Kids Halloween Crafts: Shadow Plates

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

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Every time we’re at a store this time of year, all of the magazines with their festive Halloween awesomeness pull me in like a moth to the bright light.  I’ve managed to control my urge to buy my copy of every one of them–narrowing it down to just two this year (well, in addition to magazines that I actually have subscriptions to, but I digress). One of these magazines that I purchased is called ‘Kids Crafts 1-2-3.’  It’s a new bi-monthly craft magazine that so far, we are totally loving.  The ‘Shadow Plates’ we’re sharing with you today were taken from there, so make sure to check them out.

We took their idea for the Shadow Plates and went crazy.  Since we’re still getting used to all this wall space in our new house, we have lots of openness to get creative with. To fill that space, we made eleven of these spooky decorations and arranged them to haunt up one of our empty walls.  If you want to do the same, it’s a cheap, fun way to decorate. All you need are some paper plates, a pencil, an exact-o knife and some paint.  This isn’t a craft for younger kids, even Soph at age 10 didn’t do any cutting, but she did plenty of drawing.

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We decided to draw as many pics as we could and then choose which would work best for carving. Some of our designs are straight from Kids Crafts 1-2-3 (BOO, The bats, The cat), but it’s pretty easy to come up with more…all you have to do is make sure you can cut them out so they’re still recognizable when you’re done.  Then, all you do is paint the outside black, the inside yellow (but orange or red would be cool, too), the glue them together.

We had fun making them, and just thought they looked pretty cool, so we had to share them with you!

What’s your favorite magazine for Halloween craft inspiration? Let us know in the comments so we can check it out!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Kelly, Alex and Sophia

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