a hole punch to make a hole on the edge of the plate & use a piece of string or a pipe cleaner to hang your web.
Stick the spider in the web. Use a hole punch to make a hole on the edge of the plate & use a piece of string or a pipe cleaner to hang your web.